Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy (“ARDP”) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2015. Our mission is to raise awareness about the harms of marijuana and other substances, and to oppose the legalization of marijuana. We are dedicated to sharing information about the effects of legalization experiments in other states and to fighting back against the for-profit marijuana industry that makes money from an addictive product. We are a volunteer-based organization. Board members do not draw salaries. All donations support our educational materials, printing expenses, billboards, advertising, and other efforts to spread our message.
In 2016, Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy formed the Political Action Committee, No Prop 205, that successfully defeated the ballot initiative designed to legalize marijuana for recreational and commercial purposes in Arizona. We were the only one of five states with legal marijuana on the ballot to defeat the measure. Thirteen of Arizona’s fifteen counties voted no and we won with 51.3% of voters casting a no vote. For guidance on how to defeat legal marijuana in your state, click here.
It is our mission to protect Arizona’s youth and quality of life for all Arizonans by raising awareness of marijuana’s harms; increasing the knowledge and perception of the drug’s risks; decreasing the negative impact and consequences of medical marijuana in Arizona; opposing legalization efforts; and raising awareness of the harms and risks of other illegal drugs. We are building a network of people who care about Arizona and substance abuse, and providing them with support, the tools, and information that is science and evidence-based to educate about marijuana in their communities.
Our Core Principles
- Marijuana is a harmful, addictive substance. Public policy decisions involving marijuana should be based on science, not made in the ballot box.
- Every child in Arizona deserves to grow up in an environment that is drug-free and encourages them to reach their full potential. Marijuana is never part of that equation.
- Never give up. The for-profit marijuana industry is about money, and well-schooled in talking points that exploit myths about the criminal justice system.
- We can build our movement, fight back, and create an educated Arizona that understands that marijuana never made a state better, more productive, or smarter.