Publication Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

This dataset on tracks sweeping legislation that broadly decriminalizes drug possession, providing a high-level overview of legislation that decriminalizes personal possession of most or all controlled substances. This dataset does not include laws or bills that decriminalize possession of only a few, specific substances (e.g., marijuana only or psychedelic substances only). It also captures state bills that were introduced on or after January 1, 2021, but have since failed, or are still pending as of March 15, 2022.

The data were created using the sentinel surveillance of emerging laws and policies legal mapping method, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.