Ethan Nadelmann Steps Down From Drug Policy Alliance

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection


Ethan Nadelmann, the longtime head and founder of America’s most effective drug reform organizations, Drug Policy Alliance, announce on Twitter that he will be stepping down.

Nadelmann was once described by Rolling Stone as one of “The driving force for the legalization of marijuana in America.” The Princeton graduate founded the organization in 2000, which was a result of a spinoff from the drug policy institute the Lindesmith Center which was founded in 1994 with a large grant of money from philanthropic billionaire George Soros.

“The Drug Policy Alliance has a very strong team, and I’m sure they will be just fine. But Ethan departing will definitely affect things, if for any reason because I don’t think anyone can fill his shoes,” legendary marijuana blogger Johnny Green told Oregon Cannabis Connection. “Ethan is that dynamic of a leader and that brilliant of a person.”

“He and DPA stepped up and helped Oregon defeat anti-cannabis candidate Dwight Holton at a time when other organizations wouldn’t step up,” Green added. “His activism at DPA will be missed, and I wish him (and DPA) the best and look forward to seeing where he lands.”

Kaliko Castille Tweeted, “WOW! End of an era. Ethan Nadelmann to step down as head of Drug Policy Alliance.”

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Nadelmann will be sadly missed at the head the largest drug policy organizations and the only truly effective group that addresses all drug prohibition in the U.S. He guided them through one of the most tumultuous times in cannabis and drug policy reform. We hope his future endeavors will benefit others as much as it has benefited drug policy reformers.

If your interested in learning more about the Drug Policy Alliance and what they do, visit You can learn more about Ethan Nadelmann and his background on Wikipedia. Also, check out this awesome Ted Talk that Ethan gave!

He will be missed.

Image: Gage Skidmore.

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Keith Mansur

Keith Mansur is the founder, publisher, and editor of Oregon Cannabis Connection newspaper. The print publication has been serving Oregon since 2010. He has been a Oregon medical marijuana patient, grower, and caregiver since 2006. Find him on Facebook or email him at

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