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Our Coalition

Safer Illinois is a coalition that supports replacing the harmful and ineffective prohibition of marijuana with sensible regulations and taxation.

We believe adults 21 and older should not be penalized for using a product that is safer than alcohol. We also believe that thoughtful regulation and education is a safer approach than cannabis prohibition for both cannabis consumers and communities.

  • Chicago NORML

    Chicago NORML

    Chicago NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high-quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable. Our chapter further strives to educate and motivate communities of color to destigmatize and accept the cannabis plant as a vehicle for political, economic, and health & wellness empowerment.

  • Chicago Votes

    Chicago Votes

    Chicago Votes is a non-partisan, non-profit organization building a more inclusive democracy by putting power in the hands of young Chicagoans. We're engaging and developing a new generation of leaders by opening the doors of government and politics to young people from all corners of the city. We're changing laws to make Chicago and Illinois a better place to be young, and in the process we're making democracy FUN.

  • Clergy for a New Drug Policy

    Clergy for a New Drug Policy

    This Chicago-based national association of faith leaders seeks to mobilize clergy on behalf of an agenda that ends the war on drugs by allocating resources to education, treatment, and public safety.

  • Doctors for Cannabis Regulation

    Doctors for Cannabis Regulation

    DFCR serves as a voice for physicians who believe that cannabis prohibition has failed and that the misuse of cannabis should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one.

  • Illinois ACLU

    Illinois ACLU

    The ACLU of Illinois has been the principal protector of constitutional rights in the state since its founding in 1929.

  • Illinois NORML

    Illinois NORML

    Illinois NORML is 501c4 nonprofit organization whose volunteers have successfully lobbied for municipal decriminalization ordinances, including in Chicago, and helped enact the state medical cannabis pilot program, while providing community-based education outreach to voters, doctors, patients, and consumers.

  • Law Enforcement Action Partnership

    Law Enforcement Action Partnership

    LEAP mobilizes law enforcement voices in support of drug policy and criminal justice reforms that make communities safer by focusing law enforcement resources on the greatest threats to public safety, promoting alternatives to incarceration, addressing the root causes of crime, and working toward healing police-community relations.

  • Marijuana Policy Project

    Marijuana Policy Project

    MPP is the largest national organization focused on marijuana policy. MPP provides staffing and funding for the coalition and played a leading role in Illinois’ decriminalization and medical cannabis efforts.

  • Operation 1620

    Operation 1620

    Operation 1620’s purpose is to address, educate, coordinate, and provide aid and relief to reduce and eradicate veteran suicide and substance/pharmaceutical dependence on a national level by creating an online community of knowledge, support and camaraderie.

  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy

    Students for Sensible Drug Policy

    Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is the only international network of students dedicated to ending the war on drugs. At its heart, SSDP is a grassroots organization, led by a student-run Board of Directors. We create change by bringing young people together and creating safe spaces for students of all political and ideological stripes to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policy. Founded in 1998, SSDP is comprised of thousands of members at hundreds of campuses in countries around the globe.

  • We Will

    We Will

    We Will is a nonpartisan group of women and allies fighting for women’s and children’s rights in local legislation. We’re a lobbying organization, so we choose issues that our membership wants to make visible and we empower them and others to see change through the legislative process.


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