Tamar Todd directs DPA’s Office of Legal Affairs. She is responsible for developing and overseeing the organisation’s legal work as it relates to legislative drafting, policy advocacy, litigation, and public education in local, state and federal jurisdictions.
Todd also directs the work of DPA’s Marijuana Law and Policy Unit, which focuses primarily on medical marijuana, marijuana decriminalization, and marijuana legalisation and regulation initiatives, and their implementation across the United States.
She has co-authored several state and local ballot initiatives and statutes, including Amendment 64 in Colorado, and she has advised the government of Uruguay on its efforts to legalise the production and distribution of marijuana. She has testified in numerous legislative and government bodies in the United States and abroad on the issue of drug policy and the intersection of state and federal law.
Todd received her B.A. from the University of Vermont and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated magna cum laude and served as executive editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. After law school, she clerked for the Hon. Emmet Sullivan on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and she spent several years representing death row inmates as a staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. Todd is a member of the California and Alabama bars.