Alison Holcomb is CEO of Action Now Initiative, a legislative advocacy organization currently focused on criminal justice reform, retirement security, and childhood obesity at the local, state, and national levels in the U.S. Prior to joining ANI, Alison was the director of the ACLU's nationwide Campaign for Smart Justice to reverse the country's exploding incarceration rates. She joined the ACLU from its Washington state affiliate where she served as Drug Policy Director, Criminal Justice Director, and the primary drafter and campaign director for marijuana legalisation Initiative 502, passed by voters in 2012. Prior to the I-502 campaign, Alison’s work included successfully advocating for legislative and regulatory improvements to Washington’s medical marijuana law, adoption of the second 911 Good Samaritan overdose prevention law in the nation, and creation of Seattle and King County’s groundbreaking Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programme. Before her career in policy advocacy, Alison was a practicing trial attorney for more than a decade, defending the accused in criminal cases and civil asset forfeiture proceedings in state and federal courts.
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