The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – New Jersey (NCADD-NJ) has clarified its stance on the question of decriminalization of all illicit substances. While the agency does not endorse the legalization (government allowing, providing or regulating) of drugs. NCADD-NJ does support their decriminalization. The following policy statement explains that NCADD-NJ does not believe anyone should receive either a criminal sentence/record nor incarceration for the possession or use of drugs. Criminal proceedings should be replaced by assessments and a referral to treatment when appropriate.