Drug Policy Alliance Blog

01/16/15
By Bill Piper
Eric Holder just issued a huge blow to the drug war. This is big. Today the Justice Department barred local and state police from using federal law to seize a person's property without evidence of a crime. That might... Read More

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01/15/15
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, I am a high school health teacher in Ohio and my students have been asking a lot of questions about marijuana. I do not think that the traditional D.A.R.E. program is effective, but I am at a loss as to the... Read More

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01/14/15
By Sharda Sekaran
When I first saw the picture of Nancy Grace alongside Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz announcing a “Face Off” on HLN about marijuana, via Queens rapper Himanshu’s Twitter timeline, I thought it was a joke.... Read More

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01/12/15
By Stefanie Jones
The first thing to know is: this has happened before.  But is our response any better? On the first day of 2015, BBC broke a story about three deaths related to “ecstasy from a dangerous batch.”  Within... Read More

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12/30/14
By Art Way
It will soon be a full year in which adults were allowed to purchase marijuana from state-regulated dispensaries in Colorado. We’ve already passed the two-year mark allowing adults to possess an ounce of marijuana and... Read More

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12/29/14
By Stefanie Jones
New Year’s Eve is a night famous for overindulgence.  Sometimes it seems as if all the party energy that didn’t get used up in the previous 364 days is let loose on December 31. For many revelers, New Year... Read More

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12/23/14
By Jeremy Lesser
“Deterrent punishment undermines a sense of connection, leaving young people feeling isolated and believing that the system is uneven, unfair, and cruel.” - Rodney Skager, author of DPA’s publication Beyond... Read More

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12/23/14
By Tony Newman
New Year’s Eve is around the corner and no doubt millions of smokers will make resolutions to quit. Many smokers would love to give up the habit. But smoking is an incredibly hard addiction to quit. Many heroin users... Read More

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12/22/14
By Bill Piper
The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma have launched a lawsuit against Colorado claiming the state’s 2012 voter initiative legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana is causing marijuana to come into their... Read More

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12/19/14
By Tony Newman
Last night was an end of an era. After nine years on the air, Stephen Colbert is stepping away from his award winning show, The Colbert Report. Like millions of others, I tuned in regularly to get the news of the day from... Read More

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