Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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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12/19/14
By Meghan Ralston
Addiction expert and America’s favorite 12-Step contrarian Stanton Peele recently talked about, of all things, a Reese Witherspoon movie. If you’re not up to speed yet on the forthcoming film ‘Wild’... Read More

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12/18/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, “With all the recent change taking place in marijuana policy in recent months, I am sure the topic is going to come up when my family gets together for the holiday season. Given the controversial nature... Read More

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12/18/14
By Jag Davies
With more than 30,000 people dying from accidental drug overdose annually in the U.S. – recently overtaking automobile accidents for the first time – you might think that policymakers, the media, and health... Read More

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12/17/14
By Jeremy Lesser
December 17 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, generally considered the beginning of the oppressive, expensive, and devastating drug war. This year, more than eight major U.S. cities will be... Read More

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12/16/14
By Tony Newman
2014 was another nail in the coffin in the United States’ disastrous war on drugs. The majority of the country now supports marijuana legalization and Oregon, Alaska and D.C. made it a reality by legalizing it. World... Read More

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12/16/14
By Julie Netherland
This holiday season, a time when I am normally filled with thoughts of light and hope, I find myself reflecting on the horrors of our failed war on drugs. I’m thinking about all the families torn apart by the drug war... Read More

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