Drug Policy Alliance Blog

01/22/15
By Sharda Sekaran
Your Dose of Pop is DPA’s contribution to a balanced media diet. We generally disseminate serious news about the serious disaster that is the drug war. However, a good deal of public opinion is shaped by the happenings... Read More

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01/22/15
By Tony Newman
President Barack Obama continues to speak out against mass incarceration, the devastating impact of our drug policies on communities of color and his expectation that marijuana legalization will continue to spread. Obama... Read More

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01/21/15
By Amanda Reiman
A commonly quoted proverb states, “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.” The premise is simple - imparting skills is more useful in the long run than simply imparting... Read More

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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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