Drug Policy Alliance Blog

09/23/14
By Tony Newman
The war on drugs is a cruel joke. The U.S. spends more than $50 billion a year on the "war on drugs" with the goal of creating a "drug-free society" – yet there has never been a “drug-free... Read More

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09/22/14
By Ethan Nadelmann
I was very saddened to receive news that Joe McNamara died a few days ago.  Joe first spoke out publicly for drug policy reform when he was the police chief of San Jose in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  He was an... Read More

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09/19/14
By Stephen Gutwillig
It may be an off-year election, but it's a big one for drug policy reform. In seven weeks, voters across the country will have a chance to accelerate the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider... Read More

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09/18/14
By Tony Newman
I have been blown away to see how a committed group of leaders can have a global impact when it comes to the world’s longest war: the war on drugs. Last week the Global Commission on Drug Policy made worldwide news at... Read More

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09/17/14
By Julie Netherland
I don’t smoke, but I find myself fascinated by and passionate about the debate over e-cigarettes.  Why?  Because e-cigarettes illustrate how harm reduction approaches to drug policy, particularly maintenance... Read More

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09/16/14
By Amanda Reiman, PhD
Jokes filled the crisp, foggy early morning air at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. “We’re all number 420! Is that so we don’t get confused?” joked a young man. “I hope everyone remembers that... Read More

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09/10/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD MSW
Dear Doctors, I am 18 years old and about to start my freshman year of college. Honestly, I feel very unprepared by the drug education classes I had in high school. I have never tried marijuana and I do not know if I want... Read More

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09/08/14
By Jag Davies
This week the Global Commission on Drug Policy is releasing a new, groundbreaking report called Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work. It reflects a new evolution in the thinking of the Commissioners, who... Read More

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09/05/14
By Stefanie Jones
It seems far enough beyond this past weekend’s Electric Zoo festival to say, “thank goodness.” No one died and there were no major hospitalizations.  Unfortunately, you can be sure that promoters and... Read More

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08/28/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD MSW
Dear Doctors, I have heard that cannabis use can cause certain people to develop mental disorders like psychosis especially if started at an early age, is this true? Sincerely, Concerned Mother   Dear Concerned,... Read More

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