Drug Policy Alliance Blog

11/19/13
By Amanda Reiman
Lady Gaga has been in the news a lot lately, and not just because of her SNL hosting stint. She has been making claims that she was addicted to marijuana, using 15-20 joints a day. Of course, she also mentions that this was... Read More

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11/19/13
By gabriel sayegh
Earlier this month, New Yorkers elected the self-described progressive -- Bill de Blasio -- as mayor. Now, thanks to an innovative collaboration by foundations and community groups, New Yorkers are engaged in shaping the... Read More

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11/18/13
By Denise Cullen
As a mother of a son who died from an accidental drug overdose, I was encouraged to see CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta's report of a real-life overdose reversal using the opioid-antidote naloxone. The report brought valuable... Read More

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11/15/13
By Brian Rabadeau
There is a disturbing new trend being caused by our prohibition policies. After a week of reported lawsuits claiming that police officers forced citizens to endure anal cavity searches in the pursuit of narcotics, U.S.... Read More

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11/14/13
By Tessie Castillo
The first time I ever heard the phrase "harm reduction" I was sprawled across my living room couch watching the news with my husband. The feature story covered a nonprofit handing out sterile syringes to heroin... Read More

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11/14/13
By Amanda Reiman
When I was in high school in the early 1990’s, there were no cell phones. There were barely beepers, and only “drug dealers” had those. Because there were no cell phones, there were no rules about not... Read More

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11/08/13
By Avinash Tharoor
Last week, the former New York City police commissioner, Bernard Kerik, spoke out against the common practice in the US justice system of mandatory minimum sentencing. Kerik, who was once nominated to head the Department of... Read More

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11/07/13
By Christopher Soda
One area of policy which appears to have transmuted the pronounced polarization in this country has been marijuana. It was a year ago that the people of Colorado and Washington united to vote to legalize marijuana for... Read More

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11/07/13
By Anthony Papa
The war on drugs is out of control. How do we know this?  Look no further than the disturbing story that just broke about a New Mexican resident whose routine traffic stop turned in a 14-hour living nightmare that led... Read More

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11/05/13
By Tony Newman
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso have delivered a devastating critique on the failed war on drugs and are calling on governments to adopt more humane and... Read More

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