Drug Policy Alliance Blog

09/30/14
By Julie Netherland
Those who would perpetuate the failed drug war claim they want to protect the children. But nothing could be further from the truth. The drug war overall, and marijuana prohibition specifically, hurts young people.... Read More

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09/24/14
By Stephanie Izquieta
The blatant contradiction of America's drug war, that prohibition will protect young people, has to end. From Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No,” to the adoption of D.A.R.E. programs in public schools, young... Read More

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09/24/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD MSW
Dear Doctors, “Medical marijuana laws are popping up all over the country, however some of them only allow for strains high in CBD, for kids with seizures. I always thought of THC and marijuana. What’s all this... Read More

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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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09/23/14
By Jeronimo Saldaña
Can the ballot really end marijuana prohibition and the drug war? The short answer is yes. As my esteemed colleague, Stephen Gutwillig, wrote earlier this week, “voter initiatives -- primarily reforming or repealing... 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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