Drug Policy Alliance Blog

07/02/15
By Melissa Franqui
“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... Read More

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06/29/15
By Kaitlyn Boecker
U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and U.S. Representative Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) have introduced identical legislation in their respective chambers to support the expansion of overdose prevention services. Overdose deaths... Read More

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06/26/15
By Laura Krasovitzky
Today marks 28 years since the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly declared June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Its stated mission is to “strengthen action and cooperation to... Read More

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06/24/15
By Anthony Papa
Bernard Noble, an individual serving 13 years for possessing two marijuana joints applied for clemency and was recently denied. The reason behind the denial was he had not yet served 10 years in prison. As I said here before... Read More

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06/24/15
By Amanda Reiman
Fear of the unknown and fear of change are often barriers to policy change, even when science diffuses many of the concerns. Not knowing what a change in policy “looks” like can spawn assumptions influenced by... Read More

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06/19/15
By Amanda Reiman
Canada has seen the light. In the game of who can move past marijuana propaganda the fastest, Canada just drew a “move 5 spaces card”, while the U.S. keeps picking “lose a turn”. Last week, the... Read More

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06/18/15
By Melissa Franqui
Susan Burton is the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, an organization that provides support and resources for women recently released from prison. “So many people are missing from our communities... Read More

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06/16/15
By Jolene Forman and Theshia Naidoo
The war on drugs and the war on immigrants are intimately intertwined. The United States routinely deports non-citizens for minor drug offenses. Every year, roughly 40,000 people are deported for drug law violations, about... Read More

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06/15/15
By Laura Krasovitzky
Imagine going back home one day to find an empty house and all your belongings gone; or even worse, imagine being in your house and having your door suddenly smashed open by law enforcement officers in masks and being told... Read More

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06/15/15
By Joy Haviland
Today the Colorado Supreme Court dealt a significant blow to patients who use medical marijuana. The Court held that employers may freely fire medical marijuana patients for their private, off-duty, and legal use of... Read More

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