Drug Policy Alliance Blog

12/20/13
By Tony Newman
The New York City Council voted yesterday to ban the use of e-cigarettes in bars, offices and even outdoors in public parks. The Council approved the ban 43 to 8, and the new law will go into effect in four months. I know... Read More

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12/19/13
By Amanda Reiman
Yesterday, the most recent installment of the Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF) was released. MTF is our nation’s barometer for teen drug and alcohol use. Administered in high schools around the country, MTF asks 8th... Read More

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12/19/13
By Anthony Papa
Today President Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates convicted for non-violent drug offenses involving crack cocaine. He also granted pardons to 13 others.   This brings the total  amount of... Read More

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12/18/13
By gabriel sayegh
What does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mean for drug policy? The impact could be transformative, if reformers seize the moment. A new issue brief — From Handcuffs to Healthcare — published by DPA and the ACLU... Read More

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12/18/13
By Ethan Nadelmann
I’m just reflecting on what may be the best year I’ve had in all my years working to end the drug war. The big news last week was out of Uruguay, where the Senate approved a bill championed by President Jos... Read More

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12/18/13
By Julie Netherland
New York may soon join the twenty states and the District of Columbia that currently have medical marijuana laws. Today, dozens of patients and caregivers of those living with cancer, multiple sclerosis, severe seizure... Read More

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12/17/13
By Meghan Ralston
Reports on deaths related to Ecstasy and methamphetamine use are always heartbreaking. It’s easy to understand why people are worried about young people consuming stimulants at music festivals. Drug-related fatalities... Read More

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12/16/13
By Tony Newman
2013 will go down in history as the beginning of the end of our disastrous war on drugs. 58% of Americans nationally support marijuana legalization. World leaders like former UN head Kofi Annan are calling for an end to the... Read More

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12/13/13
By Tommy McDonald
Finally, a nation legalizes pot Street Crime Down as Uruguay's Marijuana Law Becomes Reality New Field Poll Reveals Majority of California Voters Back Marijuana Legalization Why 97% of Federal Drug Offenders Plead Guilty... Read More

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12/13/13
By Tony Newman
Here we go again. Undercover cops pose as students, make friends, build trust, and then arrest teenagers for selling mostly small amounts of marijuana. Yesterday nearly two dozen students were busted at two southern... Read More

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