Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Aliza Cohen
The Office of Academic Engagement undertook a project in the last two years to develop recommendations about how to fill in gaps in the drug policy research environment and improve the evidence base that informs drug policy… Read More
By Michael Collins
On Thursday, June 20, 2019, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez debated her amendment to reduce $5 million in funding for the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of a Department of Justice appropriations bill… Read More
By New York Policy Office
Brendan Cox, former chief of the Albany Police Department, wrote an op-ed in the Times Union calling for marijuana legalization, not decriminalization, in New York State: "In New York, marijuana decriminalization has… Read More
By New York Policy Office
Long-time DPA ally Dr. Elizabeth Bogel Ryan wrote a powerful op-ed featured on Syracuse.com urging state legislators to pass the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act to end marijuana prohibition in New York. Dr. Ryan… Read More
By Anthony Papa
On Tuesday April 18, hip hop pioneer and activist Fab 5 Freddy hosted the New York City premiere of his new documentary “Grass is Greener.” The film, which will debut on Netflix on Saturday, April 20 – 4/20,… Read More
By Drug Policy Alliance New Jersey
Last week, Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) co-organized a forum with The College of New Jersey featuring an expert panel of public health officials, researchers, legal experts, and community leaders on innovations… Read More
By Drug Policy Alliance
The Drug Policy Alliance has been at the forefront of the push for marijuana legalization in New York. DPA's New York state director Kassandra Frederique was interviewed by Times Union about the recent efforts… Read More
By Drug Policy Alliance
Second chances is something Anthony Papa strongly believes in.    In 1985 he made the biggest mistake in his life when he got involved with drug activity. Papa was married with a 7 year-old daughter, and self-… Read More
By Anthony Papa
Terrence Stevens is on a mission to save children whose parents are incarcerated. He knows too well the stories that these kids represent. He is the founder and CEO of In Arms Reach (IAR) a Harlem-based nonprofit assisting… Read More
By Anthony Papa
In 2010, I got a visit from Lawrence Harris who was sentenced to 60 years in prison under the Rockefeller Drug Laws (RDLs). Because of a series of legal challenges he made, his sentence was later reduced to 17 years to life… Read More