Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Armando Gudiño
What does a multi-billion dollar mistake look like? He looks like a 70 year-old demagogue politician who occupies the White House. And it appears we will have a big-ass wall to remind us of it. If President Donald Trump… Read More
By Ethan Nadelmann
Dear DPA'ers: The time has come for me to step aside as executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. This is just about the toughest decision I've ever made but it feels like the right time for me personally and… Read More
By Tony Newman
Tomorrow, Barack Obama’s historic presidency will come to an end. It is hard to believe that he will no longer be our President. I have both smiled and wiped away tears when watching President Obama’s farewell… Read More
By Eunisses Hernandez and Cat Packer
On November 8, 2016, Californians took a major step towards ending the war on drugs and repairing some of the damage inflicted on people’s lives by marijuana prohibition, by passing Proposition 64, the Adult Use of… Read More
By Eunisses Hernandez
A report released this week by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, finds that in the first full year after the passage of Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, felony drug arrests fell by over 92,… Read More
By Amanda Reiman
Today the National Academy of Sciences released a comprehensive review of research on marijuana and concluded that marijuana does indeed have medical value. The review concluded: “One of the therapeutic uses of… Read More
By Jolene Forman
For years there has been a widespread misperception that CBD – or cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive marijuana component with several beneficial medical applications – is legal to possess and make under federal law… Read More
By Art Way
Four years ago, two states broke with the federal government regarding marijuana policy.  Colorado and Washington decided simple possession, cultivation, purchase and private use of marijuana by adults is no longer a… Read More
By Alexandra Staropoli
Over the past year, there has been increased national attention on the role cash bail plays in the criminal justice system.  In almost all jurisdictions around the country, decisions about who is released pending trial… Read More
By Anthony Papa
On Dec. 30, 2016, I received a call from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office informing me that I had just been granted a pardon. My knees shook and arms got numb as the news sunk in. It was the exact feeling I had in 1996 in… Read More