Drug Policy Alliance Blog

12/11/16
By Jag Davies
What a strange time to be fighting to end the war on drugs and the mentality that gave rise to it.  In recent years we’ve won a wide range of once-unimaginable victories and super-majorities of public support… Read More
12/08/16
By Melissa Franqui
This week, a veteran photojournalist published a nightmarish photo essay and in-depth podcast in The New York Times: “They are Slaughtering Us like Animals: Inside President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug… Read More
12/07/16
By Derek Rosenfeld
In the last week we’ve heard from NBA legend Phil Jackson and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talking about their own marijuana use and how they think professional sports leagues like the NBA and NFL should… Read More
12/06/16
By Amanda Bent
On August 31, 2016 advocates around the world commemorated International Overdose Awareness Day. We do so each year, first and foremost, to honor the memories of those tragically lost to overdose, but also to build… Read More
11/30/16
By Laura Thomas
Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day. In 1989, I was arrested in front of the White House on World AIDS Day, demanding that then-President Bush take action on HIV/AIDS. Among the issues we were demanding action on then, so… Read More
11/21/16
By Bill Piper
I began working, advocating and lobbying for federal-level drug policy reform in Washington, DC in the last year of Bill Clinton’s presidency. I’ve continued to do so ever since: I was a loyal soldier in the war… Read More
11/20/16
By Jag Davies
This summer, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced its intent to ban kratom, a medicinal plant used for millennia in Southeast Asia and currently used by millions in the United States. After DPA members and… Read More
11/16/16
By Melissa Franqui
Over two million Black people could not vote in last week’s election, according to a recent study by The Sentencing Project. One in 13 Black Americans of voting age is disenfranchised due to a felony conviction, a rate… Read More
11/10/16
By Jolene Forman
In the wake of Tuesday’s stunning national election results, advocates must rely on the courts, more than ever, to protect our fundamental liberties. A record $2.4 million in donations flooded the ACLU and similar… Read More
11/08/16
By Jag Davies
This Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition -- no other reform was approved by so many citizens on so many ballots this year.  Legalization initiatives prevailed in… Read More