Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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
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
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
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
By Anthony Papa
The ability to vote is one of great importance and should be enjoyed by every citizen. Until you lose your right to vote you will not understand this. I can attest to this since I lost my ability to vote for many years… Read More
By Glenn Backes
There are many lawmakers who, just like the majority of California residents, are sick of the failed war on drugs and the devastation that it has brought to our state. They are fighting to end the era of mass incarceration,… Read More
By Stefanie Jones
It’s an important moment: Insomniac Events, one of the biggest EDM festival producers in the U.S., is beginning to embrace drug education and harm reduction.  This Halloween weekend marks the debut of “… Read More
By Melissa Franqui
“I don't recall a time when the drug war did not affect my life. The punishments my father, brother and sister experienced--arrest, incarceration and HIV/AIDS--for misusing a controlled substance caused a lifetime… Read More
By Dionna King
To date, President Barack Obama has granted 774 commutations. That is more commutations than the previous nine presidents combined and more commutations than any individual president in nearly a century. The majority of… Read More
By Ifetayo Harvey
The new documentary “Do Not Resist” opened up last week, receiving positive reviews for its honest yet alarming look at the state of policing in the United States. From Ferguson, Missouri to Columbia, South… Read More