Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Tony Newman
For the last seven years I have written an end-of-year piece about the top stories of the year in the fight to end our disastrous war on drugs. 2016 has been a strange, difficult year.  We’ve accomplished more… Read More
By Hannah Hetzer
For the past six months, the Philippines has waged a brutal, bloody war against people who use drugs, people who sell drugs, and people who are simply assumed to be doing either. This war on the country’s most… Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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