Drug Policy Alliance Blog

01/08/14
By Kassandra Frederique
This week, news spread nationwide that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will bypass the state legislature to enact a 35 year-old law to bring medical marijuana to suffering New Yorkers. It is a bold and innovative step that shows... Read More

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01/07/14
By Maggie Taylor
On New Year’s Eve, a federal judge dealt a blow to the war on America’s poor before ringing in 2014. Judge Mary S. Scriven of the U.S. District Court in Orlando deemed Florida’s law requiring welfare... Read More

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01/06/14
By Sharda Sekaran
David Brooks is welcome to reminisce about how he once embarrassed himself while high and moved on to other interests but this is irrelevant to the broader debate about marijuana prohibition. As Maria McFarland Sá... Read More

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01/02/14
By Stephen Gutwillig
2013 was a landmark year in unraveling the disastrous war on drugs. We reached the tipping point on legalizing marijuana for adults. Attorney General Holder denounced the mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug... Read More

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12/30/13
By Sharda Sekaran
The drug war is full of racism and hypocrisy. It's hard to argue against that reality. People intoxicate themselves, both illegally and legally, at much the same rates across racial lines. Similarly, the drug trade is... Read More

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12/27/13
By Meghan Ralston
Another year, another endless number of white-hot, uber-hyped stories about drugs.  We saw pop stars getting creamed in the media for slurring words that may have been drug-related; we saw a black neuroscientist telling... Read More

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12/20/13
By Tommy McDonald
New Jersey bail reform is needed to correct system severely out balance Will Congress end the syringe exchange funding ban? The origins of the word “marijuana” Meet the people working to reform New York’s... Read More

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12/20/13
By Tony Newman
The New York City Council voted yesterday to ban the use of e-cigarettes in bars, offices and even outdoors in public parks. The Council approved the ban 43 to 8, and the new law will go into effect in four months. I know... Read More

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12/19/13
By Amanda Reiman
Yesterday, the most recent installment of the Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF) was released. MTF is our nation’s barometer for teen drug and alcohol use. Administered in high schools around the country, MTF asks 8th... Read More

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12/19/13
By Anthony Papa
Today President Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates convicted for non-violent drug offenses involving crack cocaine. He also granted pardons to 13 others.   This brings the total  amount of... Read More

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