Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Melissa Franqui
Hip-hop mogul Jay Z takes on race and the drug war in a hard-hitting animated short that illustrates racist drug laws and disparate law enforcement; policies and policing that have wreaked havoc on the lives and communities… Read More
By Judh Grandchamps, Jr.
Jay Z and Molly Crabapple have just released a new video, “From Prohibition to Gold Rush,” that addresses everything from mass incarceration and criminalization, to the emerging above-ground marijuana market, to… Read More
By Jag Davies
The DEA’s recent move to prohibit and criminalize kratom, a medicinal plant used for millennia in Southeast Asia, shows us just how far we are from the drug war’s ultimate demise. Without any serious scientific… Read More
By Dionna King
As football season kicks off this week, full of glory and pain for players, I’m recalling an interview with Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, the heart of the Steelers Super Bowl XL winning team, as he was on the… Read More
By Amanda Reiman
California has become the epicenter of cannabis reform as the state moves to legalize marijuana for adults via Prop. 64 on the November 8 ballot. Legalization in California would mean that an additional 39 million people in… Read More
By Morgan Humphrey
Today is International Overdose Awareness Day. Numerous families and friends will come together today to remember loved ones lost due to the failed war on drugs. Forty-plus years of ineffective policies have left millions… Read More
By Stefanie Jones
Whether or not you’re someone who uses alcohol or other drugs, undoubtedly you will be around people who do at some point. And being able to recognize when something’s gone wrong is the first step toward being… Read More
By Jolene Forman
A report released today by the Drug Policy Alliance finds that there were nearly half a million marijuana felony and misdemeanor arrests in California between 2006 and 2015. Thousands of Californians are arrested annually… Read More
By Grant Smith
Lawmakers in California are on course to pass the most far reaching civil asset forfeiture reforms in the United States. The legislation, which was OK’d by the California State Assembly this week, and must now head… Read More
By Derek Rosenfeld
Today, the DEA announced that it was not rescheduling marijuana. Earlier this year it was reported that the DEA was considering rescheduling marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II, a move that would have shown the federal… Read More