Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By asha bandele
I barely have breath, let alone words this morning as we awaken to yet another police killing. I've been in one organization or another since 1989 that demanded an end to this and despite all I know and have seen, even I… Read More
By Camila Ruiz Segovia
Last week, Colombia’s President, Juan Manuel Santos, and Timoleon Jimenez, the top leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s largest guerrilla group, announced a historic… Read More
By Chris Alexander
Gov. John Kasich recently signed into law Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program, making Ohio the 25th state to implement its own medical marijuana laws. The program, like many others across the country, is heavily regulated… Read More
By Ethan Nadelmann
I wasn’t sure at first what to make of the invitation to testify from Senator Ron Johnson, the Tea Party Republican from Wisconsin who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Some… Read More
By Tony Newman
Prince Ea — hip hop artist, activist and founder of Make SMART Cool — has just released a remake of his brilliant music video urging President Obama to end our country’s disastrous war on marijuana. This… Read More
By Amanda Bent
Last week was exciting for folks (nerds?) like me who are interested in the public health implications of marijuana policy reform, especially those of us in Colorado. With the long-awaited release of the 2015 Healthy Kids… Read More
By Hannah Hetzer
Every year at the end of June, on the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, governments around the world re-commit themselves to eradicating drug use and trafficking worldwide.… Read More
By Derek Rosenfeld
Former President Richard Nixon officially declared a “war on drugs” 45 years ago today. His primary motivation was to go after anti-war protesters and black people. It doesn’t get clearer than this frank… Read More
By Camila Ruiz Segovia
Last week, the Open Society Foundations published a ground-breaking report, “Undeniable Atrocities”, which accuses the Mexican government of committing crimes against humanity during Mexico’s Drug War. The… Read More
By Stefanie Jones
Festival season is underway and sadly, we’ve already seen headlines about drug-related deaths. This summer, there’s a unique opportunity to do something to help prevent these deaths: join DPA’s #… Read More