Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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
By Joy Haviland
As Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada prepare to vote on the legalization of marijuana for adults 21 and over in a few weeks, all eyes are on the initial outcomes of those states that have already… Read More
By Hannah Hetzer
Alberto. Cesar. Reynaldo. Felix. Marvin. Benjamin. Noel. Christopher. Unidentified Filipino male. Yesterday, dozens of activists gathered in front of the Philippines Consulate in NY to protest the recent brutal murders of… Read More
By Theshia Naidoo
Yesterday, California enacted a law that is among the country’s most far-reaching protections against civil asset forfeiture abuse and became the latest state to curtail policing for profit. Senate Bill 443, authored… Read More
By Sharda Sekaran
Two larger than life figures from the world of television, Norman Lear and Shonda Rimes, have joined forces to produce a thought-provoking 5-part docuseries airing today on the network EPIX called “America Divided.… Read More
By Sharda Sekaran
Keith Lamont Scott is dead at the age of 43. A father of seven children with a wife of 20 years and a cognitive impairment from a motorcycle accident, Mr. Scott is gone from this earth and lost from his loved ones,… Read More
By Sharda Sekaran
How to Get Away with Murder Step one: Make sure you have a badge and the person you are murdering is black Step two: Add drugs Terence Crutcher was gunned down by a law enforcement officer on Friday after his car broke down… Read More
By Melissa Franqui
El magnate del hip-hop Jay Z aborda las condiciones raciales dentro del contexto de la guerra contra las drogas en un contundente corto animado que muestra el racismo de las leyes prohibicionistas de drogas y la aplicaci… Read More