Drug Policy Alliance Blog

09/14/16
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

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09/07/16
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

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09/01/16
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

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08/31/16
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

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08/31/16
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

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08/18/16
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

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08/16/16
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

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08/11/16
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

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08/08/16
By Malik Burnett, MD
Dear Docs: I have heard that marijuana use can lead to lower IQ, but I have also seen marijuana use help children with seizure disorders. I know that alcohol kills brain cells, is it true that marijuana also kills brain... Read More

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08/03/16
By Hannah Hetzer
In the past few weeks, a spate of horrific killings have taken place across the Philippines. Murders of people who use drugs, people who sell drugs, and people who have simply been assumed to do either. No trials, no due... Read More

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