Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Melissa Franqui
A beautiful mix of micro-blog and documentary photography, Humans of New York has redefined and uplifted the power of compelling portraits coupled with personal stories. Over 16 million Facebook followers agree – the… Read More
By Kristen Maye
To be Black and a woman in the U.S. is a testament to the constant need for harm reduction in one’s life. Navigating the uneven terrain created by racism and sexism creates constant risk in the circumstances of one… Read More
By Christopher Soda
A year has passed since Ross Ulbricht, founder of Silk Road, was convicted and sentenced to life without parole. An appeal was filed last month by his lawyers, petitioning the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in NY for a… Read More
By Sharda Sekaran
Filmmaker Michael Moore never shies from taking on tough issues and challenging the status quo. His latest film “Where to Invade Next” is a clever spoof of U.S. foreign policy that encourages our military leaders… Read More
By asha bandele
I first see her seven years ago, eyes brighter than the fluorescent lights of Broadway up the street from DPA-HQ.  She’s an intern, but she takes over.  All those pushy questions, and steady of her love for… Read More
By Kevin Franciotti
Last month, the government of the Brazilian state of São Paulo issued a statement that may signal the country’s path toward approving scientific research of psychoactive substances, including the medical use of… Read More
By Kassandra Frederique and Alyssa Aguilera
According to data just released by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, New York City marijuana arrests in 2015 dropped to under 17,000 for the first time since 1996. The 16,590 arrests for low-level… Read More
By Melissa Franqui
At a time when the nation reflects and focuses on the history, contributions and lives of Black Americans, our recent International Drug Policy Reform Conference’s town hall presents a profoundly relevant conversation… Read More
By Bill Piper
A new poll finds that New Hampshire voters support treating drug use as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue – this includes decriminalizing drug use and possession, eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing,… Read More
By Melissa Franqui
Last year, award-winning artist John Legend launched #FREEAMERICA, a multi-year culture campaign to change the national conversation about our country’s criminal justice policies and to end mass incarceration. He… Read More