Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Michael Collins
It was the big “will he or won’t he” question on the minds of criminal justice reformers last night. Would Obama mention criminal justice reform in his final State of the Union? He had spoken about it… Read More
By Daniel Robelo
The internet is aflame with chatter about the recent recapture of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the world’s most wanted man twice escaped from maximum security prison. The cacophony of… Read More
By Sharda Sekaran
Maine’s Governor Paul LePage is no stranger to making crazy comments in public that are unbecoming to an elected official, but his latest racist rant about heroin use in his state is rightfully getting people up in… Read More
By Tony Newman
Fox News host Megyn Kelly is everywhere right now, including the current cover of Vanity Fair. The glowing cover story, “Don’t Mess with Megyn Kelly, Fox News’s Toughest, Brightest Star,” will only… Read More
By Art Way
More than three years have passed since Colorado residents voted to legalize marijuana, which immediately allowed adults to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana. This past New Year’s Day marked the two… Read More
By Tony Newman
More than 1,500 folks from 71 countries met in the DC Metro area last month at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference to come up with an exit strategy from the unwinnable war on drugs. The gathering left people… Read More
By Kaitlyn Boecker
Over 47,000 people lost their lives to drug overdose in 2014 and overdose deaths continue to rise at a disturbing rate. Heroin deaths, in particular have increased 128% since 2013, and 350% since 2010. A growing number of… Read More
By Lindsey Lawson Battaglia
Last week, President Obama commuted the sentences of 95 people incarcerated in federal prisons. Forty of these individuals were serving life sentences for a drug law violation. The announcement more than doubles the number… Read More
By Derek Rosenfeld
Who can honestly say that they don’t use drugs? I’m not necessarily talking about illegal drugs, like marijuana or psychedelics. Alcohol is a drug. Nicotine is a drug. Caffeine is a drug. Aspirin is a drug. Many… Read More
By Tony Newman
Last night, 60 Minutes tackled the drug war for a second week in a row when they did a nice profile on Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, commonly referred to as President Obama… Read More