Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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
By Kevin Franciotti
New England Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones apologized on Thursday for ‘a pretty stupid mistake’ related to his use of “synthetic marijuana,” but what was the mistake? Jones had a bad… Read More
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