Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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
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