Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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
By Melissa Franqui
Stone Temple Pilots’ former front man Scott Weiland heartbreakingly died last week. Though his cause of death has not yet been confirmed, the police report released yesterday indicates the presence of various… Read More
By Melissa Franqui
Last month, the Drug Policy Alliance hosted its biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference. Over 1500 delegates for change representing over 71 countries packed the session rooms of the Crystal Gateway Marriott in… Read More
By Tony Newman
Supporters of the drug war often claim that we need to wage this unwinnable war to “protect” young people. 60 Minutes ran an explosive piece last night showing one of the many ways that the war on drugs actually… Read More
By Tony Newman
Over the last few years there has been undeniable momentum to end our country’s disastrous war on drugs. Both voters and elected officials are looking for alternatives to the unwinnable drug war. 2015 continued the… Read More
By Julie Netherland
As we commemorate World AIDS Day today, we need to remind ourselves that today is more than remembrances and reflections. As we look back to honor those who have died, we should also look forward and take action to prevent… Read More
By Anthony Papa
Last week I had the opportunity to exhibit my art installation "The Drug War" at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Over 1,500 people from… Read More
By Sharda Sekaran
Entrepreneur and drug policy reform activist Richard Branson recently leaked a United Nations paper calling for decriminalizing drug use. The paper argued that treating personal drug use as a crime “contributed to… Read More