Drug Policy Alliance Blog

06/19/14
By Jeronimo Saldaña
It’s pretty simple. Over 20 million Americans used illicit drugs recreationally in the past year and American drug prohibition has only served to create an unregulated black market whose collateral consequences include... Read More

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06/18/14
By Anthony Papa
Locking people up for nonviolent drug crimes has become the way of life in the United States. Because of this, our prisons have become tremendously overcrowded and our criminal justice system is broken. To remedy this,... Read More

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06/17/14
By Bill Piper
A piece in the Washington Post highlights the growing backlog of untested rape test kits that are sitting in police storage units while rapists run free and victims suffer.  Missing from the story, however, is one of... Read More

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06/17/14
By Lynne Lyman
In the budget sausage-making process that culminated in a successful vote over the weekend, an amazing piece of meat (vegan or the real stuff) was produced in California. If approved by the governor, as expected, California... Read More

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06/13/14
By Erin George
Too many veterans – experts estimate between 10 and 30 percent – suffer from PTSD, which can cause a range of horrible symptoms, including flashbacks, loss of emotional control and suicidal thinking. The... Read More

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05/08/14
By Stefanie Jones
As this summer's festival season approaches, there are two more things you need to be sure are on your prep list (in addition to vitals like picking out feather headdresses and investigating solar shower options for... Read More

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02/28/14
By Stephen Gutwillig
Dismantling the catastrophic drug war is finally on the horizon, and mainstream civil rights organizations are playing a central role in that struggle. As Michelle Alexander has framed in agonizing detail, many if not most... Read More

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02/26/14
By Laura Thomas
One of my dearest wishes as a drug policy reformer is that elected officials and policy makers listened more closely to the researchers. What I often mean when I say that is that I wish they listened to Ricky Bluthenthal.... Read More

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02/26/14
By Sharda Sekaran
I first met Deborah Small in 2000, when I was working as a consultant for the Drug Policy Alliance and my job was to plan programming for the Shadow Conventions, public events that were the brainchild of Arianna Huffington,... Read More

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02/24/14
By Yolande Cadore
Every social movement needs an Esther, the Jewish queen who risked her life to save her people from persecution.  Dr. Iva Carruthers, general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, is an Esther for our time... Read More

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