Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Mayra Espinoza-Martinez
I grew up translating for my mom. For as long as I can remember, I translated conversations between my mom and teachers, doctors, and sometimes even police officers. It was a coming-of-age experience atypical for many kids… Read More
By Amanda Reiman
This week, I hand-delivered more than 11,000 petitions to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office in San Francisco. Feinstein (D-CA) has been a leading opponent of marijuana reform, and recently spoke out against an… Read More
By Lynne Lyman
I just had to share what an amazing event I attended last week in Washington, DC. It felt like a real turning point in the broader public debate on the war on drugs, and I left DC, heading in to Independence Day feeling… Read More
By Melissa Franqui
“Your Dose of Pop” is DPA’s contribution to a balanced media diet. We generally disseminate serious news about the serious disaster that is the drug war. However, a good deal of public opinion is shaped by… Read More
By Kaitlyn Boecker
U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and U.S. Representative Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) have introduced identical legislation in their respective chambers to support the expansion of overdose prevention services. Overdose deaths… Read More
By Laura Krasovitzky
Today marks 28 years since the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly declared June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Its stated mission is to “strengthen action and cooperation to… Read More
By Amanda Reiman
Fear of the unknown and fear of change are often barriers to policy change, even when science diffuses many of the concerns. Not knowing what a change in policy “looks” like can spawn assumptions influenced by… Read More
By Anthony Papa
Bernard Noble, an individual serving 13 years for possessing two marijuana joints applied for clemency and was recently denied. The reason behind the denial was he had not yet served 10 years in prison. As I said here before… Read More
By Amanda Reiman
Canada has seen the light. In the game of who can move past marijuana propaganda the fastest, Canada just drew a “move 5 spaces card”, while the U.S. keeps picking “lose a turn”. Last week, the… Read More
By Melissa Franqui
Susan Burton is the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, an organization that provides support and resources for women recently released from prison. “So many people are missing from our communities… Read More