Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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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02/21/14
By Alexis R. Posey
I am a little embarrassed to admit when my friend/colleague mentioned Dr. Joycelyn Elders I had no idea who she was talking about (blame the public school system if you like) and it wasn’t until I went home and hit up... Read More

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02/20/14
By Maggie Taylor
Baltimore is a beautiful city, home to the glittering Inner Harbor, mouth-watering crab, and the best ballpark on earth. But if there’s one thing Baltimoreans know, it’s the ravages that drugs can have on... Read More

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02/19/14
By Kassandra Frederique
I've learned in my four years in the drug policy reform field that if you wait long enough, the same ill-informed and racist drug war propaganda will be rehashed over and over again. As I read the New York Times this... Read More

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02/07/14
By Tony Newman
We are witnessing the beginning of the end of our disastrous war on drugs. 58% of Americans nationally support marijuana legalization. World leaders like former UN head Kofi Annan are calling for an end to the drug war. U.S... Read More

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12/30/13
By Sharda Sekaran
The drug war is full of racism and hypocrisy. It's hard to argue against that reality. People intoxicate themselves, both illegally and legally, at much the same rates across racial lines. Similarly, the drug trade is... Read More

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12/17/13
By Meghan Ralston
Reports on deaths related to Ecstasy and methamphetamine use are always heartbreaking. It’s easy to understand why people are worried about young people consuming stimulants at music festivals. Drug-related fatalities... Read More

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