Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Melissa Franqui
AFROPUNK and the Drug Policy Alliance have teamed up for this year’s Brooklyn and Atlanta festivals to collectively unite our voices and say, “NO MORE DRUG WAR!” This past weekend, the two-day AFROPUNK Brooklyn festival… Read More
By Derek Rosenfeld
We’re launching a podcast today! Click here to listen to our introduction episode. I’m really excited about this. Our main host will be our multimedia director, Tommy McDonald, who’s based in Oakland, CA. He has been on… Read More
By Eleanor Knauss
Donald Trump made headlines in June 2015 when he announced his candidacy for president, running on an anti-immigration, tough on crime platform, asserting that “[Mexicans] are bringing drugs. They're bringing crime.”… Read More
By Sheila P. Vakharia
“But what about the kids?” Most of us drug policy reformers have been asked this question (or one like it) by a well-meaning adult concerned that marijuana legalization sends the ‘wrong message’ to… Read More
By Bill Piper
President Donald Trump’s defense of white nationalist groups in the wake of Charlottesville is shocking, but not really surprising to anyone who has been following his Administration. From appointing Jeff Sessions as… Read More
By Jolene Forman
Last week, a U.S. District Court blocked federal prosecutors from pursuing a case against a California duo, Anthony Pisarski and Sonny Moore, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture and sell medical marijuana.… Read More
By Art Way
Oregon has recently joined a handful of other states to lower criminal penalties for drug possession in limited circumstances. Advocates, legislators and the governor in Oregon should be applauded for their efforts to create… Read More
By Megan Farrington
The drug war is a tool of racial oppression. We see this in racial disparities in arrest and incarceration rates for drug offenses that exist even though white people and people of color use and sell drugs at about the same… Read More
By Henry York
In 2012, Honduran police opened fire on a small passenger boat they thought carried drug traffickers. Instead, firing shots from both a police boat and a machine gun-equipped helicopter overhead, the police killed four… Read More
By Jessica Gelay
Racial and ethnic differences have been part of the fabric of the political and social fiber of the United States since it was established. The writers of the Constitution codified white racial superiority in the… Read More