Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Sharda Sekaran
I’m a native New Yorker and I live in Brooklyn. But right now I’m in Portland and I am completely dedicating myself to the state of Oregon. Why? This lovely Pacific Northwestern state has the unique and historic… Read More
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, “My next-door neighbor has the cutest child I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, the child has been battling severe epilepsy from a young age. We have a very tight community here, and I want to help the best way I… Read More
By Jag Davies
Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past few years. Yet many media outlets -- even some of the most well-meaning ones -- still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain… Read More
By James Carli
News broke this morning that Hunter Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, was expelled from the Navy just a month after receiving his commission in 2013 because he failed a drug test, testing positive for cocaine use. This… Read More
By Michael Collins
In the fight to end the drug war, U.S. foreign policy has been particularly frustrating. While we have seen a myriad of changes at the domestic level on marijuana, criminal justice, and harm reduction, U.S. foreign policy… Read More
By Meghan Ralston
Lisa Raville is a powerful woman whose days are filled with stigma—thinking about it, coping with it, wanting to reduce it, and seeing the real-life horrible impact of it on virtually every drug-injecting client who… Read More
By Jeronimo Saldaña
Yesterday, working families took a stand against the devastating effects marijuana prohibition has had on the residents of Washington, D.C. The D.C./Maryland chapter of the SEIU, the nation’s largest private sector… Read More
By Sharda Sekaran
Rock the Vote is off to a glorious start in encouraging young people to vote this election season with a star-studded video featuring the likes of Lil Jon, Lena Dunham, Fred Armisen and Whoopi Goldberg. The video spoofs Lil… Read More
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, “With so much information coming out about the medical value of marijuana, and that marijuana is not as dangerous as alcohol, why was it made illegal in the first place?” Sincerely, Looking for a history… Read More
By Jill Harris
Guidebook author and TV host Rick Steves has travelled the world for three decades with an appetite for more than just new foods and cultures. He’s also had a keen interest in understanding how different countries… Read More