Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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
By Tony Newman
After making history this summer by becoming the first national paper to call for marijuana legalization, the New York Times doubled down today with their strong editorial in support of the marijuana legalization initiatives… Read More
By Laura Thomas
You know the old saw, as California goes, so goes the rest of the country? Let’s hope that plays out in this case. Recently, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two major harm reduction bills – pharmacy access to… Read More
By Julie Netherland
Those who would perpetuate the failed drug war claim they want to protect the children. But nothing could be further from the truth. The drug war overall, and marijuana prohibition specifically, hurts young people.… Read More
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD MSW
Dear Doctors, “Medical marijuana laws are popping up all over the country, however some of them only allow for strains high in CBD, for kids with seizures. I always thought of THC and marijuana. What’s all this CBD talk… Read More
By Stephanie Izquieta
The blatant contradiction of America's drug war, that prohibition will protect young people, has to end. From Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No,” to the adoption of D.A.R.E. programs in public schools, young… Read More
By Jeronimo Saldaña
Can the ballot really end marijuana prohibition and the drug war? The short answer is yes. As my esteemed colleague, Stephen Gutwillig, wrote earlier this week, “voter initiatives -- primarily reforming or repealing… Read More
By Tony Newman
The war on drugs is a cruel joke. The U.S. spends more than $50 billion a year on the "war on drugs" with the goal of creating a "drug-free society" – yet there has never been a “drug-free… Read More
By Ethan Nadelmann
I was very saddened to receive news that Joe McNamara died a few days ago.  Joe first spoke out publicly for drug policy reform when he was the police chief of San Jose in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  He was an… Read More
By Stephen Gutwillig
It may be an off-year election, but it's a big one for drug policy reform. In seven weeks, voters across the country will have a chance to accelerate the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider… Read More