Drug Policy Alliance Blog

06/18/14
By Jeronimo Saldaña
It’s pretty simple. Over 20 million Americans used illicit drugs recreationally in the past year and American drug prohibition has only served to create an unregulated black market whose collateral consequences include… Read More
06/17/14
By Anthony Papa
Locking people up for nonviolent drug crimes has become the way of life in the United States. Because of this, our prisons have become tremendously overcrowded and our criminal justice system is broken. To remedy this,… Read More
06/16/14
By Lynne Lyman
In the budget sausage-making process that culminated in a successful vote over the weekend, an amazing piece of meat (vegan or the real stuff) was produced in California. If approved by the governor, as expected, California… Read More
06/16/14
By Bill Piper
A piece in the Washington Post highlights the growing backlog of untested rape test kits that are sitting in police storage units while rapists run free and victims suffer.  Missing from the story, however, is one of… Read More
06/12/14
By Erin George
Too many veterans – experts estimate between 10 and 30 percent – suffer from PTSD, which can cause a range of horrible symptoms, including flashbacks, loss of emotional control and suicidal thinking. The… Read More
06/09/14
By Rick Doblin and Ethan Nadelmann
For four decades, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has systematically obstructed medical research and rejected scientific evidence. It’s increasingly clear that entrusting decisions involving medical science… Read More
06/04/14
By Yolande Cadore
Hundreds of faith leaders affiliated with more than 40 faith organizations, including Roman Catholics, Jews, Evangelical Protestants and Mainline Protestants signed onto a letter calling on Congress to support the Smarter… Read More
06/03/14
By Bill Piper
I've seen that a number of folks have raised some very good questions about the effectiveness of the Rohrabacher-Farr medical marijuana amendment that passed the U.S. House late last Thursday night. I thought I would… Read More
06/03/14
By Tony Newman
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd just published a piece about her bad trip from marijuana edibles. Maureen describes eating a caramel-chocolate candy bar made with marijuana in her Colorado hotel room. Dowd admits to… Read More
06/02/14
By Jag Davies
Sasha Shulgin, who passed away Monday at the age of 88, was many things to many people. He was not just a pharmacologist, author, and medical chemist, but a pioneer in drug policy reform. Best known for introducing MDMA to… Read More