Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Daniel Altman
Recently interviewed on Meet the Press, former president Bill Clinton defended the nearly half of the United States that has legalized medical marijuana, saying there is “a lot of evidence” for medicinal use of… Read More
By Dr. Malik Burnett
The year 2014 has seen several significant drug policy reform milestones. And today marks a major historical anniversary in the nation’s efforts toward eliminating discriminatory practices from government policy, and… Read More
By Stephanie Polito
Monday afternoon, Eugene Jarecki, filmmaker of the award-winning documentary The House I Live In joined the Drug Policy Alliance’s asha bandele for a discussion of the film’s impact. The film, which won the Grand… Read More
By Melissa Franqui
Last week, I attended the Cannabis Business Summit, hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association in Denver. At first glance, the gathering looked like any other trade show, but with one almost surreal exception, that… Read More
By Avinash Tharoor
1,100 – The number of Americans that die each year due to violent crime caused by the drug war This average death toll of Americans murdered in drug-related crimes is higher than the annual fatality rate of US soldiers… Read More
By Malik Burnett and Kathleen J. Frydl
Rep. Andy Harris’s (R-MD) recent appropriations rider to block marijuana decriminalization in Washington, DC is by no means the first instance of federal overreach into efforts surrounding drug policy reform in the… Read More
By Laura Pegram
With the passage of Amendment 64 in November 2012, Colorado made history and became one of the first two states to approve legal regulation of the cultivation, manufacture and sale of marijuana for adults 21 and over.… Read More
By Daniel Altman
Every year, the United Nations designates June 26th as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Sounds good, right? Who wouldn’t want to help prevent the harms associated with problematic drug… Read More
By James Carli
The issue of drug policy reform is well-understood among commentators and activists on the left. The stark facts that drug use is roughly equal among all racial groups yet brown and black people bear the brunt of drug law… Read More
By Aaron Juchau
There have been a number of reports on environmental damage in California caused by marijuana cultivation. The issue centers on problems of water use and pollution created by irresponsible farmers, especially illegal grows… Read More