Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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
By Oriana Mayorga
I am a non-problematic drug user and a proud electronic dance music (EDM) fan. And yes, there are many of us that exist. In fact, I’d like to think that we represent the majority of the EDM community. With Electric… Read More
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
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