Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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
By Sharda Sekaran
The multi-decade, trillion dollar waste that we call the drug war has become increasingly unpopular, with everyone from Nobel Prize winning economists to leaders from the religious and civil rights communities calling for… Read More
By Aaron Juchau
The New York Times recently reported that the NYPD has joined the Community Overdose Prevention Program (COP), created by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The program provides $5 million to equip police officers… Read More
By Bill Piper
When I started work at the Drug Policy Alliance in April of 2000, changing federal drug laws seemed like a near impossibility. So much so that many people advised me it was a waste of time (and a bad career move). But we… Read More
By Michael Collins
In an era of deep partisanship and dysfunction, the House will take a vote - likely tomorrow - which could buck both those trends. An amendment aimed at preventing the federal government from prosecuting providers and users… Read More
By Jeronimo Saldaña
It’s a far too familiar scene happening everyday all over the country: a person is arrested, incarcerated, possibly deported, for a non-violent drug related offense, and a family is torn apart. Thanks to the failed war… Read More
By Melody Lee
Last week, Eugene Jarecki, director of the award-winning documentary, The House I Live In, launched a powerful online video, featuring the talented break dancers of the Oakland-based Turf Feinz dance crew. The “JUST… Read More
By Dr. Malik Burnett
Why a physician and former surgery resident would decide to leave clinical medicine to join an organization like Drug Policy Alliance may seem like a head-scratcher. Fortunately, the answer to this one is simple. In fact, it… Read More
By Bill Piper
For months Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Michele Leonhart has openly rebuked the drug policy reform policies of Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama with one embarrassing statement after… Read More
By Jessica Gelay
Last week, the House of Representatives considered an amendment to prohibit the Veterans Administration from spending money to prosecute clinicians for recommending medical marijuana to their veteran patients. This amendment… Read More