Drug Policy Alliance Blog

06/18/17
By Derek Hodel
Last week, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, an African American man, during a traffic stop that took place last year. In an incident that shocked… Read More
06/15/17
By Jules Netherland
On June 12th, the esteemed, powerful, and generally staid America Medical Association came out in support of piloting safe injection facilities (SIFs), a truly encouraging sign that organization is ready to embrace research-… Read More
06/13/17
By Alyssa Stryker
The Monday edition of the New York Times featured a lengthy article highlighting the prominent role played by the police in responding to the current opioid crisis. In “When Opioid Addicts Find an Ally in Blue,”… Read More
06/11/17
By Roseanne Scotti
New Jersey is gearing up for an intense campaign for marijuana legalization. Senate Bill 3195 and Assembly Bill 4872, which would legalize marijuana in New Jersey, were recently introduced by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari (D-… Read More
06/08/17
By Theshia Naidoo
In two recent United States Supreme Court cases, Justices across the ideological spectrum cast a critical eye towards the current asset forfeiture system.   This week, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision… Read More
06/07/17
By Chiara Fontaine
I was sitting on a couch surrounded by my friends a few nights ago, when I was informed that many of the people in this crowded high school party were on “bars” – a nickname for Xanax – and had been… Read More
06/05/17
By Joy Haviland
Yesterday, the Drug Policy Alliance and the ACLU of California filed a lawsuit against the City of Fontana challenging a city ordinance that is intended to effectively prevent residents to enjoy the rights granted to them by… Read More
06/01/17
By Jolene Forman
On Wednesday, in a lengthy 139 page opinion, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a harsh life-without-parole sentence for Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator of the Silk Road darknet marketplace. In 2015, a lower court… Read More
05/23/17
By Hannah Hetzer
At dawn on Sunday, a neighborhood in the center of São Paulo, Brazil awoke to a violent and unanticipated onslaught of nearly a thousand police officers, who descended on residents – many of whom were homeless… Read More
05/15/17
By Anthony Papa
On May 15, I was invited to appear on Democracy Now!, along with Dr. Carl Hart, about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his controversial new plan to have prosecutors across the country throw the book at drug offenders and… Read More