Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Christopher Soda
I think it’s safe to say most people were horrified upon hearing about Emily Baer’s close encounter with death after smoking synthetic cannabis.  Some state governments, such as NJ, have recently adopted a… Read More
By Ethan Nadelmann
I firmly believe that at some point during his second administration President Obama is going to address the issue of mass incarceration in America. What I fear is that he is going to wait so long, and ultimately do so… Read More
By Derek Rosenfeld
Lawmakers across the country are pushing bills to drug test people who apply for certain benefits, like unemployment insurance and welfare. This makes NO sense. People who apply for unemployment insurance need to have worked… Read More
By Tony Newman
Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy knows firsthand about addiction. Kennedy checked into a rehab center in 2007 for his addiction to Oxycodone after crashing his car while intoxicated. Kennedy is now leading… Read More
By Derek Rosenfeld
The movement to end the war on drugs gained its most significant ground ever in 2012. Marijuana was legalized in Colorado and Washington, several groundbreaking films that expose the failures of the war on drugs were… Read More
By Maggie Taylor
The National Institute on Drug Abuse unveiled the results of its annual Monitoring the Future survey today, finding that teen marijuana use is on the rise while alcohol and tobacco use continue to fall. The 2012 survey… Read More
By Megan Farrington
One of the best radio shows around is the Kojo Nnamdi Show on DC’s local NPR station. Kojo speaks knowledgeably about an incredible range of topics, and always manages to find thoughtful guests. A few days ago he… Read More
By Daniel Robelo
The possession and home cultivation of marijuana became legal in Colorado this week, just as the latest in a series of polls was released showing sustained support for marijuana reform – and a strong majority… Read More
By Tommy McDonald
Washington is set to legalize the possession of marijuana for people 21 and older starting today. Colorado will follow suit once Governor Hickenlooper certifies the election results or by January 6, 2012, whichever comes… Read More
By Tommy McDonald
As Colorado and Washington prepare to implement their new voter-approved marijuana legalization laws, the ripple effects are already being felt. From how to handle pending marijuana arrest cases, to regulatory issues, the… Read More