Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Christopher Soda
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released its 2013 National Drug Control Strategy last week.  While the rhetoric focused on a public health approach, when you dig to the heart of the matter… Read More
By Derek Rosenfeld
President Obama made a joke about his marijuana use at last week's White House Correspondents' Dinner. It was just one joke, and it was actually pretty funny. But should President Obama, arguably history's… Read More
By Clovis Thorn
It’s your turn for your weekly Weight Watchers weigh in. You’re dreading it, remembering your kid’s birthday party and those other times when you busted your diet. You step on the scale. You’ve gained… Read More
By Amanda Reiman
In this week's "hypocrisy news," the federal government continues to deny the medical value of cannabis even in light of contrary claims by its own agency, the National Institute of Health. According to an… Read More
By Laura Thomas
For more than 15 years, I’ve been volunteering with the local syringe access program here in San Francisco. I stand behind a grocery store for a couple of hours on Tuesday nights with some other volunteers, collecting… Read More
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