Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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
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