Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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
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
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
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
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
By Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD
Almost 19 years ago, I was asked by the San Francisco Chronicle to write a letter to my son, Johnny, about drugs. That letter, has now been translated into at least a dozen languages and reached hundreds of thousands of… Read More
By Virginia Purcell
Just in case you missed it yesterday, the New York Daily News published an op-ed by DPA’s deputy director of national affairs, Grant Smith. The piece takes an intersectional approach to analyzing America’s… Read More
By Suchitra Rajagopalan
Last month, the New York Times published an article declaring the prohibition of alcohol in the Indian state of Bihar a success. The author cites the decline in consumption and sale of alcohol, falling crime rates and… Read More
By Bill Piper
According to news reports President Donald Trump will not be nominating Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to be director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (colloquially referred to as the “drug czar”). This is a… Read More
By Jolene Forman
In his first 100 days in office, Trump has pushed for a return to the ineffective drug war policies of the 1980s and 90s. He has advocated for more aggressive policing, higher mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses as… Read More