Drug Policy Alliance Blog

12/21/21
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People use drugs for many reasons, including for fun, to celebrate, to manage physical and mental health challenges, and to cope with stress. The truth is that all drug use carries potential risks – and benefits. And we know… Read More
12/03/21
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The war on marijuana is a war on people. Yet instead of ending federal prohibition and advancing marijuana justice, Congress is rushing to pass a marijuana banking bill that would prioritize profits over people being harmed… Read More
08/31/21
By Jake Samieske
Pop culture has the power to shape our beliefs, for better or worse. Now, as the United States grapples with an overdose crisis – one that has culminated in a record number of overdose deaths in 2020 (a nearly 30% increase… Read More
08/09/21
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Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid painkiller. It is currently legal to treat patients with severe pain, often after surgery, and is commonly used for pain management under the supervision of a doctor.  However, when… Read More
05/12/21
By Maritza Perez, Cyrus O’Brien and Charlotte Lawrence
You’ve probably seen it by now, on B-roll if not in real life: Police and sheriff’s deputies spraying protesters with a water cannon mounted on a mine resistant vehicle. Combat vehicles rolling down American streets. Police… Read More
03/09/21
By Drug Policy Alliance
On March 13th, 2020, Breonna Taylor was killed in her home by police officers during a no-knock raid. Her death prompted national attention and outrage as yet another illustrative case of racist and violent police tactics… Read More
01/27/21
By Dilara Balkan
In 2021, advocates in New York and New Mexico—two states where DPA has a long history of fighting to reform drug policy—are campaigning to legalize marijuana. These legalization efforts are different than efforts in most… Read More
12/21/20
By Kassandra Frederique
It has been quite the year. 2020 was defined by its novel challenges and escalating uncertainty, but our movement stayed the course, exceeded our own expectations, and broke new ground. I cannot help but look back on DPA’s… Read More
11/04/20
By Kassandra Frederique
Post updated November 6, 2020. I hope you’ll take a few moments to celebrate the silver lining: last night was a landslide victory for drug policy reform. In a historic, paradigm-shifting win and arguably the biggest blow… Read More
11/04/20
By Kassandra Frederique
It’s been a monumental night for drug policy reform. In arguably the biggest blow to the drug war to date, Oregon has become the first state in the nation to decriminalize all drugs. And it was a historic night for marijuana… Read More