Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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
10/31/20
By Sasha Simon
Decades of youth abstinence pledges have stifled generations of Americans’ ability to think critically about their own health. Red Ribbon Week, the largest drug-use prevention campaign in the United States, finds itself… Read More
10/27/20
By Drug Policy Alliance
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Controlled Substances Act. DPA's Executive Director, Kassandra Frederique, reflects on 50 years of failure in her latest op-ed for Truthout: In 1970, the Controlled Substances… Read More
10/08/20
By Sasha Simon
The COVID-19 pandemic reveals the intricate layers between health education, public health and the resulting transmission and morbidity rates of communicable diseases – especially among BIPOC communities – that occur due to… Read More
10/06/20
By Drug Policy Alliance
The Drug Policy Alliance mourns the passing of Henry van Ameringen, who died on September 9, 2020 at the age of 89. Henry was one of DPA’s most beloved, generous, and longstanding donors. We honor his commitment to ending… Read More