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Pleasure, Delayed: DPA's Alexis Martin Pens Powerful Op-Ed About Juneteenth and the Freedom to Use Drugs

Drug Policy Alliance

DPA's Alexis Martin wrote a powerful op-ed in Filter discussing why Juneteenth should include the freedom to use drugs.

"This year, Juneteenth is taking its rightful place as a more meaningful celebration of freedom than July 4 ever could be. It’s a day for rest, celebration, webinars and parties alike devoted to Black freedom, and, I hope, pleasure. Included in that pleasure should be a freedom to use drugs in whichever way we desire⁠—something that has been denied to Black people in this country for its entire history."

Alexis asks — "how can we center Black joy and pleasure, and give room to our people who seek pleasure with drugs?"

Read the op-ed on Filter.

Alexis Martin is the development manager at Drug Policy Alliance.