Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By 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… Read More
By Kassandra Frederique, Drug Policy Alliance
Dr. Kim Sue, Harm Reduction Coalition
The rapid escalation of COVID-19 across the US is exposing many of the systemic vulnerabilities within our society while also revealing the many policy and criminal justice decisions that have made us more vulnerable. There… Read More
By Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno
Dear DPAers, I am writing to let you know that I will be stepping down from the role of executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance on March 6 to take a job at my previous organization, Human Rights Watch.  The… Read More
By Aliza Cohen
The Office of Academic Engagement undertook a project in the last two years to develop recommendations about how to fill in gaps in the drug policy research environment and improve the evidence base that informs drug policy… Read More
By Michael Collins
On Thursday, June 20, 2019, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez debated her amendment to reduce $5 million in funding for the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of a Department of Justice appropriations bill… Read More
By New York Policy Office
Brendan Cox, former chief of the Albany Police Department, wrote an op-ed in the Times Union calling for marijuana legalization, not decriminalization, in New York State: "In New York, marijuana decriminalization has… Read More
By New York Policy Office
Long-time DPA ally Dr. Elizabeth Bogel Ryan wrote a powerful op-ed featured on Syracuse.com urging state legislators to pass the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act to end marijuana prohibition in New York. Dr. Ryan… Read More
By Anthony Papa
In 2010, I got a visit from Lawrence Harris who was sentenced to 60 years in prison under the Rockefeller Drug Laws (RDLs). Because of a series of legal challenges he made, his sentence was later reduced to 17 years to life… Read More
By Anthony Papa
Dr. Jay Borchert has a very rich life. Before joining the Drug Policy Alliance in 2019 as a researcher and quantitative analyst, he served as an assistant professor of Sociology at John Jay College and an Emerging Diversity… Read More
By Anthony Papa
On Tuesday April 18, hip hop pioneer and activist Fab 5 Freddy hosted the New York City premiere of his new documentary “Grass is Greener.” The film, which will debut on Netflix on Saturday, April 20 – 4/20,… Read More