Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Tony Newman
Eighty thousand music lovers came together this weekend in Fontana California for the HARD Summer Fest. Stefanie Jones of the Drug Policy Alliance was there and her mission was to keep festival goers safe. Jones was… Read More
By Jolene Forman
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is considering whether a pregnant woman’s use of illegal drugs qualifies as child abuse under state law. In May, the Drug Policy Alliance filed a friend of the court brief in the case —… Read More
By Michael Liszewski
Marijuana reform in Congress has gained substantial momentum in 2018 and June was no exception.  Beginning with the introduction of the bipartisan STATES Act from Senators Warren and Gardner, to the Joyce/Leahy… Read More
By Grace Ramsey
Although many are aware of the oppression experienced by those with non-conforming sexualities, consideration of how this translates to the criminal justice system is often not commonplace. While the harms of drug war… Read More
By Michael Collins and Constanza Sánchez
The movement for drug policy reform is a global one – and it has become increasingly important to look at what other countries are doing on drug policy to see what can be learned. Portugal’s decriminalization model… Read More
DPA’s Chris Alexander appeared on Spectrum News in New York to discuss the forthcoming recommendation by New York’s Department of Health to legalize adult use of marijuana. Recently, New York State Health… Read More
By Stefanie Jones
UPDATE (6/15/18): The House passed the SITSA Act 239-142. We’re disappointed to lose this vote but confident we can stop the Senate from moving the bill. Thanks to all who helped! Stay tuned for more updates and ways… Read More
By Suchitra Rajagopalan
As cocaine deaths rise rapidly, it is important to adopt a comprehensive health and harm reduction approach that addresses addiction and overdose deaths in all communities. It’s time to retire the term “opioid crisis… Read More
By Derek Rosenfeld
We were lucky to talk with Bernard Noble for the newest episode of DPA's podcast, who recently came home after serving more than 7 years in a Louisiana prison. Bernard was finally granted parole after being… Read More
By Anthony Papa
President Trump and the use of presidential pardons is all over the news. Earlier this week the President met with Kim Kardashian to discuss the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother who has spent more than 20… Read More