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Michael Collins
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Michael Collins is policy manager at Drug Policy Alliance's Office of National Affairs, in Washington, D.C., where he works with Congress on a wide variety of drug policy issues including drug war spending, syringe access funding, appropriations, and Latin America. He is originally from Scotland, and lived in France, Spain and Mexico, before moving to the U.S.

Before joining DPA, Michael worked at the Information Technology Industry Council, interned for Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and worked on drug war issues in Mexico for the CIP Americas Program. He holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he studied international relations. He also has an undergraduate degree from Strathclyde University in his hometown of Glasgow. He speaks French, Spanish and Catalan. Michael has discussed drug policy issues on the BBC, NBC’s Telemundo, TVE and Telesur. He has also appeared in the Baltimore Sun and Proceso magazine.

In his free time, he enjoys watching football (soccer), especially his beloved Glasgow Celtic and FC Barcelona, reading books, watching films, and occasionally dj’ing – on special request.

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What Would an Independent Scotland's Foreign Policy Look Like?

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:24 PM

On September 18, Scots will go to the polls and decide whether to remain part of the UK. The debate has mostly focused on economics, with banking, oil and debt dominating the discourse. Largely absent from the discussion has been international affairs. An independent Scotland must craft a new foreign...

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Will Congress Act on a Big Opportunity to Protect Medical Marijuana Users?

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 5:23 PM

In an era of deep partisanship and dysfunction, the House will take a vote -- likely tomorrow- which could buck both those trends.

An amendment aimed at preventing the federal government from prosecuting providers and users of medical marijuana, in states that have some form of medicinal...

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Pavan Narain Mehrotra, Simi Valley Teen, Meets With President Obama Over Clean-Energy Invention

(7) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 10:08 AM

WASHINGTON -- Pavan Narain Mehrotra hopes the clean-energy device he built and tested will someday eliminate the need to burn fossil fuels to produce electricity.

It already has earned him a few minutes with President Barack Obama.

Mehrotra, 18, of Simi Valley, and other young inventors from across the country...

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