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Above the Law: New DPA Report Finds 'Policing for Profit' Gone Wild

Jag Davies | Posted 06.29.2015 | Crime
Jag Davies

Did you know police are allowed to seize and keep your cash, cars, real estate, and any other property -- even if you're never convicted or even charged with a crime? It's called civil asset forfeiture -- and if it sounds like legalized burglary, that's because it is.

A New Approach That Unwinds the Drug War and Produces Dramatic Reductions in Recidivism

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Gabriel Sayegh

One of the most innovative reforms in the country is one you've probably never heard of. That's about to change, because Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is transforming the national discussion about how to end the war on drugs and mass incarceration.

Booker and Gillibrand Call for Compassion

Joe Schrank | Posted 05.17.2015 | New York
Joe Schrank

Senators Corey Booker (D, NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY) stopped by the Manhattan office of the Drug Policy Alliance Sunday afternoon to promote their new bill, "The CARERS act".  Marijuana is currently a schedule 1 drug, the same as heroin.

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Clinton Foundation To Help Make Anti-Overdose Drug Much More Affordable

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Naloxone, a medication known as the “overdose antidote,” can reverse the effects of an overdose from opioid drugs like her...

NCAA to Change its Ways on Pot Testing

The 420 Times | Posted 03.23.2015 | Sports
The 420 Times

After two players for the championship-losing University of Oregon football team were suspended ahead of that game for allegedly turning up positive for marijuana, the NCAA announced recently that it will reexamine its drug testing policies.

A Higher Law: Crafting California's 2016 Marijuana Legalization Bill

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 03.14.2015 | San Francisco
Jonathan Greenberg

For the first time, the sometimes competitive factions of the state's cannabis movement were sitting at the same table, discussing what an evolved legalization measure might look like.

E-Cig Users and Vapers Need to Join Anti-Drug War Movement

Tony Newman | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

It is time for smokers and vapers to join the growing anti-drug war movement. Smokers and vapers may not think about it, but they are also drug users and they are being demonized and threatened like other drug users. And vapers may not know it, but they are harm-reductionists.

Ethan Nadelmann and Stephen Colbert on Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Media
Tony Newman

Like millions of others, I tuned in regularly to get the news of the day from the hilarious show. I loved how the show could educate people and explain complicated issues in such an entertaining way. The segments were often more informative than networking news, and a hell of a lot funnier.

Texas Excited About Drug Policy Reform

Joy Strickland | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Joy Strickland

It's been a long time coming, but finally some of the national interest and enthusiasm for drug policy reform is beginning to trickle down to Texas.

Election 2014: Americans Ready to End the War on Drugs

Jag Davies | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Jag Davies

When historians look back at the movement to end the war on drugs, they might very well point to the 2014 election as the moment when it all got real. With marijuana legalization measures passing in Oregon, Alaska and D.C., there's no longer any denying that drug policy reform is a mainstream -- and quite urgent -- political demand.

Music Industry Executive Meets Social Advocate: Chatting with Lava Records CEO Jason Flom

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jason Flom: "I think it was really for the general work that I do. I haven't done a ton of work on the arts side, but I have been involved for over 20 years trying to reform the criminal justice system."

Are UK 'Porn Filters' Censoring Critics of the War on Drugs?

Sam Tracy | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Sam Tracy

Many of the UK's Internet service providers (ISPs) turned on "porn filters" under the guise of protecting the "innocence of children," but as warned by opponents of Internet regulation, the filters are now blocking large amounts of clean content.

Global Day of Protest Against the Drug War

Daniel Altman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Daniel Altman

For the second year in a row, an international groundswell of activists have organized a Global Day of Action. In addition to the thousands of actions around the world focusing on various aspects of the failed drug war, drug policy reform advocates will be taking their protest right to the source: the UN Headquarters in New York.

5 Ways to Improve Media Coverage of Marijuana and Other Drug-Related Issues

Jag Davies | Posted 07.09.2014 | Media
Jag Davies

Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past quarter-century. Yet many journalists still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering any other issue.

The Drug Czar's Office Is Taking Ideas From the Drug Policy Reform Movement

Derek Rosenfeld | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Derek Rosenfeld

While it is truly great to see ONDCP trying to help prevent overdoses, they're still missing the big picture -- the criminalization of drug use is what's predominantly driving the harms associated with drug use.

Locking People Up for Public Marijuana Smoking Is Not the Answer

Grant Smith | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Grant Smith

Threatening people who consume marijuana in public with arrest and a 60 day jail sentence will not deter this behavior. It will only perpetuate the harms that we have seen from failed drug war policies.

Tonight's State of the Union Should Also Offer Economic Opportunity for People With Drug Law Felonies

Alexsandra Smith | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Alexsandra Smith

As it stands today, felony drug offenders face significant obstacles to joining the economy.

Why I Support the Drug Policy Alliance's 2014 California Measure to Regulate and Tax Marijuana

David Bronner | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
David Bronner

Legalizing marijuana in California in 2014 will truly be the massive earthquake that hastens the demise of national and international cannabis prohibition, and all the evils that attend this draconian racist policy.

What Health Care Reform Could Mean for Drug Policy and Mass Incarceration

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Gabriel Sayegh

Today, the drug war is widely recognized as one of the country's greatest failures; the ACA suggests a way out.

'People Should Not Be Punished For Possessing Small Amounts Of Any Drug'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

What may very well be the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition in the United States has already begun. Colorado marijuana dispensaries are...

We 'Have Reached The Tipping Point' In Marijuana Policy Reform

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

Last week, more than 1,200 drug reformers from around the world gathered in Denver at the International Drug Reform Conference to talk about policy re...

Latest DEA Scandal: All Your Calls Belong to Us

Jag Davies | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Jag Davies

It's remarkable how little scrutiny the DEA faces from Congress or other federal overseers. Over the last 40 years Congress has rarely held hearings on the DEA, its actions, or its efficacy. I hope this is a wake-up call for members of Congress.

The Incredible Impact of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Medical Marijuana Special

Tony Newman | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Tony Newman

I've worked at the Drug Policy Alliance for 14 years -- and more people, even folks who don't follow drug policy, have asked me about the Sanjay Gupta special than almost anything else I've worked on over the past decade and a half.

What Breaking Bad Reveals About The War On Drugs

Radley Balko | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

Sure, Breaking Bad is fiction. But the real drug war can often be darker, more twisted, more corrupting, and more violent than the show. Still, while ...

Let's Get Honest About Our Drug Use

Tony Newman | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Tony Newman

Let's have an honest conversation about our personal drug use, why we use drugs, and how the war on drugs impacts us, our families and society. Please answer the questions below and reflect with me.