What My Pardon from Governor Andrew Cuomo Means to Me

On Dec. 30, 2016, I received a call from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office informing me that I had just been granted a pardon. My knees shook and arms got numb as the news sunk in. It was the exact ...Read More

This Election Day is shaping up to be a watershed moment for efforts to end marijuana prohibition, with five states voting on marijuana legalization and four more on medical marijuana. The results are expected to have major ramifications for ...Read More

New Jersey Leading the Way on Bail Reform

Over the past year, there has been increased national attention on the role cash bail plays in the criminal justice system.  In almost all jurisdictions around the country, decisions about who is released pending trial are currently based on ...Read More

SANTA FE, New Mexico  — Today pain specialists, people recovering from addiction, community members, and drug policy reformers joined together to call for the inclusion of medical cannabis in New Mexico’s response to heroin and opioids. State lawmakers Representative ...Read More

The Drug Policy Alliance is launching a campaign to put the brakes on Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination for Attorney General. The Drug Policy Alliance campaign includes a new video launched today on The Root that exposes Jeff Sessions’ appalling ...Read More

Florida voters have approved the state’s medical marijuana initiative, Amendment 2.  This victory makes Florida, with its huge population and bellwether status in American politics, the first state in the South to adopt a medical marijuana law. The new law ...Read More

Colorado and Washington Laid the Groundwork for California to Set the New Gold Standard of Marijuana Legalization

Four years ago, two states broke with the federal government regarding marijuana policy.  Colorado and Washington decided simple possession, cultivation, purchase and private use of marijuana by adults is no longer a criminal issue. These victories initially led the ...Read More

California voters have approved Proposition 64, legalizing marijuana in the nation’s largest state.     The new law focuses on undoing the most egregious harms of marijuana prohibition, which have disproportionately impacted communities of color; restoring and protecting public lands and ...Read More

Federal Legislation Is Necessary to Protect CBD Patients

For years there has been a widespread misperception that CBD – or cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive marijuana component with several beneficial medical applications – is legal to possess and make under federal law. When the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) established a ...Read More

This Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition, with the results expected to accelerate efforts to legalize marijuana in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and internationally.  Overall, legalization initiatives prevailed ...Read More