May 31, 2016 (Oakland, CA) – New data analyses conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California find that racial disparities in marijuana policing have persisted, following the reduction of low-level marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to ...Read More

Today, the President of the Philippines delivered his “State of the Nation Address."  He vowed to show “no mercy” in his bloody war on drugs and crime, warning criminals that priests and human rights advocates cannot protect them from ...Read More

SANTA FE— New Mexico’s Department of Health administrative shortfalls are leaving medical cannabis patients without access to medicine and unprotected from criminal liability for purchase, possession, and cultivation across New Mexico. According to law, the Department of Health (DOH) is ...Read More

Today, the Drug Policy Alliance released Marijuana Facts, intended for non-expert audiences seeking answers to some of the most common questions asked about marijuana use, its effects, and the rapidly-shifting legal landscape. The booklet addresses 15 frequently-asked questions about subjects ...Read More

After Prince’s Tragic Overdose, Here’s What You Need to Know About Fentanyl

The toxicology results from music legend Prince’s tragic death last month are now public, and the media are  focusing on what for many is a new word – fentanyl. It appears likely that Prince ingested it and tragically died ...Read More

Two Major Drug Policy Reform Victories in California’s New Budget

Last month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the 2016-17 state budget, which included two DPA sponsored budget requests: $3 million for community-based naloxone distribution and $15 million to establish up to three Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion [LEAD] pilots in ...Read More

Prince, Gone 2 Soon, Spotlights the Complexities of Opioid Use

Today would have been Prince’s 58th birthday, and so as we celebrate his life and musical contributions, I wonder how this tragedy could have been prevented, how we, as advocates for compassionate and health-based drug policies, can do better ...Read More

Why is the U.S. Silent on Massacre of Drug Users in the Philippines?

In the past few weeks, a spate of horrific killings have taken place across the Philippines. Murders of people who use drugs, people who sell drugs, and people who have simply been assumed to do either. No trials, no ...Read More

ALBANY, New York — Today, elected officials, community members, civil rights and legal advocates, and drug policy reformers joined together to call for the inclusion of communities of color in Albany’s response to heroin and opioids. In the midst ...Read More

Today, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of more than 200 people incarcerated in federal prison, almost all for drug offenses. This brings his total number of clemencies granted to 562 people. Many of those who received commutations today ...Read More