World AIDS Day: We Can’t End AIDS Until We End the War on Drugs

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day. In 1989, I was arrested in front of the White House on World AIDS Day, demanding that then-President Bush take action on HIV/AIDS. Among the issues we were demanding action on then, so ...Read More

Better Solution Than a Border Wall? End Drug Prohibition

What does a multi-billion dollar mistake look like? He looks like a 70 year-old demagogue politician who occupies the White House. And it appears we will have a big-ass wall to remind us of it. If President Donald Trump follows ...Read More

On Saturday, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump held a telephone call with the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. According to Duterte, Trump praised Duterte’s deadly war on drugs and invited him to visit the White House. Upon assuming the ...Read More

Kassandra Frederique, Drug Policy Alliance’s Black History Month Series Visionary, Talks Owning Our Narratives

The Visionary: Kassandra Frederique Crack babies, welfare queens, superpredators, thugs. That’s what they call us; those are the lies they tell about us. The war on drugs—a war on the most vulnerable and targeted black and brown communities in the United ...Read More

DPA’s New Comprehensive Plan Provides Solutions to Problematic Opioid Use and Overdose

On August 31, 2016 advocates around the world commemorated International Overdose Awareness Day. We do so each year, first and foremost, to honor the memories of those tragically lost to overdose, but also to build solidarity around preventing future ...Read More

New Jersey’s Historic Bail Reform Law is Now in Effect and It’s Already Keeping Thousands Out of Jail

In these challenging times, it is important to celebrate our victories in the fields of criminal justice, civil rights and racial justice.  So I want to share the great news about the first full month of New Jersey’s historic ...Read More

End the Ban on Marijuana in Sports

In the last week we’ve heard from NBA legend Phil Jackson and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talking about their own marijuana use and how they think professional sports leagues like the NBA and NFL should change ...Read More

Egged on by Sheriffs, Trump Endorses Police Practice of Taking Property from Innocent People

During a brief meeting with sheriffs where President Trump was apparently introduced to the complex subject of civil asset forfeiture, he offered to destroy the career of the Texas State Senator seeking to reform the system.  Whether this was ...Read More

Trump on Drugs: Nightmare Scenarios Looking Ever More Probable

What a strange time to be fighting to end the war on drugs and the mentality that gave rise to it.  In recent years we’ve won a wide range of once-unimaginable victories and super-majorities of public support – and ...Read More

Tonight the U.S. Senate voted 52 to 47 to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Most Republicans voted for him; most Democrats voted against him. The vote comes after two months of organized opposition as hundreds of organizations ...Read More