Drug Policy Alliance

Vietnam and the War on Drugs: What We Forget, We Repeat

I just finished watching the 18-hour documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novice on the Vietnam War. To call it an epic masterpiece is an understatement–to call it a definitive documentary on one of the most complex events in U.S. history is to commit the common sin of oversimplification. Nonetheless, I found the series extremely affecting–as a person who came of age and political consciousness during the era covered, it was a reminder of how much my worldview and life path was a response to all that was happening then.  What I will say, is that of all the documentaries I have watched on the Vietnam War era, this one was the most personal, the most human, the most balanced (despite an obvious U.S. bias) and the most accurate in providing historical facts.

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Radical Self-Care: 6 Ways Activism Is Good for You

Seemingly every day we wake to some new terrifying and dispiriting news from the Trump administration. It’s almost too much to bear and yet, we must not only bear it, but continue to resist it and all the other politics of hate.

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The Ugly Motive Behind Trump's Repeal of DACA

Since the election, time and time again, Trump and members of his administration have touted “law and order” rhetoric, to advance an agenda that aims to expand criminalizationdeportations and promote white supremacy.

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War on Marijuana and Disparate Policing Communities of Color Must End

I went into law school thinking that I wanted to be a civil rights attorney. As a black queer woman, I understood many of the social injustices experienced by marginalized communities and wanted to use my law degree to fight the many systems of oppression that plagued and terrorized the communities that mattered to me. It wasn’t until my third year of law school, that I that recognized current cannabis policies as a legitimate social justice issue – particularly due to the way marijuana prohibition is enforced.

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Senate Bill Would Cut Millions of People From Healthcare and Escalate Opioid Crisis

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rolled out a disastrous healthcare bill drafted behind closed doors by a small group of Senate Republicans that would rollback provisions in the Affordable Care Act that has extended access to health care to millions of people. The independent Congressional Budget Office analysis reports that the Republican bill would leave 22 million uninsured and millions left besieged because of the nearly $800 billion in proposed Medicaid cuts.

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United Nations and World Health Organization Call for Drug Decriminalization

In a joint statement, the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO) expressed their support for countries in the review and repeal of laws that criminalize drug use and possession of drugs for personal use. This joint statement, which addresses discrimination in health care settings, comes in light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to “ensure that no one is left behind”.

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Second Circuit Upholds Harsh Life Without Parole Sentence for Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht

On Wednesday, in a lengthy 139 page opinion, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a harsh life-without-parole sentence for Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator of the Silk Road darknet marketplace. In 2015, a lower court convicted Mr. Ulbricht of operating the Silk Road website, on which individuals bought and sold drugs. The court sentenced Mr. Ulbricht to life without the possibility of parole, the harshest punishment short of death that our legal system allows.

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Remarks at New York's Farewell to Ethan Nadelmann

Editor's Note: The following is a speech given on Wednesday, April 26, on the occasion of Ethan Nadelmann's last week at the Drug Policy Alliance, which he founded.

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We Still Have a Chance to Stop Kratom Prohibition – And the DEA Actually Wants to Hear Your Thoughts

This summer, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced its intent to ban kratom, a medicinal plant used for millennia in Southeast Asia and currently used by millions in the United States. After DPA members and activists sent over 70,000 messages to Congress, 51 U.S. Representatives and almost a dozen Senators asked the DEA to postpone their ban.

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California Says No to Asset Forfeiture Abuse

Yesterday, California enacted a law that is among the country’s most far-reaching protections against civil asset forfeiture abuse and became the latest state to curtail policing for profit.

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