Drug Policy Alliance

DPA Network is the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs. We envision new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights and a just society in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Top Adviser to Richard Nixon Admitted that 'War on Drugs' was Policy Tool to Go After Anti-War Protesters and 'Black People'
A decades old quote from President Nixon's administration is making front page news and being shared widely around the web. The quote from John Ehrlichman, who served as President Richard Nixon’s domestic policy chief gained new notoriety after appearing in a cover story in Harper’s Magazine by...
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Monday, March 21, 2016
Supreme Court Rejects Nebraska and Oklahoma Lawsuit Over Colorado Marijuana Legalization
Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case brought by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado over its marijuana legalization law. Oklahoma and Nebraska had claimed the Colorado law had created an increased law enforcement burden in neighboring states. The suit, filed by...
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Friday, March 11, 2016
World Leaders Call Upcoming UN Special Session An "Historic Opportunity" to End Failed War on Drugs
A bold public statement was released today by the Global Commission on Drug Policy stating that “an historic opportunity to achieve more humane and effective drug policy is at risk.” The Commission is referring to the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs -- a...
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Monday, August 17, 2015
White House Opiate Overdose Program Announced Today is One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
The Obama Administration announced a new program today to fund “public health-public safety partnerships” to address the heroin and prescription opioid crisis. The new program would hire 15 drug intelligence officers and 15 health policy analysts to work within High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area...
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Monday, July 13, 2015
President Obama Grants Clemency to 46 People, Will Make Big Push for Criminal Justice Reform This Week
Today, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 people incarcerated in federal prison. This follows the commutation of eight people incarcerated in federal prison for drug offenses in December of 2014, and 22 in March 2015. Fourteen of the people who received commutations today were...
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Monday, July 06, 2015
Marijuana Legalization in Washington State: One-Year Status Report
As several states consider marijuana legalization initiatives, all eyes are on the initial outcomes of Washington’s marijuana law. In 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first two states to pass laws taxing and regulating marijuana. Wednesday will mark the one-year anniversary of retail...
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Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Congress Votes to End DEA's Invasive Bulk Data Collection Program and Slashes Agency's Budget
Legislators voted by a simple voice vote last night to end the DEA’s controversial bulk data collection programs, as part of the U.S. House of Representatives' consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. The House also passed three amendments that cut $...
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Monday, May 04, 2015
Governor of Puerto Rico Signs Executive Order to Legalize Medical Marijuana
Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla of Puerto Rico signed an executive order yesterday legalizing medical marijuana in the U.S. territory. The order enables the Puerto Rican Health Department to authorize the use of marijuana and its derivatives for medical purposes. The Health Secretary now has...
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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Indiana Legislature Legalizes Syringe Programs to Counter Growing HIV/AIDS Epidemic; Governor Pence Expected to Approve
Last night the Indiana legislature passed life-saving legislation allowing counties to establish syringe programs to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently determined that HIV infection rates have soared in...
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Friday, April 10, 2015
New Mexico Governor Signs Historic Property Rights Protections into Law
Today, Governor Susana Martinez signed HB 560 into law, ending the practice of civil asset forfeiture in New Mexico. Civil asset forfeiture, also known as “policing for profit,” allows law enforcement officers to seize personal property without ever charging—much less convicting—a person with a...
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