Drug Policy Alliance

Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Drug Enforcement Administration police are seen as demonstrators marched to Freedom Plaza from Capitol Hill to honor George Floyd and victims of racial injustice on Saturday, June 6, 2020.
"It is astonishing that in the midst of a pandemic and calls for police reform, the DEA is using the same old heavy-handed tactics to address a public health issue."
Brett Wilkins, staff writer
Reps. Barbara Lee (L) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (R) support the MORE Act, which would end federal criminalization of cannabis. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images)
"If you're trying to punt it as a result of a political calculation, I disagree...
Julia Conley, staff writer
"This bill meets the political moment, and it also happens to be an incredibly...


A day after AIDS activists closed down the Capitol protesting President Obama's failure to lift the ban on funding needle exchanges as he promised during the election, a House subcommittee has superceded him and repealed the ban. Democrats cited scientific evidence that exchange programs help slow the spread of HIV. "Thirty-thousand people a year get HIV or Hepatitis C directly or indirectly from intravenous drug use," said Bill Piper of the Drug Policy Alliance. "That's 300,000 people that...