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LA City Council Joins Senator Wiener in Support of Overdose Prevention Programs

In response to the Los Angeles City Council joining California State Senator Scott Wiener (San Francisco) today in support of SB57—a bill to bring Overdose Prevention Programs to California—by passing a resolution authored by City Council Woman Nithya Raman, Jeannette Zanipatin, California State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance released the following statement. “With overdose deaths […]

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New Research Sends Stark Warning of Rise in Overdose Deaths Among Latino Population in California

Los Angeles, CA, March 18, 2021 – Today, the Drug Policy Alliance released The Impact of the Overdose Crisis on the Latino Community in California, new research that uncovers the often-overlooked impact of the overdose crisis on the Latino population in California. DPA commissioned the study—conducted by Dr. Avelardo Valdez, a professor and researcher at […]

Posted inUS

Congress Must Lift Lifetime Felony Drug Ban on SNAP and TANF During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2020 – In response to the introduction of the Removing Barriers to Basic Needs Act of 2020 (H.R. 7196)–legislation that would lift a lifetime federal ban on individuals with felony drug convictions from receiving SNAP and TANF assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic–by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and co-sponsored by 35 other members of Congress, Grant Smith, […]

Posted inLife

Black Lives Matter Memoir Reveals the Human Cost of America’s Drug War & Police Militarization

Jan. 4, 2018 – From one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, who helped turn a hashtag into global movement, comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity co-authored with award-winning author, journalist and activist, asha bandele. Necessary and timely, WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir (St. […]

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Uruguay, First Country in the World to Legally Regulate Marijuana, Begins Retail Sales Next Week

July 14, 2017 – Next week, Uruguay will begin sales of legal marijuana for adult residents. The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by former President José Mujica in 2012 as part of a comprehensive package aimed at improving public safety. Uruguay’s parliament gave final approval to the measure in December 2013, making theirs the […]

Posted inRegionalThe M Files

Separating Myth From Fact: Drug Policy Alliance Releases New Marijuana Facts Booklet

July 28, 2016 – 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 such as driving, mental health, brain development, potency, edibles and concentrates.  […]