drug policy reform

New Zealand Permanently Legalizes Drug Checking, a Global First

New Zealand permanently legalized drug checking on November 23, by passing a bill to let a pilot program performing the…

November 24, 2021

St. Louis to Decriminalize Adult-Use Marijuana Possession and Cultivation

St. Louis lawmakers on November 23 unanimously approved a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession and cultivation for adults. The Board…

November 24, 2021

Here Are the Marijuana and Psychedelics Measures on November Ballots

Marijuana and psychedelics are on the ballot at the local and state level across the US next month. It might…

October 13, 2021

Cities Across Ohio Prepare to Vote on Marijuana Decriminalization

Voters in more than a dozen Ohio municipalities will decide on ballot measures to decriminalize marijuana next month. As it…

October 4, 2021

Sha’Carri Richardson Ban Prompts World Anti-Doping Agency Review

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will conduct a scientific review of marijuana next year to determine whether it should continue…

September 15, 2021

Hundreds of WA Drug-War Prisoners Can Be Freed. We’re Still Waiting.

On February 25, a Washington Supreme Court ruling—commonly known as the Blake decision—effectively decriminalized drug possession in the state. Lawmakers…

September 8, 2021

Hundreds of Drug War Prisoners in WA Can Now Apply for Commutation

The governor of Washington State on Monday unveiled a new process through which hundreds of people with low-level drug convictions…

August 17, 2021

Poll Shows Huge Public Opposition to “War on Drugs,” After 50 Years

At a press conference on June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared “drug abuse” to be “public enemy number one”…

June 9, 2021

“Devastating” West Virginia Law Could Practically End Syringe Provision

Over 1,200 West Virginians died of overdose in 2020, new data show—a 45 percent increase from 2019. This coincides with…

April 26, 2021

Advocates Call on Feds to End Fentanyl Analogs’ Schedule I Classification

On April 8, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) spearheaded a coalition—including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the…

April 13, 2021