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Two Years After Oakland’s Psychedelic Decrim, What’s Been the Impact?

Over two years ago, in June 2019, the city of Oakland, California became the first in the US to decriminalize…

August 2, 2021

Eric Adams as NYC Mayor: What Could It Mean for Harm Reduction?

Eric Adams—the Brooklyn borough president, former state senator and former NYPD captain—is now the Democratic candidate for New York City…

July 8, 2021

Like Many Drug Policy Reformers, I’m Driven by Personal Tragedy

I have a million stories about my older brother, Billy, that exemplify the harms of the United States criminal justice…

July 8, 2021

Mass. DA Exemplifies How the “Progressive Prosecutor” Tag Is Overused

During a recent webinar hosted by Prosecutorial Performance Indicators, an organization that encourages better data collection in the criminal justice…

July 7, 2021

Washington, DC Council Votes to Ban Flavored Vaping Products

On June 29, the Washington, DC Council voted to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products—a designation that includes vapes as…

June 30, 2021

Federal Watchdog: FOSTA Isn’t Even Useful for Law Enforcement

From the get-go, sex worker activists knew nothing good would come from FOSTA, a 2018 law that formally makes online…

June 25, 2021

Support. Don’t Punish—A Call to Reject the World’s Brutal Drug War

On June 4, Chandran Vithushan, a young man in Sri Lanka, was buried by his family. He had been arrested…

June 24, 2021

New York Poised to Finally Decriminalize Syringe Possession

A six-year effort to decriminalize syringe possession for drug use in New York is finally gaining ground. On June 7,…

June 9, 2021

We Must Divest From the Failed Drug War Locally, Nationally and Globally

By every measure, the global drug war has failed. It has failed to decrease drug use and sales. Drug-involved overdose…

June 3, 2021

“Divest and Invest”: Latinx Advocates on Defunding the Police

George Floyd’s final breaths on May 25, 2020, gasping out “I can’t breathe,” led millions of people in the US…

May 21, 2021