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Drug Prohibition Resources


Drug Policy Alliance 

DPA's mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies. Check out their fact sheets to get all the stats on drugs and sober analysis on good and bad policies. 

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

FAMM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting for smart sentencing laws that protect public safety. They are the most effective sentencing reform advocacy group in the United States. Learn more about the lives they've changed. 

Law Enforcement Action Partnership

The Law Enforcement Action Partnership’s mission is to unite and mobilize the voice of law enforcement in support of drug policy and criminal justice reforms that will make communities safer by focusing law enforcement resources on the greatest threats to public safety, promoting alternatives to arrest and incarceration, addressing the root causes of crime, and working toward healing police-community relations. Check out their speakers bureau to find a speaker in your area. 


Introductory Videos

Share these short, thought-provoking videos with friends or family interested in learning more about the effects of drug prohibition. 

Why Are So Many Violent Criminals Walking Free?

Why Are Illegal Drugs Stronger Than They Used to Be?

Why the War on Drugs Is a Huge Failure

Bootleggers and Baptists

Participate in this short online course on the War and Drugs, created by Learn Liberty

Longer Videos & Podcasts

Watch this TED talk from Ethan Nadelmann, one of the most passionate speakers in the drug policy realm.


Listen to these podcasts from EconTalk and Libertarianism.org to learn more about applied examples and stories from the war on drugs from top experts:

Sam Quinones on Heroin, the Opioid Epidemic, and Dreamland

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Empirical Research

Drug Decriminalization in Portugal by Glenn Greenwald

Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States by the Human Rights Watch

Four Decades and Counting: The Continued Failure of the War on Drugs by Christopher J. Coyne and Abigail R. Hall 

Dose of Reality: The Effect of State Marijuana Legalizations by Angela Dills, Sietse Goffard, and Jeffrey Miron

The Scandal-Ridden DEA: Everything You Need to Know by the Drug Policy Alliance

Politics and Philosophy Essays

Vices are Not Crimes by Lysander Spooner 

Bootleggers and Baptists by Bruce Yandle

The Drug War and the Constitution by Steven Duke


Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces by Radley Balko (2014)

Deep Cover: The Inside Story of How DEA Infighting, Incompetence, and Subterfuge Lost Us the Biggest Battle of the Drug War by Michael Levine (2000)

The Economics of Prohibition by Mark Thornton (1991) available online at mises.org. 

Alternative Perspectives 

The Legalization of Drugs: For and Against by Douglas Husak and Peter de Marneffe (2005)

Legalize It? Debating American Drug Policy by Arnold S. Trebach and James A. Inciardi (1993)