Sharda Sekaran is managing director of communications for the Drug Policy Alliance. She turned in a contribution to The Huffington Post urging people to watch Ethan Nadelmann’s recent TedTalk regarding the failure of the war on drugs. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “ideas worth spreading” and Ethan is a passionate and tireless proponent for restoring sanity and humanity to drug policy: an idea whose time has come.
Two decades ago, Nadelman left his teaching position at Princeton University to become a full-time advocate for ending the drug war. He is the founding executive director of the DPA, which is considered the largest and most influential organization promoting drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.
The Drug Policy Alliance has been able to reform state and federal laws involving drug sentencing, access to sterile syringes to reduce HIV/AIDS, addiction treatment, prevention of overdose fatalities, and all aspects of marijuana policy. DPA and its lobbying arm, Drug Policy Action, recently played a role in drug policy reform victories during the recent midterm elections, including marijuana legalization in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., marijuana decriminalization in New Mexico, medical marijuana in Guam, and criminal justice and sentencing reforms in New Jersey and California.