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Derek Rosenfeld
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Derek Rosenfeld is internet communications associate for the Drug Policy Alliance.

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The Drug Czar's Office Is Taking Ideas From the Drug Policy Reform Movement

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 3:32 PM

I manage the Drug Policy Alliance's social media, and when I see the Office of National Drug Control Policy (the drug czar's office) repeatedly using the #DrugPolicyReform hashtag it makes me wonder what they think "drug policy reform" really means. That's the phrase which explains what we in the drug...

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80 Years Ago Today We Repealed Alcohol Prohibition, Now It's Time to End Drug Prohibition

(33) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 11:29 AM

Eighty years ago today, the Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution was ratified and alcohol Prohibition was officially repealed. If you only know one thing about Prohibition, it's probably the fact that it was a tremendous failure. Making alcohol illegal led to huge increases in organized crime, corruption, and violence. For...

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Banning Drugs in Sports Does Not Reduce Drug Use, Makes Things Unsafe for Players

(19) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 11:11 AM

The logic, if you can call it that, behind banning substances in professional sports is rooted in the same kind of intentions as our 40-plus year war on drugs. Drug policies in professional sports like Major League Baseball are cheered on by proponents in the name of "keeping the sport...

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President Obama Is the Last Person Who Should Joke About Marijuana

(134) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 2:59 PM

President Obama made a joke about his marijuana use at last week's White House Correspondents' Dinner. It was just one joke, and it was actually pretty funny. But should President Obama, arguably history's toughest president on marijuana, really be making jokes about marijuana when he knows our laws are misguided...

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It Makes No Sense to Drug Test People Who Apply for Government Financial Assistance

(19) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 5:13 PM

Lawmakers across the country are pushing bills to drug test people who apply for certain benefits, like unemployment insurance and welfare. This makes NO sense.

People who apply for unemployment insurance need to have worked within a certain amount of time from when they're applying, and while they...

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The Marijuana Conversation at Thanksgiving Dinner

(34) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 10:10 AM

My whole family knows that I work for the Drug Policy Alliance and that my job means advocating for the removal of criminal penalties for drug use. Marijuana is often a topic of conversation at our family dinners, so since voters in Colorado and Washington approved marijuana legalization measures on...

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Larry King Hosts Third Party Debate: Presidential Candidates Slam the Drug War

(19) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 4:09 PM

At Tuesday night's third-party debate on C-SPAN, Larry King asked the four candidates a question that neither Romney nor Obama has been willing to address: "How does the war on drugs affect Americans?"

Three out of the four candidates agreed the drug war does more harm than...

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DEA Chief Administrator Slips Up, Says Medical Marijuana Is Between Patients and Their Doctors

(24) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 3:44 PM

By now hundreds of thousands of people have seen that DEA chief administrator, Michele Leonhart, was grilled by a congressional committee about her stance on marijuana policy earlier this week. She eluded anything controversial that came her way. Something that has been overlooked though was that when she...

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