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The Drug Czar Talks About Public Health, But Still Wants to Arrest People for Drugs

Bill Piper | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

Sadly, the administration continues to keep its head in the sand when it comes to the massive number of arrests each year for marijuana and other drugs. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are being arrested each year for nothing more than possession.

Why John Walters Is Wrong About Drugs

Courtney Michaluk | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Courtney Michaluk

John P. Walters, director of drug control policy under President George W. Bush, wrote on what he views as an inconsistency between libertarian philosophy and support for ending the war on drugs. He claims libertarians get it wrong on drugs. Mr. Walters gets it wrong on drugs, as well as on libertarians.

New Drug Czar a Chance to Do Things Right

Bill Piper | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

The position of drug czar was meant to coordinate and improve U.S. drug policy, but traditionally drug czars have been little more than propagandists for the failed drug war -- ignoring science, opposing reform, and stifling debate.

The New War Between the States and the Federal Government on Health Issues

Gary Stein | Posted 05.20.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

There is a new war between the states -- in the South. This is not, as some of my Southern friends call it, a "war of Northern aggression." This war is between the states and the federal government.

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

Derek Rosenfeld | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Derek Rosenfeld

While it is truly great to see ONDCP trying to help prevent overdoses, they're still missing the big picture -- the criminalization of drug use is what's predominantly driving the harms associated with drug use.

Hunter Stuart

This Bill Would Change The Whole Game On Federal Pot Laws | Hunter Stuart | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

The Office of National Drug Control Policy is prohibited by law from studying or lending support to the potential benefits of marijuana. But a bill in...

Deputy Drug Czar Admits Alcohol Worse Than Weed

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

The deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy admitted on Tuesday that alcohol poses a greater public health risk than marijuana. ...

The People Forced the Government to Bend

Norm Stamper | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Norm Stamper

To all who have favored but not worked toward drug policy reform because "the government will never allow it," let this be a lesson. Yesterday's announcement, was a direct result of millions of Americans uniting and forcing the government to do the right thing.

How to Lie With Statistics

Amanda Reiman | Posted 08.10.2013 | Crime
Amanda Reiman

Although the outcome of a recent study was framed as, "Marijuana is the drug most often linked to crime in the United States," a closer look reveals the roots of old school reefer madness.

Drug Czar Puts Punishment Over Prevention

Lucia Graves | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration's Office of National Drug Control Policy has promised a "21st century" approach to drug policy, but the White House budget re...

Matt Sledge

U.S. Drug Czar Rejects Pot Legalization | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske sought to portray the White House as a champion of drug policy reform on Wednesday, while staunchly opposin...

Ex-Drug Czar Acquitted

AP | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ | Posted 04.16.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY -- A Mexican judge on Monday acquitted a former drug czar who was charged with organized crime after he allegedly accepted $450,000 to lea...

Toward a Smarter Drug Policy

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

It is clear that we cannot simply arrest our way out of the drug problem. Instead, we need smarter, results-based criminal justice policies to keep our communities safe, including treatment for people with substance use disorders and mental health issues.

White House Drug Czar Makes Admission About Marijuana Policy

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske recently gave an interview with Canada's Maclean's Magazine and appeared to candidly criticize President Barack ...

Federal Drug Enforcement: A Clear and Present Danger

Norm Stamper | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Norm Stamper

The president, in refusing to bow to the intimidation tactics of the drug enforcement industry, has paved the way for my state, and possibly others, to show the federal government a new way forward on marijuana policy.

Drugs Are a Bipartisan Issue

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThis year, exactly three decades after both Democrats and Republicans first focused on creating the office that today leads drug policy efforts, both parties should co-lead today's drug challenges based on what we know can work.

Obama's Embarrassing Silence on Marijuana

Scott Morgan | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Scott Morgan

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngSomehow our policymakers have managed to turn this mostly-helpful plant into a massive international fiasco that's becoming increasingly difficult to deal with.

Every Drug Overdose Is Preventable

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

This year the Obama Administration allocated more money for drug prevention and treatment programs -- $10.1 billion -- than for U.S. law enforcement and incarceration. This Administration understands substance dependence is a public health issue, not just a law enforcement issue.

Inside A Nerdy Teenager's $3-Million Drug Ring

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 10.02.2012 | Crime

MASON, Ohio — One of the biggest drug dealers in the Cincinnati area was led into court this week. He looked more like the president of the math...

Teen Drug 'Czar' Guilty Of Running $3 Million Operation

AP | By AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 08.01.2012 | Crime

LEBANON, Ohio -- A 17-year-old high school student accused of being a drug "czar" with six teenage lieutenants admitted Tuesday that he was guilty of ...

The Kinder, Gentler Drug Czar Still Wants to Lock You Up for Pot

Russ Belville | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Russ Belville

Sure, we all worry about the meth tweekers stealing cable off bridges, the coke fiends committing petty crimes, the heroin junkies trespassing and loitering, and the alcoholics crashing their cars and getting into fights, but does anybody really think smoking weed is leading people to harm others?

The Drug Czar's False Statement About Marijuana and Hemp Should Be a Bigger Scandal

Scott Morgan | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Scott Morgan

At its core, the domestic cultivation of industrial hemp is a simple matter of agriculture and economics that has nothing to do with drug policy at all, and shouldn't even be tied to the otherwise raging debate about marijuana laws in America.

Not Your Father's Drug Prevention Program

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America will welcome more than 2,500 delegates from across the country for the 22nd Annual National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, MD, just outside Washington. And they have a lot to show for their more than two-decades of work.

Top 10 Marijuana Highlights From 2011

Rob Kampia | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Rob Kampia

The following list comprises the 10 most significant, positive developments relating to marijuana policy reform in the U.S. in 2011.

Top Ten Cannabis Science Stories of 2011

Russ Belville | Posted 02.28.2012 | Green
Russ Belville

Today we continue our Year-End Retrospective with a look at the biggest news stories of scientific research into cannabis, public opinion polls on legalization, and statistical research on cannabis consumers.