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Ending the Federal Government's Doublethink on Marijuana

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Seen as a whole, the current federal attitude towards marijuana can truly be described as "doublethink." There are so many contradictions in the government's attitude that they are indeed hard to accurately count.

Matt Ferner

Here's One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

The negative words we use to describe drug addiction -- "clean" vs. "dirty," "patient" vs. "addict" -- can drive some individuals away from the very h...

Jason Cherkis

Kentucky Considers Changes To Drug Courts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Kentucky court system is reconsidering how its drug courts treat defendants thanks to a new federal policy that is pushing them to o...

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

New Drug Czar Is Better Than Predecessors

Grant Smith | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Grant Smith

The drug czar's office has long functioned as a cheerleader for punitive drug policies. However, under the Obama administration, the drug czar's office has made a notable shift in rhetoric and tone.

Senate Confirms New Drug Czar

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as U.S. drug "czar" won unanimous approval in the Senate Monday as lawmakers vowed to cu...

Ryan Grim

Federal Government Set To Crack Down On Failing Drug Courts

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, sai...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.