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The Growing Bipartisan Consensus for Rolling Back the Failed War on Drugs

Bill Piper | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

A major bipartisan political shift on numerous drug policy issues is underway that has gone largely unnoticed in the press.

When The Womb Is A Crime Scene

ProPublica | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics

Alabama has turned hundreds of pregnant women into felons for using drugs — even when they’re legal and the kids turn out fine.  ...

Republican Candidates Should Debate Criminal Justice Reforms

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 09.13.2015 | Crime
Inimai Chettiar

The correct stance on criminal justice is no longer as simple as "I'm tough on crime." Politicians are waking up to the reality that our overly harsh crime policies need to be rolled back.

President Obama Took Another Big Step Toward Ending Grotesque Drug Sentencing Laws

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama took yet another giant step on the path to fair and equitable drug enforcement and treatment with his mass clemency grants and prison visit. But make no mistake, it's a step that many more must take before we'll ever attain real and lasting drug sentencing reforms in America.

Rand Paul and Obama: Together Again on Common Core, Subsidies and Drug Laws?

Richard Brodsky | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Intellectual consistency has never been an attribute of American politics. Life is complicated, and voters want different things at different times. But real social progress is a function of ideas and leaders who stick by them. Where Republicans and Democrats can find compatible intellectual grounds, there are all kinds of possibilities.

Marijuana Legalization: The Big Tobacco Smokescreen

Jon Gettman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Jon Gettman

Big Marijuana already exists -- it's also called the Black Market. Public concern over a large, unregulated, socially irresponsible marijuana market is, and should be, argument number one in support of marijuana's legalization.

Rethinking Marijuana's Regulation

Jon Gettman | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Jon Gettman

Marijuana's regulation in a legal market should be based on pragmatic consideration of the public interest rather than a revival of the misconceptions of the very policy it is intended to replace.

Nick Wing

The DEA Once Turned A 14-Year-Old Into A Drug Kingpin. Welcome To The War On Drugs | Nick Wing | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

What won't the DEA do in its war on drugs?

Rich Mom Addicts Get Sobriety Coaches; Poor Moms Get Jail

The Fix | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
The Fix

In Tennessee, 26-year-old Mallory Loyola, a meth addict, recently became the first person arrested under a new state law that classifies taking illegal drugs while pregnant as an assault. Instead of recovering from childbirth and receiving proper medical care, Loyola was hauled off to jail.

At Age 27 I Was Sentenced To Life In Prison For A Nonviolent Drug Crime

Leon Smallwood-Bey | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Leon Smallwood-Bey

If sentenced today I would face a maximum sentence of 20 years, not a living death sentence. I know that the man I've become today deserves to be in the bands of society, to live as a productive citizen and faithful member of my community.

Innocent Prisoners

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


How Possessing Marijuana Gets People Kicked Out Of The U.S.

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

The Secure Communities program, implemented by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in October 2008, was intended to identify and deport immigrants who...

'Drug Endangered Children' Laws Will Do More Harm Than Good

Diane Goldstein | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Diane Goldstein

We have seen significant damage done to families through laws that replace common sense and an evaluation of individual circumstances with zero-tolerance laws that foster injustice.

How Responsible Is the Drug Dealer for the Actions of the Drug User?

Steven Brill | Posted 04.20.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

The death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent heroin overdose has triggered an interesting debate as to whether the individuals who sold Mr. Hoffman the drugs should be criminally liable for his death.

Hard Work and Preparation: What Marijuana Legalization and Super Bowl Sunday Have in Common

Art Way | Posted 03.31.2014 | Denver
Art Way

Nothing happens overnight. The Broncos and Seahawks know this well after disappointing playoff losses last year. The teams worked hard to get to this point. The same can be said of CO and WA in reaching their recent drug policy reform milestones.

Denver Retailer Opening the 'Apple Store of Weed'

Roadtrippers | Posted 03.01.2014 | Weird News

About a dozen stores will start selling recreational weed on New Year's Day, but there's so much more potential.

Uruguay Marijuana Ruling 'Illegal'?

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.10.2014 | World

Uruguay's move to legalise the production and sale of marijuana breaks international law, the world drugs body said Wednesday, warning it would encour...

Saki Knafo

Democrats, Republicans Launch New Effort To Fight The Drug War Together | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

Washington isn’t exactly known for its bipartisan spirit these days, but on Wednesday, Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) became ...

Ethan Nadelmann's Visionary Speech on How Society Should Deal With Drug Use

Tony Newman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

Why are some drugs legal and others illegal? Who are the people who make up the drug policy reform movement? What can be done about the violence in Mexico from the drug trade? How should society deal with heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs?

5 Things We Can Learn From New Zealand's Innovative Law to Regulate New Drugs

Avinash Tharoor | Posted 11.30.2013 | Crime
Avinash Tharoor

While the U.S., Uruguay, and certain European states have taken recent strides in reforming marijuana policy, New Zealand focused on newer, less-known substances.

Imagining Rational Drug Policy: If You Build It, It Will Come

Amanda Reiman | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Amanda Reiman

The goal of drug policy is a balance between personal freedom and public safety. It's a model the public supports, but visualizing what that means in terms of policies and programs can be difficult.

Here Are All Of The Nations That Incarcerate More Of Their Population Than The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

A lot has been reported about our nation's prison system and its bloated population, but this is what it looks like when you take all of the countries...

Want Justice For Trayvon Martin? Legalize Drugs

Russ Belville | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Russ Belville

This isn't about the marijuana in Trayvon's system -- irrelevant -- but the racism in our justice system that is perpetuatued by the War on Drugs.

America's Awful, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Prison System

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The American prison system should be our greatest source of shame. The only country that imprisons more people per capita may be North Korea. The voiceless and voteless prisoners and former prisoners in America need us to advocate for reform.

Pastor: God Doesn't Care If You Smoke Weed

Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion

A network of pastors is speaking out against the so-called "war on drugs" and the devastating effect it has had, particularly on the black community. ...