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Nixon Aide Reportedly Admitted Drug War Was Meant To Target Black People

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

An eye-opening remark from a former aide to President Richard Nixon pulls back the curtain on the true motivation of the United States’ war on drugs...

Obama Has A Perfect Chance To Push Bold Reform Of Global Drug Policy

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics

Reform advocates have their fingers crossed that next month's special session of the United Nations General Assembly will kickstart a fundamental reth...

Poll: New Hampshire Primary Voters Strongly Support Decriminalizing Drug Possession, Treating Drugs as a Health Issue

Bill Piper | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Bill Piper

Eighty percent of New Hampshire primary voters consider addressing prescription drug and other drug abuse and the recent surge in overdose deaths an important or urgent issue.

Prohibition Is the Real "Gateway Drug"

Inge Fryklund | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
Inge Fryklund

Drug warriors claim that marijuana is a "gateway drug." On the contrary, it is the policy of drug prohibition--not the drug per se--that creates a gateway into a criminal underworld of crime and contaminated products.

Using Psychedelics Shouldn't Be a Crime

Jag Davies | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Jag Davies

This is a critical moment for people who care about psychedelics to bring their voices to the table. The drug policy landscape has changed as quickly as any other issue in U.S. politics over the past few years.

The Drug War Hurts Latinos, and We Have the Power to Stop It

Mayra Espinoza-Martinez | Posted 07.09.2016 | Latino Voices
Mayra Espinoza-Martinez

The one thing all parents share is the desire to protect their kids. Although the legalization and regulation of all drugs may seem counterintuitive to that desire, repealing prohibition will keep our communities safer. Legalization reduces the profit margins of illicit products and disincentivizes the time, money, and violence necessary to traffic drugs.

Nick Wing

Jim Webb Hints At Support For Radical Drug Policy Reform | Nick Wing | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who on Thursday made his presidential ambitions official, suggested earlier this week that he supports decriminalizing d...

Lessons Learned: The Journey to Legalize Marijuana and End the Drug War

Tony Newman | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Tony Newman

For the last 15 years I've dedicated my life to ending our country's disastrous war on drugs. It has been an incredible journey, and I am happy to say that seeds that were planted a long time ago are finally bearing some fruit.

4/20 Is Over, And America's Weed Laws Are Still Racist As Hell

Mic | Zak Cheney-Rice | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices

Party's over, America. You had your fun. Four-twenty was great: People across the nation smoked, ate, dabbed and vaped themselves into a euphoric s...

Dia de los Muertos: Honoring Our Loved Ones by Voting to End the War on Drugs

Jeronimo Saldaña | Posted 12.31.2014 | Latino Voices
Jeronimo Saldaña

Below are three reasons why Latinos should vote for elected officials who support ending prohibition, and why we should vote to end prohibition in Oregon, Washington D.C., and Alaska.

How Kofi Annan, Richard Branson and 7 Former Presidents Changed the Worldwide Debate on Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

I have been blown away to see how a committed group of leaders can have a global impact when it comes to the world's longest war: the war on drugs.

The 2014 Elections Will Be Huge for Drug Reform -- A State by State Breakdown of What's at Stake

Stephen Gutwillig | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Stephen Gutwillig

In seven weeks, voters across the country will have a chance to accelerate the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider drug war. In fact, there are more drug policy reform questions on the ballot this November than ever in American history.

This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let's End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties by Following the Science

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

It should be possible to say that we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of marijuana. And we should also be able to say that as we decriminalize, we should take every step possible to minimize the harm, since there is scientific evidence of the dangers of pot on adolescents and young adults.

Don Johnson Thinks Heroin Should 'Absolutely' Be Legalized

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 05.23.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

"Miami Vice" actor Don Johnson thinks all drugs should be legal, without exception. The 65-year-old told HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri that he fe...

Is Sentencing Reform Debate a Move Toward Drug Legalization?

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

Almost no one is talking now about changes to make the existing drug laws actually work to control drugs. The new discourse is a tacit acknowledgement that the Controlled Substances Act is beyond repair as a mechanism to control the supply of drugs.

Radley Balko

These 13 People Were Killed By The War On Drugs. Their Lives Were The Cost Of Prohibition. | Radley Balko | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

This story was first published in April 2013. America's long drug war has produced countless tragedies, ruined lives and led to parentless children...

Emily Swanson

Here Are All The Drugs Americans Want To Legalize | Emily Swanson | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

A majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, polls now show. But that's where support for drug legalization ends. A series of HuffPost/YouGov...

Sam Stein

Barney Frank Still Thinks Heroin Should Be Legal And Regulated | Sam Stein | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) hasn't changed his general philosophy toward the criminalization of certain drugs, even in the wake of...

Matt Sledge

Rick Perry And Colombian President Discuss Drug Decriminalization At Davos | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

Most sitting world leaders aren't ready to call for marijuana legalization yet -- but they may be inching there, as a discussion Thursday at the World...

Oregon Couple Accused Of Leaving Meth As A Tip

The Huffington Post | Andrew Perez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

With a majority of Americans now favoring the legalization of marijuana, some restaurant diners have started to treat drugs a bit too casually in publ...

A Strategy to Stop Killing Kids and Babies on Our Streets? Think Drug Legalization

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

There has been a fruitless debate about "guns" after the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, CT in 2012, according to a smart commentary by Richard Fe...

'People Should Not Be Punished For Possessing Small Amounts Of Any Drug'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

What may very well be the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition in the United States has already begun. Colorado marijuana dispensaries are...

Former UN Head Kofi Annan and Former President of Brazil Cardoso Call for Decriminalization of Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Tony Newman

Annan and Cardoso have delivered a devastating critique on the failed war on drugs and are calling on governments to adopt more humane and effective ways of controlling and regulating drugs.

Horrifying New Drugs! Does New Zealand's New Synthetic Drug Law Offer a Safer Way Forward?

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

As a tool to protect the public from the risks of drugs not being used for medical purposes, the prohibition model has not worked well -- for old drugs or new ones. However, the nation of New Zealand is now trying a different approach.

Latin America Builds Momentum Against U.S.-Backed Drug War

Laura Carlsen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

With even drug war ally Mexico challenging the drug war, the gauntlet is thrown. The first to pick it up will have to be the U.S. government, but that seems unlikely to happen.