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Drug Legalization

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 ...

'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 | World
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.

What We Can't Seem to Remember About MDMA and Why Legalizing Drugs Will Save Your Child's Life

Neill Franklin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Neill Franklin

Thanks to our failed experiment with alcohol prohibition, we know that it's impossible to keep people away from intoxicants, legal or otherwise. The difference is in how we treat those who favor certain substances over others.

Can the United Nations Block U.S. Marijuana Legalization?

Keith Humphreys | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Keith Humphreys

Whether marijuana legalization sweeps the world or not depends on something far more fundamental: What people around the world decide is the best approach to the drug.

Radley Balko

Great Moments In Drug War Propaganda | Radley Balko | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics

Yes, so America and its allies may have failed in the 100-year war on (some) drugs. We may have spent well over a trillion dollars, imprisoned tens of...

I Owed Drug Czar Kerlikowske an Apology

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

I deeply regret that I was unfair to Mr. Kerlikowske and misled the readers of Huffington Post regarding his support and commitment on important public health issues.

New Zealand's Passes Groundbreaking Drug Law

AP | NICK PERRY | Posted 10.02.2013 | World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A novel New Zealand law that could legalize some designer drugs is being scrutinized with interest by other countries strug...

Sam Stein

Barney Frank Hasn't Tried Heroin, But Would Legalize It | Sam Stein | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has not tried heroin. But he thinks it should be legal, along with a host of other drugs. The Mas...

Beyond Marijuana: Gearing Up For the Battle to Decriminalize All Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Tony Newman

The marijuana reform movement has broken through as a legitimate political and cultural force. We're at a tipping point where it's starting to feel like marijuana legalization is no longer a question of if -- but when. But what about the other drugs?

The Most Important Movie of the Summer (Hint: It's Not Man of Steel)

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The biggest movie of the summer isn't Man of Steel, or The Lone Ranger, or Fast & Furious 6. It's a new documentary called How to Make Money Selling Drugs, and it exposes the hypocrisy, insanity, and destructiveness of America's drug war. Now, when I say "biggest," I'm not talking about budget size or box office receipts -- I'm talking impact and importance. Of course, the problem with saying a movie is "important" is that it can leave the impression that it isn't entertaining. That's certainly not the case with this film. But the reason the film truly feels like a blockbuster is that you can't leave the theater without being shocked and outraged by what you've seen. Even if you go in feeling like you're well-versed in the insanity of the drug war, you'll walk out stunned -- by the cowardice and hypocrisy of our elected leaders, and by the staggering consequences in lives and money.

The Economic Case For Legalizing Drugs

Quartz | Allison Schrager | Posted 06.07.2013 | Business

This story originally appeared on Quartz. Two states in the US—Washington and Colorado—legalized recreational marijuana use this year. Mor...