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Will Obama or Romney Address Worldwide Debate on Failed Drug War?

Tony Newman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

Tonight's focus on foreign policy is a perfect opportunity to acknowledge and join the debate raging in Latin America, where several current presidents are finally calling for an honest and open debate about how to end the drug war's decades-long bloodbath in their countries.

The Debate in Washington State Over Legalizing Marijuana Is Off-Track

Rob Kampia | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Rob Kampia

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThis year's Hempfest included a real debate, which was whether marijuana users should vote for Initiative 502 -- the marijuana-legalization initiative that will appear on the November 6 statewide ballot.

The Good News and the Bad in Drug Policy Reform

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Democratic administrations are the worst drug policy reformers. That is, except for Republican adminstrations.

The Genie Has Escaped the Drug Prohibition Bottle

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 09.29.2012 | World
Ethan Nadelmann

The long term alternative to the failed global drug prohibition regime ultimately lies in embracing three specific policy options: legal regulation of cannabis; full decriminalization of possession of small amounts of drugs; and legal access to pharmaceutical versions of other illicit drugs for addicts.

Belize to Consider Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 09.17.2012 | World
Ethan Nadelmann

It is encouraging to see Belize's government join the growing number of countries calling for alternatives to the criminalization of people who use drugs. In the past months, Latin America has been at the forefront of this trend.

Five Hilarious Skits That Slam the Insane Drug War

Tony Newman | Posted 09.01.2012 | Comedy
Tony Newman

Comedy is powerful. And while the drug war is not a laughing matter, comedians are often able to capture the absurdity and insanity better than policy papers and traditional journalism. Below are five humorous clips that allow us to laugh, so we don't have to cry.

Colombia Decriminalizes Cocaine and Marijuana, As Latin American Momentum for Drug Policy Reform Continues

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 09.01.2012 | World
Ethan Nadelmann

Colombia's Constitutional Court Friday approved the government's proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cocaine and marijuana for personal use.

Advocacy Groups Launch Campaign To End Marijuana Possession Arrests

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

A major coalition of advocacy groups is launching an effort to end New York's arrests of individuals for possessing small amounts of marijuana in publ...

Alcohol Prohibition Not Helping Native Americans Deal With Harms of Alcohol

Tony Newman | Posted 07.08.2012 | Crime
Tony Newman

As terrible as alcohol and other drugs are for some people, prohibition is not the answer. It didn't work in the United States in the 1920s and it is not working for the Sioux people today.

Marijuana Legalization Debate Arrives: From Latin American Presidents to Costco Magazine!

Tony Newman | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

The U.S. has been shoving our failed drug policy down the throats of countries around the world and at home for decades. All of those in favor of a serious and honest debate say "Aye"!

Lucia Graves

Pot Initiative Makes Colorado Ballot | Lucia Graves | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler approved a state ballot initiative Monday to legalize and regulate the use of marijuana in a manner similar ...

Attractive Undercover Cop Poses As Student And Entraps Teens To "Sell" Her Marijuana

Tony Newman | Posted 04.15.2012 | Crime
Tony Newman

Seducing 18-year-olds to fall in love or pretending to be friends and then tricking them into procuring small amounts of marijuana so they can charge them with felonies is beyond slimy and diametrically opposed to the officers' charge to "serve and protect."

NYPD Marijuana Crusade Is Going Too Far

Tony Newman | Posted 04.10.2012 | New York
Tony Newman

In September Commissioner Kelly ordered his police to stop making improper marijuana arrests. The 2011 statistics, however, show that his order has not stopped these arrests -- and NYC remains the marijuana arrest capital of the world.

The Daily Show Brilliantly Shows Hypocrisy of Lawmakers Drug Testing the Poor for Benefits

Tony Newman | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

The Daily Show has done the best journalism to date on the growing trend of opportunistic lawmakers introducing legislation to drug test people who receive unemployment benefits.

A Behind The Scenes Discussion Of Marijuana Legalization

Rick Steves | Posted 04.03.2012 | Home
Rick Steves

We believe that it's not a question of if the U.S. will stop sending pot smokers to jail. It's a matter of when.

Get Busted for Marijuana; Work as a Police Informant; Get Killed

Tony Newman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Crime
Tony Newman

No one has ever died from smoking marijuana. But getting busted with a small amount of marijuana has led to countless tragic deaths.

Jury Nullification: An Important Tool Against Drug War Injustices?

Tony Newman | Posted 02.22.2012 | Crime
Tony Newman

Should juries vote "not guilty" on low-level marijuana charges to send a message about our country's insane marijuana arrest policy?

Land of the Free? 1 out of 3 Are Arrested by Age 23!

Tony Newman | Posted 02.18.2012 | Crime
Tony Newman

Last week we witnessed the U.S. leaving Iraq after nine long years and questionable success. It is time to find an exit strategy from our 40-year-old war on drugs that is unquestionably a failure.

Drug Courts: Enter At Your Own Risk

Margaret Dooley-Sammuli | Posted 02.14.2012 | Crime
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli

The drug war is forty years old this year. It's time to step back and ask ourselves what's the best way to solve the problem we're trying to solve -- how to reduce drug abuse and addiction -- and use the best available evidence to guide us.

Horses Are Not Going to Keep Drugs Out Of U.S.

Tony Newman | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

No disrespect to the horses efforts, but it's is time for the U.S. and Mexico to find an exit strategy from this unwinnable war.

Ending the Drug War: Top Stories of 2011

Tony Newman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

2011 has been a watershed year for the movement working to end our county's disastrous war on drugs.

New Rhetoric, Same Old Drug War Policies: Drug Czar Addresses African American Community

Tony Newman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

It is simply Orwellian for the drug czar to focus on the disproportionate impact of our nation's drug problem on African-American communities without acknowledging the disproportionate racial impact of drug law enforcement.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Passionately Calls On U.S. to Stop Bloodshed by Legalizing Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 12.21.2011 | World
Tony Newman

President Fox is part of a growing choir of world leaders speaking out against the drug war.

Momentum Builds to End Failed Drug War: 1,000 to Attend Upcoming Conference

Tony Newman | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

It is obvious that the war on drugs has failed. We are building an alternative. It is time for us as a society to learn how to live with drugs, because they aren't going anywhere.

What to Make of Sarah Palin's Alleged Cocaine Use

Tony Newman | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

I have mixed feelings when I hear about Palin and other politicians' drug use. The revelations are beneficial by helping shatter the myth that if you try drugs you are going to be an unproductive person who ruins your life. But the hypocrisy is infuriating.