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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.

Why We Need Honest Sex -- And Drug -- Education in Schools

Tony Newman | Posted 10.10.2011 | New York
Tony Newman

The same way sex education advocates acknowledge that not all teens will be abstinent and need to learn how to be safe, we need to acknowledge that not all teens are going to abstain from drug use.

Gov. Cuomo Signs Law to Help Reduce Overdose Deaths

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 09.23.2011 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

A national crisis has emerged as the number of overdose deaths from both legal and illegal drugs has skyrocketed. Now New York is taking action to stem the crisis.

Medical Marijuana: A Science-Free Zone At The White House

Bill Piper | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
Bill Piper

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Justice issued medical marijuana guidelines to U.S. attorneys that are at best confusing and at worst a flip-flop on administration policy.

Elected Officials, VIPs and Grassroots Slam Drug War on 40th Anniversary

Tony Newman | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

June 17 will mark forty years since President Richard Nixon officially declared a "war on drugs." A trillion dollars and millions of ruined lives later, the war on drugs has proven to be a catastrophic failure.

NYC Wins Award for the Most Marijuana Arrests in the World

Jesse Levine | Posted 07.25.2011 | New York
Jesse Levine

Community leaders, drug policy reform advocates and two members of the City Council gave a satirical award to Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday for making New York City the "Marijuana Arrest Capitol Of The World."

4/20: Time to Have Fun -- And to End Marijuana Prohibition!

Tony Newman | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

While many people associate marijuana with fun times, it also happens to be at the epicenter of a catastrophic war on drugs that is destroying as many lives as ever.

Thousands in Mexico Take to Street to Protest Drug War -- We Need to Do the Same Here

Tony Newman | Posted 06.07.2011 | World
Tony Newman

We need the "grassroots" -- we need people to hit the streets against the unwinnable drug war. That's why yesterday's protests in Mexico are inspiring.

New Directions: Religious and Community Leaders Address the Failed Drug War

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

On March 19th, community advocates, service providers, public safety personnel and public health professionals will come together to chart a new course in drug policy.

Art for Social Justice: re:FORM Art Event in Los Angeles

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Anthony Papa

Few public policies have undermined social justice for so long and to such an extent as the drug war. The re:FORM event is inspired by artists who have used art as a vehicle for social change.

Will Cigarettes Be Illegal In The Future?

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tony Newman

Will cigarettes be illegal in the future? The battle over cigarettes is heating up -- and recent news shows that momentum to criminalize tobacco smoking continues to build in the U.S. and around the world.

Reagan Turns 100: Media Fawning Ignores His Disastrous "War on Drugs"!

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

It's interesting that in all of the press I've read so far celebrating Ronald Reagan, I have not seen one word about his radical escalation of the drug war -- and the devastating effects that had on our society.

Newt Gingrich Agrees With Pat Robertson: Our Prisons Must Be Reformed

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

For the second time in less than a month, a major conservative leader has spoken out for prison reform. Let's hope that we can come together to help end America's longest, unwinnable war.

Nice People Take Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tony Newman

We need to educate people about the possible harms of drug use, offer compassion and treatment to people who have problems, and leave in peace the people who are not causing harm.

Montel Williams Cited for Pipe at Airport: TSA Should Look for Bombs Not Bongs

Bill Piper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bill Piper

Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and went public with about his medical marijuana use in late 2003. Since then, he has tirelessly campaigned for changes in state and federal laws.

Reading Charlotte's Web as a Activist

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tony Newman

Thirty five years after originally reading the book, I have realized that E.B. White was not only a great writer, but a visionary and activist as well.

Ending the Drug War: 8 Top Stories of 2010

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tony Newman

I feel discouraged about many things happening in our country. But steps towards ending the war on drugs continues to bring me hope and cautious optimism.

Bridget Brennan Drug Bust: Columbia Students, Not Colombian Kingpins

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

While the "Ivy League" bust is generating a wave of press and the prosecutor is loving her 15 minutes of fame on national TV, the reality is that these busts are all hype and PR.

Judiciary Committee Member to Block Leonhart for DEA

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

Citing Michelle Leonhart's controversial position on prescription pain-killers for terminal patients suffering intractable pain, the Senate Judiciary Committee blocked her nomination to head the DEA.

AP Nails It Again: Cartel Arrests Don't Accomplish Sh*t -- But Do Increase Violence

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tony Newman

The AP story confirms what critics of drug war have said for years: The government is quick to boast about large arrests and seizures, but its efforts result in little, if any, slowdown in the drug trade.

Marijuana Rights Groups Prepared for Serious Highs and Lows

Daniel Hernandez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Hernandez

In the coming years, NORML will join other local and national organizations in challenging the pharmaceutical remodeling of medical marijuana, a looming political trend that they call "anti-pleasure seeking, hypocritical" policy toward intoxicating drugs.

Restoration Not Retribution

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gretchen Burns Bergman

Why would a respectable, responsible and caring group of parents want to legalize marijuana? Because we are fed up with the violence and the loss of lives and liberty caused by the war on drugs.

HBO's Boardwalk Empire Helps Us Understand Drug Prohibition

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Newman

Prohibition didn't work with alcohol -- that's why it was repealed after just 13 years. Today, after several decades of drug prohibition, it should be clear that it's never going to work.

Smart Solutions to Overdose Can Save Lives

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

New York lawmakers are now considering two very different approaches to address accidental overdose fatalities: One bill will most certainly make the problem worse, while the other will likely save lives.

I'm Not Pro-Drugs-- I'm Pro-Life And Pro-Choice

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

It breaks my heart that we put people in cages for years because they either choose to or can't stop using a drug.