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Drug Policy Reform

Drug Policy Reform Is the New Human Rights Movement on the Block

Suchitra Rajagopalan | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Suchitra Rajagopalan

The drug war affects millions around the world. It impedes the right to health of both drug users and the wider community, it restricts scientific and medical use, and it gives law enforcement a justification for corruption and brutality.

NYC to South Bronx, Latino Drug Users: No Feliz Navidad

Joyce A. Rivera | Posted 12.09.2015 | New York
Joyce A. Rivera

While our public health and elected officials are publicly talking about plans to end the AIDS epidemic, the heroin epidemic, and the opioid overdose epidemic, they are diffidently making decisions which hurt our chances on all of these fronts.

Unprecedented Momentum to End the Drug War: Top Stories of 2015

Tony Newman | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

Over the last few years there has been undeniable momentum to end our country's disastrous war on drugs. Both voters and elected officials are looking for alternatives to the unwinnable drug war. 2015 continued the trend. Here are some of the top stories of the year that give us hope.

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.

Banking the Unbanked: A Win-Win Proposition

Fiona Ma | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Fiona Ma

Federal financial laws have failed to keep up with the times and connect communities to much needed and deserved funding associated with the cannabis industry.

Community Policing and Drug Overdose: Where You Live Doesn't Have to Determine Whether You Survive an Overdose

Michael Botticelli | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Botticelli

The odds of surviving a drug overdose, much like the odds of surviving a heart attack, depend on how quickly the victim receives treatment. But access to naloxone -- which can reverse heroin and prescription drug overdoses -- varies greatly across the country.

DEA Chief Resignation Opportunity to Appoint Reformer

Bill Piper | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

As states legalize marijuana, reform sentencing, and treat drug use more as a health issue and less as a criminal justice issue, the DEA must change with the times. Michele Leonhart's departure is an opportunity to appoint someone who will overhaul the agency and support reform.

Why I Favor Drug Legalization

Laura Weiss | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Laura Weiss

Drug-related incarceration has little to do with the risks of recreational drug use, and everything to do with keeping the systems in place that fuel violence, systemic racism, the cycle of poverty, and the prison pipeline.

Ethan Nadelmann and Stephen Colbert on Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Media
Tony Newman

Like millions of others, I tuned in regularly to get the news of the day from the hilarious show. I loved how the show could educate people and explain complicated issues in such an entertaining way. The segments were often more informative than networking news, and a hell of a lot funnier.

Ryan Grim

The Dark-Horse Policy Reform That Has Both Obama And Some GOPers Optimistic

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

With Democrats holding the White House and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, it's been suggested that the odds are slim of any major ...

Join Lil Jon and Turn Out for Legalization!

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Sharda Sekaran

If you believe it's time to stop arresting hundreds of thousands of people every year simply for possessing a small amount of marijuana, we need you to "turn out" in states with marijuana reform initiatives to help make this election year "turn out" right.

How Should Our Society Deal With People Who Use Drugs?

Tony Newman | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

The war on drugs is a cruel joke. The U.S. spends more than $50 billion a year on the "war on drugs" with the goal of creating a "drug-free society" -- yet there has never been a "drug-free society" in the history of civilization.

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.

Obama Promises Massive Drug Policy Reform

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

There should be no mystery why the White House is talking the talk of reform. Over 80 percent of the American people support medical marijuana, including as of June 30 the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Over 80 percent also believe that the War on Drugs has failed.

How Competing World Cup Nations Champion Drug Policy Reform

Jelani Hayes | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Jelani Hayes

The FIFA World Cup presents an opportunity for journalists and activists from the competing nations to bring international attention to issues in their countries. I want to seize this occasion to appreciate the progress some of this year's competing nations have made on drug policy reform.

Drug Policy Reform: The Civil Rights Issue of the 21st Century

Malik Burnett | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Malik Burnett

The year 2014 has seen several significant drug policy reform milestones. And today marks a major historical anniversary in the nation's efforts toward eliminating discriminatory practices from government policy, and bringing hope to communities of color nationwide.

The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding and Rejecting Science

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

It's increasingly clear that entrusting decisions involving medical science to the DEA is akin to leaving the fox in charge of the henhouse. And what's most striking is how little scrutiny the DEA has faced from Congress or other federal overseers.

RIP Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin: 'Godfather of Ecstasy' and Drug Policy Reform Pioneer

Jag Davies | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Jag Davies

Sasha Shulgin, who passed away Monday at the age of 88, was many things to many people. He was not just a pharmacologist, author, and medical chemist, but a pioneer in drug policy reform.

1,100 Religious Leaders Call For Reform In Federal Drug Cases

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

More than 1,100 religious leaders from 40 faith groups have endorsed a letter to Congress in support of a reform bill on federal drug cases. Faith ...

My Church Is Calling for the Regulation of Drugs As a Path Towards Peace

Martin Diaz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Martin Diaz

Latin America has provided the highest number of deaths in the war on drugs. For that reason, it is Latin America that is leading the debate on drug policy reform because we can no longer leave our health, our safety, and our rights in the hands of criminals.

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart Should Resign

Bill Piper | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

DEA Administrator Leonhart is virtually the only person left who still zealously supports the failed war on drugs. The U.S. and the rest of the world are moving toward an approach that prioritizes public health and legal regulation -- but she remains hopelessly committed to the failed war-on-drugs approach.

5 Ways to Improve Media Coverage of Marijuana and Other Drug-Related Issues

Jag Davies | Posted 07.09.2014 | Media
Jag Davies

Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past quarter-century. Yet many journalists still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering any other issue.

Cops Like Me Say Legalize All Drugs, Here's Why

Substance.com | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Substance.com

I was a police officer for 20 years, enforcing drug laws in California and thinking I was doing my part for society.

Ending the International Drug War

Doug Fine | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Doug Fine

This is an exciting time to be investigating international drug policy, because scores of nations are on the fence.

Politicians Are Shooting Themselves in the Foot by Opposing Marijuana Legalization

Tony Newman | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

A majority of Americans support marijuana legalization -- yet not one sitting governor or U.S. senator supports it.