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Drug Policy Reform

Reflections on the Best Year Ever in Drug Policy Reform

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

I'm not one to use the term "tipping point" lightly, because one can only say you've hit it so many times before losing one's credibility, but I do think we've hit the tipping point on marijuana legalization -- for three reasons.

'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...

Saki Knafo

Democrats, Republicans Launch New Effort To Fight The Drug War Together | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

Washington isn’t exactly known for its bipartisan spirit these days, but on Wednesday, Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) became ...

Faces Behind the Drug Policy Reform Movement

Melissa Franqui | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Melissa Franqui

The drug policy reform movement descended upon Denver last week for the 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference.

Prisoners of War

Jill Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Jill Harris

President Obama should back up his administration's stated commitment to changing the way we deal with people convicted of drug crimes by showing mercy toward some of those prisoners.

International Officials Convene In Colorado For Drug Talks

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics

DENVER -- DENVER (AP) — Dignitaries from three nations sniffed marijuana, walked through greenhouses full of tagged marijuana plants and learned abo...

Ethan Nadelmann's Visionary Speech on How Society Should Deal With Drug Use

Tony Newman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

Why are some drugs legal and others illegal? Who are the people who make up the drug policy reform movement? What can be done about the violence in Mexico from the drug trade? How should society deal with heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs?

Imagining Rational Drug Policy: If You Build It, It Will Come

Amanda Reiman | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Amanda Reiman

The goal of drug policy is a balance between personal freedom and public safety. It's a model the public supports, but visualizing what that means in terms of policies and programs can be difficult.

Reevaluating Drug Courts: No Mother Should Have to Go Through What I Did

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

No mother should have to face what I've had to -- the death of a promising and cherished son. We need to hold drug courts accountable to protect everyone who needs them. No one should face punishment for seeking lifesaving treatment.

Meet The Man Leading The Charge Against Drug Prohibition

Rolling Stone | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

The most influential man in the battle for legalization is a wonky intellectual in dad jeans....

Sequester the Drug War: Drug Control Spending and the Opportunity to Stop Throwing Good Money After Bad

Leo Beletsky | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Leo Beletsky

By slashing anti-drug programs we know are not working, we can save hundreds of billions, while also reducing the collateral human costs of these programs at home and abroad.

Breaking the Taboo: Why the OAS Report on Alternatives to Drug Prohibition Is Such a Big Deal

Daniel Robelo | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Daniel Robelo

This report is the first time that any multilateral institution anywhere in the world has critically analyzed the war on drugs and considered new approaches for the future -- giving equal weight to options like decriminalization and legalization in the process.

Congressmen Help Launch Drug War Exit Strategy Guide

Bill Piper | Posted 07.15.2013 | Crime
Bill Piper

On Thursday, the Drug Policy Alliance will release An Exit Strategy for the Failed War on Drugs. This comprehensive report contains 75 broad and incremental recommendations for legislative reforms.

Matt Sledge

House Task Force Could Rethink Drug Laws | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The House Judiciary Committee created a bipartisan task force Tuesday to investigate whether the federal code over-criminalizes minor offe...

Drug Policy Reform In Action: A 21st Century Approach

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

Today we are releasing a science-driven plan for drug policy reform in America to build upon this progress. This 21st century drug policy outlines a series of evidence-based reforms that treat our nation's drug problem as a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue.

Matt Sledge

U.S. Drug Czar Rejects Pot Legalization | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske sought to portray the White House as a champion of drug policy reform on Wednesday, while staunchly opposin...

Toward a Smarter Drug Policy

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

It is clear that we cannot simply arrest our way out of the drug problem. Instead, we need smarter, results-based criminal justice policies to keep our communities safe, including treatment for people with substance use disorders and mental health issues.

Deepak Chopra Joins Movement to End the War on Drugs

Jag Davies | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Jag Davies

Something that most people might not know about the drug policy reform movement is the broad range of support it enjoys from people all across the political and cultural spectrums.

The Marijuana Conversation at Thanksgiving Dinner

Derek Rosenfeld | Posted 01.20.2013 | Crime
Derek Rosenfeld

If the conversation at your Thanksgiving dinner gets boring, you should feel comfortable bringing up marijuana legalization. It's been all over the news since Election Day and public opinion about marijuana legalization is changing rapidly.

Axelrod On Future Of Obama's Drug Policy

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

In an interview with reporters on Thursday, senior Obama White House adviser David Axelrod said he "wasn’t familiar" with any plans for the presiden...

Drugs Are a Bipartisan Issue

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThis year, exactly three decades after both Democrats and Republicans first focused on creating the office that today leads drug policy efforts, both parties should co-lead today's drug challenges based on what we know can work.

It's Time to Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

Vanita Gupta | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngIt's time to stop gambling away taxpayer dollars on the failed drug war and start implementing rational, evidence-based, cost-effective, humane criminal justice policies.

Politicians Ignore Failed 'War on Drugs' at Their (and Our) Peril

Leonard Frieling | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Leonard Frieling

Opposing the war on drugs is often portrayed as a liberal issue. But it is also a conservative issue for anyone who champions classic "republican" values.

Legalization Is Not the Answer

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Science
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

It makes sense to devote our time and resources now to stopping drug use before it starts, intervening on early use, treating addiction, and enforcing our laws justly and smartly.

Every Drug Overdose Is Preventable

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

This year the Obama Administration allocated more money for drug prevention and treatment programs -- $10.1 billion -- than for U.S. law enforcement and incarceration. This Administration understands substance dependence is a public health issue, not just a law enforcement issue.