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Drug Policy Reform

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.

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.

Drug Deaths: Remember and Reassess

Chelsea Carmona | Posted 10.03.2012 | Impact
Chelsea Carmona

Our European counterparts acknowledge the horrific impact drugs have had on their societies, and they continue to pursue more rational policies. Next year, I hope we will join them to assess the damages both drug addiction and drug policy have cost our nation.

Setting the Record Straight: Responding to the Prescripti​on Drug Abuse Epidemic

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

The Obama administration has adopted a mainstream approach to the drug problem, employing a balance of public health and safety approaches to reduce drug use and its consequences. All of these policies are grounded in science and research -- not politics or ideology.

Silence Says a Lot: An Open Letter to Google About Marijuana Legalization

Stephen Downing | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Stephen Downing

In more than twenty years with the Los Angeles Police Department, where I retired as deputy chief of police, I saw a lot of puzzling behavior at close range. This week I saw some odd behavior from Google, YouTube and President Obama.

Lucia Graves

Gary Johnson: 'Mickey Mouse Would Poll 15 Percent Against Obama And Romney' | Lucia Graves | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has no qualms about running as a third party candidate, telling HuffPost in a recent int...

Obama Drug Policy: Reforming the Criminal Justice System

Rafael Lemaitre | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Rafael Lemaitre

There is no simple, straightforward fix to America's drug problem. Successfully combating this social challenge requires an approach that blends drug treatment, smart law enforcement and alternatives to incarceration.

Chris Christie Speaks Out Against The Drug War

Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) spoke out against the war on drugs on Monday, saying that "we need to do much different and much better than what w...

Finding the "Fat Catchers" of Criminal Justice

Katy Welter | Posted 12.09.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Innovative criminal justice reforms may produce misleading results if they are not implemented using systematic research methods.

Time for Change

Amanda Feilding | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amanda Feilding

The War on Drugs has failed. According to all available indices, it is no longer defendable.

Break the Chains: America Is Ripe for Prison Reform

Michael J. McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael J. McCarthy

America's penal system needs a top-to-bottom overhaul -- and a movement of people ready to do something about it is taking shape nicely.

Diversion Division: A Remedy for Racially Disproportionate Drug Enforcement

Katy Welter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Despite rates of drug use comparable with whites, black males in Illinois are much more likely to be arrested, prosecuted, and ultimately incarcerated for low-level drug crimes.

Obama Drug Control Strategy Focuses On Prevention, Treatment

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House is putting more resources into drug prevention and treatment, part of President Barack Obama's pledge to treat ille...

Experts Urge For Global Drug Policy Reform

AP | VERONIKA OLEKSYN | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

VIENNA — Policies that criminalize drug users fuel the spread of AIDS and should be reformed, experts preparing for an international conference ...

Montel Williams to Receive Award for Medical Marijuana Advocacy

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tony Newman

Montel Williams, who hosts the nationally syndicated daily radio show Montel Across America, is being recognized for sharing his own story as a medical marijuana patient and advocate.

A Former Police Chief on New Marijuana Book

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

I do not believe drug policy reform should end with the legalization of marijuana. Yet, when asked to contribute a foreword to the new book Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink, I eagerly accepted.

Exclusive Excerpt: This Is Your Country On Drugs

Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Grim

When approached in isolation, drug policy almost always backfires, because it doesn't take into account the powerful economic, social, and cultural forces that also determine how and why Americans get high.

Obama: (Reefer) Madness to Tackle Legalization?

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Should Obama have tackled the marijuana issue during his recent online town hall meeting, or was he wise to shrug it off?

Progressives War over Drug Czar

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

The idea of treating substance abusers as disease sufferers is tremendously appealing. But, like other disagreements steeped in divergent bedrock values, there's no getting around this one.