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Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse Than You Think

The Influence | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
The Influence

Most of us assume it's because someone, somewhere sat down with the scientific evidence, and figured out that cannabis is more harmful than other drugs we use all the time -- like alcohol and cigarettes. Not at all.

College Kids Caught With Drugs May Not Get Kicked Off Financial Aid Anymore

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For over a decade, the federal government has denied students financial aid because they have a drug conviction, a cycle that discourag...

If Our Presidential Candidates Think Drug Use Is a Health Issue, Here Are 8 Ways to Prove It

Tony Newman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Tony Newman

I appreciate the new rhetoric from the many candidates saying that drug use and addiction are a health issue, not a criminal issue. But there's a huge disconnect between this rhetoric and their actual policy proposals.

Poll: New Hampshire Primary Voters Strongly Support Decriminalizing Drug Possession, Treating Drugs as a Health Issue

Bill Piper | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Bill Piper

Eighty percent of New Hampshire primary voters consider addressing prescription drug and other drug abuse and the recent surge in overdose deaths an important or urgent issue.

Flashback Friday: Fox News Host Megyn Kelly on Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 01.08.2016 | Media
Tony Newman

I am not a regular viewer of Kelly and don't know her daily work, but I do remember a segment she did on drugs and the drug war. Five years ago, Megyn Kelly did a long segment on my organization, the Drug Policy Alliance. The segment is a classic.

Why Testing Welfare Recipients for Drugs Isn't Helping America

Dorit Sasson | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Dorit Sasson

There is no real evidence that drug testing should be tested for those on welfare. In fact, testing welfare recipients for drugs isn't solving the current social and economic problems we're having in America.

2016 Will Be the Biggest Year Yet for Marijuana Policy Reform

Rob Kampia | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Rob Kampia

2016 will likely comprise a cornucopia of cannabis policy advances, which I'll enumerate in the form of predictions.

We Are All Drug Users

Derek Rosenfeld | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Derek Rosenfeld

Drugs are a part of life, but the way we talk about drugs in our society is hugely problematic. We make distinctions based on a drug's legal status, and most people never question why only certain drugs are illegal.

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.

60 Minutes Profile on the Drug Czar: What They Got Right -- and Wrong

Tony Newman | Posted 12.14.2015 | Media
Tony Newman

I appreciated this 60 Minutes profile and it felt like breaking new ground. But 60 Minutes dropped the ball by not challenging some of the feel-good rhetoric.

10 Facts on HIV and Sex Work

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

Sex workers are recognized by the World Health Organization, along with other major health and human rights organizations, as one of four key populations in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day: We Must Do More to Help People Who Use Drugs

Julie Netherland | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics
Julie Netherland

The criminalization and mass incarceration of people who use illicit drugs, along with policies that restrict access to sterile syringes and opioid maintenance therapies (such as methadone and Suboxone), have facilitated the spread of HIV/AIDS, not to mention other blood borne diseases, such as hepatitis C.

Why Being Honest About Drug-Related Risk Might Be the Best Public Health Policy Ever

Adam Winstock | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Adam Winstock

While I understand that drug use for some people is unwise (and best avoided) either because of their age, pre-existing health conditions or other vulnerabilities, the decision to use drugs is one that must always be treated with respect.

Sorry, Hillary, Plan Colombia Has Been a Drug War Disaster

Daniel Robelo | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Daniel Robelo

This week Hillary Clinton again revealed a blind spot for the drug war and a deafness of tone towards Latino issues. She decided to brag about Plan Colombia, her husband's signature international drug policy initiative, which has been a total disaster in one of the most emblematic theaters of the failed war on drugs.

Setting the Record Straight on 'Synthetic Drugs' -- and What We Should Do About Them

Patrick Heintz | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Patrick Heintz

While alarmist media stories have focused on their reported dangers, what often goes unaddressed is that our existing pattern of banning drugs drives the creation of these new substances.

New UN Think-tank Report: What Comes After the War on Drugs?

James Cockayne | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
James Cockayne

Should the United Nations support the decriminalization of drug use? This was the question raised last week by Richard Branson, a well-known entrepreneur and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a private group.

Stopping Opioid Overdose Deaths and Addictions: Finally, a Sensible Plan for Action

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Today, 120 people will lose their life to a drug overdose. Unfortunately, this devastating epidemic is not new -- it has been growing for at least a decade. What is new is that there is at last strong, sensible, non-partisan action at hand.

Ohioans Who Want to End the Drug War Should Vote Yes on Issue 3

Sam Tracy | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Sam Tracy

In less than a week, Ohioans casting their ballots will be faced with a difficult decision: how to vote on Issue 3, which would legalize marijuana for both medical and personal use while putting the Initiative's funders in complete control of cultivating the highly lucrative plant.

Casualties of the War on Drugs

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 10.24.2015 | Black Voices
Donna A. Patterson

It remains to be seen if these continuing changes, like the drug policies currently in American existence, will help some and hurt others, or if all citizens will benefit as communities across the country stop waging a war against those who've used drugs.

The Next Country To Legalize Marijuana Might Be Iran

The Conversation | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.22.2015 | World

This story was originally published by The Conversation. After Uruguay courageously legalized the use of cannabis under a new drug policy, could Iran ...

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.

Time to Abolish Drug-Related Death Penalty

Ruth Dreifuss | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Ruth Dreifuss

The death penalty is an unusually cruel and inhumane form of punishment. It also demonstrably fails to deter crime, drug-related or otherwise. Countries carrying out executions for drug offenses simply do not register significant shifts in either supply or demand.

The Unforgettable Day I Witnessed Naloxone Save Amy's Life

Amanda Bent | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Amanda Bent

I still vividly remember the first time I saw naloxone in action. The day began like an average one at the drop-in center -- with the buzz of conversation, ringing phones and chaotic sounds of an old action movie on the television.

President Obama's Human Rights Report to China

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

In summit discussions with President Xi Jinping of China, President Barack Obama might want to open new lines of communication over human rights by reflecting candidly on America's own failings, following a script something like this:

Alabama's Chemical Endangerment Laws: Where the War on Drugs Meets the War on Women

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.05.2015 | Crime
Katherine Koster

The criminalization of drug use during pregnancy as "fetal endangerment" is not a new revelation. But the extent to which pregnant women are being criminalized for drug use is.