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Drug Policy

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

Julie Netherland | Posted 12.01.2015 | 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.

Marijuana: The Gateway to the White House

Josh Pearson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Josh Pearson

The drug war has failed, and it's astounding that many on the GOP debate stage still cling to drug war scare tactics reminiscent of Ronald Reagan.

Catherine Hiller Is Not Your Average Marijuana Legalizer -- She's More Dangerous

Theodore Caputi | Posted 09.14.2015 | Media
Theodore Caputi

While there will always be people who overcome the odds to achieve outstanding levels of success, it is not realistic to advocate that persistent marijuana smoking is a healthy lifestyle.

Joe Biden Has A Serious Drug Policy Problem

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

Joe Biden carries into any presidential run the burden of his own history -- in particular, his complicity in crafting a generation of drug policies ...

The Long Walk of Moms and Dads After Overdose

Denise Cullen | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Denise Cullen

It's a hard road, the one that we walk after our children die from a drug overdose. It's a walk that numbs your feet from the miles of isolation and grief. I'm only one of thousands.

The Drug Education Teens Really Need

Nisa Yasmine Rashid | Posted 08.27.2015 | Teen
Nisa Yasmine Rashid

In working with teens, we have to be nuanced in our thinking, open to different approaches and aware of broader social realities. But students are approached as though all drug use is the same and as though we don't each have a story of our own to tell.

Many Anti-Pot Arguments Are Based On Weak Science, Say Researchers

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

Many of the common claims about marijuana -- that it's a gateway drug, for example, or that legalization of the plant often results in more people us...

Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into DOJ's Continued Crackdown On Medical Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

Two congressmen behind a federal provision protecting state-legal medical marijuana operations are seeking an investigation into the Department of Ju...

Senate Committee Passes Crucial Marijuana Reform

Bill Piper | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

A key Senate committee passed a bill today allowing the nation's capital to establish regulated marijuana stores and let banks provide financial services to state-legalized marijuana dispensaries.

A Matter of Life and Death: It's Time to Get Proactive About Cannabis and Opiates

Amanda Reiman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Amanda Reiman

The elephant in the room is the powerful tool we already have for preventing opiate related overdose and death by preventing opiate dependence, cannabis.

Ryan Grim

Big News For Pot Research | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House took a major step forward on Monday to support research into the medical properties of marijuana, lifting a much-maligne...

Dear Media: Please Use This Realistic Marijuana B-Roll for Your News Stories

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 06.10.2015 | Media
Sharda Sekaran

We've all seen it before, an otherwise normal news story about marijuana policy that cuts away to footage of cannabis caricatures. It's goofy, awkward, condescending and doesn't reflect the average marijuana consumer, who more than likely looks like a normal person you might see at a bank, supermarket or office.