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Drug Policy

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Harm Reduction Meets Healthcare Reform Where It's At In the Empire State

Robert Cordero | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Robert Cordero

In 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, we knew that new opportunities were emerging for drug users who were disconnected from the traditional healthcare system.

Innovative Drug Policies You May Never Have Heard of But Need to Know About

Tony Newman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

Innovative drug policies being practiced around the world are keeping people out of prison, getting help for those who need it, reducing HIV, crime and overdose deaths. To truly treat drug use as a health issue and end our country's unwinnable war, we need to implement three proven strategies.

Spanish Police Seize Hundreds Of Pounds Of Cocaine Hidden In Pineapples

AP | Posted 05.31.2015 | World

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested three suspects and seized 200 kilograms (441 pounds) of cocaine that had been concealed within a...

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.

For Our 10th Birthday, We're Raising Money For These 10 Issues

Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact

The Huffington Post has spent a decade growing, learning and redefining the media landscape. But on our 10th birthday, one founding principle that's r...

Lessons Learned: The Journey to Legalize Marijuana and End the Drug War

Tony Newman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

For the last 15 years I've dedicated my life to ending our country's disastrous war on drugs. It has been an incredible journey, and I am happy to say that seeds that were planted a long time ago are finally bearing some fruit.

Carly Schwartz

America's War On Drugs Has Failed. This Program Might Be The Solution.

HuffingtonPost.com | Carly Schwartz | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the n...

Hillary's Speech: I'm Delighted But Disappointed Too

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

The fact that the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for president chose the subject of mass incarceration as the focus of her first major policy address since she announced her candidacy is of great significance politically.

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.

Kentucky Snags Title of First Southern State to Legalize Syringe Exchange

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Just weeks ago no Southern state had ever legalized syringe exchange. Not only that, but most of the Bible belt looked years or even decades away fr...

Reactions to D.E.A. Chief Michele Leonhart's Resignation

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Count me among the satisfied that Leonhart will be leaving her government job soon. With her departure, President Obama now has the opportunity to name someone to the job who can clearly see the future of drug policy reform.

Indiana Families Deserve an Effective Syringe Exchange Policy

Bill Piper | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

Indiana's Republican Governor, Mike Pence, is implementing a 30-day syringe exchange program in Scott County to combat escalating HIV/AIDS infection rates. This plan is welcome news but one program operating in one county for one month is not going to stop an epidemic.

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.

A New Approach That Unwinds the Drug War and Produces Dramatic Reductions in Recidivism

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Gabriel Sayegh

One of the most innovative reforms in the country is one you've probably never heard of. That's about to change, because Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is transforming the national discussion about how to end the war on drugs and mass incarceration.

Matt Ferner

Survey Finds Strong Majority In Support Of Marijuana Legalization And Decriminalization

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

A new national survey of American voters has found a strong majority in support of marijuana legalization and an even larger majority in support of de...

Time for the Harm Reduction Decade

Allan Clear | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Allan Clear

As an important United Nations meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) started in Vienna this week, diplomats from around the world were confronted with a spectacular installation of giant black and white photos.

Let's Be Sensible About MDMA

Betty Aldworth | Posted 04.29.2015 | College
Betty Aldworth

It's past time to acknowledge the plain fact that students use drugs. Let's make sure they have the education and protections they need to do so safely.

Matt Ferner

Study: Marijuana May Be Least Dangerous Recreational Drug

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

Marijuana is far safer than alcohol, tobacco and multiple other illicit substances, researchers say, and strict, legal regulation of cannabis might be...