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#Drug Policy

LOOK: Drug War Activists Speak Out Against 'Failed' Policies

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 09.04.2012 | Latino Voices

In December 2006, Mexico’s newly elected President Felipe Calderón declared war against Mexican drug cartels -- words he cemented by sending over 4...

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.

Andrew Burmon

Reefer Madness Vs. Weed Tourism | Andrew Burmon | Posted 09.04.2012 | Travel

Thanks to its high crime rate and worse reputation, Oakland has never really attracted tourists despite its proximity to San Francisco's wharfs, flowe...

Confronting the Truth on Overdose Awareness Day

Meghan Ralston | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Meghan Ralston

We have to acknowledge that a certain percentage of the population will never be entirely drug-free, and we have to figure out what to do about that. It's costly and regressive to continually respond with arrests, drug courts and incarceration.

More Than 100 Profs Back Colorado's Pot Legalization Measure

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.28.2012 | Denver

Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has released a letter today signed by more than 100 college professors -- from Colorado and around the nation -- that ...

The 'War' On Drugs

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 10.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

2012-08-27-scblog.pngCan we wage war with something that is not an actual enemy, not a sovereign power or an uprising within a nation?

Is Medical Marijuana The New Snake Oil?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Fifty
David Sack, M.D.

Somewhat lost in the highly politicized hullabaloo is the one question we should really be asking about medical marijuana: Is it good medicine?

Towards the Regulation of the Cannabis Market: Where, When and How?

Amanda Feilding | Posted 10.28.2012 | World
Amanda Feilding

2012-08-27-scblog.png The current, illegal and totally unregulated market is the worst possible solution to the problems with which drugs and drug-use confront society.

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.

From Mexico City to Los Angeles: My Perspective on the Drug War

Rafa Fernández de Castro | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Rafa Fernández de Castro

Living in the U.S. has made me realize how far Mexicans are from winning the drug war. We can continue to fight the cartels but we will never be able to beat Uncle Sam's insatiable 23 million drug consumers.

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.

Case On Medical Benefits Of Marijuana Heads To Federal Court

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

Medical marijuana advocates will get their day in court later this year, when they argue the therapeutic value of cannabis. The United States Court...

Drug Czar Shoots Down Marijuana Legalization Question

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics

White House Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske shot down a question Monday about softening views on marijuana policy, saying the administ...

You Can't End AIDS Unless You End the Drug War

Mathilde Krim | Posted 09.23.2012 | Politics
Mathilde Krim

The spread of HIV will not be stopped as long as drug use remains criminalized and as long as people who inject drugs are given up for lost. The current situation has quite literally resulted from a life-or-death decision made by politicians.

Give Away Drugs?

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 09.17.2012 | World
Ricardo B. Salinas

One alternative to the war on drugs is simply to provide these substances without cost to those who suffer from addictions. This should be done by health care professionals, and involves attacking the problem for what it is, a serious public health issue.

Decriminalization of Drug Possession Doesn't Increase Drug Use, New Report Finds

Ernest Drucker | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Ernest Drucker

Just like ending alcohol prohibition, making the current crop of drugs legal simply means changing the laws. But changing the laws has been turned into a bloody legal and political battle that is about everything except drugs.

In Oregon, Medical Marijuana Plays In Food Stamp Eligibility

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics

Under Oregon state law, some food stamp recipients are permitted to deduct their medical marijuana costs from their income in calculating their eligib...

Nick Wing

Obama Will Seek To Scale Back Drug War In Second Term | Nick Wing | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama will take steps to draw down the nation's decades-long war on drugs if he wins a second term, Marc Ambinder reports Monday in G...

How Marijuana Has Reshaped Colorado

Ryan Glasspiegel | Posted 08.16.2012 | Politics
Ryan Glasspiegel

Damien LaGoy strides down 13th Avenue towards Gyspy House, a small coffee shop in Denver, with a bounce in his step. Atop a gaunt, 110-pound frame wit...

Stephen Colbert: Want to Get Elected to Public Office? Try Marijuana Policy Reform!

Jag Davies | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Jag Davies

Some people might still think that marijuana prohibition is a fringe issue -- but if any of these people run for office, they'd better watch their back. The drug policy reform movement is on the verge of being not just respected -- but feared.

Veterans Treatment Courts: Providing Our Nation's Heroes the Support They Have Earned

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

There is no better example of a viable alternative to incarceration than Veterans Treatment Courts, which exemplify the Administration's balanced, 21st century approach to drug policy.

Jillette: If Obama Were Arrested Under His Laws, He'd Be In Prison

The Huffington Post | Christine Friar | Posted 07.21.2012 | Comedy

In a recent episode of his podcast "Penn's Sunday School," comedian Penn Jillette laid his opinions on the Obama drug policies out on the table. J...

Author and Legal Scholar, Michelle Alexander, Talks about The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration (Part 3)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Author and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander, has written a powerful and highly acclaimed, well-researched book titled, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

Obama Campaign Nightmare

Richard Feldman | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Richard Feldman

The question is, will the Romney campaign understand the relationships between these two freedom- and liberty-related issues and pilot a course to maximize gun owners' fear and marijuana reformers' distrust?