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Drug Policy

Marijuana, Human Rights and the US Image

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Keeping marijuana illegal and our jails full may make some wealthier, but it also exacerbates a serious human rights problem and weakens the ability of the US to present itself to the rest of the world as being on the side of human rights.

Medical Marijuana Gains Momentum In The Deep South

AP | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

BY CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA (AP) — Medical marijuana has been a non-starter in recent years in the Deep South, where ma...

Friday Talking Points -- Freedom From Job Lock

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The next big legislative fight (raising the debt ceiling) is just around the corner, and the Republicans can't seem to agree on what to hold as hostage.

Three Executive Actions Obama Can Take to Rein in the Drug War

Sam Tracy | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

If Obama doesn't want to take the political risk that such a mass pardoning may bring, he could at least start with the most heinous cases, like the many people serving life sentences for as little as cocaine residue in a clothing pocket.

Legal Marijuana: a Tale of Two Coasts

Jane Marcus, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Jane Marcus, Ph.D.

I have spent almost 30 years studying the history and progress of our nation's drug policy and working toward reform. I believe the harms resulting from the prohibition of drugs, particularly marijuana, put our children at much greater risk than legalization does.

Tonight's State of the Union Should Also Offer Economic Opportunity for People With Drug Law Felonies

Alexsandra Smith | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Alexsandra Smith

As it stands today, felony drug offenders face significant obstacles to joining the economy.

Governors Propose Solutions to End Mass Incarceration

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 03.30.2014 | Crime
Inimai Chettiar

While New Jersey has already made progress in lowering the state's prison population and recidivism rates, all while keeping crime down, Christie warned that "we can do better, and we must." Whether Christie's motivation is political or moral, his stated commitment to rolling back mass incarceration deserves recognition.

President Obama Affirms MATV's Message

Joy Strickland | Posted 03.25.2014 | Black Voices
Joy Strickland

My son who was an innocent victim of drug prohibition violence. Armed with the knowledge that people and communities of color have borne the brunt of our nation's drug war, we rebranded MATV to be a clear and strong voice for drug policy reform.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kofi Annan to Discuss Drugs at World Economic Forum Panel

Tony Newman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

In recent years, debate and political will for drug policy reform has gained unprecedented momentum in many parts of the world, especially Latin America and the U.S.

President Obama, Sen. Reid and Gov. Christie All Speak Out Against the Drug War in One Week!

Tony Newman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

What has been shocking until now is that politicians have been so far behind the American public when it comes to the drug war. But there's reason for hope.

Ex-DEA Agent Finds Unlikely New Role In Marijuana Industry

Reuters | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics

By Jonathan Kaminsky SEATTLE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - In a decade with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Patrick Moen rose to supervise ...

Why I Support the Drug Policy Alliance's 2014 California Measure to Regulate and Tax Marijuana

David Bronner | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
David Bronner

Legalizing marijuana in California in 2014 will truly be the massive earthquake that hastens the demise of national and international cannabis prohibition, and all the evils that attend this draconian racist policy.

Is Decriminalization the Best Approach to Vermont's, and Nation's, Drug Abuse Problem?

Sam Tracy | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Criminalizing drugs doesn't make them disappear, it simply drives them underground into much more dangerous settings.

Drug Treatment Courts: 20 Years of Uncounted Deaths

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

The continued stigmatization of those with drug and alcohol abuse have perpetuated a drug treatment court system that is hiding and destroying data that does not match the image of their marketing agents.

Oregon Couple Accused Of Leaving Meth As A Tip

The Huffington Post | Andrew Perez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

With a majority of Americans now favoring the legalization of marijuana, some restaurant diners have started to treat drugs a bit too casually in publ...

Make 2014 the Year to Pass Well-Written 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Laws

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Passing well written 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Laws tells society that all of those struggling with alcohol and drug abuse are worth saving, including those that are on probation, on parole or awaiting a drug violation.

What a Year for Harm Reduction!

Hilary McQuie | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Hilary McQuie

To quote an old social justice slogan, harm reduction is the art of "building a new society in the vacant lots of the old." And those lots are filling up, due to the hard work of people around the world.

Reflections on the Best Year Ever in Drug Policy Reform

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

I'm not one to use the term "tipping point" lightly, because one can only say you've hit it so many times before losing one's credibility, but I do think we've hit the tipping point on marijuana legalization -- for three reasons.

The Beginning of the End: The Top 10 Drug Policy Stories of 2013

Tony Newman | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

2013 will go down in history as the beginning of the end of our disastrous war on drugs. Here are some of the top stories that made 2013 a watershed year in the fight to end America's longest failed war.

They Didn't Get Caught - But Others Did and Others Will

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

Criminalization does not deter drug use. Globally each year millions of people receive criminal records for drug possession with the young, Black and poor most actively targeted.

Time to Break the Taboo on the World's Longest Running War

Sam Branson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Sam Branson

One war the world overlooks that is still happening today is the so-called "War on Drugs," which was famously declared by former President Richard Nixon more than 40 years ago. It's a war -- like many -- that doesn't need to be happening, and it's a war, like many, that is costing way too much money and too many innocent lives along the way.

Faces Behind the Drug Policy Reform Movement

Melissa Franqui | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Melissa Franqui

The drug policy reform movement descended upon Denver last week for the 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference.

Recovery, Redemption and Professional Wrestling - One-Dimensional Scoundrels and Mystified Addicts

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

If we addicts want to make real changes for ourselves -- socially, politically -- we must stop participating in our own degradation. Painting ourselves as uncanny abominations who see things that normal people cannot see -- all of this simply plays into the ongoing marginalization of addicts and drug users everywhere.

When It Comes to Marijuana Policy, Washington State Needs to Put Health Before Happy Hour

Steph Sherer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steph Sherer

These would seem to be good times to be a medical cannabis advocate. But what is unfolding in Washington State is weighing on me.

Prisoners of War

Jill Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Jill Harris

President Obama should back up his administration's stated commitment to changing the way we deal with people convicted of drug crimes by showing mercy toward some of those prisoners.