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Drug Prohibition

Drug War Hawks and Why I'll Vote for Peace

James Peron | Posted 11.06.2016 | Politics
James Peron

Like many Americans I was unenthusiastic about having to pick between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It isn't that I don't see Trump as a menace to...

Cameron Douglas Is Almost Free After 7 Years

Anthony Papa | Posted 08.02.2016 | Crime
Anthony Papa

Cameron Douglas is free! Well, almost free.

Bernie Sanders Joins World Leaders, Celebrities In Call For Global Drug Policy Revamp

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics

The war on drugs has failed says an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, signed by over 1,000 world leaders and celebrities. T...

Congress Lifts the Ban on Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Last month Congressional Republicans rallied behind an effort to lift a decades-old ban against federal funding for syringe exchange programs.

Ireland Proposes Opening Supervised Injection Centers For Heroin Users

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.02.2015 | Home

Ireland's minister of drug strategy announced Monday that the country has plans to become the latest European nation to provide medically supervised i...

Prohibition Is the Real "Gateway Drug"

Inge Fryklund | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
Inge Fryklund

Drug warriors claim that marijuana is a "gateway drug." On the contrary, it is the policy of drug prohibition--not the drug per se--that creates a gateway into a criminal underworld of crime and contaminated products.

Using Psychedelics Shouldn't Be a Crime

Jag Davies | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Jag Davies

This is a critical moment for people who care about psychedelics to bring their voices to the table. The drug policy landscape has changed as quickly as any other issue in U.S. politics over the past few years.

Joe Biden Has A Serious Drug Policy Problem

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.21.2016 | 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 n...

To Improve Police-Community Relations, End the War on Drugs

James Gierach | Posted 09.01.2016 | Crime
James Gierach

President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, charged with improving police-community relations and reducing crime, has largely overlooked one of the elements most essential to accomplishing this goal: the need to reform drug policy.

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

Amanda Reiman | Posted 07.15.2016 | 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.

Matt Ramos

House Raids DEA Budget To Fund Police Reform And Community Outreach | Matt Ramos | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a significant blow to the United States' decadeslong war on drugs, House lawmakers voted Tuesday to strip $23 million from the embatt...

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.

President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

James Gierach | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
James Gierach

Policing today is focused on enforcing moral behavior, which, regardless of one's opinions about legislating and enforcing personal behavior, has had devastating consequences.

Ecstasy Levels Spike In Rivers Near Giant Music Festival

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics

Levels of the illegal drug ecstasy were found to have spiked in rivers near a major music festival in Taiwan that draws more than a half-million revel...

Does Your U.S. Senator Want to End the War on Drugs?

James Gierach | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
James Gierach

America's war on drugs is the world's war on drugs. And the world's war on drugs is codified and dictated by three international drug conventions.

What Were They Thinking? Massachusetts Town Tries to Ban Tobacco

Tony Newman | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

With all of the good intentions in the world, outlawing cigarettes would be just as disastrous as the prohibition on other drugs. Let's imagine what our country would look like if cigarettes became illegal.

Matt Ferner

Global Drug Survey Explores The Safest Ways To Get High -- Or Not | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

This year's Global Drug Survey asks why users quit, why they use a potent form of hash oil made with volatile butane and how they obtain substances th...

Matt Ferner

War On Drugs Loses Another Big Battle | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Voters in several states on Tuesday dealt blows to the United States' decades-long drug war, passing measures to legalize marijuana for recreational u...

Nick Wing

The DEA Once Turned A 14-Year-Old Into A Drug Kingpin. Welcome To The War On Drugs | Nick Wing | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

What won't the DEA do in its war on drugs?

Time to Listen to the Experts on Legalizing Drugs

Diane Dimond | Posted 11.29.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Buried in all the recent news about ISIS, horrific weather lashing the United States, the violence of NFL players, and the like, came a hardly noticed news item about the idea of legalizing drugs. Yes, all drugs.

RIP Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin: 'Godfather of Ecstasy' and Drug Policy Reform Pioneer

Jag Davies | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Jag Davies

Sasha Shulgin, who passed away Monday at the age of 88, was many things to many people. He was not just a pharmacologist, author, and medical chemist, but a pioneer in drug policy reform.

Uruguay Unveils Details for World's First National Legal Marijuana Market

Hannah Hetzer | Posted 07.06.2014 | Home
Hannah Hetzer

On Friday, Uruguay released its long-anticipated regulations accompanying the law that was signed into effect last December, which made it the first country in the world to legally regulate the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.

Radley Balko

These 13 People Were Killed By The War On Drugs. Their Lives Were The Cost Of Prohibition. | Radley Balko | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

This story was first published in April 2013. America's long drug war has produced countless tragedies, ruined lives and led to parentless children...

How Racist Is Marijuana Prohibition In Your State?

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

The ACLU released a new tool on Tuesday, allowing users to track the racial disparity and frequency of marijuana arrests across the U.S., as well as t...

Modern Policing vs. The IACP

Diane Goldstein | Posted 04.13.2014 | Crime
Diane Goldstein

We are now in a moment where both opportunity and a path for law enforcement leaders exists to negotiate an honorable truce and develop an exit strategy to America's longest war through the adoption of harm reduction policies.