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Drug Prohibition

The Missing Chair at the Holiday Table

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 01.23.2012 | Parents
Gretchen Burns Bergman

I weep for the countless families who have been torn apart by discriminatory and destructive drug policies that lock up fathers and remove children from their mothers in the name of the war on drugs.

It's Time to Declare Peace in the War Against Drugs

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Prohibition advocates are brutally determined to impose their will on everyone else, turning the Drug War into a broad assault on a free society. It is time to end the Drug War. The U.S. government should declare Drug Peace.

God, Liquor And The Gospel Of Ken Burns

Ben Stevens | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Ben Stevens

Even when we lament their zeal, our society needs the kinds of unpopular people who are extremely outspoken about public morality.

Momentum Builds to End Failed Drug War: 1,000 to Attend Upcoming Conference

Tony Newman | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

It is obvious that the war on drugs has failed. We are building an alternative. It is time for us as a society to learn how to live with drugs, because they aren't going anywhere.

Medical Marijuana: A Science-Free Zone At The White House

Bill Piper | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
Bill Piper

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Justice issued medical marijuana guidelines to U.S. attorneys that are at best confusing and at worst a flip-flop on administration policy.

Elected Officials, VIPs and Grassroots Slam Drug War on 40th Anniversary

Tony Newman | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

June 17 will mark forty years since President Richard Nixon officially declared a "war on drugs." A trillion dollars and millions of ruined lives later, the war on drugs has proven to be a catastrophic failure.

4/20: Time to Have Fun -- And to End Marijuana Prohibition!

Tony Newman | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

While many people associate marijuana with fun times, it also happens to be at the epicenter of a catastrophic war on drugs that is destroying as many lives as ever.

Thousands in Mexico Take to Street to Protest Drug War -- We Need to Do the Same Here

Tony Newman | Posted 06.07.2011 | Home
Tony Newman

We need the "grassroots" -- we need people to hit the streets against the unwinnable drug war. That's why yesterday's protests in Mexico are inspiring.

How Should Society Deal With the Drug Nicotine?

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

We should celebrate our success curbing cigarette smoking and continue to encourage people to cut back or give up cigarettes, but let's not get carried away and think that criminalizing smoking is the answer.

Will Cigarettes Be Illegal In The Future?

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tony Newman

Will cigarettes be illegal in the future? The battle over cigarettes is heating up -- and recent news shows that momentum to criminalize tobacco smoking continues to build in the U.S. and around the world.

Ending the Drug War: 8 Top Stories of 2010

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tony Newman

I feel discouraged about many things happening in our country. But steps towards ending the war on drugs continues to bring me hope and cautious optimism.

Judiciary Committee Member to Block Leonhart for DEA

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

Citing Michelle Leonhart's controversial position on prescription pain-killers for terminal patients suffering intractable pain, the Senate Judiciary Committee blocked her nomination to head the DEA.

A Laboratory of Democracy

Norman Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Norman Goldman

Cannot California experiment with legalizing marijuana, in the spirit of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis's "laboratory of democracy"?

HBO's Boardwalk Empire Helps Us Understand Drug Prohibition

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Newman

Prohibition didn't work with alcohol -- that's why it was repealed after just 13 years. Today, after several decades of drug prohibition, it should be clear that it's never going to work.

Prohibition and Civil Unrest

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Drug abuse and gang violence flourish in a drug prohibition environment, just as they did during alcohol prohibition in the US. Legalizing drugs will put the black market out of business.

Dismantling the Talking Points of Marijuana Prohibitionists

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

The war on drugs will be on the ballot in California this November. The nation will watch the state decide whether to tax and regulate marijuana or continue to arrest adults for possession of this plant.

My Testimony to Congress on the War on Drugs

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

The predominant role that criminalization and the criminal justice system play in dealing with particular drugs and drug use in this country is unsustainable in both fiscal and human terms.

Don't Just Smoke a Joint on 4/20 -- Take Action Against Marijuana Prohibition

Bill Piper | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bill Piper

The movement to end marijuana prohibition is very broad, composed of people who love marijuana, people who hate marijuana, and people who don't have strong feelings either way.

Conservative Hollywood Website Slams Sting and Soros for Video Speaking Out Against Drug War

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

It is under drug prohibition that we have record numbers of overdose deaths, and it is advocates like the Drug Policy Alliance who are offering real and proven solutions.

Why Smoking Bans in Prison Are Not The Answer!

Tony Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tony Newman

The rationale that drives prisons to prohibit smoking is that it improves the heath of people behind bars and saves health care costs. These bans don't prevent prisoners from smoking.

All of Us Use Drugs, but Only Some of Us Go to Jail!

Tony Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tony Newman

The U.S. has 5% of the world's population but has 25% of the world's prison population. Nationally, blacks are 13 times more likely to be incarcerated on drug charges as whites, despite similar rates of drug use.

Sting, Soros, Montel and More: We Are the Drug Policy Alliance

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

Our new look and feel is about realizing and embracing the tremendous scope of our struggle to end the failed war on drugs. Lasting change can only be achieved by building on the common interests of as many people as possible.

Bloodbath in Mexico: Drug Prohibition Is to Blame for Thousands of Mexican and Now American Deaths

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tony Newman

Since 2006, Mexico's war against drug cartels has led to the death of 15,000 Mexicans. The best next step we have towards reducing the violence in Mexico is ending marijuana prohibition.

AP Bombshell: "US Drug War Has Met None of Its Goals"

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tony Newman

I have been the director of media relations at the Drug Policy Alliance for ten years and this is one of the hardest hitting indictments against the drug war I've ever seen.

Obama's 2010 Drug Control Strategy

Bill Piper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Piper

President Obama spoke for millions when he said drug use should be treated as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. He has failed, however, to change the drug war budget in a meaningful way.