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Drug Reform

Despite Errors Found in Audit and a Pending Investigation, Oklahoma Reelects Incumbent Sheriff

Adam Banner | Posted 11.14.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

In March of this year, an Oklahoma County judge was "appalled" to learn that inmates at the Oklahoma County jail were expected to pay not only their c...

Why I'm Calling to End the War on Drugs

Kofi Annan | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Kofi Annan

Policy based on common assumptions and popular sentiments can become a recipe for mistaken prescriptions and misguided interventions. Nowhere is this divorce between rhetoric and reality more evident than in the formulation of global drug policies.

Bernie Sanders Hits Hillary Clinton For Using A 'Racist Term' In 1996

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics

While sparring over criminal justice policy during Thursday's Democratic primary debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) accused Hillary Clinton of using ...

The Real Reason Heroin, Cocaine And Other Drugs Are Really Illegal

The Influence | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
The Influence

The reasons that drugs like heroin, cocaine, marijuana and others are illegal today have far more to do with economics and cultural prejudice than with addiction.

Treatment and Compassion, Not War

Juan Cartagena | Posted 03.25.2017 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

In the War on Drugs no one really wins. Even drug traffickers with all their riches kill each other off. For these reasons and more, the possibility of global drug reform represented by April's special United Nation's session on the topic symbolizes hope for many people.

These Lousy Drugs Are Going to End The Drug War

The Influence | Posted 03.08.2017 | Politics
The Influence

It's a rare day when the prohibitionist establishment and die-hard drug policy reformers are in agreement -- but that happens to be the case more often than not when it comes to what the U.S. insists on calling "synthetic drugs."

In Midst of Opioid Drug Crisis, No Real Drug Reform

Kathleen Frydl | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
Kathleen Frydl

The drug war is the U.S.' most failed social policy intervention in modern history -- yet the call to rethink its assumptions, and revise our approach to regulation of illicit drugs, has been issued and seriously engaged only by reformers in Europe and Latin America.

Good Prison Reform Helps the Most Offenders Possible

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 01.07.2017 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

Long story short, when thinking about prison reform, stakeholders need to consider the needs of the many, not the few. Reforms should be applicable to most prisoners, not solely first-time, non-violent drug offenders.

How DHS Uses Deportations to Undermine Criminal Justice Reform

Monika Langarica | Posted 11.11.2016 | Latino Voices
Monika Langarica

Two thousand of those eligible for early release are non-citizens, facing continued incarceration and deportation. This, in spite of a determination made by an independent federal agency that concludes they have served a complete fair sentence and now qualify to be free people.

Senate Committee Passes Crucial Marijuana Reform

Bill Piper | Posted 07.23.2016 | 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.

Leonhart's Fall Signals Urgent Need for DEA Overhaul

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

Congress must thoroughly review the tactics that place agents and contractors in cozy contact with the cartels they are supposed to be dismantling. It must also take this opportunity to consider whether the DEA is fulfilling its mandate -- and to reassess that mandate.

The REDEEM Act: Creating a Path to Restoring Trust in Our Justice System

Denzel Cummings | Posted 06.08.2015 | Black Voices
Denzel Cummings

Regardless of their hardest attempts they and their families were constantly caught in this cycle -- a cycle that our country is complicit in creating, supporting and allowing to continue even when it is not functioning correctly.

Carly Schwartz

Top Brits Call On The U.K. To Decriminalize Drugs | Carly Schwartz | Posted 03.05.2015 | Home

British businessman Richard Branson and U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have advocated for drug policy reform in the past. But experts say their...

How Kofi Annan, Richard Branson and 7 Former Presidents Changed the Worldwide Debate on Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

I have been blown away to see how a committed group of leaders can have a global impact when it comes to the world's longest war: the war on drugs.

The 2014 Elections Will Be Huge for Drug Reform -- A State by State Breakdown of What's at Stake

Stephen Gutwillig | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Stephen Gutwillig

In seven weeks, voters across the country will have a chance to accelerate the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider drug war. In fact, there are more drug policy reform questions on the ballot this November than ever in American history.

Global Day of Protest Against the Drug War

Daniel Altman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Daniel Altman

For the second year in a row, an international groundswell of activists have organized a Global Day of Action. In addition to the thousands of actions around the world focusing on various aspects of the failed drug war, drug policy reform advocates will be taking their protest right to the source: the UN Headquarters in New York.

Top 5 Reasons Why We Need Over-the-Counter Naloxone to Combat Drug Overdose

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

View image | As drug overdose reigns as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, naloxone has emerged as one of th...

Weed Time With Bill Maher

The 420 Times | Posted 06.11.2014 | Los Angeles
The 420 Times

Ballclub co-owner, writer, intelligent talker, Maher is a true renaissance man for this marijuana millennium. But, unlike some decriminalization intellectuals, this guy practices what he preaches. He smokes weed. And he breaks down boundaries doing it. Important boundaries.

Postcard From Vienna: Europe's Stance on International Drug Policy

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Michel D. Kazatchkine

Europe is a major consumer of drugs, and thus a major driver of the drug market. It is also the home of some of the best examples of evidence-based, people-centered, public health-driven policies and was a leader in the early and large-scale implementation of harm reduction.

Why We Need Drug Reform

Madeline Ruoff | Posted 05.06.2014 | Teen
Madeline Ruoff

At this point, it's well established that the War on Drugs has failed: it has disproportionately targeted minorities, it has contributed to mass incarceration, and it has done little actually reduce drug use. It's time to change this country's attitude towards drug users.

Matt Sledge

North Carolina Leads South With Drug Overdose Reform | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. -- Prescription painkillers hit the stark, beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains hard. Once known as the world's moonshi...

Hard Work and Preparation: What Marijuana Legalization and Super Bowl Sunday Have in Common

Art Way | Posted 03.31.2014 | Denver
Art Way

Nothing happens overnight. The Broncos and Seahawks know this well after disappointing playoff losses last year. The teams worked hard to get to this point. The same can be said of CO and WA in reaching their recent drug policy reform milestones.

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.

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.

What to Watch in Drug Policy in 2014

Stephen Gutwillig | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Stephen Gutwillig

2013 was a landmark year in unraveling the disastrous war on drugs. We should anticipate even more progress toward rational drug policies in 2014. Here are three key developments to watch for.