Should the United Nations support the decriminalization of drug use? This was the question raised last week by Richard Branson, a well-known entrepreneur and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a private group.
There is a clear and troubling pattern where policy reforms in the criminal justice system do not extend to immigrants in the criminal justice or immigration enforcement systems. The glaring question is: why not?
So what happens when troops start questioning the underlying assumptions of the war they signed up to fight? We're seeing the answer now with the War on Drugs. This war will end because those on the front line realize that it doesn't make any sense.
Amy Schumer, Steph Curry, Ed Norton, Jesse Williams, Chris Pine, Russell Simmons, and Piper Kerman are among the nearly 100 celebrities calling for reform to our criminal justice system.
Oregon already has been producing high-quality marijuana for decades. Our market is valued at $1 billion a year. Now that legalization is happening, more of the marijuana sales are likely to occur on the legal market and the opportunity for growth is enormous.
Every 45 seconds, something that is the butt of jokes among well-fed politicians becomes a life-ending third strike for someone else.
We stand with Ayotzinapa. We honor the courage and resilience of the students' families and community, and we join them in demanding justice.
The massive militarization represented by billions of dollars of U.S. and European arms sales to Mexico as well as illegal gun trafficking is bad news for the many Mexicans devastated by the abuses of police and soldiers.
The drug war has failed, and it's astounding that many on the GOP debate stage still cling to drug war scare tactics reminiscent of Ronald Reagan.
It is predictable that many will gush over Ronald Reagan tonight. But let's remember that Ronald Reagan amplified a war on people of the United States that continues to haunt us today. And it is time for our leaders to find an exit strategy from this unwinnable war.
A group of former 'Just Say No' law enforcement officers is now getting into the public pot business. The State of New Mexico, where medical marijuana can only be sold by state-approved non-profits, received some surprise applications to a recent request for new medical marijuana providers.
The rapid fall of the (now ex-) Guatemalan president Otto Fernandez Pérez Molina has already reverberated through the Americas.
As we remember the legacy of this great thinker, let's also make sure to educate ourselves on the oppressive and profit-driven history of drug laws in this country and the obstacles that remain. It is a choice to either consent through silence or take action to end the drug war once and for all.
In working with teens, we have to be nuanced in our thinking, open to different approaches and aware of broader social realities. But students are approached as though all drug use is the same and as though we don't each have a story of our own to tell.
As we traveled and spoke with organizations and leaders across Honduras we encountered deep opposition to the militarization and corruption of public life that have accompanied the drug war.
It's a story so awful that even though my job involves constantly reading news about drug war atrocities, I avoided this one for days.