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Ethan Nadelmann and Stephen Colbert on Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Media
Tony Newman

Like millions of others, I tuned in regularly to get the news of the day from the hilarious show. I loved how the show could educate people and explain complicated issues in such an entertaining way. The segments were often more informative than networking news, and a hell of a lot funnier.

Feds Open Banks for MMJ Business

The 420 Times | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

The Obama administration just said yes to banking for marijuana businesses in cannabis-legal states.

'People Should Not Be Punished For Possessing Small Amounts Of Any Drug'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

What may very well be the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition in the United States has already begun. Colorado marijuana dispensaries are...

We 'Have Reached The Tipping Point' In Marijuana Policy Reform

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

Last week, more than 1,200 drug reformers from around the world gathered in Denver at the International Drug Reform Conference to talk about policy re...

Meet The Man Leading The Charge Against Drug Prohibition

Rolling Stone | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

The most influential man in the battle for legalization is a wonky intellectual in dad jeans....

Marijuana Legalization Proponents Deny Health Harms Just Like the Tobacco Industry Did

Sue Rusche | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Sue Rusche

Sooner or later, marijuana legalization proponents will have to take responsibility for grossly misleading the public about the health harms of pot. To persuade people to legalize, they have to perpetuate the myth that marijuana is harmless.

'The Choice Between A Disappointment And Disaster'

Aaron Sankin | Posted 11.02.2012 | San Francisco

As the 2012 election mercifully enters the home stretch, it's time to look back and see what issues were almost completely ignored by both candidates....

The Good News and the Bad in Drug Policy Reform

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Democratic administrations are the worst drug policy reformers. That is, except for Republican adminstrations.

The Genie Has Escaped the Drug Prohibition Bottle

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 09.29.2012 | World
Ethan Nadelmann

The long term alternative to the failed global drug prohibition regime ultimately lies in embracing three specific policy options: legal regulation of cannabis; full decriminalization of possession of small amounts of drugs; and legal access to pharmaceutical versions of other illicit drugs for addicts.

Belize to Consider Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 09.17.2012 | World
Ethan Nadelmann

It is encouraging to see Belize's government join the growing number of countries calling for alternatives to the criminalization of people who use drugs. In the past months, Latin America has been at the forefront of this trend.

Five Hilarious Skits That Slam the Insane Drug War

Tony Newman | Posted 09.01.2012 | Comedy
Tony Newman

Comedy is powerful. And while the drug war is not a laughing matter, comedians are often able to capture the absurdity and insanity better than policy papers and traditional journalism. Below are five humorous clips that allow us to laugh, so we don't have to cry.

Colombia Decriminalizes Cocaine and Marijuana, As Latin American Momentum for Drug Policy Reform Continues

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 09.01.2012 | World
Ethan Nadelmann

Colombia's Constitutional Court Friday approved the government's proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cocaine and marijuana for personal use.

Marijuana Legalization Debate Arrives: From Latin American Presidents to Costco Magazine!

Tony Newman | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

The U.S. has been shoving our failed drug policy down the throats of countries around the world and at home for decades. All of those in favor of a serious and honest debate say "Aye"!

Marijuana Rights Groups Prepared for Serious Highs and Lows

Daniel Hernandez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Hernandez

In the coming years, NORML will join other local and national organizations in challenging the pharmaceutical remodeling of medical marijuana, a looming political trend that they call "anti-pleasure seeking, hypocritical" policy toward intoxicating drugs.

Gov. Paterson Ends Database on Innocent NYers, But Stop-and-Frisks and Low-Level Marijuana Arrests Still Need to Be Drastically Reduced

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ethan Nadelmann

David Paterson has signed legislation to limit the NYPD practice of storing personal information on innocent New Yorkers who are stopped-and-frisked but not charged with any crime.

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.

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.

An Imperfect Improvement: Obama's New Drug War Strategy

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

Though the White House's new National Drug Control Strategy embraces specific policy options counter to those of the past thirty years, it differs little from its predecessor on fundamental issues of budget and drug policy paradigm.

Mexico and Argentina Move to Decriminalize Marijuana and Other Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tony Newman

In the last week both Mexico and Argentina made international news by passing a law and making a major Supreme Court ruling calling for low-level drug offenders to receive treatment instead of jail.

The Five Stages of Grief over Obama's Drug Policies

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Obama is not committed enough to drug policy reform to incur the symbolism taking any steps towards liberalization would send.

Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Ethan Nadelmann Debates Stephen Baldwin

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

Last week California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger became the latest and most high-profile U.S. elected official to call for a debate on legalizing marijuana.

Obama Nominating Seattle Police Chief as Drug Czar

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

What gives me hope is the fact that Seattle has been at the cutting edge of harm reduction and other drug policy reform developments in the U.S. over the last decade.

International Narcotics Control Board Reaffirms its Shameful Commitment to Politics over Science

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

The INCB boldly reaffirmed its shameful commitment to politics over science as well as its shocking indifference to the failures and harmful consequences of the global drug prohibition regime.