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How to Make Money Selling Drugs

3 Things You Can Do to End Police Killings and Fix the Criminal Justice System

Matthew Cooke | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

We intend to continue making documentary series and films and writing blogs about human rights. We'll be announcing another one soon. But all this talk is useless unless we band together and act.

Matthew Cooke and Adrian Grenier: Putting People in Jail Is Not the Solution

Matthew Cooke | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

Despite the facts, we're a prison-crazed society. The solution to all our problems ... put them in jail! Yet we forget what a horrible act of torture a prison is. Even for a day.

Honorable Death, Misguided Policy

Stephen Downing | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Stephen Downing

When I think of the destruction wrought by the war on drugs, I think of the many police officers killed in the line of duty attempting to enforce our ...

'My Bottom Was Gonna Be Death'

Posted 06.29.2013 | Celebrity

Eminem has opened up about his addiction to prescription drugs, admitting in a new documentary that the pills he once popped in excess almost killed h...

Will a New Movie and an App Help End the Drug War?

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Sharda Sekaran

Adrian Grenier and his tech-savvy collaborators came to us with the idea of making a mobile application to capture the curiosity of movie goers and feed their appetite for updates and the latest news.

Adrian Grenier And Co-Director Imagine If Obama Was 'Busted For Inhaling'

Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment

Adrian Grenier and Matthew Cooke, producer and director of "How to Make Money Selling Drugs," joined HuffPost Live's Mike Sacks to talk about their ne...

The Need to End the War on Drugs Is Personal for Me

Keith Rushing | Posted 08.25.2013 | New York
Keith Rushing

Waking up to gunfire in the middle of the night was commonplace. I remember getting down on the floor one night, along with my mother, when it sounded like bullets were right outside our window.

Christopher Rosen

'Entourage' Star Wants Obama To Be 'Bolder' On Drugs | Christopher Rosen | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment

Adrian Grenier laughed when it was suggested that maybe he should run for political office. Not that he doesn't have politics on the mind: The "Entour...

Colorado Was Just the Beginning

Susan Sarandon | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics
Susan Sarandon

In 2012 I supported Amendment 64 in Colorado, a common sense step toward ending the archaic prohibition mindset that has resulted in the U.S. leading the world in the incarceration of our people -- a prison system packed with non-violent drug offenders.

Time for a New Mistake

Brian O'Dea | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Brian O'Dea

Time to make a new mistake. That's right. Unless we are prepared to do just that, nothing will ever change (for the better). I, for one, do not know what that right thing is, but I am willing to bet it contains two elements: empathy and kindness, both lacking in our current model.

Ryan Grim

DEA Waging Behind-The-Scenes Hemp War | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

The Drug Enforcement Administration has kicked its lobbying against legalizing industrial hemp into high gear, hoping to block an amendment in the Hou...

The Most Important Movie of the Summer (Hint: It's Not Man of Steel)

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The biggest movie of the summer isn't Man of Steel, or The Lone Ranger, or Fast & Furious 6. It's a new documentary called How to Make Money Selling Drugs, and it exposes the hypocrisy, insanity, and destructiveness of America's drug war. Now, when I say "biggest," I'm not talking about budget size or box office receipts -- I'm talking impact and importance. Of course, the problem with saying a movie is "important" is that it can leave the impression that it isn't entertaining. That's certainly not the case with this film. But the reason the film truly feels like a blockbuster is that you can't leave the theater without being shocked and outraged by what you've seen. Even if you go in feeling like you're well-versed in the insanity of the drug war, you'll walk out stunned -- by the cowardice and hypocrisy of our elected leaders, and by the staggering consequences in lives and money.

Welcome To The Police Industrial Complex

Radley Balko | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

Want to make money on the drug war? Start a company that builds military equipment, then sell that gear to local police departments. Thanks to the gen...

We Can't Arrest Our Way Out of This Problem

Neill Franklin | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Neill Franklin

How to Make Money Selling Drugs makes the argument that we should end the war on drugs. As a former cop, my reasons are simple: Drug prohibition is bad for public safety, and it's never going to work. We can't arrest our way out of this problem. Take it from someone who tried for 34 years.

'Flee the United States as Fast as You Can'

Barry Cooper | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Barry Cooper

Does America breed more criminals than any previous or current society? Or could there be a dysfunctional flaw in the criminal justice system? Common sense says the latter.

Obama's Justice Department Is Sending More People of Color to Prison on Drug Charges

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

You would think that Eric Holder, the first African American Attorney General, and Barack Obama, the first African American President, would be vigilant that there was no racial discrimination in the Justice Department of their Administration. You would think.

Cocaine: Just a Commodity?

Violeta Ayala | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Violeta Ayala

I grew up like most Bolivians with no notion of whether cocaine was good or bad. To me, it was a way to get out of poverty.

Ending the War on Drugs: Easier Said Than Done

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

The magnitude of our victories in Colorado and Washington makes what once appeared impossible -- drug law reforms grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights -- seemingly inevitable.

Incarceration Is Not the Answer

Adrian Grenier | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Adrian Grenier

For too long we've exclusively emphasized punishment for non-violent offenders over treatment and rehabilitation. The current system is unbalanced, unsustainable, and unnecessarily cruel. It's time to legalize or at the very least, decriminalize all drugs.

How to End the War on Drugs

Matthew Cooke | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

Drug war supporters think Americans might tear apart the fabric of society if we were legally allowed to consume whatever plants or chemicals we chose. This is not based in fact.

Adrian Grenier: How to Handle Stress (Hint: Don't Ignore It!)

Adrian Grenier | Posted 06.25.2013 | Celebrity
Adrian Grenier

I can't entirely escape stress. No one can. Our collective experience requires that we endure at least a certain amount of anxiety, especially when we strive for bigger goals that take us outside our comfort zone.