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Jason Cherkis

Kentucky Considers Changes To Drug Courts | Jason Cherkis | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Kentucky court system is reconsidering how its drug courts treat defendants thanks to a new federal policy that is pushing them to o...

New Drug Czar Is Better Than Predecessors

Grant Smith | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Grant Smith

The drug czar's office has long functioned as a cheerleader for punitive drug policies. However, under the Obama administration, the drug czar's office has made a notable shift in rhetoric and tone.

Ryan Grim

Federal Government Set To Crack Down On Failing Drug Courts | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, sai...

NYT Writer 'Not Impressed' With White House Response To Pot Editorial

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

Brent Staples, the New York Times editorial writer who penned one of the opinion pieces in an interactive series calling for pot legalization, told Hu...

The Drug Czar's Office Is Taking Ideas From the Drug Policy Reform Movement

Derek Rosenfeld | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Derek Rosenfeld

While it is truly great to see ONDCP trying to help prevent overdoses, they're still missing the big picture -- the criminalization of drug use is what's predominantly driving the harms associated with drug use.

A Top Ranking No One Wants

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 05.29.2013 | DC

This is a top ranking that no one wants. Male arrestees in D.C. were found to test positive for PCP use at a far higher rate than those in other ma...

Drug Czar Puts Punishment Over Prevention

Lucia Graves | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration's Office of National Drug Control Policy has promised a "21st century" approach to drug policy, but the White House budget re...

Matt Sledge

U.S. Drug Control Strategy A Bust, Government Report Says | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske rolled out the latest annual federal drug control strategy this week. But his office has fallen well...

A Response to Gil Kerlikowske: Obama Drug Policy 'Incomplete'

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What possible point does it make to threaten a local sheriff or even a state attorney general with 20 years in prison for writing and implementing sane regulations for medical marijuana?

Drug Policy Reform In Action: A 21st Century Approach

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

Today we are releasing a science-driven plan for drug policy reform in America to build upon this progress. This 21st century drug policy outlines a series of evidence-based reforms that treat our nation's drug problem as a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue.

Lucia Graves

White House Budget Emphasizes Drug Punishment Over Treatment | Lucia Graves | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration budget released Wednesday emphasizes drug abuse punishment and interdiction over treatment and prevention, desp...

Eppur si muove (and yet it moves)

José Fernando López | Posted 06.24.2012 | Latino Voices
José Fernando López

The second decade of the 21st century will go down in history as an era in which the world got fed up of one of the most useless and prolonged wars: the war on drugs. Or, at least, of the indiscriminate war on all types of drugs and in particular against its consumers.

Drug War Comes To Northern Border

AP | By CAROLYN THOMPSON | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Federal law enforcement agencies will help tribal officers obtain equipment and training on Indian lands near the U.S.-Canadian borde...

Christina Wilkie

Martin Sheen Asks Senate For Drug Courts | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Actor Martin Sheen pressed senators to expand federal funding for drug courts on Tuesday during testimony before a Senate Judiciary subc...

Report: Drug War Has Failed, Governments Should Explore Legalizing Marijuana

AP | By JONATHAN M. KATZ | Posted 08.01.2011 | World

NEW YORK -- The global war on drugs has failed and governments should explore legalizing marijuana and other controlled substances, according to a com...

Michael McLaughlin

Obama's Drug Council Refuses 'One Hitters' Challenge From Marijuana Advocates | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 08.16.2011 | Weird News

It's softball season in Washington, D.C. and staffers from drug policy reform organizations are jonesing for a game against the Office of National Dru...

Ryan Grim

WATCH: Drug Czar Confronted At Press Conference | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More than 850,000 people were arrested for marijuana violations in 2009 -- the second biggest haul in American history, according to the annual Unifor...

Face the Facts -- and End the War on Drugs

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

The unofficial slogan of the prohibitionists for decades has been: The facts will only undermine the war, so invent some that show how successful we are, fast. Look at the United States.

Obama Won't Support Legalizing Marijuana, Says Drug Czar

Fresno Bee | CRAIG KOHLRUSS / the FRESNO BEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The federal government is not going to pull back on its efforts to curtail marijuana farming operations, Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House'...

Drug Czar of My Dreams

Matt Elrod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Elrod

A significant reallocation of scarce resources from criminal justice to public health solutions is long overdue, but drug policy is multi-disciplinary and international in scope.