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The War on Drugs

Do We Really Need The Drug Enforcement Administration?

Jules Horowitz | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Jules Horowitz

It is clear that the DEA has done more damage than good when it comes to drug use in the U.S. From the rise of toxic designer drugs to the billions of dollars wasted fighting on the "war on drugs" to the innocent lives lost because of their carelessness, it is time to cut our losses and shut down the DEA.

The War on the War on Drugs

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Daniel P. Malito

Eventually, even the NFL wasn't "extreme" enough for our tastes, and someone created the XFL, where even the meager safety precautions put in place by the NFL were eliminated.

E-Cig Users and Vapers Need to Join Anti-Drug War Movement

Tony Newman | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

It is time for smokers and vapers to join the growing anti-drug war movement. Smokers and vapers may not think about it, but they are also drug users and they are being demonized and threatened like other drug users. And vapers may not know it, but they are harm-reductionists.

The Best Albums of 2014: Here's What They Have in Common

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 02.02.2015 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

For the past few years, my year-end music column has focused almost exclusively on lists of singles, from which I've tried my darndest to mine rubies in a slew of digital slush. Looking back on 2014, I was surprised to realize how many albums I fell in love with.

Voyage of the Damned War on Drugs

Mary L. G. Theroux | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Mary L. G. Theroux

Those advocating for denying entry to the Central American children cite the tremendous costs involved. And indeed, in our ongoing economic malaise, with deficits continuing to mount and prospects brightening little for America's own youth, how can the diversion of such enormous resources be justified?

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Wrabel and Oh Honey Play the Soundtrack to Summer 2014

Jon Chattman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

"Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. "Umbrella" from Rihanna. "Whoomp (There It Is)" by a group I refuse to Google. These are jus...

Dog Ears Music: Volume Fifty-Nine

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.26.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week, The War On Drugs, Lalo Schifrin, Hélène Grimaud, Jo Stafford, Notwist, and more.

The Garden State Is Thinking About Fully Legalizing Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

The Garden State will get a whole lot greener if one lawmaker gets his way. New Jersey state Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) said last week he ...

International Human Rights Day: African American Faith Leaders Call for End to War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration

Iva E. Carruthers | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Iva E. Carruthers

The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with over 2.3 million people behind bars. Let us act to show that this nation is concerned about the human rights violations that are happening at home.

Latin America Builds Momentum Against U.S.-Backed Drug War

Laura Carlsen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

With even drug war ally Mexico challenging the drug war, the gauntlet is thrown. The first to pick it up will have to be the U.S. government, but that seems unlikely to happen.

The Incredible Impact of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Medical Marijuana Special

Tony Newman | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Tony Newman

I've worked at the Drug Policy Alliance for 14 years -- and more people, even folks who don't follow drug policy, have asked me about the Sanjay Gupta special than almost anything else I've worked on over the past decade and a half.

A View of the Drug War: Stop Blaming Police and Start Emphasizing Personal Responsibility

John Bruhns | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime
John Bruhns

Law enforcement is not blame for the actions of law-breaking addicts who are not receptive to drug treatment. You can only fault law enforcement for their inaction in protecting the public from this element.

Hunter Stuart

WATCH: Politicians Talking About Pot: The Supercut | Hunter Stuart | Posted 11.09.2012 | Politics

For those who want marijuana legalized, Tuesday's election brought major victories. But many were quick to point out that under federal law, pot remai...

Carly Schwartz

Beloved Community Tea House Closes Amid Owner's Drug Trial | Carly Schwartz | Posted 11.01.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Oshan Cook's main goal in life is to introduce others to the healing powers of tea. The tea connoisseur and community leader has b...

Gore Vidal's Visionary Case For Marijuana Legalization 40 Years Ago

Tony Newman | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

There's one political issue that Vidal wrote about that has been overlooked: his opposition to the insane war on drugs.

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.

Author and Legal Scholar, Michelle Alexander, Talks About The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration (Part 2)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 07.09.2012 | Black Voices
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Author and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander, has written a powerful and highly acclaimed, well-researched book titled, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

Author and Legal Scholar, Michelle Alexander, Talks about the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration (Part 1)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Author and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander, has written a powerful and highly acclaimed, well-researched book titled, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

The Daily Show Brilliantly Shows Hypocrisy of Lawmakers Drug Testing the Poor for Benefits

Tony Newman | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

The Daily Show has done the best journalism to date on the growing trend of opportunistic lawmakers introducing legislation to drug test people who receive unemployment benefits.

Live Music In LA: St. Vincent, Paul Simon & Gold Panda

| Katie Bain | Posted 12.18.2011 | Los Angeles

There’s much to choose from this week, with a flurry of shows worthy of your attendance all falling on the same darn nights. Pick wisely, and rememb...