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Drug Warriors Say 'Bring Back The War On Drugs,' Because It Totally Worked

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics

For most Americans, including some presidential candidates, the record on the U.S.-led drug war is settled: After spending more than $1 trillion on ef...

State Lawmakers Want Feds To Respect Their Marijuana Laws

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

State lawmakers agree: The federal government should not interfere with states that set their own marijuana laws. The National Conference of State Leg...

Elizabeth Warren Urges Feds To Support Research On Medical Marijuana's Benefits

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

The federal government has a "responsibility" to facilitate sensible research into marijuana's medical benefits, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and s...

Matt Ramos

House Raids DEA Budget To Fund Police Reform And Community Outreach | Matt Ramos | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a significant blow to the United States' decadeslong war on drugs, House lawmakers voted Tuesday to strip $23 million from the embatt...

Matt Ferner

Even Fox News Shows Majority Of Americans Now Support Marijuana Legalization | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

A majority of Americans support legalizing recreational marijuana, a Fox News poll revealed Monday. (Yes, that Fox News.) The Fox poll marks the fi...

Matt Ferner

New Bill Would Force Feds To Respect State Marijuana Laws | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has come together to back a bill that would prevent the federal government from prosecuting individuals and businesses...

Matt Ferner

Colorado Asks Supreme Court To Toss Marijuana Lawsuit Filed By Anti-Pot Neighbor States | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

The Colorado Attorney General's Office on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma that contends Co...

Matt Ferner

A Majority Of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization. Here's How Much That Support Has Grown. | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

More than 40 years ago, a social science research group started asking Americans if they support the legalization of marijuana. For the first time, th...

Matt Ferner

Here's One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

The negative words we use to describe drug addiction -- "clean" vs. "dirty," "patient" vs. "addict" -- can drive some individuals away from the very h...

Matt Ferner

Weed Is Now Officially Legal In Alaska | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

Marijuana is now legal for adults in Alaska. Alaska on Tuesday becomes the third U.S. state to end prohibition of marijuana, officially putting int...

Matt Ferner

Surgeon General: Marijuana 'Can Be Helpful' For Some Medical Conditions | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

Dr. Vivek Murthy, the nation's new surgeon general, says that marijuana "can be helpful" for some medical conditions, and wants science to dictate pol...

What The U.S. Can Learn From Portugal About Decriminalizing Drugs

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 02.03.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Here in the U.S., we have heard the phrase "War on Drugs" for more than 40 years. It started in 1971, with Richard Nixon labeling drugs as "public ene...

Matt Ferner

Bill Aims To End Federal Ban On U.S. Hemp Production | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill in the House on Wednesday that aims to put an end to the federal ban on hemp production in the Unite...

Matt Ferner

Senators Rip Obama's 'Flexible' Interpretation Of International Drug Controls | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

Now that four states have legalized recreational marijuana, anti-pot Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), have teamed up t...

Alaska's Former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel to Lead Marijuana Business

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

Cannabis Sativa Inc. says Gravel will head KUSH, a company that will work to develop and market "innovative new cannabis products" for recreational and medical marijuana markets in the U.S.

A Decade of Hard Work Turns into Historic Marijuana Victory in Congress

Bill Piper | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

This is a huge victory -- one that has taken 13 years to win. For the first time, Congress is cutting off funding to federal medical marijuana raids and saying no one should be arrested for complying with their state's medical marijuana law.

Matt Ferner

Americans Want States With Legal Marijuana Protected From Federal Prohibition | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

A majority of Americans want each state to decide its own marijuana laws and don't want federal interference with those that legalize cannabis. A r...

Ryan Grim

The Dark-Horse Policy Reform That Has Both Obama And Some GOPers Optimistic | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

With Democrats holding the White House and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, it's been suggested that the odds are slim of any major ...

Matt Ferner

Shrinking Majority Of Americans Supports Marijuana Legalization | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

A new Gallup poll shows that while a majority of Americans still support legalization of marijuana, that majority has thinned out significantly in onl...

Matt Ferner

Weed Is Now Legal In The Nation's Capital | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

In yet another blow to the United States' decades-long war on drugs, the nation's capital has legalized recreational marijuana, NPR and USA Today repo...

Matt Ferner

World Leaders Condemn Failed Drug War, Call For Global Reform | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

A coalition of former international leaders gathered in New York City on Tuesday to discuss the release of their new report calling for a complete ove...

Matt Ferner

REPORT: World Leaders Call For Massive Shift In Global Drug Policy | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

In a report to be released Tuesday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a panel of prominent political figures and activists, will call upon governm...

Matt Ferner

Thousands Call For NYT To Stop Drug Testing Staff For Marijuana | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Media

As The New York Times continues to roll out editorials supporting the legalization of marijuana, a petition has received thousands of signa...

Matt Ferner

New Measure Would Protect States' Medical Marijuana Patients, Physicians | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday filed an amendment in the Senate that would protect states that implement medical marijuana laws, as well as patien...

Matt Ferner

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalizing Drug Use | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living

The World Health Organization came out publicly, if quietly, in support of the decriminalization of personal drug use in a report released last week. ...