The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.
While I do not condone Mr. Kleinman's behavior, I support Judge Wright's decision to put this young father behind bars for nearly 18 years, leaving his two young children without a father and creating a single mother, EVEN LESS.
Prohibition and the modern Drug War, banning these drugs causes many more problems than it solves. Once people consider marijuana laws through the lens of tobacco and alcohol policy, it's obvious that when it comes to drugs that are regulated instead of criminalized, two is not enough.
The failure of the U.S. criminal justice system to protect nonwhite people is at an all-time high. To begin any serious national discussion on radically transforming our criminal justice system, we must first confront our deepest beliefs about what truly makes each of us human.
This holiday season, a time when I am normally filled with thoughts of light and hope, I find myself reflecting on the horrors of our failed war on drugs.
Below are some of the top stories that made 2014 a watershed year in the fight to end America's longest failed war.
As House Republican leadership prepared to call a recess and regroup for their final and ultimately successful push to pass the bill, I stood up in House gallery and held a DC flag.
Being a citizen in the American police state is much like playing a game of cards against a stacked deck: you're always going to lose.
I firmly believe that America's drug war has become the legs on which our broken criminal justice system now stands.
It's been a long time coming, but finally some of the national interest and enthusiasm for drug policy reform is beginning to trickle down to Texas.
Even if legalization for adults does not affect teenage use, it does present an opportunity to re-think our approach to drug abuse prevention and education -- both in school and at home.
Whenever I want to feel miserable, I look at a bunch of statistics about the state of the criminal-justice system in America and its impact on our most vulnerable citizens, our children.
America's war on drugs is the world's war on drugs. And the world's war on drugs is codified and dictated by three international drug conventions.
The U.S. government has failed to stop the drug trade at home. Washington also has not created a competent, effective, and honest central government in Afghanistan. How effective will Kabul be in limiting opium production when American troops go home?
TED is a nonprofit devoted to "ideas worth spreading" and Ethan is a passionate and tireless proponent for restoring sanity and humanity to drug policy: an idea whose time has come.
Even in states with medical marijuana laws, VA clinicians are still forbidden to discuss the benefits of this medicine with their patients.