As we've noted, 2014 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for marijuana reform. The Colorado and Washington experiments are proceeding apace, and the only real question people are asking is "which state will be next?"
We seem to go a little nuts over weed -- I don't know why. And I'm afraid we're going to be reading lots of scary stories about it as more and more states make it legal.
With over $51 billion spent per year, the United States will arrest over 1.5 million people for nonviolent crimes, and the ethnic discrepancies are atrocious.
As evidence mounts and coherent arguments call for a revision of existing drug laws, GDS2014 posed a few hypothetical questions to assess what the impact of reduced penalties for the possession of small amounts of drugs might be on drug use and related behaviors.
Sir Richard Branson has never been afraid to tackle big, thorny business problems or large, complex social issues. One of his latest challenges: Ending the war on drugs, combines both of them.
It was a brutal winter (of our discontent), but it's finally spring and there's plenty of new music to thaw even the most solid block of plowed snow. Here, then, are ten of my favorite new rock/pop/funk/folk songs.
One of the unreported key events in the mainstream media at the recently concluded 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna was the coming together of scientists from all over the world.
The position of drug czar was meant to coordinate and improve U.S. drug policy, but traditionally drug czars have been little more than propagandists for the failed drug war -- ignoring science, opposing reform, and stifling debate.
There is a new war between the states -- in the South. This is not, as some of my Southern friends call it, a "war of Northern aggression." This war is between the states and the federal government.
Seriously, what makes one group of people OK to target and demoralize versus another batch of humans who are consuming the same amount of the same substance? That's the question.
Co-authored with JLove Calderon Intended to be a celebration of Black History Month, Spike Lee reminded an audience at Pratt Institute that February ...
At this point, it's well established that the War on Drugs has failed: it has disproportionately targeted minorities, it has contributed to mass incarceration, and it has done little actually reduce drug use. It's time to change this country's attitude towards drug users.
There is a crisis that demands our urgent attention. For the last four decades, this country has been obsessed with expanding the number of people we throw behind bars and the length of time we hold them there.
President Obama encouraged the likes of the young men of color staged behind him last week at the White House to turn adversity into advantage.
It was sad for me to see that the drug problem in Santa Cruz has reached a point where good people are so upset that they were pushing for backward policies that would not help people struggling with addiction or the Santa Cruz community as a whole.
Threatening people who consume marijuana in public with arrest and a 60 day jail sentence will not deter this behavior. It will only perpetuate the harms that we have seen from failed drug war policies.