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They Didn't Get Caught - But Others Did and Others Will

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

Criminalization does not deter drug use. Globally each year millions of people receive criminal records for drug possession with the young, Black and poor most actively targeted.

Save America's Most Dangerous City: Provide Entrepreneurship Education to Every Child

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.21.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Our smart, savvy urban youth know it's tough to get a job, and know they can make real money selling drugs -- and most of them have never been taught anything about legal entrepreneurship.

Imagining Rational Drug Policy: If You Build It, It Will Come

Amanda Reiman | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Amanda Reiman

The goal of drug policy is a balance between personal freedom and public safety. It's a model the public supports, but visualizing what that means in terms of policies and programs can be difficult.

Five Errors the Washington Post Should Have Caught About Marijuana

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2013 | Media
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

It's not just that I disagree with Doug Fine about marijuana policy. What I find disturbing is that the Post published a piece containing numerous major factual errors without, it seems, much thought.

The Decriminalization Downfall

The Brown Daily Herald | Posted 06.11.2013 | College
The Brown Daily Herald

Marijuana decriminalization is a tiny Band-Aid that has been touted as a quick fix for state governments across the country. Want to deal with overflowing prisons? Decriminalize. Want to make citizens happy? Decriminalize. Unfortunately, a Band-Aid is pretty bad at healing a bleeding artery

Decriminalizing Drugs Is Working In Portugal

Der Spiegel | Wiebke Hollersen | Posted 03.28.2013 | World

Before he got involved in the global war on drugs, João Goulão was a family physician with his own practice in Faro, on Portugal's Algarve coast. Ar...

Bloomberg: I Oppose Legalizing Weed

AP | Posted 02.15.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he opposes legalizing marijuana – or any other illicit drug. Bloomberg discussed the issue on his week...

A Response to Steven Chapman's 'The War On Pot: Not a Safe Bet'

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

People can disagree about whether or not legalization would result in a net benefit or net harm to society. But making up facts or revealing only half-truths gets us nowhere near the reasoned debate on this issue that we all crave.

Marijuana Legal for Beverly Hills and Berkeley Californians; for Everyone Else, Who Knows?

Nathan Robinson | Posted 02.22.2013 | Media
Nathan Robinson

The New York Times's article on marijuana in California is something of a masterpiece, in that it manages to discuss the drug war for 1300 words without mentioning poor people.

Hunter Stuart

WATCH: Politicians Talking About Pot: The Supercut

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Can the Marijuana Legalization Debate Bring Republicans & Democrats Together?

Howard Meitiner | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Howard Meitiner

This back-and-forth controversy over marijuana is like a microcosm of the entire polarized political sphere. But we're losing sight of the common ground here: we all agree that addiction is a disease.

Just Say Yes To Drugs

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.02.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Are Uruguay and Portugal getting it right by decriminalizing drugs? Will other countries follow this trend if Uruguay becomes successful in diminishin...

Talkin' About Chicago's Proposed Pot Ticket: The Kids Are Alright

Kathie Kane-Willis | Posted 06.26.2012 | Chicago
Kathie Kane-Willis

The Chicago marijuana ordinance proposal was voted out of the public safety committee last Thursday. What will this mean for the parents, employees and residents of Chicago?

Jailing Americans for Profit: The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.10.2012 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

No matter what the politicians or corporate heads might say, prison privatization is neither fiscally responsible nor in keeping with principles of justice. It simply encourages incarceration for the sake of profits.

America Needs to Open Up the Debate on Decriminalization

Richard Branson | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Richard Branson

Throughout Europe and Latin America, and in many U.S. states, a similar debate is playing out: Can and should the drug war be replaced with drug regulation that supports individuals with health issues and focuses law enforcement on serious criminals?

Vancouver: The New Amsterdam?

Off Track Planet | Posted 03.27.2012 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Never thought of Canada, did you? Well this sleeping giant knows how to have a good time. When Amsterdam stops burning, hop past Washington, blaze through to Vancouver and make Holland beg for forgiveness.

Ten Steps for Radical Revolution USA

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.24.2012 | Impact
Bill Quigley

If those in government and those in power do not help the people do what is right, people seeking change must together exercise our human rights and bring about these changes directly.

Legalize and Tax it, Already

Carl Gibson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Carl Gibson

In Texas, possession of anything less than two ounces is a class B misdemeanor with a maximum jail sentence of 180 days. 97 percent of the state's marijuana arrests were for possession.

It's Time to Declare Peace in the War Against Drugs

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Prohibition advocates are brutally determined to impose their will on everyone else, turning the Drug War into a broad assault on a free society. It is time to end the Drug War. The U.S. government should declare Drug Peace.

GOP Candidate Weighs In On Political Power Of 'Pot Smokers'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

Former New Mexico Governor and GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson told Outside Magazine that legalizing marijuana was a popular political stance....

WATCH: Dennis Kucinich Invokes Legalization Of Marijuana With Arab Spring

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) invoked the democratic uprisings in the Middle East known as the Arab Spring while speaking about the American effort to...

Portugal: When Heroin Was King

Danna Harman | Posted 09.18.2011 | World
Danna Harman

It often seems the Portuguese experiment is something of a Rorschach test -- in the dark blobs on the page, people can see whatever they want to see.

Matt Sledge

Marijuana Bill Stalls In One State, Moves Forward Next Door

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.07.2011 | New York

More than 30 years ago, New York state decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. But one line in that 1977 law has led to the annua...

Fixing the Fiasco of the NYPD's Marijuana Arrests

Jesse Levine | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Jesse Levine

Two New York State legislators have proposed a simple, effective legislative fix to New York City's 15-year marijuana arrest craze that would strike from the law the misdemeanor for marijuana possession of less than an ounce.

Jamaica To Review Marijuana Decriminalization

AP | By DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 06.12.2011 | World

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Top government officials will review recommendations to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal and r...