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Fixing Our Drug Policy Will Require A Hatchet, Not A Scalpel

Scott Morgan | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Scott Morgan

Despite our disappointment with the substance of Obama's policy on controlled substances, we can and should applaud the president for at least understanding that the thoughtless tough-on-drugs pandering of the 80s and 90s has no place in modern American politics.

New Rhetoric, Same Old Drug War Policies: Drug Czar Addresses African American Community

Tony Newman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

It is simply Orwellian for the drug czar to focus on the disproportionate impact of our nation's drug problem on African-American communities without acknowledging the disproportionate racial impact of drug law enforcement.

Drug Czar "Too Busy" to Meet With Fellow Cops

Norm Stamper | Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Back in June, representatives of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition marched from the National Press Club to the Office of National Drug Control Policy headquarters. Our mission: to hand-deliver a copy of our new report.

Medical Marijuana: A Science-Free Zone At The White House

Bill Piper | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
Bill Piper

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Justice issued medical marijuana guidelines to U.S. attorneys that are at best confusing and at worst a flip-flop on administration policy.

Lucia Graves

On 40th Anniversary Of War On Drugs, Cops Decry Obama's Drug Policy | Lucia Graves | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forty years after President Richard Nixon first declared a war on drugs, the officers who fought in it are calling for a truce. Forme...

Michael McLaughlin

Obama's Drug Council Refuses 'One Hitters' Challenge From Marijuana Advocates | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 08.16.2011 | Weird News

It's softball season in Washington, D.C. and staffers from drug policy reform organizations are jonesing for a game against the Office of National Dru...

Finally: Obama to Eliminate Narcotic Abuse!

Stanton Peele | Posted 06.20.2011 | Home
Stanton Peele

Americans are becoming more dependent on drugs, despite years -- decades -- of our War on Drugs. Somehow, confiscating marijuana, cocaine, and illicit painkillers has not reversed our addictive proclivities.

Obama Drug Czar Could Be Chicago's Next Top Cop

AP | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 06.20.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON -- The White House drug czar says he wants to be Chicago's next top cop. Gil Kerlikowske, head of the White House Office of National Drug ...

Marijuana and the Democracy Disconnect

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

When it comes to marijuana, democratic principles take a back seat to fear, ignorance, and political expediency.

Ending the Drug War: 8 Top Stories of 2010

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tony Newman

I feel discouraged about many things happening in our country. But steps towards ending the war on drugs continues to bring me hope and cautious optimism.

Drug Czar Blames Rising Teen Pot Use on Medical Cannabis Laws Rather Than on His Own Failed Policies

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

For Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske and his mindless rhetoric, never forget the words of novelist Upton Sinclair, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."

Why They Fight

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

It will happen. Marijuana will be legalized in California. In the interests of public health and safety, human rights, personal liberties, and sound fiscal policy it makes far more sense that it happen next Tuesday, not the next election.

Prediction: Washington State Will End Marijuana Prohibition in 26 Months

Rob Kampia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kampia

If we can agree on an initiative that's drafted to appeal to swing voters (meaning it can't be too radical) and it's placed on the November 2012 ballot, I predict that marijuana will be made legal in Washington state in just 26 months.

Ryan Grim

WATCH: Drug Czar Confronted At Press Conference | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More than 850,000 people were arrested for marijuana violations in 2009 -- the second biggest haul in American history, according to the annual Unifor...

Bush Crony Working for Obama Seeks to Undermine Medical Marijuana Industry

Mason Tvert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mason Tvert

It seems odd that the Obama Administration, which proudly declared an end to the "War on Drugs," opted to keep one of the Bush Administration's most vehement drug warriors and give him such a significant role at the ONDCP.

Big-Pharma Backed Marijuana Spray Approved As Medicine, But Consumers Of The Natural Herb Still Face Jail

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

British health regulators have approved the sale and marketing of Sativex, an oral spray consisting of natural cannabis extracts as a treatment for symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Real Change or Changing Rhetoric? Monitoring the Shift in US Drug Policy

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

Since President Obama's election, the Office of National Drug Control Policy has been making noises about a shift in approach and priorities towards addressing drugs and drug problems.

My Testimony to Congress on the War on Drugs

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

The predominant role that criminalization and the criminal justice system play in dealing with particular drugs and drug use in this country is unsustainable in both fiscal and human terms.

Most Improved (Drug Policy) Player: The USA

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

One of the thematic threads holding together the 53rd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (the CND is the UN's global drug policy body) was th...

Associated Press: After 40 Years, $1 Trillion, US Drug War "Has Failed to Meet Any of Its Goals"

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

The Associated Press has taken the entire U.S. drug war strategy and raked it over the coals. It's about damn time!

AP Bombshell: "US Drug War Has Met None of Its Goals"

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tony Newman

I have been the director of media relations at the Drug Policy Alliance for ten years and this is one of the hardest hitting indictments against the drug war I've ever seen.

Obama Administration 'Firmly Opposed' to Pot Legalization: Here's Why

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Paul Armentano

National polls now indicate that an estimated one out of two Americans nationwide support legalization.

An Imperfect Improvement: Obama's New Drug War Strategy

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

Though the White House's new National Drug Control Strategy embraces specific policy options counter to those of the past thirty years, it differs little from its predecessor on fundamental issues of budget and drug policy paradigm.

Obama's 2010 Drug Control Strategy

Bill Piper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Piper

President Obama spoke for millions when he said drug use should be treated as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. He has failed, however, to change the drug war budget in a meaningful way.

The Deadly Ignorance of "Drug Warriors"

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

A person addicted to heroin needs the drug as much as a diabetic needs insulin. How he or she gets it is problematic, but until we legalize and tax heroin, we need outreach programs to alleviate suffering and save lives.