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Rich Mom Addicts Get Sobriety Coaches; Poor Moms Get Jail

The Fix | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
The Fix

In Tennessee, 26-year-old Mallory Loyola, a meth addict, recently became the first person arrested under a new state law that classifies taking illegal drugs while pregnant as an assault. Instead of recovering from childbirth and receiving proper medical care, Loyola was hauled off to jail.

At Age 27 I Was Sentenced To Life In Prison For A Nonviolent Drug Crime

Leon Smallwood-Bey | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Leon Smallwood-Bey

If sentenced today I would face a maximum sentence of 20 years, not a living death sentence. I know that the man I've become today deserves to be in the bands of society, to live as a productive citizen and faithful member of my community.

Innocent Prisoners

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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How Possessing Marijuana Gets People Kicked Out Of The U.S.

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

The Secure Communities program, implemented by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in October 2008, was intended to identify and deport immigrants who...

'Drug Endangered Children' Laws Will Do More Harm Than Good

Diane Goldstein | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Diane Goldstein

We have seen significant damage done to families through laws that replace common sense and an evaluation of individual circumstances with zero-tolerance laws that foster injustice.

How Responsible Is the Drug Dealer for the Actions of the Drug User?

Steven Brill | Posted 04.20.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

The death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent heroin overdose has triggered an interesting debate as to whether the individuals who sold Mr. Hoffman the drugs should be criminally liable for his death.

Hard Work and Preparation: What Marijuana Legalization and Super Bowl Sunday Have in Common

Art Way | Posted 03.31.2014 | Denver
Art Way

Nothing happens overnight. The Broncos and Seahawks know this well after disappointing playoff losses last year. The teams worked hard to get to this point. The same can be said of CO and WA in reaching their recent drug policy reform milestones.

Denver Retailer Opening the 'Apple Store of Weed'

Roadtrippers | Posted 03.01.2014 | Weird News
Roadtrippers

About a dozen stores will start selling recreational weed on New Year's Day, but there's so much more potential.

Uruguay Marijuana Ruling 'Illegal'?

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.10.2014 | World

Uruguay's move to legalise the production and sale of marijuana breaks international law, the world drugs body said Wednesday, warning it would encour...

Saki Knafo

Democrats, Republicans Launch New Effort To Fight The Drug War Together

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

Washington isn’t exactly known for its bipartisan spirit these days, but on Wednesday, Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) became ...

Ethan Nadelmann's Visionary Speech on How Society Should Deal With Drug Use

Tony Newman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

Why are some drugs legal and others illegal? Who are the people who make up the drug policy reform movement? What can be done about the violence in Mexico from the drug trade? How should society deal with heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs?

5 Things We Can Learn From New Zealand's Innovative Law to Regulate New Drugs

Avinash Tharoor | Posted 11.30.2013 | Crime
Avinash Tharoor

While the U.S., Uruguay, and certain European states have taken recent strides in reforming marijuana policy, New Zealand focused on newer, less-known substances.

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.

Here Are All Of The Nations That Incarcerate More Of Their Population Than The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

A lot has been reported about our nation's prison system and its bloated population, but this is what it looks like when you take all of the countries...

Want Justice For Trayvon Martin? Legalize Drugs

Russ Belville | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Russ Belville

This isn't about the marijuana in Trayvon's system -- irrelevant -- but the racism in our justice system that is perpetuatued by the War on Drugs.

America's Awful, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Prison System

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The American prison system should be our greatest source of shame. The only country that imprisons more people per capita may be North Korea. The voiceless and voteless prisoners and former prisoners in America need us to advocate for reform.

Pastor: God Doesn't Care If You Smoke Weed

Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion

A network of pastors is speaking out against the so-called "war on drugs" and the devastating effect it has had, particularly on the black community. ...

Meet The Man Leading The Charge Against Drug Prohibition

Rolling Stone | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

The most influential man in the battle for legalization is a wonky intellectual in dad jeans....

ACLU Report: Racist Marijuana Laws Target Blacks

Tom Angell | Posted 08.04.2013 | Crime
Tom Angell

While marijuana use rates between blacks and whites are comparable, blacks are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession.

Radley Balko

13 People Who Are Dead Because Of America's Futile War On Drugs

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics

America's long drug war has produced countless tragedies, ruined lives and led to parentless children, as well as the deaths of drug warriors, nonviol...

Stars Ask To Help Obama Change Drug, Jail Policy

AP | Posted 06.09.2013 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES -- Lil Wayne, Ron Howard, Scarlett Johansson and Kim Kardashian are all on the same page when it comes to criminal justice reform. They'r...

Medical Marijuana Bill Just '1 Or 2' Votes Short Of House OK

Posted 03.25.2013 | Chicago

After years of delays and narrow-misses, might the Illinois state legislature finally be ready to legalize medical marijuana in the land of Lincoln. ...

Radley Balko

State May Abolish Abusive Police Practice

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

A Tennessee state legislator has introduced a bill to abolish civil asset forfeiture, the controversial legal power that allows police to confiscate a...

New York Legislators and Community Groups Hold Urgent Rally to Reform State's Broken Marijuana Possession Law

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 05.12.2013 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

In 1977, New York removed criminal penalties for private possession of marijuana and made possession in public view a criminal offense. For years, there were relatively few arrests in New York for possession of marijuana in public view -- 1990 saw about 1,000. By last year, that number had skyrocketed to 45,000.

House Panel Green Lights Medical Marijuana Use In Illinois

Posted 03.07.2013 | Chicago

Hope sparked for Illinois' would-be medical marijuana users after a state House panel approved a measure to legalize the use of weed in medical cases ...