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Drug Policy

Could People Who Use Illegal Drugs Be Trusted Not to Lose Control if the Law Was Changed?

Adam Winstock | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Adam Winstock

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.

Can Safer Drug Use Be More Enjoyable Drug Use?

Adam Winstock | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Adam Winstock

The results of the world's biggest drug survey came out on April 14.

The Drug War = Mass Deportation: 250,000 Deported for Drug Offenses in Last 6 Years

Daniel Robelo | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Daniel Robelo

The drug war has increasingly become a war against migrant communities. It fuels racial profiling, border militarization, violence against immigrants, intrusive government surveillance and, especially, widespread detentions and deportations.

Ending the International Drug War

Doug Fine | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Doug Fine

This is an exciting time to be investigating international drug policy, because scores of nations are on the fence.

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

Diane Goldstein | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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.

Politicians Are Shooting Themselves in the Foot by Opposing Marijuana Legalization

Tony Newman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

A majority of Americans support marijuana legalization -- yet not one sitting governor or U.S. senator supports it.

Florida Weighs Easing Mandatory Minimums In Drug Cases

Sun Sentinel | Tonya Alanez | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE -- Having seven hydrocodone painkillers on you without a valid prescription can land you in prison with a mandatory three-year sentence. ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Would Be 'Glad To Work With Congress' To Reschedule Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration would be willing to work with Congress if lawmakers want to take marijuana off the list of what the federal gov...

New Pew Poll Reveals Americans Ready to End War on Drugs

Jag Davies | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Jag Davies

From liberal stalwarts to Tea Party favorites, there's now a bipartisan consensus that our country incarcerates too many people, for too much time, at too much expense to taxpayers.

Time to Reroute the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline

Howard Meitiner | Posted 03.28.2014 | Crime
Howard Meitiner

We're dealing with individuals with complex behavioral issues, and it's going to take a village to change the status quo. We must improve care and understanding for kids before they turn to a life of violence.

We Have Consensus Houston!

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

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.

New Drug Czar a Chance to Do Things Right

Bill Piper | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

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.

The Most Powerful Painting I Have Ever Seen... And How it Freed Someone From Prison

Tony Newman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
Tony Newman

My good friend and colleague, Anthony Papa, found his passion for art while serving a 15-to-life sentence in Sing-Sing. Papa painted hundreds of pieces while behind bars, but one of them stands out and is the most powerful painting I have ever seen.

Ryan J. Reilly

New Justice Department Policy Will Cut Federal Drug Sentences

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce a new policy on Thursday that may shorten sentences for federal drug offenders as part of his "Smart on Cri...

The Drug Czar's Office Is Taking Ideas From the Drug Policy Reform Movement

Derek Rosenfeld | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Derek Rosenfeld

While it is truly great to see ONDCP trying to help prevent overdoses, they're still missing the big picture -- the criminalization of drug use is what's predominantly driving the harms associated with drug use.

Postcard From Vienna: Europe's Stance on International Drug Policy

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Michel D. Kazatchkine

Europe is a major consumer of drugs, and thus a major driver of the drug market. It is also the home of some of the best examples of evidence-based, people-centered, public health-driven policies and was a leader in the early and large-scale implementation of harm reduction.

Attorney Gen. Holder Gets on Board With Naloxone to Prevent Fatal Overdoses

Meghan Ralston | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Meghan Ralston

Overdose prevention advocates and drug policy reformers are feeling some wind beneath their wings as a result of a statement by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder encouraging expanded access to the overdose reversal medicine naloxone.

A Solution to Rid Santa Cruz Beaches of Syringes -- And to Reduce HIV and Overdose Deaths

Tony Newman | Posted 03.03.2014 | San Francisco
Tony Newman

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.

Marijuana Decriminalization Sends a Better Message Than the Drug War

Sam Tracy | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

If our elected officials really cared about reducing drug use and sending the right message to youth, they would abandon our failed experiment with prohibition -- and decriminalizing marijuana in the nation's capital is a big step in the right direction.

Heroin and Painkiller Deaths Require Public Health Policies

Helena Hansen | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics
Helena Hansen

Drug policies that unilaterally curb access to prescription opioids can have unintended consequences, exacerbating the very problems, such as overdose, that they purport to solve.

Holy Cannabis: The Bible Tells Us So

Jane Marcus, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Jane Marcus, Ph.D.

If we value rather than vilify the healing power of this versatile plant, we can improve our world by making it a more compassionate, just, and holy place.

Marijuana, Human Rights and the US Image

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Keeping marijuana illegal and our jails full may make some wealthier, but it also exacerbates a serious human rights problem and weakens the ability of the US to present itself to the rest of the world as being on the side of human rights.

Medical Marijuana Gains Momentum In The Deep South

AP | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

BY CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA (AP) — Medical marijuana has been a non-starter in recent years in the Deep South, where ma...

Friday Talking Points -- Freedom From Job Lock

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The next big legislative fight (raising the debt ceiling) is just around the corner, and the Republicans can't seem to agree on what to hold as hostage.

Three Executive Actions Obama Can Take to Rein in the Drug War

Sam Tracy | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

If Obama doesn't want to take the political risk that such a mass pardoning may bring, he could at least start with the most heinous cases, like the many people serving life sentences for as little as cocaine residue in a clothing pocket.