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Two Is Not Enough: Why the Campaign Against D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Initiative Failed So Badly

Sam Tracy | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Prohibition and the modern Drug War, banning these drugs causes many more problems than it solves. Once people consider marijuana laws through the lens of tobacco and alcohol policy, it's obvious that when it comes to drugs that are regulated instead of criminalized, two is not enough.

If We Don't Kick Racism Out of Criminal Justice Now, Then When?

Substance.com | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Substance.com

The failure of the U.S. criminal justice system to protect nonwhite people is at an all-time high. To begin any serious national discussion on radically transforming our criminal justice system, we must first confront our deepest beliefs about what truly makes each of us human.

The Netherlands Fights Drug Scare With Information, Not Panic

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 12.03.2014 | World

A spate of deaths attributed to dangerous drugs in Amsterdam has prompted a major effort by Dutch authorities to prevent further tragedy. But rath...

Texas Excited About Drug Policy Reform

Joy Strickland | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Joy Strickland

It's been a long time coming, but finally some of the national interest and enthusiasm for drug policy reform is beginning to trickle down to Texas.

Could 'Darknet' Drug Markets Be a Good Thing?

Adam Winstock | Posted 11.16.2014 | Technology
Adam Winstock

Does depersonalizing drug deals lead to a reduction in drug related risk violence? Could dark-markets help create credible on-line communities sharing harm reduction advice at point of purchase?

A Voter's Guide to the Drug War

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

To seal the deal and truly begin to close a harrowingly destructive chapter in American history, voters going to the ballot box Tuesday need to understand how the War on Drugs has failed, in every way, for over forty years.

Open Letter to Florida Voters About Medical Marijuana and Amendment 2

Jane Marcus, Ph.D. | Posted 11.03.2014 | Miami
Jane Marcus, Ph.D.

My Mom, who describes herself as "an antique", has much wisdom to share. What she believes is the bottom line on Amendment 2 -- compassionate care for all -- is what Florida voters should rest their vote on. Needless to say, I completely agree.

Nick Wing

The DEA Once Turned A 14-Year-Old Into A Drug Kingpin. Welcome To The War On Drugs

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

What won't the DEA do in its war on drugs?

Hemp Is on its Way to Your Car Battery and Many Things You Haven't Yet Imagined

Doug Fine | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Doug Fine

Get ready for an entire hemp market sector that will be included in the top-of-the-hour business wraps. The reality of hemp on the ground as its first federally authorized crop in the 21st century is harvested has exceeded even my most sanguine expectations.

We Are People ­­-- Not Addicts, Criminals, Inmates, and Convicts

Jag Davies | Posted 10.21.2014 | Media
Jag Davies

Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past few years. Yet many media outlets -- even some of the most well-meaning ones -- still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering other issues.

Hunter Biden's Cocaine Use and Vice President Biden's Evolving Perspective on the Drug War

Tony Newman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

Vice President Biden and his son's response should be to join the millions of people who are challenging the ignorance and irrationality of locking up hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens because of a nonviolent drug offense.

California Chips Away at the Stigma of Addiction

Meghan Ralston | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Meghan Ralston

California's new law creates an opportunity for the people at greatest risk of an accidental fatal overdose to have a fact-based conversation with a pharmacist about naloxone.

How Should Our Society Deal With People Who Use Drugs?

Tony Newman | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

The war on drugs is a cruel joke. The U.S. spends more than $50 billion a year on the "war on drugs" with the goal of creating a "drug-free society" -- yet there has never been a "drug-free society" in the history of civilization.

How Kofi Annan, Richard Branson and 7 Former Presidents Changed the Worldwide Debate on Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

I have been blown away to see how a committed group of leaders can have a global impact when it comes to the world's longest war: the war on drugs.

Ending Marijuana Prohibition Must Take a Historical Perspective

Jelani Hayes | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Jelani Hayes

Underlying marijuana prohibition is a familiar philosophy: to preserve social order and white supremacy and secure profits for an influential few, it is permissible, even advisable, to construct profit-bearing institutions of social control.

Overdose Awareness Day Is August 31st

Joy Strickland | Posted 10.19.2014 | Black Voices
Joy Strickland

Imagine: A health crisis claiming over 16,000 lives each year. Then imagine a prescription drug that could be made widely accessible to save those lives, but isn't. Except, this is not a hypothetical situation.

How Black Men Are Benefiting From Workplace Drug Tests

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.08.2014 | Black Voices

Last week, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a study with results that some may have found surprising: it found that drug tests in th...

The Time Is Ripe for Elected Leaders to Come Out for Marijuana Legalization

Tony Newman | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

As discerning analysts like Nate Silver have been noticing, there's a particularly large gap between elite and popular opinion on marijuana policy. It's long past time to close that gap. Marijuana legalization is far from a risky position -- in fact, it's smart politics.

Matt Ferner

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalizing Drug Use

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living

The World Health Organization came out publicly, if quietly, in support of the decriminalization of personal drug use in a report released last week. ...

The Youngest Victims of the Drug War at Home and Abroad

asha bandele | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
asha bandele

Perhaps the terrible truth of drug war violence will finally be addressed as all of America bore witness this summer to the horror of some 52,000 unaccompanied children who were fleeing devastating violence that had erupted in Central America.

Ryan J. Reilly

An Obscure Commission Just Voted To Shorten The Sentences Of 46,000 Federal Drug Offenders

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday afternoon voted unanimously to allow federal prisoners behind bars for certain drug trafficking...

Obama Promises Massive Drug Policy Reform

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

There should be no mystery why the White House is talking the talk of reform. Over 80 percent of the American people support medical marijuana, including as of June 30 the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Over 80 percent also believe that the War on Drugs has failed.

Thomas Jefferson's Favorite Plant Is Back in American Soil

Doug Fine | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Doug Fine

The crop is more valuable today than it was then. We should be waving flags and holding parades for the farmers ready to plant the crop that Thomas Jefferson called "vastly desirable." I know I'm ready. To cheer, and to plant.

Iceland, Music Festivals, Drug Use and Shocking Police Antics Under the Midnight Sun

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
Sharda Sekaran

In Iceland, there are shockingly harsh drug laws with possible penalties of up to 12 years imprisonment for sales and up to 6 for possession. Even in cases not involving prison time, the societal consequences from a criminal record can be substantial.

Honduran President Blames U.S. Drug Policy For Migrant Surge

Reuters | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY, July 14 (Reuters) - Honduran President Juan Hernandez blamed U.S. drug policy for sparking violence in Central American countries and dri...