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Drug Policy

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 10.17.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.19.2014 | 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...

The Drug Czar Talks About Public Health, But Still Wants to Arrest People for Drugs

Bill Piper | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

Sadly, the administration continues to keep its head in the sand when it comes to the massive number of arrests each year for marijuana and other drugs. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are being arrested each year for nothing more than possession.

Saki Knafo

White House Admits Prison Won't Solve The Drug Problem, But Drug War Grinds On

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration's drug czar admitted Wednesday that locking people up won't keep them from using drugs, but he stopped short of renouncing pu...

Are UK 'Porn Filters' Censoring Critics of the War on Drugs?

Sam Tracy | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Sam Tracy

Many of the UK's Internet service providers (ISPs) turned on "porn filters" under the guise of protecting the "innocence of children," but as warned by opponents of Internet regulation, the filters are now blocking large amounts of clean content.

Drug Policy Reform: The Civil Rights Issue of the 21st Century

Malik Burnett | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Malik Burnett

The year 2014 has seen several significant drug policy reform milestones. And today marks a major historical anniversary in the nation's efforts toward eliminating discriminatory practices from government policy, and bringing hope to communities of color nationwide.

Global Day of Protest Against the Drug War

Daniel Altman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Daniel Altman

For the second year in a row, an international groundswell of activists have organized a Global Day of Action. In addition to the thousands of actions around the world focusing on various aspects of the failed drug war, drug policy reform advocates will be taking their protest right to the source: the UN Headquarters in New York.

Ryan J. Reilly

26 Things You'll See At The Cannabis Industry's First Big Conference

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

DENVER -- The National Cannabis Industry Association is hosting its first annual Cannabis Business Summit at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver ...

Why Conservatives Should Want to End the Drug War

James Carli | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
James Carli

Drug policy reform is an issue that conservatives should rally behind. There are three overwhelming and compelling reasons why this is so.

Giving International Drug Policies a Chance to Turn the Tide

Ruth Dreifuss | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Ruth Dreifuss

If just a small fraction of the money spent each year on drug-related law enforcement globally -- about $100 billion per year -- was re-directed towards drug-related health and social services, countless lives would be saved.

Swift Action Needed in New York on Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Law

Robert Suarez | Posted 08.20.2014 | New York
Robert Suarez

This week Gov. Cuomo announced a package of legislation that seeks to address the drug-overdose crisis in New York, including reforming health insurance to make sure that people are not denied coverage for drug treatment. Not mentioned is a major bill that will immediately save lives by preventing overdose deaths from heroin and prescription opioids.