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Drug Policy Alliance

A Behind The Scenes Discussion Of Marijuana Legalization

Rick Steves | Posted 04.03.2012 | Home
Rick Steves

We believe that it's not a question of if the U.S. will stop sending pot smokers to jail. It's a matter of when.

Get Busted for Marijuana; Work as a Police Informant; Get Killed

Tony Newman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Crime
Tony Newman

No one has ever died from smoking marijuana. But getting busted with a small amount of marijuana has led to countless tragic deaths.

Jury Nullification: An Important Tool Against Drug War Injustices?

Tony Newman | Posted 02.22.2012 | Crime
Tony Newman

Should juries vote "not guilty" on low-level marijuana charges to send a message about our country's insane marijuana arrest policy?

Land of the Free? 1 out of 3 Are Arrested by Age 23!

Tony Newman | Posted 02.18.2012 | Crime
Tony Newman

Last week we witnessed the U.S. leaving Iraq after nine long years and questionable success. It is time to find an exit strategy from our 40-year-old war on drugs that is unquestionably a failure.

Drug Courts: Enter At Your Own Risk

Margaret Dooley-Sammuli | Posted 02.14.2012 | Crime
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli

The drug war is forty years old this year. It's time to step back and ask ourselves what's the best way to solve the problem we're trying to solve -- how to reduce drug abuse and addiction -- and use the best available evidence to guide us.

Horses Are Not Going to Keep Drugs Out Of U.S.

Tony Newman | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

No disrespect to the horses efforts, but it's is time for the U.S. and Mexico to find an exit strategy from this unwinnable war.

Ending the Drug War: Top Stories of 2011

Tony Newman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

2011 has been a watershed year for the movement working to end our county's disastrous war on drugs.

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.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Passionately Calls On U.S. to Stop Bloodshed by Legalizing Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 12.21.2011 | World
Tony Newman

President Fox is part of a growing choir of world leaders speaking out against the drug war.

Momentum Builds to End Failed Drug War: 1,000 to Attend Upcoming Conference

Tony Newman | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

It is obvious that the war on drugs has failed. We are building an alternative. It is time for us as a society to learn how to live with drugs, because they aren't going anywhere.

What to Make of Sarah Palin's Alleged Cocaine Use

Tony Newman | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

I have mixed feelings when I hear about Palin and other politicians' drug use. The revelations are beneficial by helping shatter the myth that if you try drugs you are going to be an unproductive person who ruins your life. But the hypocrisy is infuriating.

Why We Need Honest Sex -- And Drug -- Education in Schools

Tony Newman | Posted 10.10.2011 | New York
Tony Newman

The same way sex education advocates acknowledge that not all teens will be abstinent and need to learn how to be safe, we need to acknowledge that not all teens are going to abstain from drug use.

Gov. Cuomo Signs Law to Help Reduce Overdose Deaths

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 09.23.2011 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

A national crisis has emerged as the number of overdose deaths from both legal and illegal drugs has skyrocketed. Now New York is taking action to stem the crisis.

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.

Elected Officials, VIPs and Grassroots Slam Drug War on 40th Anniversary

Tony Newman | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

June 17 will mark forty years since President Richard Nixon officially declared a "war on drugs." A trillion dollars and millions of ruined lives later, the war on drugs has proven to be a catastrophic failure.

NYC Wins Award for the Most Marijuana Arrests in the World

Jesse Levine | Posted 07.25.2011 | New York
Jesse Levine

Community leaders, drug policy reform advocates and two members of the City Council gave a satirical award to Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday for making New York City the "Marijuana Arrest Capitol Of The World."

4/20: Time to Have Fun -- And to End Marijuana Prohibition!

Tony Newman | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

While many people associate marijuana with fun times, it also happens to be at the epicenter of a catastrophic war on drugs that is destroying as many lives as ever.

Thousands in Mexico Take to Street to Protest Drug War -- We Need to Do the Same Here

Tony Newman | Posted 06.07.2011 | World
Tony Newman

We need the "grassroots" -- we need people to hit the streets against the unwinnable drug war. That's why yesterday's protests in Mexico are inspiring.

New Directions: Religious and Community Leaders Address the Failed Drug War

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

On March 19th, community advocates, service providers, public safety personnel and public health professionals will come together to chart a new course in drug policy.

Art for Social Justice: re:FORM Art Event in Los Angeles

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Anthony Papa

Few public policies have undermined social justice for so long and to such an extent as the drug war. The re:FORM event is inspired by artists who have used art as a vehicle for social change.

Will Cigarettes Be Illegal In The Future?

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tony Newman

Will cigarettes be illegal in the future? The battle over cigarettes is heating up -- and recent news shows that momentum to criminalize tobacco smoking continues to build in the U.S. and around the world.

Reagan Turns 100: Media Fawning Ignores His Disastrous "War on Drugs"!

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

It's interesting that in all of the press I've read so far celebrating Ronald Reagan, I have not seen one word about his radical escalation of the drug war -- and the devastating effects that had on our society.

Newt Gingrich Agrees With Pat Robertson: Our Prisons Must Be Reformed

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

For the second time in less than a month, a major conservative leader has spoken out for prison reform. Let's hope that we can come together to help end America's longest, unwinnable war.

Nice People Take Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tony Newman

We need to educate people about the possible harms of drug use, offer compassion and treatment to people who have problems, and leave in peace the people who are not causing harm.

Montel Williams Cited for Pipe at Airport: TSA Should Look for Bombs Not Bongs

Bill Piper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bill Piper

Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and went public with about his medical marijuana use in late 2003. Since then, he has tirelessly campaigned for changes in state and federal laws.