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Drug Policy Reform

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Obama and Holder Make Unprecedented Moves to Address Drug War and Mass Incarceration

Tony Newman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

Here are seven significant moves by President Obama and AG Holder over the last six months that have garnished them extensive praise and admiration.

Modern Policing vs. The IACP

Diane Goldstein | Posted 04.13.2014 | Crime
Diane Goldstein

We are now in a moment where both opportunity and a path for law enforcement leaders exists to negotiate an honorable truce and develop an exit strategy to America's longest war through the adoption of harm reduction policies.

What the New Budget Deal Means for Drug Policy Reform

Rafael Lemaitre | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Rafael Lemaitre

Damaging cuts caused by sequestration have placed real obstacles in the way of ensuring full support for services and programs that expand prevention, treatment and smart-on-crime initiatives that represent a 21st century approach to drug policy. But there is good news...

What to Watch in Drug Policy in 2014

Stephen Gutwillig | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Stephen Gutwillig

2013 was a landmark year in unraveling the disastrous war on drugs. We should anticipate even more progress toward rational drug policies in 2014. Here are three key developments to watch for.

Former DEA Agent Finds Employment in the Recreational Marijuana Industry

The 420 Times | Posted 02.21.2014 | Green
The 420 Times

Now, instead of helping the government kick in doors of marijuana dispensaries throughout Portland, Oregon, veteran agent Patrick Moen will be busy crunching numbers for the recreational marijuana industry.

Reflections on the Best Year Ever in Drug Policy Reform

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

I'm not one to use the term "tipping point" lightly, because one can only say you've hit it so many times before losing one's credibility, but I do think we've hit the tipping point on marijuana legalization -- for three reasons.

'People Should Not Be Punished For Possessing Small Amounts Of Any Drug'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

What may very well be the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition in the United States has already begun. Colorado marijuana dispensaries are...

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 ...

Faces Behind the Drug Policy Reform Movement

Melissa Franqui | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Melissa Franqui

The drug policy reform movement descended upon Denver last week for the 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference.

Prisoners of War

Jill Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Jill Harris

President Obama should back up his administration's stated commitment to changing the way we deal with people convicted of drug crimes by showing mercy toward some of those prisoners.

International Officials Convene In Colorado For Drug Talks

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics

DENVER -- DENVER (AP) — Dignitaries from three nations sniffed marijuana, walked through greenhouses full of tagged marijuana plants and learned abo...

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?

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.

Reevaluating Drug Courts: No Mother Should Have to Go Through What I Did

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

No mother should have to face what I've had to -- the death of a promising and cherished son. We need to hold drug courts accountable to protect everyone who needs them. No one should face punishment for seeking lifesaving treatment.

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....

Sequester the Drug War: Drug Control Spending and the Opportunity to Stop Throwing Good Money After Bad

Leo Beletsky | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Leo Beletsky

By slashing anti-drug programs we know are not working, we can save hundreds of billions, while also reducing the collateral human costs of these programs at home and abroad.

Breaking the Taboo: Why the OAS Report on Alternatives to Drug Prohibition Is Such a Big Deal

Daniel Robelo | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Daniel Robelo

This report is the first time that any multilateral institution anywhere in the world has critically analyzed the war on drugs and considered new approaches for the future -- giving equal weight to options like decriminalization and legalization in the process.

Congressmen Help Launch Drug War Exit Strategy Guide

Bill Piper | Posted 07.15.2013 | Crime
Bill Piper

On Thursday, the Drug Policy Alliance will release An Exit Strategy for the Failed War on Drugs. This comprehensive report contains 75 broad and incremental recommendations for legislative reforms.

Matt Sledge

House Task Force Could Rethink Drug Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The House Judiciary Committee created a bipartisan task force Tuesday to investigate whether the federal code over-criminalizes minor offe...

Drug Policy Reform In Action: A 21st Century Approach

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

Today we are releasing a science-driven plan for drug policy reform in America to build upon this progress. This 21st century drug policy outlines a series of evidence-based reforms that treat our nation's drug problem as a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue.