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Drug Policy Reform

The 2014 Elections Will Be Huge for Drug Reform -- A State by State Breakdown of What's at Stake

Stephen Gutwillig | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Stephen Gutwillig

In seven weeks, voters across the country will have a chance to accelerate the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider drug war. In fact, there are more drug policy reform questions on the ballot this November than ever in American history.

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.

How Competing World Cup Nations Champion Drug Policy Reform

Jelani Hayes | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Jelani Hayes

The FIFA World Cup presents an opportunity for journalists and activists from the competing nations to bring international attention to issues in their countries. I want to seize this occasion to appreciate the progress some of this year's competing nations have made on drug policy reform.

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.

The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding and Rejecting Science

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

It's increasingly clear that entrusting decisions involving medical science to the DEA is akin to leaving the fox in charge of the henhouse. And what's most striking is how little scrutiny the DEA has faced from Congress or other federal overseers.

RIP Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin: 'Godfather of Ecstasy' and Drug Policy Reform Pioneer

Jag Davies | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Jag Davies

Sasha Shulgin, who passed away Monday at the age of 88, was many things to many people. He was not just a pharmacologist, author, and medical chemist, but a pioneer in drug policy reform.

1,100 Religious Leaders Call For Reform In Federal Drug Cases

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

More than 1,100 religious leaders from 40 faith groups have endorsed a letter to Congress in support of a reform bill on federal drug cases. Faith ...

My Church Is Calling for the Regulation of Drugs As a Path Towards Peace

Martin Diaz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Martin Diaz

Latin America has provided the highest number of deaths in the war on drugs. For that reason, it is Latin America that is leading the debate on drug policy reform because we can no longer leave our health, our safety, and our rights in the hands of criminals.

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart Should Resign

Bill Piper | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

DEA Administrator Leonhart is virtually the only person left who still zealously supports the failed war on drugs. The U.S. and the rest of the world are moving toward an approach that prioritizes public health and legal regulation -- but she remains hopelessly committed to the failed war-on-drugs approach.

5 Ways to Improve Media Coverage of Marijuana and Other Drug-Related Issues

Jag Davies | Posted 07.09.2014 | Media
Jag Davies

Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past quarter-century. Yet many journalists still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering any other issue.

Cops Like Me Say Legalize All Drugs, Here's Why

Substance.com | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Substance.com

I was a police officer for 20 years, enforcing drug laws in California and thinking I was doing my part for society.

Ending the International Drug War

Doug Fine | Posted 06.10.2014 | 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 06.07.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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 05.24.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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.