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Drug Policy

Why Should You or Anyone Care About This Week's U.N. Anti-Drug Meeting?

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allan Clear

Are the collected nations going to sign on to yet another tour of duty with the War on Drugs? Or will this new Declaration finally shift the focus of international drug policy towards a human rights, public health-based approach?

Drug Czar of My Dreams

Matt Elrod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Elrod

A significant reallocation of scarce resources from criminal justice to public health solutions is long overdue, but drug policy is multi-disciplinary and international in scope.

Scientists Endorse "Brain Boost" Drugs: Beginning of End of Drug War?

Maia Szalavitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maia Szalavitz

Researchers are arguing that drugs that "boost the brain" should be permitted legal if they are safe and effective. Here's where it gets interesting: many drugs that boost the brain also produce a high.

Obama Drug Czar Pick: No Recovery from War on Drugs?

Maia Szalavitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maia Szalavitz

Obama shouldn't make the mistake that Bill Clinton did and install a drug czar who will ignore science and push dogma.

How Will the Economic Crisis Impact Drug Use and Drug Policy?

Tony Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tony Newman

I have to believe that the fear and anxiety being felt by so many because of the economic crisis will lead to increased use of alcohol and other drugs to calm fears or numb pain.

The Death of DC Suburban Mayor's Dogs Should Matter to Every American

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The Prince George's Sheriff's Office SWAT team raided the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo and without apparent provocation, they shot and killed the couples' two Labrador retrievers.

The Public Health Consequences Of Thailand's War on Drugs

Jennifer Winstanley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Winstanley

In 1997, the Thai government criminalized yaabaa in the same way as heroine. As a result, the prison population doubled within four years. There are a number of public health consequences of a policy that encourages and overuses incarceration.

What Your Government Knows About Cannabis And Cancer -- And Isn't Telling You

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

What possible advances in the treatment of cancer could have been achieved had U.S. government officials chosen to advance, not suppress, research into the anti-cancer effects of cannabis?

Don't Buy The 'Potent Pot' Hype

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

While the feds' latest "reefer rhetoric" may sound alarming, there's little substance behind the hype. The average THC in domestically grown marijuana has remained unchanged for nearly a decade.

I Was Wrong About The War On Drugs -- It's A Failure

Bob Barr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Barr

When government attempts to solve problems, it creates even more of them, often increasing the size and depth of the original problem. A perfect example of this is the federal War on Drugs.

Obama Not Completely Silent on the Drug War

Kurt Schmoke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kurt Schmoke

Obama's remarks notwithstanding, the relative silence by presidential candidates about the War on Drugs has been disappointing but not surprising.