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Drug Policy

How to Write a Clichéd, Unpersuasive Argument Against Drug Legalization

Scott Morgan | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
Scott Morgan

Let's take a moment to review some of the tactics on display here, which may go a long way towards illustrating why modern drug war apologists have been losing traction in the growing public debate over American drug policy.

Coloradan Arrested With Almost 50 Lbs. Of Marijuana

Posted 01.13.2012 | Denver

A Colorado man was arrested in Nebraska Wednesday afternoon after state troopers there found him transporting a large amount of marijuana and hashish....

Youth Drug Use: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
R. Gil Kerlikowske

Last week, I joined officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Department of Health and Human Services to announce the results of the largest annual survey on youth drug use in America.

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.

Fixing Our Drug Policy Will Require A Hatchet, Not A Scalpel

Scott Morgan | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Scott Morgan

Despite our disappointment with the substance of Obama's policy on controlled substances, we can and should applaud the president for at least understanding that the thoughtless tough-on-drugs pandering of the 80s and 90s has no place in modern American politics.

Strange Bongfellows? Newt Gingrich and Marijuana

Steve Heilig | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Steve Heilig

The Republican from Georgia was embarking on his first rise and fall as King of the Hill, but he had a way with words and seemingly a good grip on the true conservative's creed of minimal governmental interference in private lives.

Chris Christie Speaks Out Against The Drug War

Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) spoke out against the war on drugs on Monday, saying that "we need to do much different and much better than what w...

The War on Drugs Has Failed - It's Time for a New Approach

Amanda Feilding | Posted 01.24.2012 | UK Politics
Amanda Feilding

There is much debate as to what the best model of future drug control might look like, but the important thing is not the specific policy to be implemented, but the principles upon which they will be founded and the freedom for countries to experiment with new approaches.

Losing Hearts and Minds in the Drug War

Norm Stamper | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Norm Stamper

In the forty years since Richard Nixon declared a "War on Drugs," Americans' perceptions of that war are finally beginning to shift.

Congress on Speed: Partisan Conflict Led to Many Problems in 1986 Drug Law

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 01.01.2012 | Crime
Eric E. Sterling

If Congress were functioning properly, it would take the time to consider the many potential improvements in drug policy that could save lives by preventing overdose, reducing the spread of HIV, and lessening violence, preventing crime, and saving money.

An Open Letter to California Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs

Stephen Downing | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics
Stephen Downing

The federal government has put up another $72 million in "war-on-drugs-grants" to redirect your police resources once again from true public safety duties in order to extend their failed war on drugs, this time with a savage assault on California's medical marijuana law.

How Do You Quantify a Hallucination? And Why Are They Illegal?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 12.24.2011 | Crime
Robbie Gennet

If we remade our drug policy to reflect empirical data and facts, the scientific reasons for scheduling marijuana as a Schedule I drug would be hard to defend. Could the government prove marijuana is as dangerous as they claim?

California Medical Association's Decision Not Based On Public Health

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

We don't smoke opium to reap the benefits of morphine, nor do we chew willow bark to receive the effects of aspirin. Similarly, we should not have to smoke marijuana to get potential therapeutic effects from its components.

Republican Presidential Candidate: Politicians Won't 'Speak The Truth' On Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson is baffled that more politicians don't support legalizing marijuana, after a new Gallup poll shows that...

Laos: Drug Users, 'Undesirables' Detained, Abused

Human Rights Watch | Posted 12.11.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

US, UN, Other Donors Finance 'Treatment' Center (Bangkok) – Police and local militia in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR, are forcibly detaini...

WATCH: No Pot For Tourists In Dutch City's Coffee Shops

Posted 12.03.2011 | Travel

Coffee shops in a Dutch town on the border with Belgium will voluntarily ban foreigners from buying legal marijuana in an effort to discourage petty c...

Understanding Obama's "War on Drugs"

Neill Franklin | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Neill Franklin

If the Obama administration really wants to go down in history as the first to take drug policy in a significantly new direction, they're going to have to change their thinking, their polices and their budgets, not just their rhetoric.

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.

Christina Wilkie

Martin Sheen Asks Senate For Drug Courts | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Actor Martin Sheen pressed senators to expand federal funding for drug courts on Tuesday during testimony before a Senate Judiciary subc...

End the Drug War by Rescheduling All Drugs

Robbie Gennet | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Just like we need trust in our government, we need trust in our drug scheduling policies. So where is the independent task force to reconsider how drugs are scheduled?

A Puff in Paris

Danna Harman | Posted 09.05.2011 | World
Danna Harman

France has some of the most conservative drugs laws in Europe, but whether the harsh law has diminished the French penchant for cannabis is questionable.

How To Win A Drug War

AFP | Posted 09.02.2011 | World

LISBON — Health experts in Portugal said Friday that Portugal's decision 10 years ago to decriminalise drug use and treat addicts rather than punish...

Has the Movement Opposing America's Drug War Broken Through to the Mainstream?

Jesse Levine | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Jesse Levine

The 40th anniversary of the war on drugs became an opportunity for leaders from diverse backgrounds to emerge with the unified message that the drug war failed.

Lucia Graves

On 40th Anniversary Of War On Drugs, Cops Decry Obama's Drug Policy | Lucia Graves | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forty years after President Richard Nixon first declared a war on drugs, the officers who fought in it are calling for a truce. Forme...

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.