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Drug Reform

How Kofi Annan, Richard Branson and 7 Former Presidents Changed the Worldwide Debate on Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

I have been blown away to see how a committed group of leaders can have a global impact when it comes to the world's longest war: the war on drugs.

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.

Global Day of Protest Against the Drug War

Daniel Altman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Daniel Altman

For the second year in a row, an international groundswell of activists have organized a Global Day of Action. In addition to the thousands of actions around the world focusing on various aspects of the failed drug war, drug policy reform advocates will be taking their protest right to the source: the UN Headquarters in New York.

Top 5 Reasons Why We Need Over-the-Counter Naloxone to Combat Drug Overdose

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

As drug overdose reigns as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, naloxone has emerged as one of the most promising solutions t...

Weed Time With Bill Maher

The 420 Times | Posted 06.11.2014 | Los Angeles
The 420 Times

Ballclub co-owner, writer, intelligent talker, Maher is a true renaissance man for this marijuana millennium. But, unlike some decriminalization intellectuals, this guy practices what he preaches. He smokes weed. And he breaks down boundaries doing it. Important boundaries.

Postcard From Vienna: Europe's Stance on International Drug Policy

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Michel D. Kazatchkine

Europe is a major consumer of drugs, and thus a major driver of the drug market. It is also the home of some of the best examples of evidence-based, people-centered, public health-driven policies and was a leader in the early and large-scale implementation of harm reduction.

Why We Need Drug Reform

Madeline Ruoff | Posted 05.06.2014 | Teen
Madeline Ruoff

At this point, it's well established that the War on Drugs has failed: it has disproportionately targeted minorities, it has contributed to mass incarceration, and it has done little actually reduce drug use. It's time to change this country's attitude towards drug users.

Matt Sledge

North Carolina Leads South With Drug Overdose Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. -- Prescription painkillers hit the stark, beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains hard. Once known as the world's moonshi...

Hard Work and Preparation: What Marijuana Legalization and Super Bowl Sunday Have in Common

Art Way | Posted 03.31.2014 | Denver
Art Way

Nothing happens overnight. The Broncos and Seahawks know this well after disappointing playoff losses last year. The teams worked hard to get to this point. The same can be said of CO and WA in reaching their recent drug policy reform milestones.

Tonight's State of the Union Should Also Offer Economic Opportunity for People With Drug Law Felonies

Alexsandra Smith | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Alexsandra Smith

As it stands today, felony drug offenders face significant obstacles to joining the economy.

President Obama, Sen. Reid and Gov. Christie All Speak Out Against the Drug War in One Week!

Tony Newman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

What has been shocking until now is that politicians have been so far behind the American public when it comes to the drug war. But there's reason for hope.

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.

Rand Paul, Cory Booker Kindle Festivus Bromance Over Ending War On Drugs

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

One is the Kentucky-based scion of a libertarian icon. The other is a New Jersey-reared former big city mayor. On Monday, Sens. Rand Paul (R) and Cory...

The Beginning of the End: The Top 10 Drug Policy Stories of 2013

Tony Newman | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

2013 will go down in history as the beginning of the end of our disastrous war on drugs. Here are some of the top stories that made 2013 a watershed year in the fight to end America's longest failed war.

The Death of Kelly Thomas Was No Anomaly

Diane Goldstein | Posted 02.08.2014 | Crime
Diane Goldstein

By continuing to not critically analyze the failure of our national drug policy and how it impacts the mentally ill and our homeless population, we invite other incidents such as this -- this is simply a more extreme example of what happens on the streets every day.

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.

We 'Have Reached The Tipping Point' In Marijuana Policy Reform

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

Last week, more than 1,200 drug reformers from around the world gathered in Denver at the International Drug Reform Conference to talk about policy re...

Radley Balko

How An Unlikely State Became A Hotbed For Police Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

This is the story of how a botched drug raid on a lonely veteran in January 2012 sparked a fascinating movement for police reform -- in Utah of all pl...

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?

The Majority Of People In This State Support Marijuana Legalization

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics

California voters’ support for marijuana legalization has hit a record high -- no pun intended. A survey released Wednesday by the Public Polling...

Saki Knafo

States, Cities Lead In Reversing Failed War On Drugs

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

Four years ago, police officers and prosecutors in Seattle decided they’d had enough of the usual ways of fighting the war on drugs. The police...

Obama Administration May Introduce Sweeping Drug Reform

The Huffington Post | Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder is rumored to be proposing major reforms to drug sentencing in the coming weeks, and if a Wednesday interview with NPR is...

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.

At Last, the Edifice of Drugs Prohibition Is Starting to Crumble

Amanda Feilding | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Amanda Feilding

The mark of a successful drug policy should not be the amount of drugs intercepted or the number of people in jail, but rather the security and stability of the state's institutions, and the health and wellbeing of its citizens.

Matt Sledge

Latin American Drug Report Envisions Legalization

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.18.2013 | World

NEW YORK -- The Organization of American States on Friday released a report laying out a future in which more countries in the Western Hemisphere lega...