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Obama Drug Policy

Anti-Pot Group Excitedly Rushes To Fundraise Off 3-Year Old Obama Quote

Reason.com | Jacob Sullum | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

This morning I received a fundraising appeal from the anti-pot group Project SAM that opens with "huge news!" Apparently "the President just stated, p...

Just How Much The War On Drugs Impacts Our Overcrowded Prisons, In One Chart

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

America's prisons are dangerously overcrowded, and the war on drugs is mainly to blame. Over 50 percent of inmates currently in federal prison are ...

What Tobacco Tax Advocates Can Learn From American Drug Policy

Keith Humphreys | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Keith Humphreys

Among my colleagues in the public health and addiction fields, I am nearly alone in disliking President Obama's proposed doubling of federal cigarette taxes. My reservations stem from the hard lessons of America's policy towards illegal drugs.

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.

Drug Czar Questions Drug Arrests, Says Administration Will Continue To Fight Pot

AP | BRIAN WITTE | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

BALTIMORE — The nation's drug czar said Wednesday the legalization of marijuana in Washington state and Colorado won't change his office's missi...

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.

Drug Czar To Outline Obama Drug Policy

Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

By BRIAN WITTE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANNAPOLIS, Md. — President Barack Obama's new strategy for fighting the nation's drug problem will include a...

Toward a Smarter Drug Policy

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

It is clear that we cannot simply arrest our way out of the drug problem. Instead, we need smarter, results-based criminal justice policies to keep our communities safe, including treatment for people with substance use disorders and mental health issues.

It's Time For The Obama Administration To Acknowledge That Marijuana Prohibition Doesn't Work

Paul Armentano | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics
Paul Armentano

Never has there existed greater public support for ending the nation's nearly century-long experiment with pot prohibition and replacing it with regulation. The historic Election Day votes in Colorado and Washington underscore this reality. But is the Obama administration listening?

Obama's Drug Problem

William Chambliss | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics
William Chambliss

Law-enforcement agencies are themselves "addicted" to drugs. They have grown dependent on the crime-fighting statistics generated by drug arrests. The employment of prison staff depends on extraordinary rates of incarceration.

Emily Swanson

War On Drugs Has Not Been Worth The Costs: Poll

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

Only one in five Americans think that America's war on drugs has been worth the costs, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. According to the ne...

A Letter to the President: My Husband Is Not the "Bigger Fish to Fry" in Your Drug War

Molly Davies | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
Molly Davies

Mr. President, I am writing to you as a wife and mother of two young daughters, whose 34-year old husband, Matthew Davies, faces 10 years or more in federal prison for providing medical marijuana to sick people in California, even though he complied with state law concerning medicinal cannabis.

Joe Biden: Obama's Drug Warrior

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

Criticism over the United States' role in the war on drugs is increasingly making its way into mainstream discussion. As prominent officials such as f...

'The Choice Between A Disappointment And Disaster'

Aaron Sankin | Posted 11.02.2012 | San Francisco

As the 2012 election mercifully enters the home stretch, it's time to look back and see what issues were almost completely ignored by both candidates....

Marijuana Policy Reform Group Plans Nationwide Protests

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics

Medical marijuana policy reform advocates will gather across the country on Thursday to protest President Barack Obama's aggressive crackdown on the s...

Axelrod On Future Of Obama's Drug Policy

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

In an interview with reporters on Thursday, senior Obama White House adviser David Axelrod said he "wasn’t familiar" with any plans for the presiden...

Every Drug Overdose Is Preventable

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

This year the Obama Administration allocated more money for drug prevention and treatment programs -- $10.1 billion -- than for U.S. law enforcement and incarceration. This Administration understands substance dependence is a public health issue, not just a law enforcement issue.

Nick Wing

Obama Will Seek To Scale Back Drug War In Second Term

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama will take steps to draw down the nation's decades-long war on drugs if he wins a second term, Marc Ambinder reports Monday in G...

Jillette: If Obama Were Arrested Under His Laws, He'd Be In Prison

The Huffington Post | Christine Friar | Posted 07.21.2012 | Comedy

In a recent episode of his podcast "Penn's Sunday School," comedian Penn Jillette laid his opinions on the Obama drug policies out on the table. J...

The Obama Administration Is Wrong to Deny American Farmers a Profitable Crop

Eric Steenstra | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Eric Steenstra

Despite growing consumer demand for these eco-friendly and healthy products, the U.S. remains the only industrialized nation in the world that allows the importation and sale of hemp raw materials and finished goods, but bans its farmers from growing the crop.

America Needs to Open Up the Debate on Decriminalization

Richard Branson | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Richard Branson

Throughout Europe and Latin America, and in many U.S. states, a similar debate is playing out: Can and should the drug war be replaced with drug regulation that supports individuals with health issues and focuses law enforcement on serious criminals?

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.

Obama Drug Policy: Reforming the Criminal Justice System

Rafael Lemaitre | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Rafael Lemaitre

There is no simple, straightforward fix to America's drug problem. Successfully combating this social challenge requires an approach that blends drug treatment, smart law enforcement and alternatives to incarceration.

Obama's Sudden, Senseless Assault on Medical Marijuana

Scott Morgan | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Scott Morgan

Medical marijuana is now a $1.7 billion industry that is helping sick people, creating jobs, and generating substantial tax revenue. There is no reason that this important progress can't continue.

Mexico Drug War a Lost Cause as Presently Fought

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandy Goodman

There's a powerful new piece of evidence that the war on drugs on the Mexican-American border is a lost cause.