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US Drug Policy

Matt Ferner

World Leaders Condemn Failed Drug War, Call For Global Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

A coalition of former international leaders gathered in New York City on Tuesday to discuss the release of their new report calling for a complete ove...

Matt Ferner

REPORT: World Leaders Call For Massive Shift In Global Drug Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

In a report to be released Tuesday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a panel of prominent political figures and activists, will call upon governm...

Matt Ferner

Thousands Call For NYT To Stop Drug Testing Staff For Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Media

As The New York Times continues to roll out editorials supporting the legalization of marijuana, a Change.org petition has received thousands of signa...

Matt Ferner

New Measure Would Protect States' Medical Marijuana Patients, Physicians

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday filed an amendment in the Senate that would protect states that implement medical marijuana laws, as well as patien...

Matt Ferner

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalizing Drug Use

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living

The World Health Organization came out publicly, if quietly, in support of the decriminalization of personal drug use in a report released last week. ...

Honduran President Blames U.S. Drug Policy For Migrant Surge

Reuters | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY, July 14 (Reuters) - Honduran President Juan Hernandez blamed U.S. drug policy for sparking violence in Central American countries and dri...

Saki Knafo

White House Admits Prison Won't Solve The Drug Problem, But Drug War Grinds On

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration's drug czar admitted Wednesday that locking people up won't keep them from using drugs, but he stopped short of renouncing pu...

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...

Matt Ferner

Just Say No To These 11 Outrageous Arguments Against Legalizing Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

Nearly 80 years ago, the feature film "Reefer Madness" hit theaters, projecting demonstrably false anti-marijuana propaganda all over the big screen. ...

Hunter Stuart

This State Is Looking To Legalize Recreational Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Several Maryland lawmakers are following in Colorado's footsteps by planning to launch a bill to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The propo...

Legal Pot Shops Make Over $1 Million In First Day

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Call it "Green Wednesday." Pot shop owners in Colorado claim they made over $1 million in sales statewide on the first day of legalized recreationa...

Long Lines, High Prices Greet Marijuana Buyers In Colorado

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 01.23.2014 | Denver

DENVER (AP) — Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation's first legal recreational pot shops Wed...

Matt Ferner

Legal Weed Sales Begin In Colorado

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

For more than 70 years, the sale of marijuana for recreational use has been criminally prohibited in the United States. But that ban, as it has existe...

'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...

Adrian Grenier And Co-Director Imagine If Obama Was 'Busted For Inhaling'

Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment

Adrian Grenier and Matthew Cooke, producer and director of "How to Make Money Selling Drugs," joined HuffPost Live's Mike Sacks to talk about their ne...

Radley Balko

13 People Who Are Dead Because Of America's Futile War On Drugs

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics

America's long drug war has produced countless tragedies, ruined lives and led to parentless children, as well as the deaths of drug warriors, nonviol...

Legalization Is Not the Answer

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Science
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

It makes sense to devote our time and resources now to stopping drug use before it starts, intervening on early use, treating addiction, and enforcing our laws justly and smartly.

U.S. Hegemony in Latin America

Renee Parsons | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Renee Parsons

While the 'misconduct' of Secret Service agents with prostitutes in Colombia is a significant, if titillating scandal, most media reports have missed the tectonic political shift that surfaced at the recent Summit of the Americas meeting.

Ryan Grim

Ron Paul On Drugs, Race And The Drug War

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

Ron Paul’s presidential campaign has spent the last two weeks dealing with the political consequences of the reemergence of racist newsletters that ...

Radley Balko

House Bill Would Apply U.S. Drug Policy Globally

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill yesterday that would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign s...

Drug Users of the World Unite!

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

When people think of a "drug user," they envision someone who is "not me." The reality is that most Americans are drug users.

Why Marijuana Decriminalization Should Be a Christian Issue

James Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
James Clark

Far from signaling a Christian approval of using marijuana, Christian advocacy for decriminalization signals disapproval of the retributive response to drug abuse.

Legalize Marijuana? Perish the Thought, Says Drug Czar -- Banish the Herb...and the Verb!

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

The new Drug Czar: "The discussion about legalization is not a part of the president's vocabulary under any circumstances and it's not a part of mine."

Is the Media Finally Getting it On Drug Policy?

Maia Szalavitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Maia Szalavitz

With the Mexican drug war completely out of control, Afghanistan supplying 90% of the world's opium, and our economy in collapse, the media has finally begun to seriously question our approach.