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Tony Newman
Tony Newman is communications director for the Drug Policy Alliance.

Entries by Tony Newman

How One Man Helped 10,000 People With Serious Drug Problems

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Drugs and the drug war touch most families. Millions of people have a loved one behind bars on drug charges. Many millions more have struggled with drugs themselves -- or have a loved one who has dealt with addiction to illegal or legal drugs. By declaring a "war on drugs"...

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Obama Says Treating Drug Use As a Criminal Problem Is "Counterproductive"

(38) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 8:58 PM

President Barack Obama continues to speak out against mass incarceration, the devastating impact of our drug policies on communities of color and his expectation that marijuana legalization will continue to spread.

Obama's comments came today during his YouTube interviews with YouTube bloggers, Bethany Mota, GloZell Green...

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E-Cig Users and Vapers Need to Join Anti-Drug War Movement

(12) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 5:12 PM

New Year's Eve is around the corner and no doubt millions of smokers will make resolutions to quit.

Many smokers would love to give up the habit. But smoking is an incredibly hard addiction to quit. Many heroin users say it is harder to quit smoking than quitting heroin....

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Ethan Nadelmann and Stephen Colbert on Drugs

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Last night was an end of an era. After nine years on the air, Stephen Colbert is stepping away from his award winning show, The Colbert Report.

Like millions of others, I tuned in regularly to get the news of the day from the hilarious show. I...

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More Nails in the Drug War Coffin: Top Stories of 2014

(19) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 12:26 PM

2014 was another nail in the coffin in the United States' disastrous war on drugs. The majority of the country now supports marijuana legalization and Oregon, Alaska and D.C. made it a reality by legalizing it. World leaders like former UN head Kofi Annan and Presidents of Latin America called...

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What Were They Thinking? Massachusetts Town Tries to Ban Tobacco

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:09 PM

A small town in Massachusetts made national news recently when the local health board moved to make Westminster, Mass. the first place in the country where no one could buy cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.

You can predict the rationale behind the proposed tobacco ban.


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15 Minutes of Your Time Could Help End the Drug War

(5) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:38 PM

With so much war and destruction all around us, it is easy to get depressed and wonder how can we make this world a better place. What if you could help end a war that would save lives and money and see the results concretely in one week?

It's possible,...

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Hunter Biden's Cocaine Use and Vice President Biden's Evolving Perspective on the Drug War

(15) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 3:50 PM

The Vice President's son, Hunter Biden is making worldwide news after the Wall Street Journal reported that he was discharged from the Navy in February after testing positive for cocaine use.

I have spent the last 15 years working at the Drug Policy Alliance trying to end our country's insane...

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NY Legislation to Ban Flavored E-Cigs Will Lead to More Smoking

(8) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Elected officials and anti-smoking advocates need to re-think their knee-jerk reaction and hostility to e-cigarettes and vaping. It seems like every day we hear a new attack -- yet these products are actually helping some people quit or cut back on the much more dangerous alternative of smoking tobacco.


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New York Times Comes Out Strong for Marijuana Legalization in D.C., Oregon and Alaska

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 2:05 PM

After making history this summer by becoming the first national paper to call for marijuana legalization, the New York Times doubled down today with their strong editorial in support of the marijuana legalization initiatives on the ballot in D.C., Oregon and Alaska. Marijuana reform and mass incarceration...

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How Should Our Society Deal With People Who Use Drugs?

(44) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 4:12 PM

The war on drugs is a cruel joke. The U.S. spends more than $50 billion a year on the "war on drugs" with the goal of creating a "drug-free society" -- yet there has never been a "drug-free society" in the history of civilization. Virtually all of us take drugs...

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

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 11:34 AM

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.

Last week the Global Commission on Drug Policy made worldwide news at a press...

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The Time Is Ripe for Elected Leaders to Come Out for Marijuana Legalization

(26) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 4:12 PM

The New York Times made history last weekend when they became the first national paper to call for marijuana legalization. What makes the news so huge is not only their position, but the passion and space they are giving to the issue. In addition to the lead editorial,

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Why the New York Times' Editorial Series Calling for Marijuana Legalization Is Such a Big Deal

(18) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 1:21 PM

The New York Times editorial board made history Sunday, as the first major national paper to call for an end to marijuana prohibition. And how they did it is half the story -- with rare flash and panache, as well as the intellectual and moral substance to...

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Tell Young People the Truth: E-Cigarettes and Vaping Flavors Help People Quit Smoking

(57) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 5:34 PM

Elected officials and anti-smoking advocates need to re-think their knee-jerk reaction and hostility to e-cigarettes and vaping. It seems like every day we hear a new attack - yet these products are actually helping some people quit or cut back on the much more dangerous alternative of smoking tobacco. In...

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We Should Cheer E-Cigs and Vaping, Not Equate it With Smoking

(388) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 11:18 AM

Walking down the streets of New York I see more and more people using e-cigarettes. I see them enjoying their e-cigarette outside a bar or as they hustle down the street and it is easy to imagine that these e-cigs have replaced their previous form of tobacco intake, the cigarette.

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What Maureen Dowd and Everyone Needs to Know About Edible Marijuana

(12) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 12:23 PM

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd just published a piece about her bad trip from marijuana edibles.

Maureen describes eating a caramel-chocolate candy bar made with marijuana in her Colorado hotel room. Dowd admits to making the common mistake of eating too much. She started by eating...

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Politicians Are Shooting Themselves in the Foot by Opposing Marijuana Legalization

(7) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 6:16 PM

A majority of Americans support marijuana legalization -- yet not one sitting governor or U.S. senator supports it, according to a New York Times piece.

Marijuana prohibition is a disastrous failure. 43 years after President Nixon launched the "war on drugs," the U.S. arrests 650,000 people...

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The Most Powerful Painting I Have Ever Seen... And How it Freed Someone From Prison

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 7:22 PM

My good friend and colleague, Anthony Papa, found his passion for art while serving a 15-to-life sentence in Sing-Sing. Papa painted hundreds of pieces while behind bars, but one of them stands out and is the most powerful painting I have ever seen.


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A Solution to Rid Santa Cruz Beaches of Syringes -- And to Reduce HIV and Overdose Deaths

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 4:21 PM

Last week I spent a beautiful few days in my hometown of Santa Cruz. What a treat it was to leave snowy New York for sunny California. I was able to walk the cliffs, surf, hang out with high school friends and catch up on the latest news.

One issue...

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