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Tony Newman is communications director for the Drug Policy Alliance.

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Politicians Are Shooting Themselves in the Foot by Opposing Marijuana Legalization

(6) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:16 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 | 6:22 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.

Papa's...

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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 | 3:21 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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President Obama and AG Holder Make Unprecedented Moves to Address Drug War and Mass Incarceration

(11) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 1:26 PM

Over the past six months, President Obama and Attorney General Holder have made a series of moves indicating that they are serious about reducing mass incarceration and fixing our broken criminal justice system. And it is worth pointing out that they have received almost universal praise from advocates, elected officials...

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Safety First: Let's Be Careful with Edible Marijuana

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 4:36 PM

We are witnessing the beginning of the end of our disastrous war on drugs.

Fifty-eight percent of Americans nationally support marijuana legalization. World leaders like former U.N. head Kofi Annan are calling for an end to the drug war. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is speaking out against racist mandatory...

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kofi Annan to Discuss Drugs at World Economic Forum Panel

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 5:49 PM

The World Economic Forum in Davos will host a plenary session on drug policy onThursday, January 23. This is the first time that the prestigious gathering has given such prominence to the issue.

The panel, moderated by Univision anchor Enrique Acevedo, is called "The Drugs Dilemma: Consequences...

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

(4) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Change is undeniably in the air when it comes to our country's disastrous war on drugs. After 40 years of failure it seems that people are waking up and demanding change. Voters in Colorado and Washington state dealt an unprecedented blow to marijuana prohibition when they voted to tax and...

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It's Disturbing That Health Advocates Are Against E-Cigs That Save Lives

(7) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 3:56 PM

The New York City Council voted yesterday to ban the use of e-cigarettes in bars, offices and even outdoors in public parks. The Council approved the ban 43 to 8, and the new law will go into effect in four months.

I know first-hand about...

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

(8) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 1:05 PM

2013 will go down in history as the beginning of the end of our disastrous war on drugs. 58 percent of Americans nationally support marijuana legalization. World leaders like former UN head Kofi Annan are calling for an end to the drug war. US Attorney General Erik Holder is speaking...

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Stop Sending Undercover Cops Into Our Schools to Entrap Our Kids on Drug Charges

(150) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 12:45 PM

Here we go again. Undercover cops pose as students, make friends, build trust, and then arrest teenagers for selling mostly small amounts of marijuana. Yesterday nearly two dozen students were busted at two southern California high-schools, according to Riverside County Sheriff officials.

Two undercover cops, a woman...

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AG Holder Slams U.S. Mass Incarceration at Security Ministers Conference in Colombia

(19) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 12:34 PM

Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder offered the Obama administration's mostforceful critique to date of U.S. mass incarceration policies, at a meeting of the hemisphere's security ministers in Medellín, Colombia. He also emphasized the Obama administration's efforts to scale back mandatory minimum sentencing policies.

"The path we are...

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Former UN Head Kofi Annan and Former President of Brazil Cardoso Call for Decriminalization of Drugs

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 10:19 AM

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso have delivered a devastating critique on the failed war on drugs and are calling on governments to adopt more humane and effective ways of controlling and regulating drugs.

In an op-ed on CNN.com, the...

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More Than 1,000 Meet in Denver to Develop Drug War Exit Strategy

(9) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 3:06 PM

Which state will be next to legalize marijuana? What do the Obama administration's recent announcements about marijuana legalization and mandatory minimums really mean? What are some solutions to the national overdose crisis that takes more lives than car accidents or gun violence? Why do blacks go to...

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Ethan Nadelmann's Visionary Speech on How Society Should Deal With Drug Use

(20) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 1:40 PM

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?

Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the...

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The Incredible Impact of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Medical Marijuana Special

(93) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 6:12 PM

A little over a week ago, Dr. Sanjay Gupta aired a one hour CNN special on medical marijuana. The impact of his special and an op-ed that he wrote for CNN - where he apologized for his past opposition to medical marijuana - has been incredible!

In...

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Edgy New Breaking Bad Video Reveals The Truth About the Drug War

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 12:33 PM

Is Breaking Bad just entertaining TV, or badass political commentary? The Drug Policy Alliance and Beyond Bars have teamed up to release an edgy and thought-provoking new videopegged to the upcoming premiere of the final season of AMC's runaway hit show Breaking Bad.

The one-minute video distills...

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Let's Get Honest About Our Drug Use

(39) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 4:52 PM

Let's have an honest conversation about our personal drug use, why we use drugs, and how the war on drugs impacts us, our families and society. Please answer the questions below and reflect with me.

What drugs do you use on a daily, weekly or annual basis?

While you...

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D.C. Councilmember Introduces Legislation to Eliminate Criminal Penalties for Marijuana Possession

(8) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 10:59 AM

Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) will introduce legislation today before the Council of the District of Columbia that would eliminate criminal penalties under District law for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The legislation would subject a person in possession of one ounce or less of marijuana...

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Beyond Marijuana: Gearing Up For the Battle to Decriminalize All Drugs

(203) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 12:41 PM

The momentum to legalize marijuana has snowballed over the last few years and has quickly moved from the fringes of U.S. politics to the mainstream. In just three years, the number of Americans who support it has jumped from 41 percent to 52 percent. Colorado and Washington State made history...

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Colbert Connects the Dots Between Marijuana Legalization and Marriage Equality

(25) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 2:50 PM

On the heels of last week's historic Pew poll finding that a majority of Americans now support legally regulating marijuana, The Colbert Report did a rousing and hilarious segment on the parallels between the momentum for marijuana legalization and marriage equality.

Colbert isn't...

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