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

Entries by Tony Newman

How Should Our Society Deal With People Who Use Drugs?

(44) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 3:12 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 | 10:34 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 | 3:12 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 | 12:21 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 | 4:34 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 | 10:18 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 | 11:23 AM

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 | 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.


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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

(17) 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, 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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