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

Entries by Tony Newman

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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President Obama and AG Holder Make Unprecedented Moves to Address Drug War and Mass Incarceration

(11) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 2:26 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 | 5:36 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 | 6:49 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 | 2:05 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 | 4:56 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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