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

Entries by Tony Newman

100 A-List Celebs Join Movement to Reduce Prison Population and Reform Mandatory Minimums

(8) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 4:59 PM

Amy Schumer, Steph Curry, Ed Norton, Jesse Williams, Chris Pine, Russell Simmons, and Piper Kerman are among the nearly 100 celebrities calling for reform to our criminal justice system. The stars are joining the campaign led by #cut50, a bipartisan effort to reduce our incarcerated population by...

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GOP Debate Will Honor Reagan and Ignore His Disastrous War on Drugs

(79) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 3:02 PM

Tonight, round two of the GOP presidential debate will be taking place at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley California. I am fairly confident that there will be glowing tributes to President Reagan and references to Reagan's "optimism" and "strength" and the need to "Make America...

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'The Real History of Drugs' Educates Millions

(15) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 5:46 PM

The United States' longest, unwinnable war is the "war on drugs." Despite decades of arrests and locking up millions of Americans, politicians and PSA's urging us to "Just Say No," illegal drugs are still as available as ever.

But why are some drugs legal and some prohibited?...

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HBO's John Oliver Slams the Drug War on the Regular

(4) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 5:43 PM

For some years now, Comedy Central and HBO have played a huge role in educating people about some of the most important issues of the day. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Larry Willmore and John Oliver are all skillful at both educating and entertaining us. They are so impactful...

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Innovative Drug Policies You May Never Have Heard of But Need to Know About

(3) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 4:37 PM

June 17 marks the 44th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's war on drugs. America's longest war has destroyed millions of lives, and turned the U.S. into the world's leading incarcerator with less than five percent of the world's population but nearly 25 percent of its prisoners.

Instead of the "drug-free...

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Lessons Learned: The Journey to Legalize Marijuana and End the Drug War

(65) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 12:11 PM

For the last 15 years I've dedicated my life to ending our country's disastrous war on drugs. It has been an incredible journey, and I am happy to say that seeds that were planted a long time ago are finally bearing some fruit.

When I started my job at the...

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How the War on Drugs Contributes to the '1.5 Million Missing Black Men'

(34) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 5:24 PM

On Monday, the New York Times published a deeply upsetting piece titled, "1.5 Million Missing Black Men."

According to the Times, "Black women who are 25 to 54 and not in jail outnumber black men in that category by 1.5 million. ...For every 100 black women in...

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Young People Need Honest Education About Sex and Drugs

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 3:55 PM

One of the most important jobs of being a parent is to keep our kids safe. Two crucial and possibly difficult conversations parents will have with their children are about sex and drugs.

So what's the best way to address these topics with children?


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NYPD Commissioner Bratton Acknowledges Marijuana Prohibition Responsible for Increased Shootings

(5) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 2:00 PM

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton gave a press conference yesterday on the rising number of shootings in New York City. Shootings in NYC increased 17 percent this year over the same time period in 2014.

So to what should we attribute the increase? According to Bratton and Robert...

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Bill Maher Calls on Obama to End Drug War and Free Drug War Prisoners

(88) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 12:50 PM

Anyone who watches Bill Maher's HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, knows that one of his biggest passions is marijuana legalization. Almost every week he talks about our country's absurd war on drugs. Last week he did his best rap ever on the drug war that...

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

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 11:57 AM

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"

(39) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 7:58 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

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 4:12 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 | 2:55 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 | 11:26 AM

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 | 3:09 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 | 3:38 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 | 2:50 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 | 9:48 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 | 1:05 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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