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Bill Piper is director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance.
Four Ways Drug Policy Reformers Must Play It Smart Under the Trump Administration
Posted on: Nov 21, 2016, Source: The Influence
As in many other areas, the incoming president is something of a wild card on drug policy. How to handle him?
New Poll Shows New Hampshire Primary Voters Strongly Support Decriminalizing Drug Possession
Posted on: Jan 26, 2016, Source: AlterNet
Not just marijuana--any drug.
Veterans' Medical Marijuana Amendment in US House Comes Up 3 Votes Short
Posted on: May 1, 2015, Source: AlterNet
It was heart-breakingly close, but the third time will probably be the charm.
One of Obama's Top Drug Cops Has Resigned -- He Has a Big Opportunity to Hire a Reformer
Posted on: Apr 28, 2015, Source: AlterNet
The next DEA head should not only reform the agency but reduce its footprint.
Justice Department Defying Congress, Breaking the Law on Medical Marijuana
Posted on: Apr 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet
This despite Congress passing an amendment to protect medical marijuana patients.
The Drug Czar Talks About Public Health, But Still Wants to Arrest People for Drugs
Posted on: Jul 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet
The White House released its 2014 National Drug Control Strategy today.
Thousands of Rapists Are Not Behind Bars Because Cops Focus on Marijuana Users
Posted on: Jun 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Every dollar and police hour spent on nonviolent drug offenders takes away from real crime.
Why the DEA Chief Should Resign
Posted on: May 15, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Activists are using the Twitter hashtag #FireLeonhart to call for Michele Leonhart's resignation.
Major Progress for Fixing Cruel Drug War Prison Sentences
Posted on: Jan 30, 2014, Source: AlterNet
A greater percentage of black men are locked up in the U.S. than in South Africa at the height of Apartheid—this reform aims to change that.
Congressmen Help Launch Drug War Exit Strategy Guide
Posted on: May 15, 2013, Source: AlterNet
A new generation of legislators be a key asset to drug policy reform.
When It Comes to Medical Marijuana, Obama's White House Is a Science-Free Zone
Posted on: Jul 15, 2011, Source: Los Angeles Times
Obama's own National Cancer Institute says medical pot helps with nausea, loss of appetite, pain and insomnia -- so why has he returned to prosecuting dispensaries?
U.S. Drug Czar Learns Wrong Lesson From Teen Drug Use Survey
Posted on: Dec 14, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Study makes it clear that clear that education and regulatory restrictions are more effective than prohibition and criminalization, but the drug czar draws the wrong conclusions.
Sooner or Later, Marijuana Will Be Legal
Posted on: Sep 30, 2010, Source: CNN
Legalization will happen. It's just a question of how many lives and tax dollars will be wasted before it does.
Lessons Not Learned Since Tragic Drug Raid in Atlanta
Posted on: Aug 20, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Money spent prosecuting and jailing low-level offenders is money not being spent on drug treatment or education.
Treating Meth Addiction as a Health Issue
Posted on: Jul 2, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Congress is finally learning what teenagers learn in high school economics: as long as there is a demand for something, there will be a supply to meet it.
Don't Just Smoke a Joint on 4/20 -- Take Action Against Marijuana Prohibition
Posted on: Apr 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Stand up today with other Americans and get the word out there. This war will end; how soon depends, in part, on you.
GOP and Dems Agree: Crack/Powder Cocaine Disparity Unjust and Needs Reform
Posted on: Mar 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet
The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved bi-partisan legislation reforming a failed two-decade old policy.
Obama's Drug War Budget Looks a Lot Like Bush's
Posted on: Feb 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Obama has taken significant steps to treat drug use as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. But he's failed to change the drug war budget in a meaningful way.
Congress Gets Its Act Together: Repeals Ban on Syringe Exchange Funding, Allows D.C. to Enact Medical Marijuana Program
Posted on: Dec 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Washington, D.C. finally seems to be getting the message that the war on drugs has failed.
Help Mexico by Legalizing Marijuana
Posted on: Mar 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet
If ever there were a time for politicians to open up this debate, it is now.
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