Paul Armentano is the deputy director of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), and is the co-author of Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink (2009, Chelsea Green).
It's no wonder that a $2 billion anti-drug campaign which included suggestions that smoking pot supports al Qaeda and causes pregnancy completely failed. So why are Republicans throwing another $130 million at it?
America's war on drugs has a new commander in chief, and
his battle plan spells disaster. After almost 30 years,
billions of dollars, and tens of thousands of ruined lives,
Washington still can't seem to get it right.
Americans pride themselves on their independent press. Yet some media outlets and networks are compromising their autonomy and objectivity by welcoming the federal government as a major paying advertiser. This alarming union is the latest outgrowth of the "war on drugs," and the launch of a new $775 million White House campaign to promote its objectives through television, radio and print advertising.