Stories by Tony Newman

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Posted on: Jun 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

We’re at a tipping point where it’s starting to feel like marijuana legalization is no longer a question of if—but when.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The law is trailing far behind public opinion in both issues.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Some celebrate good times, others educate about the harms that can come from addiction, while others describe prohibition-related violence.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Drug abuse is bad, but the drug war only makes problems associated with it worse.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

People who are concerned about substance abuse should oppose the failed war on drugs.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2013, Source: AlterNet

From racial injustice to flawed foreign policy, the war on drugs causes harm on many fronts.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source: AlterNet

This year was not a good one for drug warriors.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2012, Source: AlterNet

It presented a perfect opportunity to acknowledge and join the debate raging in Latin America, where several current presidents are finally calling for an honest and open dialogue on alternatives to drug war.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2012, Source: AlterNet

While the drug war is not a laughing matter, comedians are often able to capture the absurdity and insanity better than policy papers and traditional journalism.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

American citizens and Latin American leaders alike are warming up to legalization, but our leaders in Washington are not participating in this side of the drug policy debate.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2012, Source: AlterNet

After spending weeks sharing stories about his life, texting and flirting, one 18-year-old honor student fell in love with the cop who busted him.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet

No one has ever died from smoking marijuana. But getting busted with a small amount of marijuana has led to countless tragic deaths.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Jurors are not required to enforce unjust laws, and can legally refuse to convict a person, even if he or she appears to be guilty.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Posted on: Dec 2, 2011, Source: AlterNet

2011 has been a watershed year for the movement working to end our county’s disastrous war on drugs.

Posted on: Nov 28, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Ignoring the disproportionate racial impact of drug law enforcement while focusing on the disproportionate racial impact of the drug problem is simply Orwellian.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2011, Source: AlterNet

In his call for the United States to accept - and change - reality, former Mexican President Vicente Fox pointed to the history of prohibition and shifting popular opinion.

Posted on: Oct 10, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Every day we see the horrors of the failed drug war. And while government is inactive, thousands are ready to consider alternatives and demand change.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2011, Source: AlterNet

It is time for voters to punish elected officials for supporting draconian laws that punish what they themselves have done.

Posted on: Aug 10, 2011, Source: AlterNet

NYC's Mayor Bloomberg has made sex education mandatory, but we need the same thing for drugs -- let's stop pretending that teenagers won't take them.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2011, Source: AlterNet

While speculation is rife about a possible drug overdose, it doesn't really matter. Winehouse was haunted with struggles none of us will understand.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Our 40 year war on drugs is proof of failure. Portugal is an example of an alternative. It is time for an exit strategy from our longest, costliest war!

Posted on: Apr 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

We Need YOU to Help End Marijuana Prohibition.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

This June will mark the 40th anniversary of the drug war -- let’s take inspiration from our brothers and sisters in Mexico, and demand an exit strategy from this unwinnable war.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2011, Source: AlterNet

America's longest running war is not in Afghanistan or Iraq. It's the 40-year war on drugs - and the war on drugs is a war on us.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2011, Source: AlterNet

We should celebrate our success curbing cigarette smoking and continue to encourage people to cut back or give up cigarettes, but let's not get carried away.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

A hilarious and strong indicator for how mainstream marijuana use has become in American society.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Ronald Reagan's harsh drug policies not only exploded the prison population, he also blocked programs that could have prevented hundreds of thousands of AIDS deaths.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The battle over cigarettes is heating up -- and the momentum to criminalize tobacco smoking continues to build in the United States and around the world.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

At a time when Democrats and Republicans are having a difficult time agreeing on anything, let's hope that we can come together to help end America's longest, unwinnable war.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Charlotte realized that the only way to save Wilbur's life was to make people care about Wilbur. If someone is nameless, we can treat them in the worst ways.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The debate around failed marijuana prohibition and the larger drug war arrived in a big way in 2010. Here are some of the most significant stories of the year.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2010, Source: AlterNet

New campaign pushes for an honest discussion of and approach to drug use in our society.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The AP is doing crack reporting in its 'impact series' on the drug war; the latest report questions how effective drug busts on cartels really are.

Posted on: Sep 30, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The California initiative, the growing drug policy reform movement, and shows like Boardwalk Empire are helping us reach a tipping point.

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