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Tony Newman is communications director for the Drug Policy Alliance.
More than 1,000 Meet in Denver to Develop Drug War Exit Strategy As Poll Finds 58% of Americans Want Pot Legalized
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013, Source: AlterNet
International Drug Policy Reform Conference celebrates this year's unprecedented momentum of the drug policy reform movement.
Edgy New “Breaking Bad” Video Reveals the Truth About the Drug War
Posted on: Aug 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Breaking Bad is more than just entertaining TV.
What Drugs Have You Done and Why?
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Let’s have an honest conversation about our personal drug use.
Marijuana Decriminalization Hits the Nation's Capital
Posted on: Jul 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet
A majority of D.C. Councilmembers have co-signed a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana this Fall.
Beyond Marijuana: Gearing Up For the Battle to Decriminalize All Drugs
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.
Colbert Brilliantly Connects Marijuana Legalization to Marriage Equality
Posted on: Apr 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet
The law is trailing far behind public opinion in both issues.
7 Best Songs About Drugs
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.
5 Reasons People Who Hate Drugs Should Want to End the Drug War
Posted on: Jan 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Drug abuse is bad, but the drug war only makes problems associated with it worse.
5 Reasons Patrick Kennedy Should Support, Not Oppose, Pot Legalization
Posted on: Jan 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet
People who are concerned about substance abuse should oppose the failed war on drugs.
10 Ways the Drug War Is Causing Massive Collateral Damage to Our Society
Posted on: Jan 3, 2013, Source: AlterNet
From racial injustice to flawed foreign policy, the war on drugs causes harm on many fronts.
Take That, Drug Warriors! 9 Amazing Signs We're Heading Towards Sane Drug Policy
Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source: AlterNet
This year was not a good one for drug warriors.
The Final Debate: Why Didn't Obama or Romney Address International Drug Policy?
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.
New Song Explains to Obama Why He Should End the War on Marijuana
Posted on: Sep 4, 2012, Source: AlterNet
The Funniest Comic Bits That Skewer the Drug War by Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart et al
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.
Banning Beer on the Reservation? How Prohibition Harms the Alcohol-Addicted Oglala Sioux
Posted on: May 8, 2012, Source: AlterNet
When Will U.S. Drug Policy Heed Leaders' Calls for Legalization? Biden Visits Latin America
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.
How an Attractive, Undercover Cop Posed as a Student -- Then Entrapped a Smitten Teen to "Sell" Her Marijuana
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.
Sick: Young, Undercover Cops Flirted With Students to Trick Them Into Selling Pot
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012, Source: AlterNet
NYPD Marijuana Crusade Led to Cops Killing a Teenager in the Bronx
Posted on: Feb 8, 2012, Source: AlterNet
'Would You Pee in the Cup?' The Daily Show Exposes Hypocrisy of Drug Testing the Poor for Benefits
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Get Busted for Marijuana, Work as Police Informant, Get Killed? How the Drug War Turns Arrests Into Deaths
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.
Why Jurors Should Refuse to Convict Drug Arrestees
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.
Land of the Free? 1 Out of 3 Americans Are Arrested by Age 23!
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet
9 Huge Blows to the Catastrophic War on Drugs -- Will We Have Sane Drug Policy Some Day?
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.
Drug Czar Says African Americans Are More Affected by the 'Drug Problem' -- Here's Why That's Propaganda
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.
Former Mexican President's Passionate Call to the US: Stop Bloodshed And Legalize Drugs
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.
Momentum Builds to End Failed Drug War: 1,000 to Attend Upcoming Conference
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.
What to Make of Sarah Palin's Alleged Cocaine Use
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.
Why We Need Honest Sex -- and Drug -- Education in Schools
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.
Amy Winehouse: Reflections from Two Drug Policy Activists
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.
Portugal Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Decriminalizing Drugs By Tony Newman
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!
4/20: Time to Have Fun – and to End Marijuana Prohibition!
Posted on: Apr 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet
We Need YOU to Help End Marijuana Prohibition.
Thousands in Mexico Take to Streets To Protest Drug War – We Need to Do the Same Here!
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.
Drug Users of the World Unite!
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.
The Good, the Bad and the Terrifying Proposals Out There to Curb America's Tobacco Smoking
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.
Clip from Family Feud Is an Instant Pot Humor Classic: "What Is Something People Pass Around?"
Posted on: Feb 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet
A hilarious and strong indicator for how mainstream marijuana use has become in American society.
Reagan Turning 100: Fawning Media Ignore His Disastrous 'War on Drugs'
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.
Will Cigarettes Be Made Illegal in the Near Future?
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.
GOP Leaders Speak Out for Prison Reform: First Rev. Pat Robertson and Now Newt Gingrich
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.
Reading Charlotte's Web as a Parent and an Activist
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.
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