Stories by Tony Newman

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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.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Here is your chance to test your knowledge and find out how much you know about drugs and drug policy.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Ten weeks from Election Day, it’s clear how much Prop. 19 has already accomplished for the drug policy reform movement.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A cartoon can be worth a thousand words -- or even a book.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2010, Source: AlterNet

We have to learn how to live with drugs - because they aren't going anywhere. People have used drugs for thousands of years and will use them for thousands of more.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Andrew Breitbart's popular right-wing website is on the unpopular side of the battle of ideas over the war on drugs.

Posted on: May 22, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Despite a $40 billion a year "war on drugs," our country is swimming in them. They aren't going anywhere.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Opposition to this reform has crystallized within the drug war establishment, and so has their spin.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2010, Source: AlterNet

There is war in our backyard that can match the violence anywhere in the world, and that is the Drug War in Mexico.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

What about Dubya's alleged cocaine consumption as a younger man? Or Rush Limbaugh's painkiller addiction?

Posted on: Jan 26, 2010, Source: AlterNet

New York City police have arrested over 300,000 people for low-level marijuana possession since 1997, sometimes employing outrageous methods to humiliate citizens.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet

2009 will go down as the beginning of the end of America's longest running war. Here's 10 reasons why.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet

We are obviously a long way from elected officials being honest and principled when it comes to dismantling the disastrous drug war. But the tides seem to be turning.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Marijuana's coming-out party is kicking into high gear across America -- but way to many people still are getting cuffed for it.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2009, Source: AlterNet

We should celebrate our success curbing cigarette smoking but let's not get carried away and think that criminalizing smoking is the answer.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Now that the climate for political candidates has eased on personal drug use, we should focus on punishing elected officials who still believe in the drug war.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2009, Source: AlterNet

First the employers came for the smokers. Now they're talking about not hiring obese people. Your personal struggle or lifestyle choice may be next.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2009, Source: CNN

Cigarettes kill more people than cocaine, heroin, meth and all other illegal drugs combined. Imagine if they were illegal.

Posted on: May 22, 2009, Source: AlterNet

If we're serious about real drug reform, let's create a space where users can take their drugs in a sterile, safe environment.

Posted on: May 14, 2009, Source: Drug Policy Alliance

Drug Czar reaffirms support for clean syringes to reduce HIV and ending raids on marijuana dispensaries.

Posted on: May 5, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Joba Chamberlain’s mom faces 50 years behind bars for selling a small amount of meth; should we offer compassion or jail time?

Posted on: Apr 17, 2009, Source: Huffington Post

The average pot smoker's purchasing of marijuana has no relationship to the violence along the border.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The allegations about Ashley Biden offer her father a chance to join the millions who challenge the irrationality of our drug laws.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The Olympic gold medalist struck another blow to the myth that pot smokers are lazy couch potatoes. He has no reason to say he's sorry.

Posted on: Jan 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

This is a time to put big ideas on the table. We have to learn how to coexist with drugs. They aren't going anywhere.

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