Ethan Nadelmann

What I Told a Committee of US Senators About the Need to End the War on Drugs

I wasn’t sure at first what to make of the invitation to testify from Senator Ron Johnson, the Tea Party Republican from Wisconsin who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Some colleagues thought it was basically a set-up: a Republican senator in a tough battle for re-election this fall looking for an opportunity to dump on “the legalizers” and blame America’s opioid epidemic on drug policy reformers. But others suspected that Johnson’s libertarian streak made him sympathetic to anti-prohibitionist perspectives, and that he was sincerely curious to hear new ideas. That latter view turned out to be right.

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Will Ohio Vote For Controversial Marijuana Legalization Plan?

The only significant marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot this November is in Ohio.

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America's Failed Drug War Is Crazy

The following is a transcript of a TED talk by Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. 

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It's Time to End American Exceptionalism When It Comes to Putting Citizens Behind Bars

It’s time to end the United States’ exceptionalism when it comes to incarcerating its citizens. Our objective should be to make America average.  We need to re-join the family of civilized nations when it comes to incarceration.

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7 Ways We Can Prevent Fatal ODs Like Hoffman's

People are mourning the tragic overdose death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found Sunday morning alone in his New York apartment with a needle in his arm and empty bags of heroin.

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Ethan Nadelmann's Visionary Speech on How Society Should Deal with Drug Use

[Editor's Note: AlterNet is currently in Denver, Colorado at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance. Coverage of the conference is forthcoming. ]

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When Will Obama Adress the Issue of Mass Incarceration in America?

I firmly believe that at some point during his second administration President Obama is going to address the issue of mass incarceration in America. What I fear is that he is going to wait so long, and ultimately do so with such caution, as to minimize his potential impact.

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Why a New York Times Ad Says Prohibition Is Finally Coming To An End

In Thursday’s New York Times, the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s leading drug policy reform organization, is running a full-page ad to thank voters in Colorado and Washington and emphasize the growing support for drug policy reform. Last month, Colorado and Washington became the first two states in the country – and the first political jurisdictions anywhere in the world – to approve legally regulating marijuana like alcohol, with both states’ initiatives winning by decisive margins.

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4 Things Obama Says About Pot in His Barbara Walters Interview

Anytime the president answers a question about marijuana and federal marijuana policy, as he did in a recent interview with ABC's Barbara Walters that airs tonight, it makes sense to parse his words.

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