Jag Davies

New FBI Report: One Arrest for Drug Possession Every 25 Seconds in 2016, As Drug War Rages On

You may have heard that President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are “re-starting” the drug war.  Well, it never actually ended.

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4 Reasons Why the U.S. Needs to Decriminalize Drugs - And Why We're Closer Than You Think

Half of all adults in the U.S. have used an illegal drug at some point.   If this was your loved one, family member or friend, would they deserve to be arrested, jailed, and face a lifetime of punishment and discrimination?

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Psychedelics Help Reduce Opioid Addiction, According to New Study

The criminalization of people who use psychedelics is rooted in myths that are the vestiges of colonialism and the drug war – and, one by one, those myths are crumbling down.

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Trump on Drugs: Nightmare Scenarios Looking Ever More Probable

What a strange time to be fighting to end the war on drugs and the mentality that gave rise to it. In recent years we’ve won a wide range of once-unimaginable victories and super-majorities of public support—and yet we now face the prospect of the federal government undoing our painstaking progress and committing newfangled atrocities that were unimaginable just a month or so ago.

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We Still Have a Chance to Stop Kratom Prohibition – And the DEA Actually Wants to Hear Your Thoughts

This summer, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced its intent to ban kratom, a medicinal plant used for millennia in Southeast Asia and currently used by millions in the United States. After DPA members and activists sent over 70,000 messages to Congress, 51 U.S. Representatives and almost a dozen Senators asked the DEA to postpone their ban.

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Marijuana Wins Big, As Dark Struggles Loom

This Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition -- no other reform was approved by so many citizens on so many ballots this year.  Legalization initiatives prevailed in four out of five states, and medical marijuana initiatives prevailed in all four states this year.

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Why Kratom's Getting Banned - and How We Can Stop This Drug War Madness

The DEA’s recent move to prohibit and criminalize kratom, a medicinal plant used for millennia in Southeast Asia, shows us just how far we are from the drug war’s ultimate demise. Without any serious scientific analysis, the DEA intends to subject anyone caught with any quantity of kratom to long prison sentences, while obstructing scientific investigation into the plant’s medical benefits.

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Why is the U.S. Disregarding Plants Like Iboga and Kratom in the Fight Against Overdose and Addiction?

With overdose death rates more than doubling in the U.S. since 2000, we need to be examining every possible avenue to save lives and reduce the harms of drug misuse and addiction.  

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Did the U.S. Just Quash a UN Report Calling for Drug Decriminalization?

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) appeared set to call on governments to end the criminalization of drug use and possession, according to DPA Honorary Board Member Richard Branson – but in a dramatic turn of events withdrew its briefing paper under pressure from at least one country, according to the BBC.

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Using Psychedelics Shouldn't Be a Crime

Psychedelic substances have been used around the world for thousands of years for religious and therapeutic purposes. In the 1950s and 1960s, psychedelics were considered promising treatments for a broad range of psychological conditions, and for otherwise-healthy people seeking to improve their creativity or well-being. Tens of thousands of people were introduced to them in clinical studies, as an adjunct to psychotherapy, or as part of a religious or spiritual practice.

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‘Policing for Profit’ Gone Wild!

Did you know police are allowed to seize and keep your cash, cars, real estate, and any other property – even if you’re never convicted or even charged with a crime?  It’s called civil asset forfeiture – and if it sounds like legalized burglary, that’s because it is.

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How Election 2014 Showed That America's Ready to End the War on Drugs

When historians look back at the movement to end the war on drugs, they might very well point to the 2014 election as the moment when it all got real.

With marijuana legalization measures passing in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., and with groundbreaking criminal justice reforms passing in California and New Jersey, there's no longer any denying that drug policy reform is a mainstream -- and quite urgent -- political demand.

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4 Tips for Talking About Drug Users - They're People, Not 'Addicts,' 'Criminals,' 'Inmates,' and 'Convicts'

Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past few years. Yet many media outlets -- even some of the most well-meaning ones -- still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering other issues.

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5 Ways to Improve Media Coverage of Marijuana and Other Drug-Related Issues

The ground has never been more fertile for a change to our nation’s failed drug policies. We are seeing a broader questioning of America’s drug policy that fills our prisons and empties our coffers, that severely punishes the use of certain drugs but tolerates, regulates, taxes and even subsidizes others.

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Study Shows Americans Are Ready to End the War on Drugs

 A new national survey released today by the Pew Research Center reveals that a broad majority of Americans are ready to significantly reduce the role of the criminal justice system in dealing with people who use drugs.   

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Will Marijuana Decide the Florida Governor's Race?

Democratic and Republican insiders are saying that marijuana law reform may decide the Florida governor’s race, according to a recent Bloomberg report. As activists in Florida work on a ballot initiative that would make it the first state in the South to legalize medical marijuana, Democratic candidate Charlie Crist could benefit from supporting medical marijuana in his closely-anticipated match-up with incumbent GOP Governor Rick Scott.  

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Latest DEA Scandal: 'All Your Calls Belong To Us'

Well, this sure makes the Patriot Act seem quaint.

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Colbert Brilliantly Connects Marijuana Legalization to Marriage Equality

On the heels of last week’s historic Pew poll finding that a majority of Americans now support legally regulating marijuana, "The Colbert Report" did a rousing and hilarious segment on the parallels between the momentum for marijuana legalization and marriage equality.  

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World AIDS Day: We Can’t “Get to Zero” Until We End the Drug War

The official theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero.” As we acknowledge the vast suffering of the hundreds of millions of people who have been infected or impacted by HIV/AIDS on December 1st, it is impossible to ignore an inconvenient truth: that the global war on drugs is severely jeopardizing the overall "fight against AIDS."  

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Deepak Chopra Joins Movement to End the War on Drugs

Physician, bestselling author and global thought leader Deepak Chopra has joined the Honorary Board of the Drug Policy Alliance, the U.S.-based organization that leads the flourishing movement for drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.

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Virgin Group Mogul Richard Branson Joins the Movement to End the War on Drugs

 Virgin Group founder and social entrepreneur Richard Branson has joined the Honorary Board of the Drug Policy Alliance, the U.S.-based organization that is leading the fight for alternatives to current drug policy that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.

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