Sharda Sekaran

Charlotte Police Foment Unrest and Attempt to Use Marijuana to Justify Killing Keith Lamont Scott

Keith Lamont Scott is dead at the age of 43. A father of seven children with a wife of 20 years and a cognitive impairment from a motorcycle accident, Mr. Scott is gone from this earth and lost from his loved ones, invariably leaving them with unspeakable grief. Meanwhile, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina is inflamed with massive public discontent in the form of protests.

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How to Get Away With Murder: The Death of Terence Crutcher and the Drug War

Step one: Make sure you have a badge and the person you are murdering is black.

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Harm Reduction Drug Policies Are Gaining Momentum Across the Country

It’s been a groundbreaking month in the national dialogue about opiate dependency and addiction.  From halls of government to family living rooms, the country is positioning for a dramatic shift in attitudes about drug policy that might finally mean an end to the drug war in favor of a public health and human rights approach.

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Michael Moore's New Film Shines the Spotlight on Portugal's Humane Approach to Drug Users

Filmmaker Michael Moore never shies from taking on tough issues and challenging the status quo. His latest film "Where to Invade Next" is a clever spoof of U.S. foreign policy that encourages our military leaders to "invade" other countries and import their policies that can improve our quality of life.

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Drug War Enables Police Roadside Sexual Assault

Drug War Enables Police Roadside Sexual Assault 
By Sharda Sekaran

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Guess How Sandra Bland Is Being Smeared Now? With Lazy, Racist Marijuana Myths

Two years ago, when marijuana was brought up to smear the reputation of Trayvon Martin, I wrote "In Order to Address Racism, We Must Confront the Drug War." I said, "From clothing to intoxicants, what is normal and innocuous in another context becomes sinister when associated with black men and boys." Sandra Bland's tragic death in a Texas jail, and subsequent reports of marijuana found in her system, illustrate the same is still true, and moreover equally true for black women and girls.

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A Long-Awaited Promise: Obama Gets Real About Criminal Justice Reform

"Mass incarceration makes our entire country worse off, and we need to do something about it." - President Obama in his July 14, 2015 speech to the NAACP annual conference

Fifteen years ago, when I first started working on drug policy and criminal justice reform issues, I never would have imagined these words coming out of the mouth of a sitting U.S. president. But then again, I would never have imagined Barack Obama.

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Dear Media: Please Use This Realistic Marijuana B-Roll For Your News Stories

A couple of years ago I was watching my boss get interviewed on television about the cost of marijuana prohibition, growing public opinion in favor of legalization, and legislative efforts for marijuana policy reform. It was a fairly wonky conversation peppered with serious facts about the billions of dollars wasted on fighting the war on marijuana and the hundreds of thousands of people arrested each year.

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The Funniest Explanation of How Oregon Can End Marijuana Prohibition You'll Ever See

I’m a native New Yorker and I live in Brooklyn. But right now I’m in Portland and I am completely dedicating myself to the state of Oregon.

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The Stories of these Two Babies Victimized by the War on Drugs Are Horrific

The multi-decade, trillion dollar waste that we call the drug war has become increasingly unpopular, with everyone from Nobel Prize winning economists to leaders from the religious and civil rights communities calling for its end. Those who defend arresting, incarcerating and militarizing our way into even more disaster often claim that it’s all in the name of protecting children. Yet, the war on drugs is waged with a shocking disregard for human rights, and even babies and children are not spared.

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