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The real reason cocaine, heroin and marijuana are illegal has nothing to do with addiction

Looking out at the trail of devastation and death that the heroin epidemic has left in its wake, it’s hard to imagine that not long ago one could purchase the drug from a Sears catalogue.

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84% of Americans Oppose Civil Asset Forfeiture - But Only Once They're Told What It Is

In a boost to American public opinion’s beleaguered reputation, a new Cato Institute/YouGov survey indicates that 84 percent of us are against civil asset forfeiture—the process through which police departments can confiscate property, goods or cash merely suspected to have been involved in a drug crime, without a conviction being obtained—once it’s explained to us.

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We Need to Just Say No to Random Student Drug Testing

Trust between teenagers and adults is essential if students are to make optimal use of the educational and social opportunities before them. That’s one reason I am vehemently opposed to Random Student Drug Testing (RSDT) and zero-tolerance policies, both of which erode the confidence required for young people to meaningfully engage with the adults who can most help them.

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What a Scare This Week About a Bad Batch of Heroin Shows Us About Drug Laws and Safety

One morning earlier this week, my phone began ringing. People were calling about what was being described as a deadly batch of “heroin.” People I have known for years and participants at the syringe exchange in Greensboro, North Carolina where I live. They were panicking about whether they, too, had used what had sent at least one exchange participant—I’ll call him “John”—to the hospital.

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Voices From the Inside: Celebrate the Power of Prisoners' Writing

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Four Ways Drug Policy Reformers Must Play It Smart Under the Trump Administration

I began working, advocating and lobbying for federal-level drug policy reform in Washington, DC in the last year of Bill Clinton’s presidency. I’ve continued to do so ever since: I was a loyal soldier in the war against the War on Drugs through eight years of George W. Bush and then eight years of Barack Obama. But now, with the election of Donald Trump, it feels like the work during those three presidencies was just basic training—the real challenge is just beginning.

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"Let Me Not Die Here" - For Drug-War Prisoners Like Nancy, Time Is Running Out to Receive Clemency From Obama

Editor’s note: President Obama has extended clemency to an unparalleled number of people convicted of nonviolent drug-law violations—a program unlikely to be prioritized by President-elect Trump.  The Influence and AlterNet have partnered on a series profiling people impacted by the program, as time runs out for inmates hoping to get their sentences commuted.

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The Big Implications of a Nasty Fight to Stop Marijuana Legalization in California

The presidential election campaign and its shock outcome revealed many of America’s ugly fractures around racism and how far we are from achieving social justice. Sadly, while working in drug policy for the past six years, I have seen the very same issues exposed within the ranks of those who supposedly support marijuana reform.

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Is a Leading Suicide Prevention Organization a Front for Big Pharma?

If you think you have been hearing a lot about suicide recently, it is not your imagination. The week of September 5-11 was declared National Suicide Prevention Week by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). According to its website, AFSP is the “leading national not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide.” Yet due to its Pharma relationships and continued Pharma funding, it could be argued that it is dedicated to profiting from suicide.

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A GOP Congressman Wants to 'Ensure Lives Are Protected'--By Expanding the Death Penalty for Drugs.

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) has introduced the Help Ensure Lives Are Protected Act of 2016, which would subject drug dealers who sell heroin laced with fentanyl to death or life imprisonment if “death or serious bodily injury results from the use of such substance.”

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Man Dies of Thirst in Jail Run by Trump-Loving Sheriff After Guards Cut off His Water for Six Days

Terrill Thomas, 38, was arrested in connection with a shooting and taken to Milwaukee County Jail. Nine days later, he was dead of dehydration. His death has been ruled a homicide.

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Mike Pence Is the Real Extremist on the GOP Ticket

“I prefer a simple introduction. I am a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” Indiana Governor Mike Pence said when he accepted the VP nomination at the Republican Convention on July 15. He is forever introducing himself with this little jingle, usually delivered with his index finger extended for “in that order.”

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'Nothing Good Happens in Secret' - The Sordid Ways Death-Penalty States Obtain Execution Drugs

One afternoon, Donnie Calhoun, owner of Calhoun Compounding Pharmacy in Anniston, Alabama—”Compounding for Life’s Problems“—came back from a meeting to find a strange request from the Alabama Department of Corrections. The girl who’d answered the phone had written their question down on a notepad: Did he want to make a lethal injection drug that they would use to carry out an execution?

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Which Is More Addictive, Coffee or Nicotine? If You're Asking, You Can't Understand the Answer

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Warped Incentives: Five Disturbing Things About Our 'Justice' System, Explained by a Public Defender

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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View From Harlem: Marijuana Legalization Is a Hollow Victory If We Still Criminalize Other Drugs

Sitting in a parked car on 132nd Street and Lenox, Joseph “Jazz” Hayden wonders what effect marijuana legalization would have on the streets of Harlem, where he has spent most of his 75 years.

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This Is Your Brain on Bad Media Coverage: 5 Dire Drug Headlines, Just From Today

Although media coverage of drugs, addiction and criminal justice is gradually improving, there’s still no shortage of headlines (articles, too) that summon up outdated ideas and regressive stereotypes. Here are five examples obtained simply by Googling the word “drugs” for two minutes this morning.

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The Tantalizing Clues That Suggest Cannabis Played a Key Role in the Birth of Civilization Itself

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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America's "Psychedelic Spring" - Why Are These Drugs Growing in Cultural Importance Again?

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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You Won't Believe the Outrageous Ways Big Pharma Has Bribed Doctors to Shill Drugs

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow the Influence on Twitter and Facebook.

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The Horrors of High Libido! Six Ways We've Used Drugs to Try to 'Cure' Women's Sexuality

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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These 5 Classic Songs Chronicle the Cruelty of the War on Drugs Over the Decades

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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How Insidious Laws Are Keeping Many From Participating in the Promising Legal Marijuana Economy

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Which Founding Father Was the Biggest Lush?

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Man Faces Life in Prison Because Woman OD'd on Fentanyl That She Willingly Bought

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influenceon Facebook or Twitter.

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5 Awful Ideas About Poor People and Addiction in David Brooks' Latest Column

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influenceon Facebook or Twitter.

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Texas Cops Boast About Grand Achievement of Jailing Adults for Having Sex, Shaming Them on Facebook

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Pioneers and 'Potpreneurs' - What Does It Mean to Be on the Verge of Legalization for a Good Chunk of the Country?

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influenceon Facebook or Twitter.

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Are Punitive Summer Crackdowns on Young Festival Drinkers Really the Way to Go?

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influenceon Facebook or Twitter.

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Why Did It Take 15 Months to Get the Legal Medical Marijuana I Needed? Even in California, Doctors Are Still Behind

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influenceon Facebook or Twitter.

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'Support the NRA With Every Sip!' - Welcome to the NRA's Wine Club

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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