Tony Newman

We All Use Drugs, So Treat Drug Users as You Would Want to Be Treated

We are all drug users. Coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, weed, Viagra, ecstasy, antidepressants, anti-anxiety pills and more: people are using these drugs on a weekly or even daily basis.

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Remake of Classic 'Your Brain on Drugs' Ad Slams Disastrous Drug War

Twenty years ago today, one of the most memorable ads of all time was launched, when Rachael Leigh Cook and her frying pan starting smashing up eggs in her infamous, “This is Your Brain on Drugs” ad.

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Jeff Sessions Is an Alternative Facts Guy When It Comes to Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions became the second member of the Trump administration in less than a week to provide “alternative facts” and backward analysis when it comes to marijuana.

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Looking Back: President Obama's Historic Efforts to Roll Back the Drug War and Tackle Mass Incarceration

Tomorrow, Barack Obama’s historic presidency will come to an end. It is hard to believe that he will no longer be our president. I have both smiled and wiped away tears when watching President Obama’s farewell speeches, press conferences and exit interviews.

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Artists Come Out Strong in Support of Marijuana Legalization in California

A group of well-known actors and musicians today came out in favor of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, a voter initiative on the November 2016 ballot that will control, regulate and tax responsible adult use, sale and cultivation of marijuana in California.

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California Marijuana Legalization Ads Hit the Airwaves Statewide

TV ads in support of marijuana legalization hit the airwaves yesterday up and down the state of California. The campaign’s ads in support of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act are running on both broadcast and cable channels.

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Jay Z and Snoop Dogg Do Powerful Videos Slamming Drug War

For years hip-hop artists have rapped about drug use, the drug trade and the drug war. And now, we are seeing some of the biggest stars use their influence to deal a blow to our country’s racist drug war.

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New Prince Ea Music Video Makes the Case to President Obama Why Weed Should Be Legal

Prince Ea — hip hop artist, activist and founder of Make SMART Cool — has just released a remake of his brilliant music video urging President Obama to end our country’s disastrous war on marijuana.

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The Overdose Crisis Is Making America Finally Consider Supervised Injection Facilities

There is an overdose crisis in the United States. More people are now dying from overdose deaths than from car accidents. Overdose has become an issue that is being talked about at all levels of government and just last week President Obama launched a major initiative to address addiction and overdose.

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Nancy Reagan’s Key Role in the Disastrous War on Drugs

Nancy Reagan, the former first lady and widow of President Ronald Reagan died on Sunday in California at age 94. Front pages around the world are remembering her life. The stories all talk about the powerful love between Nancy and Ronald and her impactful role as first lady. When highlighting her advocacy, one of the first things that often pops up is her starring role in President Reagan’s embrace and amplification of the war on drugs. Nancy’s “Just Say No” campaign became her signature issue and a defining legacy for both her and her husband.

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8 Ways Our Presidential Candidates Can Prove They See Drug Use As a Health Issue

Substance use and abuse touches virtually every family in the United States. The New York Times ran a front page story last week documenting the explosion of overdose deaths throughout the country. 47,000 Americans died from an overdose in 2014 – more than from either car crashes or guns.

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Is Megyn Kelly Still in the Dark Ages When It Comes to Drugs?

Fox News host Megyn Kelly is everywhere right now, including the current cover of Vanity Fair. The glowing cover story, “Don’t Mess with Megyn Kelly, Fox News’s Toughest, Brightest Star,” will only increase her rise and prominence. Kelly is not only covering the news, but making news by going head to head with GOP candidates during the debate she moderated and its aftermath.

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Activism Freed One Marijuana Lifer, But Other Pot Prisoners Still Need Our Help

More than 1,500 folks from 71 countries met in the DC Metro area last month at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference to come up with an exit strategy from the unwinnable war on drugs. The gathering left people inspired and energized.

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60 Minutes Profile on the Drug Czar: What They Get Right and Wrong

Last night, 60 Minutes tackled the drug war for a second week in a row when they did a nice profile on Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, commonly referred to as President Obama’s Drug Czar.

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The Sickening Use of Young People as Confidential Informants in the Drug War

Supporters of the drug war often claim that we need to wage this unwinnable war to “protect” young people. 60 Minutes ran an explosive piece last night showing one of the many ways that the war on drugs actually endangers young people: the sickening use of young students as confidential informants. 

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The Top 8 Drug War Stories of 2015 - Could America's Nightmare Be Coming to an End?

Over the last few years there has been undeniable momentum to end our country’s disastrous war on drugs. Both voters and elected officials are looking for alternatives to the unwinnable drug war. 2015 continued the trend. Here are some of the top stories of the year that give us hope.

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Finally, Democratic Presidential Candidates Say Good Things about Marijuana Legalization and Criminal Justice Reform

Last night, during the first Democratic debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) became the first major presidential candidate to say that he would support legalizing marijuana if given the chance. Asked whether he would support an upcoming ballot measure on legalization in Nevada, Sanders said:

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'The Real History of Drugs' Educates Millions

The United States’ longest, unwinnable war is the "war on drugs." Despite decades of arrests and locking up millions of Americans, politicians and PSA’s urging us to “Just Say No,” illegal drugs are still as available as ever.

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4 Ways John Oliver Is So Right About the Failed 'War on Drugs'

For some years now, Comedy Central and HBO have played a huge role in educating people about some of the most important issues of the day. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Larry Willmore and John Oliver are all skillful at both educating and entertaining us. They are so impactful that presidential candidates and others running our country make it a priority to go on their shows.

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Obama Grants Clemency to 46 People, Will Make Big Criminal Justice Reform Push This Week

Today, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 people incarcerated in federal prison. This follows the commutation of eight people incarcerated in federal prison for drug offenses in December of 2014, and 22 in March 2015. Fourteen of the people who received commutations today were serving life in prison for nonviolent drug offenses.  

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3 Innovative Drug Policies You May Never Have Heard Of But Need to Know About

June 17 marks the 44th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s war on drugs. America’s longest war has destroyed millions of lives, and turned the U.S. into the world’s leading incarcerator with less than five percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its prisoners.  

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12 of the Biggest Lessons I Learned in the Journey to Legalize Marijuana and End the Drug War

For the last 15 years I’ve dedicated my life to ending our country’s disastrous war on drugs. It has been an incredible journey, and I am happy to say that seeds that were planted a long time ago are finally bearing some fruit.

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The Drug War: The Primary Reason There Are '1.5 Million Missing Black Men'

On Monday, the New York Times published a deeply upsetting piece titled, "1.5 Million Missing Black Men."

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NYPD Commissioner Links Marijuana Prohibition to Increased Shootings

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton gave a press conference yesterday on the rising number of shootings in New York City. Shootings in NYC increased 17 percent this year over the same time period in 2014.

So to what should we attribute the increase? According to Bratton and Robert Boyce, chief of detectives, the culprit is failed marijuana prohibition.

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Bill Maher Calls on Obama to End Drug War and Free Its Prisoners

Anyone who watches Bill Maher’s HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, knows that one of his biggest passions is marijuana legalization. Almost every week he talks about our country’s absurd war on drugs. Last week he did his best rap ever on the drug war that was both hilarious and blood boiling.

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How One Man Helped 10,000 People With Serious Drug Problems

Drugs and the drug war touch most families.  Millions of people have a loved one behind bars on drug charges. Many millions more have struggled with drugs themselves – or have a loved one who has dealt with addiction to illegal or legal drugs. By declaring a "war on drugs" we have declared a war on ourselves. We know that prison is not the answer for people who use drugs. So what can be done?

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It's "Counterproductive" to Treat Drug Use as a Criminal Problem, Obama Says

President Barack Obama continues to speak out against mass incarceration, the devastating impact of our drug policies on communities of color and his expectation that marijuana legalization will continue to spread.

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Are Vapers Just the Latest Drug Users to Be Demonized?

New Year’s Eve is around the corner and no doubt millions of smokers will make resolutions to quit.

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How 'The Colbert Report' Helped Turn the Tide for Pot Legalization

Last night was an end of an era. After nine years on the air, Stephen Colbert is stepping away from his award winning show, The Colbert Report.

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Ethan Nadelmann and Stephen Colbert on Drugs

 Last night was an end of an era. After nine years on the air, Stephen Colbert is stepping away from his award winning show, The Colbert Report.

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Let's Count the Nails in the Coffin of the Drug War That Got Hammered in This Year

2014 was another nail in the coffin in the United States’ disastrous war on drugs. The majority of the country now supports marijuana legalization and Oregon, Alaska and D.C. made it a reality by legalizing it. World leaders like former UN head Kofi Annan and Presidents of Latin America called for an end to the drug war and for legally regulating drugs.

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