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Tony Newman is communications director for the Drug Policy Alliance.
New Prince Ea Music Video Makes the Case to President Obama Why Weed Should Be Legal
Posted on: Jun 27, 2016, Source: AlterNet
This epic 10-minute video is both a history lesson and an advocacy tool.
The Overdose Crisis Is Making America Finally Consider Supervised Injection Facilities
Posted on: Apr 8, 2016, Source: Drug Policy Alliance
More people are now dying from overdose deaths than from car accidents.
Nancy Reagan’s Key Role in the Disastrous War on Drugs
Posted on: Mar 7, 2016, Source: AlterNet
"Just say no" was a snappy catchphrase, but horrible public policy.
8 Ways Our Presidential Candidates Can Prove They See Drug Use As a Health Issue
Posted on: Jan 29, 2016, Source: AlterNet
Some of them are talking the talk; here's what they should do if they want to walk the walk.
Is Megyn Kelly Still in the Dark Ages When It Comes to Drugs?
Posted on: Jan 8, 2016, Source: AlterNet
The Fox News host is getting a lot of attention these days. Has she evolved at all on drug policy?
Activism Freed One Marijuana Lifer, But Other Pot Prisoners Still Need Our Help
Posted on: Dec 24, 2015, Source: Drug Policy Alliance
Jeff Mirzanskey is free after 22 years in prison in Missouri, but Bernard Noble is still serving a 13-year sentence for two joints in Louisiana.
60 Minutes Profile on the Drug Czar: What They Get Right and Wrong
Posted on: Dec 14, 2015, Source: Drug Policy Alliance
60 Minutes dropped the ball by not challenging feel-good rhetoric.
The Sickening Use of Young People as Confidential Informants in the Drug War
Posted on: Dec 7, 2015, Source: Drug Policy Alliance
Research indicates that up to 80% of all drug cases in the U.S. may be based on information from informants.
The Top 8 Drug War Stories of 2015 — Could America's Nightmare Be Coming to an End?
Posted on: Dec 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet
There are some good reasons to be optimistic.
Finally, Democratic Presidential Candidates Say Good Things about Marijuana Legalization and Criminal Justice Reform
Posted on: Oct 14, 2015, Source: AlterNet
In years past, candidates either totally ignored the failed war on drugs and the harms of marijuana prohibition.
'The Real History of Drugs' Educates Millions
Posted on: Aug 24, 2015, Source: Drug Policy Alliance
A new series of videos explains the motivations behind our 'War on Drugs'
4 Ways John Oliver Is So Right About the Failed 'War on Drugs'
Posted on: Aug 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet
The HBO host hits the drug war from all angles.
Obama Grants Clemency to 46 People, Will Make Big Criminal Justice Reform Push This Week
Posted on: Jul 13, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Obama to address mass incarceration at NAACP convention tomorrow and become first president to visit a prison on Thursday.
3 Innovative Drug Policies You May Never Have Heard Of But Need to Know About
Posted on: Jun 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Instead of the “drug-free America” promised by this disastrous war, drugs are as available as ever.
12 of the Biggest Lessons I Learned in the Journey to Legalize Marijuana and End the Drug War
Posted on: May 7, 2015, Source: AlterNet
We need to step up our efforts, because the casualties from the war continue to mount every day.
The Drug War: The Primary Reason There Are '1.5 Million Missing Black Men'
Posted on: Apr 23, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Drug use doesn't discriminate, but the war on drug users does.
Young People Need Honest Education About Sex and Drugs
Posted on: Apr 1, 2015, Source: AlterNet
We need to drop "Just Say NO" and replace it with "Just Say Know."
NYPD Commissioner Links Marijuana Prohibition to Increased Shootings
Posted on: Mar 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet
No one should lose their life over the marijuana trade, which is why it's time to end the ban.
Bill Maher Calls on Obama to End Drug War and Free Its Prisoners
Posted on: Feb 23, 2015, Source: AlterNet
It is time to stop arresting people for drug use.
How One Man Helped 10,000 People With Serious Drug Problems
Posted on: Jan 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Howard Josepher's group Exponents is an inspiring model that should be studied and replicated.
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