Stories by Tony Newman

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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.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2015, Source: Drug Policy Alliance

A new series of videos explains the motivations behind our 'War on Drugs'

Posted on: Aug 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The HBO host hits the drug war from all angles.

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.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Instead of the “drug-free America” promised by this disastrous war, drugs are as available as ever.

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.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Drug use doesn't discriminate, but the war on drug users does.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2015, Source: AlterNet

We need to drop "Just Say NO" and replace it with "Just Say Know."

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.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It is time to stop arresting people for drug use.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Howard Josepher's group Exponents is an inspiring model that should be studied and replicated.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2015, Source: AlterNet

In a series of interviews with YouTube bloggers yesterday, President Obama spoke up again on drug policy and marijuana legalization.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Vapers and e-cig users need to join forces with the drug reform movement to fend off prohibitionist impulses.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Humor aside, the show's audience learned how disastrous the drug war has been.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

As we bid adieu to the Colbert Report, Tony Newman recalls some of his interactions with America's leading drug reformer.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

There's been so much going on with drug policy reform this year, it wouldn't all fit in a "Top 10" list.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Some Congressional Democratic leaders are saying that DC legalization isn't dead despite the efforts of the GOP.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Uruguay's groundbreaking marijuana law appears safe after the ruling Broad Front retained the presidency in Sunday's elections.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Outlawing cigarettes would be just as disastrous as the prohibition on other drugs.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It is not often that we have a chance to end a war and change history. We have that opportunity now.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The discharge of Joe Biden's son from the Navy after a positive cocaine test is an occasion to reflect on drugs' impact on families and the drug war.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The paper of record had called for the legalization of pot this past summer.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The drug war is a shameful, inhumane disaster. Here's a better way to address drug use.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The debate about how our society should deal with drugs will never be the same.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It's time for our leaders to say publicly what they know in their hearts.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The paper of record linked the govt's marijuana ban to the disastrous alcohol prohibition policy of the 1930's.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It's ironic that anti-smoking advocates are attacking a practice that helps people not to smoke.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet

From New York to California, we are seeing cities passing laws against vaping in public.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2014, Source: AlterNet

With Colorado and Washington legalizing pot, we're finding ourselves in new terrain.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A majority of Americans support marijuana legalization.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Anthony Papa painted his way to freedom—and helped to free the people left behind.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

In the last six months, alone.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Even those with experience should be careful—the effects can be stronger than you think.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet

There are more than 30k heroine deaths annually.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It is time to put all options on the table and find an exit strategy from the this unwinnable war on drugs.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2014, Source: AlterNet

We are moving toward more rational drug policy—but more than a million people are still getting arrested every year simply for drug possession.President Obama, Sen. Reid and Gov. Christie All Spoke Out Against the Drug War in One Week—So Why Are Millions Still Arrested for Drugs?

Posted on: Dec 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

I have finally succeeded in quitting smoking thanks to e-cigarettes.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2013, Source: AlterNet

One of the longest failed wars shows signs of cracks—but it will still be a while until we can see light on the other side.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2013, Source: Drug Policy Alliance

As these despicable examples show, more often than not the drug war is ruining young people's lives and doing much more harm than good.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The Uruguayan proposal has helped build momentum in the U.S., Latin America and elsewhere for broad drug policy reforms.