Stories by Tony Newman

Tony Newman is communications director for the Drug Policy Alliance. subscribe to Tony Newman's feed

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.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A public health approach to drug policy would let countries experiment with legal regulation models to undermine organized crime.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2013, Source: AlterNet

International Drug Policy Reform Conference celebrates this year's unprecedented momentum of the drug policy reform movement.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Breaking Bad is more than just entertaining TV.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Let’s have an honest conversation about our personal drug use.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A majority of D.C. Councilmembers have co-signed a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana this Fall.

Posted on: Jun 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

We’re at a tipping point where it’s starting to feel like marijuana legalization is no longer a question of if—but when.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The law is trailing far behind public opinion in both issues.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Some celebrate good times, others educate about the harms that can come from addiction, while others describe prohibition-related violence.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Drug abuse is bad, but the drug war only makes problems associated with it worse.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

People who are concerned about substance abuse should oppose the failed war on drugs.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2013, Source: AlterNet

From racial injustice to flawed foreign policy, the war on drugs causes harm on many fronts.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source: AlterNet

This year was not a good one for drug warriors.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2012, Source: AlterNet

It presented a perfect opportunity to acknowledge and join the debate raging in Latin America, where several current presidents are finally calling for an honest and open dialogue on alternatives to drug war.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2012, Source: AlterNet

While the drug war is not a laughing matter, comedians are often able to capture the absurdity and insanity better than policy papers and traditional journalism.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

American citizens and Latin American leaders alike are warming up to legalization, but our leaders in Washington are not participating in this side of the drug policy debate.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2012, Source: AlterNet

After spending weeks sharing stories about his life, texting and flirting, one 18-year-old honor student fell in love with the cop who busted him.

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