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Top Drug Official: The Old War On Drugs Is All Wrong

National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli

Despite 44 years of aggressive policing and incarceration at the cost of a trillion dollars, 21 million Americans are still addicted to drugs or alcohol. The drug epidemic in America is at its worst ever, because the war on drugs, says Michael Botticelli, was all wrong. Botticelli, the Director of the Office of National Drug Read the full article…

Kamala Harris: War On Drugs Failed, Legalize Medical Marijuana

“Now is the time to end the federal ban on medical marijuana,” she said. “It is,” she said, then laughed.

CALIFORNIA: California’s top cop and candidate for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat, Kamala Harris, issued one of her strongest statements of support for medical cannabis this week. Speaking at the annual convention of California democrats, Harris said she would stand up for people, and challenge the policy of mass incarceration by recognizing the “war on drugs was Read the full article…

Bill Clinton Apologizes To Mexico For War On Drugs

Former President Bill Clinton apologized to Mexico during a speech there last week for a backfired U.S. war on drugs that has fueled spiraling violence.

MEXICO:  Former President Bill Clinton apologized to Mexico during a speech there last week for a backfired U.S. war on drugs that has fueled spiraling violence. “I wish you had no narco-trafficking, but it’s not really your fault,” Clinton told an audience of students and business leaders at the recent Laureate Summit on Youth and Productivity. “Basically, we Read the full article…

Rolling Stone: The War On Drugs Is Burning Out

The people of this country are leading a dramatic de-escalation in the War on Drugs.

The conservative wave of 2014 featured an unlikely, progressive undercurrent: In two states, plus the nation’s capital, Americans voted convincingly to pull the plug on marijuana prohibition. Even more striking were the results in California, where voters overwhelmingly passed one of the broadest sentencing reforms in the nation, de-felonizing possession of hard drugs. One week Read the full article…

Is Obama Finally Ready To Dial Back The War On Drugs?

As Obama embarks on the third year of his second term, it looks like the optimists were partially right, although much hinges on what he does during the next two years.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  In a 2011 Reason cover story, I explained why drug policy reformers had been bitterly disappointed by President Obama’s performance during his first few years in office. With the notable exception of his support for shorter crack sentences, which Congress approved almost unanimously in 2010, Obama had done very little to de-escalate the war Read the full article…

11 Amazing Comedy Videos That Skewer America’s War On Drugs

“Today, there are more people behind bars for nonviolent drug offenses than were incarcerated for all crimes, violent or otherwise, in 1970,” PBS explains. And that’s before we even mention the underlying racism of America’s anti-drug program.

NEW YORK: This week, the New York Times is rolling out a series of articles in support of the legalization of marijuana, which they ceremoniously threw their support to in an editorial on Sunday. While viewed by many as a watershed moment in the decades-long fight against the prohibition of marijuana, it’s hard not to wonder if Read the full article…

Stop The War On Drugs, Says Top Republican

Conservatives like Portman, troubled by the vast federal spending on jails and seeking a distinctly conservative approach to crime and poverty, have found allies in Democrats and civil libertarians who have long argued for a less punitive approach to illegal drugs.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Ohio Republican Rob Portman, a leading figure in his party who is sometimes mentioned as a candidate for president in 2016, will call for a reevaluation of the “war on drugs” and the massive prison population it has created in a speech set for Tuesday and shared exclusively with BuzzFeed. But Portman Read the full article…

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Calls War On Drugs 'A Failure'

with each day that passes it looks more and more plausible that marijuana and the federal government's views on marijuana will play an increasingly important role in the election.

NEW JERSEY:  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has become the latest leader to condemn the now 40-year-old war on drugs. “The war on drugs, while well-intentioned, has been a failure,” Christie said Monday during a speech at The Brookings Institution. “We’re warehousing addicted people everyday in state prisons in New Jersey, giving them no treatment.” Christie stressed Read the full article…

Leaked Paper Reveals UN Split Over War On Drugs

A woman marches in favour of the legalisation of marijuana in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 8 June 2013.

NEW YORK:  Major international divisions over the global “war on drugs” have been revealed in a leaked draft of a UN document setting out the organization’s long-term strategy for combating illicit narcotics. The draft, written in September and seen by the Observer, shows there are serious and entrenched divisions over the longstanding US-led policy promoting prohibition as Read the full article…

82% Say U.S. Not Winning War on Drugs

End the 40-Year War on Drugs

Americans continue to overwhelmingly believe the so-called war on drugs is failing, but they are more divided on how much the United States should be spending on it. Just four percent (4%) of American Adults believe the United States is winning the war on drugs, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Eighty-two Read the full article…