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Let’s Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please

Let’s Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please

For too long in our country, the rhetoric in the War on Drugs has focused on representing drug users as the “other,” as the bad guys in this culture war. Those who preach compassion and rehabilitation and harm reduction instead of criminalization are often dismissed as “bleeding heart liberals” willing to give anyone a free […]

Mandatory Rehab: Just Another Prison for Non-Violent Drug Offenders?

Mandatory Rehab: Just Another Prison for Non-Violent Drug Offenders?

A lot of politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, will happily sing the praises of using drug courts to force those facing criminal drug charges into mandatory drug rehabilitation programs instead of into prison. On the surface, rehab does seem like the kinder, more rational approach to working with non-violent drug offenders, but the truth is […]

Rhetorical Question: Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Rhetorical Question: Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

The internet, from entertainment personalities to politicians, from news outlets to blogs, social websites and beyond, are ablaze with the provocative question: Should cannabis be legal? Simply Stated: The short answer to this morphing, deceptively simple question is emphatically and unequivocally, YES. More Specifically: This seemingly uncomplicated question actually requires a thoughtful and emotive personal response worthy of […]

Know Your Heroes: Nora Callahan Of Drug War Prisoner Rights Group The November Coalition (TNC)

Know Your Heroes: Nora Callahan Of Drug War Prisoner Rights Group The November Coalition (TNC)

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher/Ladybud Magazine The November Coalition (TNC), a charitable nonprofit education foundation that has worked to end drug war injustice since 1997. The following is a speech that TNC’s Executive Director Nora Callahan delivered in June of that same year at the First International Drug Peace Day Rally in San Francisco, California. It is as important […]