the war on drugs

Trump Wants to Re-Weaponize The Failed War on Drugs

Trump Wants to Re-Weaponize The Failed War on Drugs

Surprisingly,  Donald Trump’s recent speech to the United Nations was not an attempt to brag about his “achievements” as president. Instead,  the focus was on reigniting the dying flames of the failed War on Drugs. Since its height in the 1980s and early 90s, the War on Drugs has become an increasingly unsuccessful and unpopular […]

DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme

DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme

Despite concerns about a pharmaceutical entity grabbing control of the cannabidiol (CBD) market, many legalization activists thrilled at the announcement that Epidiolex received approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in June. It was reasonable to hope that the approval of a cannabis-based drug for use in treating serious medical conditions would soon […]

Georgia Prosecuting Parents for Giving Son Cannabis To Stop Seizures

Georgia Prosecuting Parents for Giving Son Cannabis To Stop Seizures

Suzeanna Brill and her husband Matthew weren’t looking to become the face of the struggle to end the War on Drugs, but their story has received national attention. Their family lives in Georgia, and their decision to try medical cannabis has resulted in a nightmare for their family. It’s a story that seems all too […]

Manhattan DA Ending Possession Charge Prosecutions to Reduce Racial Disparity

Manhattan DA Ending Possession Charge Prosecutions to Reduce Racial Disparity

In an exciting move that could lead others to follow, the district attorney in Manhattan announced that his office intends to mostly end prosecutions related to marijuana possession or smoking. Of course, they aren’t stopped these prosecutions overnight. The DA, Cyrus Vance Jr., claims that his office will halt cases related to marijuana possession or […]

Stuart McMillen’s Anti-Prohibition Cartoon Exposes Destructive War on Drugs

Stuart McMillen’s Anti-Prohibition Cartoon Exposes Destructive War on Drugs

Stuart McMillen, a young comic artist residing in Australia, has created a lovely illustrated guide to the social impact of the War on Drugs. It cuts right to the heart of prohibition policies without requiring that the audience read paragraphs of “boring” history and political science/cultural analysis. Beautifully illustrated and succinct in its analysis of […]

Drug Policy Reform Advocates Speak, Change Hearts in West Michigan

Drug Policy Reform Advocates Speak, Change Hearts in West Michigan

Last week Thursday, I had the immense pleasure of hearing two inspirational world-changers speak at a local venue in my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), the Executive Director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Ethan Nadelmann from the Drug Policy Alliance spoke to a full house at the Wealthy Street Theatre […]

No More Drug War: Sign the ‘Mom’s Bill of Rights’ In Honor of Mother’s Day

No More Drug War: Sign the ‘Mom’s Bill of Rights’ In Honor of Mother’s Day

This year, for Mother’s Day, sign up in support of the “Moms United to End the War on Drugs Bill of Rights,” created by Moms United to End the War on Drugs. Do so in honor of your mother, or your children if you are a mother, or the countless mothers whose families have been […]

My Grandfather’s View Of Marijuana and The Truth About Corn Cob Pipes

My Grandfather’s View Of Marijuana and The Truth About Corn Cob Pipes

My grandfather might not appreciate my sharing this here if he were around, I don’t know. But he passed away nearly three decades ago, and I doubt that if I share this now it will bother him much. If I were able to ask him I would, but unfortunately I’m not able to, and I […]

Green Handcuffs: Racial Profiling in the War on Weed

Green Handcuffs: Racial Profiling in the War on Weed

The war on drugs is racist. The steps on the uneven road to equality are not as few as many Americans wish to believe. Certain outdated laws intended to govern basic behaviors and safeguard personal freedoms now hinder our ability to balance the scales of justice evenly for everyone. Targeted enforcement and harsher penalties for […]

Philadelphia Removes Criminal Penalties for Pot Possession

Philadelphia Removes Criminal Penalties for Pot Possession

Beginning on October 20th, 2014, possession of small amounts of marijuana in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be a civil offense with no criminal penalties. That means that once the policy takes effect, Philadelphia will become the largest city to effectively decriminalize marijuana possession. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed the bill into law this last Wednesday, October […]