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Your Brain On Drugs

#EndorseThis: Your Brain On Drugs Meets Our Failed War On Drugs

Twenty years ago, actress Rachel Leigh Cook starred in an egg-smashing ad that spoofed the original “Your Brain On Drugs” message. Now she’s back with a parody of that ad — and now her message is an unsparing critique of America’s failed drug war.

April 21, 2017
Inmates walk in San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Harsh Drug Sentences Take Their Toll On Black Lives

The tragic heroin epidemic has prompted an outpouring of sympathy and calls for a less punitive approach to illegal drugs, but heroin users are overwhelmingly white. That compassion has not been extended to black Americans, who are still regarded as more drug-addled, more violent, more dangerous and more deserving of lengthy prison terms.

August 11, 2016
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Prison-Industrial Complex Morphs Into Treatment-Industrial Complex

Inmates can be placed by a judge into a for-profit mental health program in a prison and be detained there past the end of the sentence.

March 18, 2016

Misguided War On Drugs Has Left Many Victims With Scars

A new frankness and sympathy concerning the physical, emotional and financial costs of drug addiction comes as white middle-class Americans have found their lives upended by the emergence of heroin as the drug of choice for their children and grandchildren.

January 9, 2016

Republicans Signal New Thinking On Drugs, Treatment, And Punishment

Republicans seem to be warming to the idea that drug addiction is more illness than crime — a rare sign of hope in a dismal primary season.

September 19, 2015

Charnesia Corley And An Assault On The Fourth Amendment

Too many of us have watched with acquiescence the steady erosion of the freedoms that stand between us and a police state.

August 19, 2015

America Needs A Justice System Worthy Of The Name

The United States does not have a justice system.

July 22, 2015

5 Reasons Barack Obama May Be Having The Best Year Of Any Recent President

Republicans hated — and tried to obstruct — President Obama from his first day in office. Nevertheless, he has achieved much of what he set out to do. And it’s worth noting just how much Obama achieved in the last year alone.

July 20, 2015

Endorse This: President Obama vs. The War On Drugs

“When they describe their youth and their childhood, these are young people who made mistakes that aren’t that different than the mistakes I made and the mistakes that a lot of you guys made.”

July 17, 2015

Who Is ‘El Chapo’ And How Did He Become A Dark Legend In Mexico?

Chicago compared him to Al Capone. Forbes Magazine listed him as one of the richest men in the world. And in Mexico, he was a renegade outlaw whose exploits were the stuff of legend and song.

July 13, 2015

Heroin Use And Addiction Are Surging In The U.S., CDC Report Says

Heroin use surged over the past decade, and the wave of addiction and overdose is closely related to the nation’s ongoing prescription drug epidemic, federal health officials said.

July 7, 2015

Book Review: ‘Dreamland: The True Tale Of America’s Opiate Epidemic’

Dreamland is a tale of two artificial and highly permeable membranes. One separates legal and illegal drugs, the other Mexico and the United States.

June 14, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Lincoln Chafee, Former Republican, Now Democratic Candidate

The latest entrant in the 2016 Democratic primary is an idiosyncratic candidate — a former “liberal Republican” whose foreign policy includes adopting the metric system. (Really.) Here are five things you should know about Lincoln Chafee.

June 3, 2015

Promising New Partnership Seeks To Reduce Incarceration

The United States locks up a larger proportion of its citizens than any other nation in the world. Mass incarceration has exacted a terrible cost — on state budgets, on black neighborhoods, on economic and social justice.

May 16, 2015

Let The States Make Drug Law

How many million more lives are going to be ruined and how many billion more dollars will be poured down the drain before we let states control drug law?

May 5, 2015

After State Takes Child, Kansas Woman Is At Center Of National Marijuana Debate

Shona Banda says she had a clear choice: Live in misery or use medical marijuana to ease her Crohn’s disease and risk going to jail.

May 2, 2015
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (Third Way Think Tank via Flickr)

Half A Heart On Marijuana Better Than No Heart At All

Washington is finally starting to realize the folly of America’s drug war.

March 19, 2015

Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness’

‘The New Jim Crow’ examines the new underclass and the failed promise of ‘post-racial’ society.

March 7, 2015

Congress Investigating D.C. Marijuana Legalization

House Republicans are going to war with Washington D.C. over marijuana.

February 25, 2015

Beyond Marijuana: Legalize All Drugs

It’s time to stop the War on Drugs.

October 2, 2014
legal marijuana

Washington State’s Old Pot Laws Go Up In Smoke

By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times SEATTLE — The first customer to buy legal pot — for partying, not medicinal reasons — here in Washington’s biggest city was a retired 65-year-old woman who overnighted on a sidewalk to ensure her place in hemp history. Deborah Greene accidentally bought twice as much as she’d planned to […]

July 9, 2014

High Turnout (Wink, Wink) Could Hurt Florida’s Governor Scott

The geniuses running the Republican campaign effort in Florida have now decided that stirring opposition to medical marijuana will help Governor Rick Scott win. Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a huge donor to pro-Scott forces, recently gave $2.5 million to a new group aiming to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize cannabis use for […]

June 17, 2014

A Nation Divided, With Liberty And Justice For Some

It swallowed people up. That’s what it really did, if you want to know the truth. It swallowed them up whole, swallowed them up by the millions. In the process, it hollowed out communities, broke families, stranded hope. Politicians brayed that they were being “tough on crime” — as if anyone is really in favor […]

April 28, 2014

Unusual Joint U.S.-Mexican Effort Nabs World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord

By Alfredo Corchado, The Dallas Morning News CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — The operation that led to the capture of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman was an unusual joint effort carried out by Mexican and U.S. law enforcement officials who were down to the wire in a manhunt for the world’s most-wanted drug capo, according to a top […]

February 23, 2014
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It Makes No Sense To Criminalize People For Getting Stoned

By the time my 5-year-old daughter leaves for college, it’s quite likely that marijuana use will be broadly decriminalized. Alaska has become the most recent state to move toward legalization, placing an initiative on the ballot for an August vote. If it passes, Alaska would join Washington and Colorado, which have already made recreational use […]

February 8, 2014