Tag: Drug War


Why Asian Americans Should Fight To End the Drug War

From Hyphen Magazine: When I was 17, I told my mom that I had tried cannabis. Cannabis was a completely foreign substance to my parents. In common use of the Chinese language, using cannabis and other drugs is known — in precise translation — as “inhaling poison.” The idea that their daughter would be “inhaling poison” was so unfathomable that

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Most Laws Barring People With Felonies From the Marijuana Business Are Pure Hypocrisy

Written by SSDP Trustee Shaleen Title ’02 and originally published on TheInfluence.org. People often speak of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that come with building a new, legal marijuana industry from scratch. The opportunities are real, but the premise forgets something: This industry isn’t being created from scratch. Instead, it’s replacing two things that already existed: an illicit market from which many marginalized

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The Human Cost of Prohibition

When advocating for sensible drug policy reform, it is important to keep in mind not just the economic costs, but the costs in human lives and freedoms. The victims of the drug war are not statistics, but real people. They are people killed for defending their homes or cooperating with law enforcement. They are people denied the treatment they need

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Warrior Cops- Radley Balko to speak at Busboys and Poets

On July 23rd, SSDP will cosponsor an event at Busboys and Poets where journalist and author Radley Balko will discuss his new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Force. As a reporter for the Huffington Post, Balko has written before about police raids for drug crimes, often on questionable or mistaken grounds, and with terrible results. In addition, Balko has

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Let's Talk About Drug War Economics

Tax Day. That dreadful deadline that we all have to meet is just around the corner. When most people think about Tax Day they don’t often think about drug policy, but maybe they should be. Every year in the United States, we spend more than $51,000,000,000 on drug prohibition. That is a significant portion of your tax money being spent

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Lessons from Dr. King

With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day coming up, it’s important to take note from the civil rights movement and the lessons of Dr. King. Our fight for drug policy reform is in many ways very similar to the civil rights movement. There are of course key differences between the two, and I don’t mean to say that our strife is

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Brad Pitt Almost Says Our Name

Drug policy reform is going mainstream in a significant way these days. Brad Pitt, famous actor and heartthrob, is taking on our issue. In a statement issued yesterday, Pitt said, in response to President Obama’s recent statement about not prioritizing federal resources to target users in Colorado and Washington, “The President’s statement reflects a saner and more sensible drug policy,

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Reform Resounds at the UN: Cracks in the Drug Policy Regime

At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last week, three Latin American presidents spoke out, in varying degrees, against the current prohibitionist drug policy model.  The presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala each spoke about the impacts of the U.S.-led “war on drugs” and urged the need to explore alternatives, although none went so far as to mention legalization.  All

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The "War on Drugs" Turns 40 (Infographic)

Image courtesy http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/06/drug_war_turns_40.html

The Economics of the Drug Trade and War on Drugs (Infographic)

Image courtesy http://visualeconomics.creditloan.com/losing-effort-the-united-states-war-on-drugs/