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    Mo’ prohibition mo’ problems

  • The devastating costs of criminalizing cannabis

    How Harry Anslinger's Reefer Madness continues to influence our harmful drug policies.

    January 18, 2018

    In the 1930s, parents across the U.S. were panicked. A new documentary, Reefer Madness, suggested that evil marijuana dealers lurked in public schools, waiting to entice their children into a life of crime and degeneracy.

    The documentary captured the essence of the anti-marijuana campaign started by Harry Anslinger,

  • Sessions doubles down on argument that drugs cause violence

    'People try to suggest otherwise, but those of us in the business know,' said the attorney general at a speech on Thursday.

    May 11, 2017

    “We know drugs and crime go hand in hand,” said attorney general Jeff Sessions on Thursday, when he spoke at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Heroin and Opioid Response Summit in Charleston, W.Va. He continued to draw a link between drugs and violent crime, saying, “people try to suggest otherwise,

  • How the war on drugs entrenches patterns of drug addiction

    Prohibition is 'a tragedy where the so-called solution causes the problem.'

    February 16, 2017

    Since Richard Nixon famously called for an ‘all-out offensive’ on the war on drugs in 1971, the US government has funneled a trillion dollars into the effort. What does the nation have to show for the spoils of this war? Addiction rates have remained stable for the past decade, while over half the population in its federal prisons are entered for drug-related offenses.