TAG: drug policy

How Should Our Society Deal With People Who Use Drugs?

Tony Newman, Drug Policy Alliance Waking Times The war on drugs is a cruel joke. The U.S. spends more than $50 billion a year on the “war on drugs” with the goal of creating a “drug-free society” – yet there has never been a “drug-free society” in the history of civilization. Virtually all of us

Charting a New Course on Illegal Drugs

Jess Hunter-Bowman, Guest Waking Times After 40 years of failing to stem the drug trade, there’s a global conversation about new approaches. As Manuel, a Colombian farmer, showed me his peppercorn crops ravaged by the defoliant sprayed in a futile effort to kill his neighbor’s drug crops, he explained why the Drug War could never

The End Of The Anti-Marijuana Generation

Kent Mao, Contributing Writer Waking Times Many Americans are beginning to see the benefits of policy reform It’s no secret that public opinion on marijuana has shifted dramatically in recent years. Is this the beginning of the end for the anti-marijuana generation? Some would say so. Advocacy of marijuana legalization is fast becoming a popular

Legal Weed: States Where Cannabis is Decriminalized

Waking Times The legalization and decriminalization of marijuana is an issue that has been making more and more appearances in legislative agendas throughout the America. What was once a taboo topic that kept supporters closeted with their opinions has made its way into open forums. Lawmakers around the country are laying the groundwork to make

The Hemp Conspiracy: Why U.S. Hemp Farming Was Banned

Becca Wolford, Contributing Writer Waking Times For thousands of years industrial hemp was a common staple. It fed us, clothed us, housed us, sailed our ships with hemp rope and sails, it was part of our livelihood. Then, in the early 1900s, it was banned and pushed aside. Why? Why did this wonderful, useful plant

Western Establishment Refuses to Admit Reality of Prohibition

The western establishment has successfully painted the legalization movement as a bunch of disgruntled hippies who just want to get high, however, like many political memes this statement offers a gross oversimplification of the real topic at hand. Now, with many of the countries close political allies suggesting legalization that myth is starting to hold less and less weight among the general public.

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