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From Ohio, New Evidence of Drug War’s Failure

BY NATHAN RILEY | Bad news for drug warriors continues to escalate, making defenders of the current policy approach look intellectually shabby. Elephant tranquilizers dealt the latest blow to the American strategy of drug interdiction. According to the New York Times, 200 overdoses and “several” deaths have occurred over recent weeks in the Cincinnati area. Police […]

Hillary Clinton and the New Liberal Consensus

BY NATHAN RILEY | The emerging likelihood that Hillary Clinton will be our next president confirms the political paradox that has always surrounded that storied family. The 1990s was the era when Americans in large numbers came to accept lesbians and gays. The social issues that had elevated Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to the presidency […]

After Dallas and Baton Rouge

BY NATHAN RILEY | After former soldiers have twice in recent days launched lethal attacks on police, the Republicans are testing the national civil rights coalition’s ability to turn adversity into advantage. The Democrats have Black Lives Matter, the Republicans chant “Blue Lives Matter.” In past elections, the law and order theme has won battles of […]

A Strong, Encouraging Start by Speaker Heastie

BY NATHAN RILEY | The trumpets did not sound when the New York State Assembly elected Carl Heastie speaker to replace Sheldon Silver, amidst murmuring outside Albany’s inner circle that the new man was hardly a breath of fresh air. Despite the historic election of the Assembly’s first African-American speaker, he was viewed with suspicion by […]

On Drugs, Harm Reduction’s Time Has Come

BY NATHAN RILEY | Harm reduction counseling empowers drug users to take control of their health and provides support to individuals who are told that only losers use meth. Getting high is a natural desire and occurs in virtually every culture; it doesn’t have to be associated with escaping the problems of real life. That 1960s […]

Dick Gottfried Aims for Fixes in Med Marijuana Program

BY NATHAN RILEY | The New York medical marijuana system is rigged and getting walloped by a backlash for imposing hardships on sick people. After Governor Andrew Cuomo demanded last-minute changes in the 2014 law, activists predicted it would make the medications expensive and the small number of outlets would create hardships. Only 20 pot drugstores […]

HRC Is Wrong; Bernie Sanders Is the Better Bet for Change

BY NATHAN RILEY | So the Washington gay lobby, the Human Rights Campaign, endorsed Hillary Clinton. The middle-of-the-road LGBT rights organization endorsed the middle-of-the-road candidate. The difference for the LGBT community between Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Clinton isn’t over the issues. They both offer fervent support for the LGBT community, and in […]

Despite Constraints, Optimism About New Medical Marijuana Program

BY NATHAN RILEY | There was something fiendishly clever about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s last-minute gutting of a medical marijuana bill devised by the Legislature; he transformed it into a bureaucratic nightmare. Nonetheless, medical marijuana supporters cling to a grim optimism. This is the governor’s bill — it has to work or he will be responsible was […]

Drug Reformers Take Stock of Attitudes Moving Their Way

BY NATHAN RILEY | Underneath the jubilant mood that swept through last week’s Drug Policy Alliance international conference in Washington was a realization that the campaign to respect the human rights of drug users is proceeding slowly, even as marijuana legalization picks up speed. Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, campaigned for marijuana legalization. Colorado’s experience […]

Meth-PrEP Crisis Claims Simply UnTrue

BY NATHAN RILEY | Amidst cries of yet another drug crisis, an inflammatory piece in a new California publication, the Pride LA, claims that the combination of meth, PrEP, and orgies is threatening to take away the hard won gains of the gay community and create a “catasTrophe.” The op-ed is by Charles Kaiser, a respected […]

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