Rebalancing Drug Policy

Rebalancing Drug Policy

A special Nation forum, with contributions from Ethan Nadelmann, Marc Mauer, Bruce Western, Tracy Velázquez, David Cole and Laura Carlsen.


Nearly forty years after President Nixon declared a “war on drugs,” it is painfully clear that the nation’s approach to drug policy is counterproductive and cruel. Shifting our priorities toward a more sensible approach—one that offers treatment rather than punishment for addicts, and that recognizes the deep injustice of mass incarceration—seems like a daunting task. But as the writers in this forum suggest, we have all the answers and resources we need. If ever there was a time to say enough is enough, it’s now.   —The Editors

Ethan Nadelmann, “Breaking the Taboo

Marc Mauer, “Beyond the Fair Sentencing Act

Bruce Western, “Decriminalizing Poverty

Tracy Velázquez, “The Verdict on Drug Courts

David Cole, “Restoring Lost Liberties

Laura Carlsen, “A New Model for Mexico

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