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Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts and “the real drug czar,” Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad. He founded and directed (from 2000 to 2017) the Drug Policy Alliance.

2014

Ethan Nadelmann
October 2, 2019

Before we dive in on the cannabis happenings of 2014, let’s recap the events leading up to it. The big victories in Colorado and Washington State legalizing recreational cannabis took place in 2012. However, they brought with them questions like, how w …

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2011-2013

Ethan Nadelmann
August 7, 2019

The energy put into the winding path toward legalization shifted away from California after a legislative loss in 2010. Some activists focused on Colorado. Others in Washington. I had stayed out of the previous failed efforts in 2008, but I recognized …

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The ’00s

Ethan Nadelmann
May 23, 2019

The New MillenniumAs we made our way into the new millennium, Peter Lewis, one of the major donors with George Soros and John Sperling…

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’97 – ’00

Ethan Nadelmann
April 23, 2019

Entering the Tail End of the DecadeWe came out of ’96 with medical marijuana victories in California with Proposition 215, a pivotal piece…

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The 90’s

Ethan Nadelmann
March 6, 2019

In the summer of ’92, I received a phone call inviting me to lunch with George Soros. This was a pivotal thing that happened to me in drug…

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The 80’s

Ethan Nadelmann
February 2, 2019

The early years of the War on Drugs Stigma surrounding marijuana began to heat up slowly in the ‘80s starting with Ronald Reagan. Rudy Giuliani was working in the Justice Department and began to plot out a kind of federal war on drugs. 1986 is when it …

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