Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann (born March 13, 1957) is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance , a New York City-based non-profit organization working to end the War on Drugs . DESCRIBED by Rolling Stone as “The driving force for the legalization of marijuana in America,” [1] Ethan Nadelmann is known as a high-profile critic and commentator on US and international drug control policies.

Early life

Nadelmann was born in New York City, where he was raised in a Jewish family; his Father was a rabbi . [2] He received his BA , JD , and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University and a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics . He taught politics and public affairs at Princeton University from 1987 to 1994.


While he was at Princeton, Nadelmann lectured and wrote extensively on drug policy , Attracting considerable attention with his articles in periodicals industry leaders as Science , [3] [4] Foreign Affairs , [5] American Heritage [6] and National Review . [7] [8] [9] He’ll be formally the Princeton Working Group on the Future of Drug Use and Drug Alternatives to Prohibition.

After Barack Obama won the presidential election by Matt Elrod, the director of the drug policy reform group DrugSense, Filed an Internet petition for Ethan Nadelmann as the new Drug Czar . Hoewel de ANY Hopes in getting Nadelmann appointed ulcers downplayed, “this petition will at least encouragement President-elect Obama to think Twice about his choice of drug Czar.” [10] Drug Policy Alliance never lobbied for Nadelmann, however once media reports alleged therein James Ramstad (R-MN) mention anything be appointed to the post the organization urged people to Oppose the appointment due to his Opposition to medical marijuana and needle exchange onder andere things. [11] Seattle ‘s police chief Gil Kerlikowske became the next head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), [12] an appointment dat DPA is cautiously optimistic about. [13]

On September 28, 2012, Nadelmann ghosts at the Human Rights Foundation’s San Francisco Freedom Forum. He discussed the United States’ incarceration rates, welke are at 743 people per 100,000 inhabitants, and how America’s drug policies are affecting dat number. [14]

Drug Policy Alliance

Nadelmann founded the Lindesmith Center in 1994, a drug policy institute created with the philanthropic support of George Soros . Six years later the Center merged with the Drug Policy Foundation founded by Kevin Zeese and Arnold Trebach. The merger became the Drug Policy Alliance , an advocacy group for drug policies “grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.” [15] As the Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance , Nadelmann takes a public health – Rather dan a criminal justice – approach to the War on Drugs Advocating for the Application of harm reduction principles.

On December 20, 2012, the Alliance paid for a full-page advertisement in The New York Times to celebrate the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado , signaling “the beginning of the end for the costly and unjust war on drugs.” The advertisement thanks numerous politicians, zoals former President Bill Clinton and Congressman Ron Paul , for hun policymaking to combat the war on drugs. [16]

Criticisms or drug policies

Latin America

Nadelmann has referred to the United States’ drug policies in Latin America as brutal and prohibitionist. He is an advocate for legalization in Latin America. [17] [18]

United States

Nadelmann has leg a strong advocate of less restrictive cannabis laws in the United States waaronder legalizing the use of cannabis for medical Purposes, gereguleerde Recreational usage, and imposing civil Rather dan criminal penalties For those who are caught using or possessing Small amounts of cannabis . [19]

Overall, Nadelmann is optimistic about the future of drug policies under President Obama, met name after his December 2012 interview with Barbara Walters . During the interview, Obama Expressed dat he did not “at this point” support widespread legalization of marijuana, welke Nadelmann Likens to his post with evolving viewpoint on gay marriage voordat Publicly Announcing his support. [20]


  • Nadelmann, Ethan (1993). Cops Across Borders: The Internationalization of US Criminal Law Enforcement . Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN  0-271-01095-9 .
  • Nadelmann, Ethan; Andrew, Peter (2006). Policing the Globe: Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations . Oxford University Press. ISBN  0-19-508948-0 .


  1. Jump up^ Dickinson, Tim. “Ethan Nadelmann: The Real Drug Czar” . Rolling Stone Magazine . Retrieved July 24, 2013 .
  2. Jump up^ By Ethan Nadelman’s remarks on Flashpoints , January 24, 2008
  3. Jump up^ Drug prohibition in the United States: costs, consequences, and alternatives. Science,Vol 245, Issue 4921, 939-947. Accessed on April 30, 2007.
  4. Jump up^ Response: Drug Decriminalization. Science,1 January 1989: 1104-1105. Accessed on April 30, 2007.
  5. Jump up^ commonsense Drug Policy. Foreign Affairs,January / February 1998. Accessed on April 30, 2007.
  6. Jump up^ Should We Legalize Drugs? History Answers. American Heritage Magazine. February / March 1993, Volume 44, Issue 1. Accessed on April 30, 2007.
  7. Jump up^ The War on Drugs is Lost. National Review. 02/12/1996. Accessed on April 30, 2007.
  8. Jump up^ Switzerland’s Heroin Experiment. National Review. 07/10/1995. Accessed on April 30, 2007.
  9. Jump up^ The Future of An Illusion. National Review. 09/27/2004. Accessed on April 30, 2007.
  10. Jump up^ Matt Eldord: Drug Czar or my dreams, The Huffington Post , January 18, 2008
  11. Jump up^ “Obama’s Drug Czar?” . Drug Policy Alliance. 2008-11-24 . Retrieved 2009-03-05 .
  12. Jump up^ Seattle police chief to Become nation’s drug Czar ArchivedMarch 18, 2009 at theWayback Machine.
  13. Jump up^ “Breaking News: Obama’s New Drug Czar” . Drug Policy Alliance. 2000-02-12 . Retrieved 2009-03-06 .
  14. Jump up^ Valencia, Robert. “Redemption After Jail: How The World Reintegrates Ex-Prisoners” . Retrieved January 21, 2012 .
  15. Jump up^ Nadelmann’s biographyat the Drug Policy Alliance.
  16. Jump up^ Frauenfelder, Mark. “Drug Policy Alliance runs full-page New York Timesad:” Prohibition is Finally Coming to An End ‘ ‘ . BoingBoing . Retrieved January 21, 2012 .
  17. Jump up^ Nadelmann, Ethan. “The Genie Has Escaped the Drug Prohibition Bottle” . The Huffington Post . Retrieved January 21, 2012 .
  18. Jump up^ Nadelmann, Ethan. “Legalization Debate Takes Off in Latin America” . The Huffington Post . Retrieved January 21, 2012 .
  19. Jump up^ Lyons, Daniel (May 17, 2009). “Legalization? Now for the Hard Question” . The New York Times . Retrieved 2009-11-14 .
  20. Jump up^ Nadelmann, Ethan. “Parsing Obama’s Words on Legalizing Marijuana” . The Huffington Post . Retrieved January 21, 2012 .