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Marijuana is harvested in Davenport, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.

Despite Governor Andrew Cuomo’s opposition, hopes are running high.

Medical marijuana plants

At the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Colorado, activists from all over the world celebrated recent wins and made plans for the future.

(Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

Thanks to the drug’s illegal status, marijuana farms are not regulated—with serious costs to water and wildlife.

One journalist-provocateur’s journey into the drug war bureaucracy shows why previous efforts to reschedule pot have been DEA’d on arrival. 

President Barack Obama

While the press has hailed the president’s “public health” approach, the White House has cracked down on cannabis.

(Doug Chayka)

The fight against marijuana prohibition must put racial justice at the center.

(Reuters/John Gress/Files)

The federal government has subsidized the criminalization of millions of young people simply for having a small amount of  pot.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The grassroots struggle to free the weed has always been about more than just legalizing pot.

Medical Marijuana

The discovery of pot’s astonishing medical potential is the most compelling new reason for legalizing the plant.

Blogs

With forty-three disappeared student teachers presumed dead, Mexican popular resistance is creating new alternatives to the militarized narco-state.

November 20, 2014

Prop 47 offers relief to Californians punished for low-level, nonviolent crimes of poverty, which means it could be especially beneficial for women caught up in the criminal justice system.

November 12, 2014

Attacks on Gary Webb were  about discredting an African American movement in Los Angeles as it was about his revelations.  

November 7, 2014

The murder of students in Guerrero is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico's drug wars.

October 24, 2014

Bolivia has found a way to cut coca production without sacrificing the leaf's cultural importance or cracking down on small growers. But Washington's not having it.

September 22, 2014

An examination into our broken cannabis policy is well overdue—and should be about more than just marijuana.

August 4, 2014

The ACLU finds that SWAT teams spend more time kicking down suspected drug offenders’ doors than rescuing hostages or stopping gunmen.

June 24, 2014

Some anti-abortion activists are agreeing with feminists: Tennessee’s new law criminalizing pregnant women is awful. So why did it pass?

April 30, 2014

Obama has so far granted fewer pardons than any modern US president.

April 21, 2014

What does a positive test mean when your economic fate hinges on the result? What kind of “discipline” is maintained by subjugating bodily privacy in the name of “public safety”?

April 18, 2014