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Mexican poet and activist Javier Sicilia lost his son to a drug cartel. Now he’s part of a movement to end the drug wars.

Medical marijuana plant

The administration promised a sensible approach to drug policy. So why are the feds attacking the medical marijuana industry?

Soldiers in Honduras

In the name of fighting drugs, the Obama administration has allied itself with a corrupt coup regime.

Drug war

After four decades of a spectacularly unsuccessful and costly global war on drugs, it's time to say enough is enough.

The drug war in Mexico has hit affluent, formerly stable cities that were once protected from the violence. The US's role in this? Supplying the weapons and demanding the drugs.

Drug violence in Mexico

When organized crime and drug violence came to Monterrey, the city turned to the military for help. It was a choice many would come to regret.

Mexican citizens stand up to the drug war within their borders and demand an end to the violence and a change in US security policy in the region.

Mexicans Reject US-Backed Drug War

Tens of thousands marched to Mexico City on May 8 to protest the rising death toll and demand a new “citizens’ pact.”

Misleading narratives about the Afghan opium trade have led to counterproductive eradication strategies.

Blogs

Too bad he doesn’t actually have the power to stop them.

February 25, 2015

Congress’s spending bill overrides Washington’s vote to legalize marijuana and thwarts the will of the people.

December 11, 2014

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