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While President Peña Nieto celebrates the Aztec Tiger, Mexico’s cartels reach deeper into the legal economy.

Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous—but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line.

Border

Along the US-Mexico border, the high-powered cameras are pointed at you and the drones are above you.

Drug arrest

In 1914, a racist fiction helped sell one of the nation’s first drug laws; 100 years later, it’s still with us.

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.

Blogs

The New York Times columnist fails to understand how the war on drugs disproportionately affects minorities and the poor. 

January 14, 2014

David Brooks’s blinkered pot column shows how our elites are shielded from the consequences of the war on drugs. 

January 3, 2014

It is time to recognize that penalty and punishment are wrong responses—for congressmen and for SNAP recipients.

November 21, 2013

On the day that Len Bias would have turned 50, it is worth remembering how people have used his memory and exploited his death.

November 18, 2013

A new ACLU report shows the staggering number of prisoners serving life without parole. In Louisiana, more than 90 percent are black.

November 13, 2013

It’s time to legalize marijuana. 

November 5, 2013

Join us in calling on President Obama to pardon or commute the sentences of federal prisoners serving excessive sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. 

October 31, 2013

Our endorsement of marijuana legalization comes after decades of questioning the fundamental assumptions of the War on Drugs.

October 26, 2013

Prison phone companies like Global Tel* Link get away with charging prisoners exorbitant rates just to keep in touch with their families. Tell the Federal Communications Commission to end this predatory practice. 

October 1, 2013

Increased militarization of police forces led to the 7-year-old’s death. It’s time we all recognize that.

June 19, 2013