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The unwinnable war transforms a freedom-loving republic into a freedom-fearing national security state.

 

Along with marijuana decriminalization in other states, the success of Proposition 36 in California is a ray of hope for those trapped in the abyss of the War on Drugs.

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Along with marijuana decriminalization in other states, the success of Proposition 36 in California is a ray of hope for those trapped in the abyss of the War on Drugs.

Turnout for a popular ballot measure that would fully legalize marijuana could determine whether Obama or Romney wins this important swing state.

More than 100 activists are traveling from the Mexican border to Washington, DC, to push the US to reconsider failed drug policies.

Drug violence in Mexico

Cablegate revealed just how far the US goes to drive Mexico’s counternarcotics operations.

The “most dangerous show on television” highlights our shredded social contract.

America sells pain to our southern neighbor and buys numbness in return.

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?

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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

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

April 21, 2014