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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?

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.”

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