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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.

US drug reformers could learn a lot from Portugal’s successful decriminalization efforts.

Drug users deserve the chance to prevent HIV, too.

The Nation's Sasha Abramsky and Obama's Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske, speak at length about the administration's drug reform agenda.

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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

The proposal would reduce sentences for nonviolent drug traffickers by about a year.

March 13, 2014

US officials claim the capture of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is a major drug war victory. They're wrong.

March 7, 2014

The unlikely allies are leading a push to reform sentencing guidelines for nonviolent drug offenders.

March 4, 2014