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Ann Arbor Didn't Go to Potnew

As local municipalities and states decriminalize and legalize marijuana, the city of Ann Arbor, Mich., should serve as a model of how things can go right.
Metro Times  |  Larry Gabriel  |  05-22-2013  |  Drugs

Mexicans Pay in Blood for U.S. War on Drugsnew

A highly personal tale of the devastation as illuminated by the trail of murdered Mexican journalists.
Phoenix New Times  |  Charles Bowden and Molly Molloy  |  07-27-2012  |  International

There's DNA in That Weed You're Smoking, and People Are Tracking Itnew

Researchers map dope DNA to help with busts and monitoring use of federal land for growing pot.
Hartford Advocate  |  Gregory B. Hladky  |  11-16-2011  |  Drugs

In Defense of Floggingnew

The war on drugs has overpopulated our prisons. What if we gave prisoners the option of being flogged instead of jailed?
Hartford Advocate  |  Gregory B. Hladky  |  07-01-2011  |  Crime & Justice

Budget Problems Have Florida Reconsidering Mandatory Minimumsnew

Despite the fact that some judges complain that mandatory minimums reduce their ability to use discretion in sentencing, making them drones serving the system, the state's mandatory minimums for drug crimes remained unchallenged for more than 30 years. Recently though, the state's budget has cast a light on Florida's prison spending, which has gone up along with its jail population.
Orlando Weekly  |  Jeff Gore  |  04-06-2011  |  Crime & Justice

Welcome to Madrid,

How many pot plants does it take to justify a war on drugs?
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Alexa Schirtzinger  |  02-24-2011  |  Drugs

Louisville's War on Drugs Is a Never-Ending Storynew

With the help of federal dollars, Louisville wages a war on drugs. But is this fight futile?
LEO Weekly  |  Jonathan Meador  |  07-10-2009  |  Drugs

Clayton Roueche, the Last King of Potlandnew

In the typically futile annals of the War on Drugs, the takedown of a Canadian scrap dealer's son was a major score.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  09-15-2008  |  Drugs

Medical Marijuana Dealer Convicted on Federal Trafficking Chargesnew

Charles Lynch was found guilty in federal court on five charges related to growing and distributing marijuana, despite California law that authorized his business, and testimony by local officials who welcomed the dispensary.
San Luis Obispo New Times  |  Kylie Mendonca  |  08-11-2008  |  Drugs

Blunt Truth: Ten Years in the Life of a Local Drug Dealernew

Seems like a lot of us are buying weed. So I ask you, how well do you know your dealer? How well do you know what he goes through? (How much do you really want to know?) Meet "Mr. Dealer" -- he's 26 years old and has been selling weed for over 10 years.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  07-30-2008  |  Drugs

Black Tuna Gang Leader Gets Out of Jailnew

Robert Platshorn was the first big bust of the War on Drugs. Almost 30 years later, he's free and talking.
Miami New Times  |  Brantley Hargrove  |  06-23-2008  |  Drugs

Racial Disparities Prevail in Wisconsin's Justice Systemnew

New studies from The Sentencing Project, Human Rights Watch, and a governor's commission show the state's justice system treats black and white drug offenders differently.
Shepherd Express  |  Lisa Kaiser  |  05-16-2008  |  Crime & Justice

The How and Why of Prison Overcrowdingnew

The US prison population grew eight-fold since 1970; more than 2.3 million people are incarcerated nationally, and overcrowding is pandemic in Massachusetts prisons. Two years ago, Massachusetts Department of Corrections facilities were at 134 percent capacity. Now they've reached 143 percent.
Dig Boston  |  Cara Bayles  |  05-15-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Barney Frank's Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Shouldn't be Controversialnew

It's been more than 36 years since a national commission appointed by President Richard Nixon recommended the decriminalization of up to 100 grams of marijuana for personal use, but no bill has been introduced in Congress to decriminalize marijuana since 1984; the Shafer Commission's recommendations remain ignored. Until two weeks ago.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Daniel McQuade  |  05-05-2008  |  Drugs

The DEA Hooked a Big Fish, but Can They Reel It In?new

Rayo Montano is accused of smuggling some 47,000 kilos of cocaine, but taking down the Rayo organization didn't cause so much as a hiccup in the global drug trade.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Thomas Francis  |  02-26-2008  |  Drugs

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