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08.26.14 Sophie Weiner

Vermont’s heroin addiction epidemic has been well documented, calling for major changes in the small state. Governor Peter Shumlin made it clear in his January State of the State speech that he was serious about tackling these problems and would be willing to use unorthodox means to do it. “We must address it as a public […]

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07.14.14 Sophie Weiner

Last week, Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson said in a statement he would no longer be prosecuting most low level weed cases. He said this was a move to discourage the number of arrests made for non-violent possession charges, many of which are dismissed anyway. The NYPD has responded with their own memo, asserting that they […]

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07.09.14 Sophie Weiner

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson is taking steps to reel in the pointless War on Drugs in New York. Many of those charged and arrested in Brooklyn for pot possession will have their cases dropped without even going to court. “Given that these cases are ultimately — and predictably — dismissed, the burdens that they pose on the […]

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05.20.14 Sophie Weiner

Nineteen-year-old Jacob Lavaro from Round Rock, Texas, is being charged with a first degree felony for selling hash brownies. If convicted, he faces five years to life in prison. In Texas, getting caught selling hash oil comes with a much harsher penalty than regular pot, and somehow, this allows officials to charge Lavaro for the […]

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05.12.14 Sophie Weiner

Cocaine use is so widespread in the UK that it’s literally in the water, according to the UK drug policy reform advocates Transform. Recent studies of drinking water have shown trace amounts of the metabolized form of cocaine in four different locations. The Independent reported: Experts from the Drinking Water Inspectorate found supplies contained benzoylecgonine, the metabolised form […]

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12.07.12 Marina Galperina

Why is Morgan Freeman narrating this documentary on the War on Drugs? Not sure, but damn if it isn’t comforting. See what 40 years of failed policy has wrought — from villainized weed, to the lucrative over-incarceration of Americans, to the political consequences of our perpetuation of the opium commerce in Afghanistan and tragic mismanaged of […]

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06.27.11 Bucky Turco

In the twisted world we live in, LEGAL drugs like oxycodone and vicodin are now more abused than illicit ones. “The problem is more serious these days than heroin, than crack, than methamphetamine,” said Senator Chuck Schumer. […]

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06.03.11 Bucky Turco

Responding to an influential report recommending an immediate end to the global war on drugs, Rafael Lemaitre, a spokesman for White House Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, argued that decriminalization isn’t the answer, fully confirming Washington’s out-of-touchedness when it comes to illicit substances and America’s love of them. […]

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06.02.11 Bucky Turco

The War on Drugs isn’t even a pyrrhic victory, it’s an epic defeat according to a new report by a well respected research body that will ultimately go ignored. The Global Commission on Drug Policy says nations need to radically alter drug laws and should start by decriminalizing personal use. It’s a move that would […]

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01.27.11 Bucky Turco

Mexican soldiers seized a giant catapult that was reportedly used to hurl bales of brick weed across the border into the United States. Good thing that we continue to ramp up our resources for the prohibition of pot and not the legalization, it’s not like the market will find a way or anything. […]

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