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Drug Legalization

While DC Retreats, California And Other States Continue March Towards Drug Policy Reform

Antonio Gonzalez | Posted 07.30.2012 | Latino Voices
Antonio Gonzalez

California and Colorado may breakthrough in 2012 with pragmatic reforms that chip away at the failed "war on drugs" with measures that "de-felonize" simple possession of controlled substances and legalize cannabis consumption.

Ryan Grim

Texas Voters Just Say 'No' To Anti-Pot Congressman | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In early 2009, El Paso Rep. Sylvestre Reyes (D) warned city council members that, if they approved a resolution calling for a debate on ...

Obama Weighs In On Drug Legalization 'Debate'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics

Obama said he doesn't "mind a debate" over drug legalization even though he doesn't believe it “is going to be the answer." “I don’t mind a d...

Can US Snuff Out Latin America’s 'Legalize It’ Push?

GlobalPost | Posted 04.12.2012 | World

HAVANA, Cuba — When heads of state meet this weekend at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, two contentious issues are expected to do...

The Central American Presidents Legalization Meeting? A Big Fat Nothingburger

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 03.30.2012 | World
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

These countries are pleading with the international community for cooperation and real solutions. Not only is legalization a nonstarter for them, it is insulting to them that we think their problems could be solved by such a policy.

Baker Institute Hosts "War on Drugs" Conference, Asks "Is Legalization the Answer?"

Russ Belville | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Russ Belville

Instead of getting lost in the quagmire of what everyone can agree is purely speculation on unreliable data -- nobody's ever legalized pot -- I decided to attack marijuana prohibition at its roots: why are we even concerned about trying to stop people from smoking pot in the first place?

Legalization Debate Takes Off in Latin America

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.10.2012 | World
Ethan Nadelmann

After decades of being brutalized by the U.S. government's failed prohibitionist drug policies, Latin American leaders, including not just distinguished former presidents but also current presidents, are saying "enough is enough."

Tony Bennett Is Right That Legalizing Drugs Would Save Lives

Neill Franklin | Posted 04.15.2012 | Crime
Neill Franklin

"First it was Michael Jackson, then it was Amy Winehouse and now the magnificent Whitney Houston. I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room commit themselves to get our government to legalize drugs."

Our Drug War Is the Virus Spreading Our Violent Economy to Mexico

Stephen Hren | Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics
Stephen Hren

It's not that there aren't millions or even tens of millions of Americans that are trying to solve our problems creatively and help create a just and egalitarian society, it's just that they have no power or voice. Consider the drug war.

Public Enemy No. 1

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Our war against marijuana -- at extraordinary human and economic cost -- illuminates a crying need for us to change the way we govern and look after ourselves.

Republican Presidential Candidate: Politicians Won't 'Speak The Truth' On Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson is baffled that more politicians don't support legalizing marijuana, after a new Gallup poll shows that...

GOP Candidate Weighs In On Political Power Of 'Pot Smokers'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

Former New Mexico Governor and GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson told Outside Magazine that legalizing marijuana was a popular political stance....

Let's Legalize Drugs to Save Cops' Lives

Neill Franklin | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Neill Franklin

History shows that no level of law enforcement talent, commitment, and resources can ever end activities that are very popular and obscenely profitable. Remember alcohol prohibition? The drug war today is little different.

Narcotics: Attack Capital, Not People

Mark Osler | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Mark Osler

Narcotics trafficking is a business, and we need to make that business fail. Instead of attacking labor, which is plentiful, we should attack the capital flow from the street to source countries.

What Pot Legalization Looks Like

Trish Regan | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
Trish Regan

Portugal shows the best way to keep kids away from pot is to make it legal for everyone else.

Mexico Drug War a Lost Cause as Presently Fought

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandy Goodman

There's a powerful new piece of evidence that the war on drugs on the Mexican-American border is a lost cause.

U.S.-Mexico Relations Back on Track -- In the Wrong Direction

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Carlsen

Nearly all of that cooperation centers on the severely flawed approach to confront transnational drug-trafficking. The new relationship forged in war rooms is bad news for the Mexican people.

Lucia Graves

Arizona Probation Officer Fired For Supporting Marijuana Legalization | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than two months after signing a letter calling for the legalization, taxation, and regulation of marijuana, Joe Miller was terminat...

Will Cigarettes Be Illegal In The Future?

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tony Newman

Will cigarettes be illegal in the future? The battle over cigarettes is heating up -- and recent news shows that momentum to criminalize tobacco smoking continues to build in the U.S. and around the world.

Ryan Grim

Obama: Drug Legalization 'Worth A Serious Debate' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug legalization is an "entirely legitimate topic for debate," President Barack Obama said Thursday during his online YouTube town hall...

Lucia Graves

Border Patrol Agent Fired For Views On Drug Legalization Files Lawsuit | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In September of 2009, border patrol agent Bryan Gonzalez was fired for expressing his views on drug legalization to a fellow agent. Now, the American ...

Mexico's Presidents Are Considering Legalizing Drugs. Will the U.S. Join the Debate?

Daniel Robelo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Robelo

President Calderon's openness to debating legalization comes amid new recognition that the cartels are not just killing each other -- they are openly challenging the Mexican state.

Sacrifice of the Innocents: Drugs, Money and Murder in Mexico

Amanda Feilding | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amanda Feilding

When drugs are illegal there are vast profits to be made in their production, transport and sale. In areas of Mexico with high levels of unemployment and drug addiction there is an unbounded supply of labour for the cartels.

Mexico President Calls For Debate On Legalization Of Drugs

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With the body count from drug-related murders hitting 28,000 in his country, Mexican President Felipe Calderon is now joining calls for a debate on th...

Ryan Grim

Happy 420: The State Of Drug Decriminalization Efforts Across The Country | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When it's finally written -- if it's finally written -- the history of the American drug war will begin and end in the same town: San Francisco. The c...