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Radley Balko

These 13 People Were Killed By The War On Drugs. Their Lives Were The Cost Of Prohibition. | Radley Balko | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

This story was first published in April 2013. America's long drug war has produced countless tragedies, ruined lives and led to parentless children...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Marijuana Legalization In Washington And Colorado | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Attorney General Eric Holder is "cautiously optimistic" about how things are going in Washington state and Colorado following the ...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief: Please, Think Of The Dogs Before You Legalize Pot | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, has a message for those considering legalizing marijuana: Please, thi...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief: Marijuana Legalization Just 'Makes Us Fight Harder' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Far from being discouraged by the shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of m...

Utah To Welcome Marijuana For Limited Medical Use

AP | MICHELLE L. PRICE | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Parents of Utah children with severe epilepsy are cheering a new state law that allows them to obtain a marijuana extract they...

Louisiana Bans Synthetic Marijuana Components Following Health Scare

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

By Jon Herskovitz March 20 (Reuters) - Louisiana has banned the sale and use of eight compounds marketed as synthetic marijuana to ste...

Ryan J. Reilly

The DEA Isn't Destroying As Much Weed As It Used To | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Drug Enforcement Administration destroyed fewer marijuana plants in 2012 and 2013 combined than it did in 2010 alone, according to n...

Holder Outlines Plan To Address 'Urgent Public Health Crisis'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder promised Monday to address the recent rise in heroin overdoses with enhanced enforcement and treatment initiatives in his...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Official: 'Every Single Parent' Opposes Marijuana Legalization | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Drug Enforcement Administration official said Tuesday that legalizing marijuana "insults our common values" and insisted that "eve...

The Bogus War on Drugs

Steve Mason | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Steve Mason

Did you ever stop to think about the never ending War on Drugs? It's been going on for decades, sucking up billions of dollars and accounting for much of the prison population. And yet, anthropologists will tell you that virtually all societies regularly use some sort of drug.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA's Own Hiring Policy Admits Pot Isn't As Bad As Other Drugs | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Drug Enforcement Administration officials warn of the threat of legalizing marijuana and insist that it's one of the "most dangerous"...

Ryan J. Reilly

Feds Mum As D.C. Prepares To Decriminalize Pot Possession | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the nation's capital on the brink of essentially decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, federal law enforcem...

Friday Talking Points -- Avoiding Immigration Traps

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in the House have announced they are now ready to do something on immigration. There will be traps laid by the Republicans, so Democrats have to be vigilant about defusing each one as it pops up.

Ryan J. Reilly

Law Enforcement Group Says Pot Lobby Is High For Suggesting Obama Fire DEA Chief | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal law enforcement officers organization implied that a marijuana lobbying group was high and suppressing the First Amendment rig...

DEA Chief Needs to Cut the Propaganda or Step Down

Sam Tracy | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

The DEA has always ignored facts that support reforming drug laws, even when they come from within the agency.

Matt Sledge

The U.S. Is Still Losing The Global War On Drugs | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.24.2014 | World

NEW YORK -- Inside the United States, a long and largely ineffective campaign to eradicate drugs is gradually evolving into acceptance of one key subs...

DEA Chief Says Legalization is 'Reckless and Irresponsible'

The 420 Times | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
The 420 Times

The clouds have parted. The birds are chirping. It really is a new day in America after Colorado began its first fully legal recreational sales this ...

Ex-DEA Agent Finds Unlikely New Role In Marijuana Industry

Reuters | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics

By Jonathan Kaminsky SEATTLE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - In a decade with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Patrick Moen rose to supervise ...

Marijuana Might Be in NFL Players' Future

The 420 Times | Posted 03.18.2014 | Sports
The 420 Times

Why was NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently talking about the possibility of letting players use cannabis?

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA: State Marijuana Legalization 'Reckless And Irresponsible' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The decision of Washington state and Colorado to legalize a plant directly responsible for the deaths of zero people is "reckless and ir...

Corporate Wrinkles in Snowden Saga May Prompt Brazil to Become More Vigilant

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

At long last, Edward Snowden seems to have sparked a vital public debate about the U.S. national security state and its activities in South America. It may not be so easy, however, to disentangle the thorny web of corporate influence.

Former DEA Agent Finds Employment in the Recreational Marijuana Industry

The 420 Times | Posted 02.21.2014 | Green
The 420 Times

Now, instead of helping the government kick in doors of marijuana dispensaries throughout Portland, Oregon, veteran agent Patrick Moen will be busy crunching numbers for the recreational marijuana industry.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA's Anti-Pot Campaign Is Losing Teens Thanks To State Legalization Efforts | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is blaming the legalization of marijuana in certain states for the fact that an increasi...

Movie Review: Homefront

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Is Jason Statham the new Sylvester Stallone?

GOP Rep's Promising Career Derailed By Cocaine Bust

AP | MICHAEL J. MISHAK | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — From the outset, U.S. Rep. Trey Radel — a brash and digitally savvy darling of the political right — was determined to m...