America’s Drug Wars

By Alfred McCoy, Tom Dispatch. -

Fifty years ago, on June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon stood before the White House press corps, staffers at his side, to announce “a new, all-out offensive” against drug abuse, which he [...]

Let’s Reject The Violent Vs. Nonviolent Crime Dichotomy

By Kassandra Frederique and Danielle Sered, Truthout. -

November’s election saw criminal legal system and drug policy reform win big at the polls. Oregon became the first state to decriminalize all drugs, and voters overwhelmingly passed other reforms [...]

As The Global War On Drugs Fades Away, The Only People Who Benefited Were Drug Traffickers

By Phillip Smith, Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute -

America shows signs of emerging from the century-long shadow of drug prohibition, with marijuana leading the way and a psychedelic decriminalization movement rapidly gaining steam. It also seems [...]

Mexico: One Failed Drug War Does Not Justify Another

By Thomas L. Knapp, The Garrison Center -

Donald Trump called upon “Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth.  We merely await a call from your great new [...]

Legal Weed Is Great, But Black And Brown Communities Can’t Be Left Behind

By Katelyn Johnson, -

In March 2017, Illinois State Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Sen. Heather Steans began co-drafting the Tax & Regulate Cannabis like Alcohol bill. In the nearly two years since, Chicago NORML, a local [...]

Recovering From The War On Drugs: National Expungement Week October 20-27, 2018

By Amani Sawari, -

For decades the Black community has been heavily targeted by the war on drugs which resulted in the disenfranchisement of many families of color and the destruction of Black communities [...]

Don’t Blame Addicts For America’s Opioid Crisis. Here Are The Real Culprits

By Chris McGreal, -

By Chris McGreal for The Guardian - America’s opioid crisis was caused by rapacious pharma companies, politicians who colluded with them and regulators who approved one opioid pill after another. [...]

Thousands Demand End To Killings In Duterte’s Drug War

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By Staff of Al Jazeera - Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of the Philippine capital of Manila to denounce President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, as they marked the death [...]

The Context Of Trump’s ‘Vile Aggression’ Against Venezuela

By Staff, -

By Staff for Telesur. On Monday, the U.S. launched its latest diplomatic attack on Venezuela by officially putting Vice President Tareck El Aissami on a sanctions list reserved for “drug [...]

Trump Plans To Double-Down On Mistake Of The War On Drugs

By y Phillip Smith, -

By y Phillip Smith for AlterNet - In a sharp break with the Obama administration, which distanced itself from harsh anti-drug rhetoric and emphasized treatment for drug users over punishment, [...]

Large Anti-Trump Protests In Philadelphia At GOP Retreat

By Kevin Zeese, -

By Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance. On Thursday afternoon the protests grew filling the streets of downtown Philadelphia when Trump arrived at noon. People were protesting a host of extreme [...]

Portugal 15 Years Of Drug Decriminalization

By Will Godfrey, -

By Will Godfrey for The Influence. “Will decriminalization solve the drug scourge?” wonders a Washington Post column today. It’s a question being widely asked in the wake of a major report [...]

Death Penalty for Heroin Dealers?

By Maya Schenwar, -

By Maya Schenwar for Truth Out - April, former Attorney General Eric Holder told Frontline that the drug war "is over." Over the last part of his final term, President Obama has echoed that [...]

War On Drugs Harmed Public Health: Report

By Vik Adhopia, -

By Vik Adhopia for CBC News - The war on drugs has failed, fuelling higher rates of infection and harming public health and human rights to such a degree that it's time to decriminalize [...]

Zeese: The War On The War On Drugs

By Eleanor Goldfield, -

By Eleanor Goldfield of Act Out for - The interview examines howending the drug war, especially the war on marijuana, has moved from being a third rail politicial issue to having [...]

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