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How This Election Could Deliver a Blow to Mexican Drug Cartels
Posted on: Nov 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet
A study by the Mexican think tank Mexican Competitiveness Institute predicts that legalization in three states would cut cartel profits by thirty percent.
10 of the Harshest Sentences for Pot in the U.S.
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012, Source: AlterNet
The punishments for pot do not fit the crime.
Shocking Stories of Loss Motivate Mourners of Mexico's Drug War Victims to Hold the U.S. Responsible
Posted on: Sep 25, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Mexicans are determined to make America hear the truth about its role in Mexico's drug war.
Why Does America Love Gossiping About Young, Drug-Using Women Like Cat Marnell?
Posted on: Sep 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet
What’s missing from the conversation is the idea that there could be a female drug user who doesn't end in a flame of self-destruction.
Health Care Disaster: Why Drug Dealers Are Competing with Doctors to Help Addicts
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012, Source: AlterNet
The thriving black market for suboxone speaks volumes about how hard life can be for addicts in this country.
10 of the Top Travel Destinations to Get High
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Here are some travel spots where the drug culture is as fascinating as Italy's cuisine.
Racial Tensions and Questionable Killings by Police in Anaheim: 9 Things You Should Know
Posted on: Jul 26, 2012, Source: AlterNet
It’s best-known as "happiest place on Earth.” But just four miles away from Disneyland, a cloud of tear gas and public outrage has swept over Anaheim.
Police Reform Activists Targeted by NYPD Won't Give In to Threats
Posted on: Jul 7, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Two activists found a surprise in their local police precinct--a poster with their mug shots, calling them "professional agitators" and providing police with their address.
Life Without Parole for Pot? 10 Worst Cases of Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Posted on: Jun 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Our government spends more than $7 billion annually to enforce marijuana prohibition in shockingly cruel ways, but the efforts have not deterred marijuana use.
Huge Multiracial Father's Day March Tells Bloomberg and NYPD, 'No More Stop-and-Frisk!'
Posted on: Jun 17, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Momentum has been building in the movement to end stop-and-frisk, but many were still amazed at the size of the crowd Sunday.
The Dumb and Dangerous Anti-Drug Propaganda in the Miami Zombie Story
Posted on: May 31, 2012, Source: AlterNet
The media love a story about people going crazy from drugs. But that's rarely the true story.
Courts Expose Stop-and-Frisk as Racist, Unconstitutional NYPD Harassment Strategy: 8 Important Facets of the Legal Decision
Posted on: May 28, 2012, Source: AlterNet
A US district judge has exposed the NYPD game as an illegal system of quotas and racial profiling imposed on field police from the top of the NYPD.
Tale of Two Cities: NYPD's Racist Arrests Create Class War in New York
Posted on: May 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet
For the NYPD's stats to add up, they'd have to have stopped every young, black man living in the city once--and then some.
One Mother Explains How Her Sons' Addiction Brought Her to Anti-Drug-War Activism
Posted on: May 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet
A leader of Moms United to End the War on Drugs offers her thoughts on Mother's Day -- and how a sane, compassionate drug policy could actually keep our kids safe.
Thousands Protest the Racist Murder of Trayvon Martin at NYC's 'Million Hoodie March'
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Participants stressed that while they were there for Trayvon Martin, the problem went far beyond him, to a culture in which young Black men are assumed to be dangerous.
Strip-Searching Kids? 6 Shocking Ways Our Schools Treat Students Like Criminals
Posted on: Feb 23, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Instances of nonviolent youth treated like criminals -- strip-searched or shackled for minor infractions -- shed light on a widespread problem in America's schools.
Is NYPD Running Wild? Patterns of Brutality Raise Questions About Mayor's Control of Police
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Behind the NYPD's beating of Jateik Reed and the killing of Ramarley Graham is a long history of police harassment.
Do Harsh Pot Laws Create a Dangerous Drinking Culture? 5 Reasons to Get Stoned Instead of Drunk
Posted on: Jan 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Myths about marijuana convince people that alcohol is safer, but science shows pot is the healthier choice.
'It's All Political': Eviction and Arrests of Global Revolution Livestreamers Part of Pattern of Crackdowns on Alternative Living
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Released from jail after their arrest at a Brooklyn collective living space, livestreamers affiliated with Occupy Wall Street tell their stories.
Happy Birthday, Bill Hicks: Why We Can Still Learn From, And Laugh At, The Great Critic and Comedian
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Hicks was one of America's best stand-up comics, but also established himself as an insightful critic of American politics and mainstream culture.
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