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Posted on: Dec 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The federal courts once again have to explain the US Constitution to Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Drug offenders constitute 48% of all federal inmates, or some 94,600 inmates.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

A meeting of marijuana initiative leaders in California revealed that nearly every campaign is in serious trouble if it doesn't get a large cash injection -- and soon.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The court will consider the case of Joelis Jardines, who was arrested after a Florida police officer's drug dog sniffed his front door and alerted to the odor of marijuana.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

A New Jersey man convicted of marijuana manufacture after he grew 17 plants in his backyard faces deep injustice.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The state's fractious marijuana community seems to be trying to overcome differences and unify so that the overarching goal can be attained.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Lots of happy talk about how to win the Mexican drug war, but we're ignoring the most radical option: legalizing the drug supply.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The upward tick in support for freeing the weed is another encouraging sign in the turn on public opinion.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Facing a huge budget shortfall, Chicago may switch to issuing fines for marijuana.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Two different initiative efforts aimed at the November 2012 ballot are getting underway in Ohio and a bill is pending in the state legislature.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Medical marijuana patients across the state will have access.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Author John Gibler's new book surveys surveys the unending flow of drugs north and guns and cash south and the tens of thousands of murders they cause.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

ONDCP plans to focus on opium and heroin trade in Afghanistan and cooperate with Mexican and Central American authorities in the $1.4 billion Plan Merida.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Relations between the medical marijuana movement and the Obama administration are starting to feel like the Cold War.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The DEA claims that concert camping venue engaged in open sales of cocaine, marijuana, LSD (acid), ecstasy, opium and marijuana-laced food products.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Thousands of inmates imprisoned on federal crack cocaine charges will be able to seek sentence reductions and early release after a US Sentencing Commission vote.

Posted on: Jun 3, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

A half-century of global drug prohibition has showed us what it can deliver, and the world is increasingly finding it wanting.

Posted on: May 26, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

A bipartisan group of US representatives have introduced bills to protect patients, caregivers, and providers from ongoing federal arrests, prosecutions, and harassment.

Posted on: May 24, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

In the 5-4 decision, the Court said the reduction in prisoners was "required by the Constitution" to correct longstanding abuses of prisoners' rights.

Posted on: May 18, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

It all comes down to what the 4th amendment describes as "exigent circumstances."

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