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Posted on: May 21, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

California's prisons are outrageously overcrowded, and Latinos say it's time for drug sentencing reform.

Posted on: May 18, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The seeds will be used for agriculture research, but the DEA is stalling on releasing them.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

They chose this season to release their statement in spirit of resurrection, which Easter celebrates.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The latest legislation puts dispensaries into legal motion, which is key.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

This is a terrific, if modest, first step toward genuine sentencing reform.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Soon, pot possession won't be a criminal offense in the nation's capital.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The DEA head said the agency is "fighting back" against the Justice Department.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Demands are growing for an overhaul of UN drug policy.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

D.C. City Council voted to charge a $25 fine for pot violations, similar to parking tickets.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Banks have been increasingly unwilling to deal with marijuana businesses for fear of breaking federal laws.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Phillip Seymour Hoffman's death turned a glaring media spotlight on heroin, but overdose deaths have been on the rise for years.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The bill lets universities to do hemp research and state agriculture departments to do pilot studies.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

They just keep coming.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

A petition effort calls for the president to fire and replace her.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

And Attorney General Eric Holder says marijuana banking rules will be released soon.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Legalizing marijuana could open the door to talk about legalizing other drugs, he cautioned.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The D.C. city council's belated response to decades of racially biased pot policing may end up just being a blip on the path to outright legalization.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The poll found 55% in support, similar to the results of October's historic Gallup Poll.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

It's unclear exactly what message heroine dealers are trying to send by stamping their drugs with this name...

Posted on: Dec 27, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

And Uruguay's neighbors are already beginning to take note.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

"This kind of cheapjack, poor-bashing legislation is almost entirely the exclusive domain of the Republican Party."

Posted on: Dec 12, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The state's third ballot initiative has been filed for 2014. Third time's the charm?

Posted on: Dec 12, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Uruguay has just punched a big hole in the edifice of global marijuana prohibition.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Unexpectedly, the city council rejected a 'Front-Porch Pot' ban.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The world consensus on drugs, formed by a fifty-year-old treaty, is crumbling at last.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The need is urgent and the benefits are immense.

Posted on: Oct 10, 2013, Source: StoptheDrugWar.org

So, marijuana remains in the category reserved for the most dangerous substances.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Leading anti-cannabis advocate Dr. Kevin Sabet's new book 'Reefer Sanity' is used as ammunition by enemies of drug reform. Let's stop them now.