Stories by Phillip Smith

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Posted on: May 6, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Governor Malloy will sign the medical marijuana bill that would carefully regulate and monitor pot use to avoid problems encountered in other medical marijuana states.

Posted on: May 2, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Dutch cannabis coffee shop owners aren't banning foreigners or going "members only" without a fight.

Posted on: Apr 27, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The bills are finally being recognized as targeting the most downtrodden and disadvantaged -- the poor, the sick, the jobless -- in the guise of helping them.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Demonstrators in Oakland Friday put the campaign on notice that the administration is losing friends in California with its attacks on medical marijuana.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Posted on: Apr 12, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Obama's heading to Colombia for a summit with Latin American leaders--and for the first time, alternatives to drug prohibition are on the agenda.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Those federal dollars are better spent on programs that actually help people, and people are concerned about this having a deleterious impact on the state's economy.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The country's first "cannabis college" is raided and taped off by federal marshalls; the DEA and IRS continue their "ongoing investigation" as marijuana supporters mobilize.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The United States have spent billions on coca plant busts; if passed, the bill would eliminate the threat of prison for illicit crop production in Colombia.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Medical marijuana is about to become a reality in the shadow of Congress and the White House, but advocates worry patients may be left in the lurch.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Delegates to the UN Commission on Narcotics Drugs unanimously approved a resolution promoting measures to prevent drug overdose death.

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

In Antigua, Guatemala, Guatemalan President Perez Molina suggested overhauling Central America's drug policy, but no consensus was reached.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his government would end the War on Drugs, and instead concentrate on creating jobs and fighting corruption.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The move comes amid growing pressure in the region to discuss legalization and its alternatives, and weeks before Santos will discuss legalization at the Summit of the Americas.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Only two of the four seem to have any chance of success this year, but if one or both makes the ballot, the Pacific Northwest could soon be a hot spot for marijuana law reform.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Antoine Jones won in court but the feds are making him sit in jail until they can try him once again.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

This week, prescription-only bills were killed in Oklahoma and withdrawn in Kentucky, and unhappy police and prosecutors are blaming the over-the-counter industry.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

As part of a deal to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits through 2012, Congress will allow states to drug test people applying for those benefits.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The proposed budget is remarkable for how closely it hews to previous years, especially in regard to the allocation of resources for treatment and law enforcement.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

State legislatures have convened or are convening all around the country, and once again this year, marijuana decriminalization or legalization are hot topics at the statehouse.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

If the bill passes, Washington will be the first state to legalize the possession and commerce of marijuana, sending the state on a collision course with the federal government.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The campaign was found to have an unusually high number of invalid signatures, and now has 15 days to collect enough valid signatures to cover the shortfall.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Provoked by federal raids and Republican attempts to eradicate medical pot, activists are rolling out a campaign for a constitutional amendment to legalize pot in Big Sky County.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The popular image of street gang violence in the US as being "drug-related" is largely mistaken, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

A coalition of advocates has filed a statewide medical marijuana regulation initiative aimed at ending the years-long confusion over what is and what is not allowed.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Newly installed Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has called for talks about a regional drug strategy, including drug decriminalization.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Statehouse politicians across the country are already racing to see who can be next to introduce a bill that would require drug testing of people receiving public benefits.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Colorado US Attorney sent letters to 23 medical marijuana dispensaries and their landlords across Colorado warning them to shut down in 45 days, or lose their property.

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

After Rachel Hoffman was busted and agreed to become a snitch in 2008, Tallahassee police sent her out into a dangerous new world, until a "buy-bust" sting took her life.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

With some 350,000 signatures handed in -- enough to account for duplicate and invalid signatures -- the campaign to legalize and regulate pot should make the ballot.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Amnesty International has called on Iran to stop executing people for drug offenses, saying the Islamic Republic has embarked on "a killing spree of staggering proportions."

Posted on: Dec 19, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

America's experiment with mass incarceration may have peaked, exhausted by its huge costs, but change is coming very slowly.

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

The feds are still cracking down, but the states are fighting back.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The DEA has moved hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug money across boarders, but high-risk anti-trafficking operations may not be as efficient as they aim to be.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire Wednesday called on the federal government to reschedule marijuana as a drug with accepted medical use.

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

Gingrich's position on the drug war is so extreme he wants to emulate Singapore, where corporal punishment for minor offenses and the death penalty for drugs are policy.

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

Obama granted pardons to five people, three with marijuana-related convictions, and commuted the sentence of a woman doing more than 20 years on a crack charge.

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