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Comprehensive coverage of the War on Drugs since 1997

  • Neighborhoods are safer where dispensaries are open, a RAND study finds. (image via wikimedia.org)
    Neighborhoods are safer where dispensaries are open, a RAND study finds. (image via wikimedia.org)

    No Evidence Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Cause Crime, RAND Study Finds

    A study of medical marijuana in Los Angeles found that when dispensaries were shut down, crime went up. The results are preliminary, but suggest law enforcement has constructed a bogeyman argument about crime and dispensaries.
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  • Beal leading Global Marijuana March in NYC, 1994 (wikimedia.org)
    Beal leading Global Marijuana March in NYC, 1994 (wikimedia.org)

    Activist Dana Beal Sentenced, Suffers Heart Attack

    As he waited in a Wisconsin holding cell to be transferred to state prison to serve a marijuana trafficking sentence, iconic activist Dana Beal was stricken with a heart attack. He is currently in intensive care under sedation.
  • No "Sweetness" for Medical Marijuana Patients, ATF Says
    No "Sweetness" for Medical Marijuana Patients, ATF Says

    ATF Says No Guns for Medical Marijuana Patients [FEATURE]

    Federal gun control laws have long barred "addicts" or "illegal drug users" from owning firearms, but a recent restatement of that law with explicit reference to medical marijuana patients is raising eyebrows -- and concerns.
  • Gov. Schweitzer vetoed one anti-medical marijuana bill, but gave in the second time.
    Gov. Schweitzer vetoed one anti-medical marijuana bill, but gave in the second time.

    Montana Medical Marijuana Initiative Poised for Ballot [FEATURE]

    An initiative to undo the state legislature's undoing of Montana's 2004 voter-approved medical marijuana program appears poised to make the ballot as a Friday deadline draws near.
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    Cash and guns Mexico_16.jpg

    Mexico Drug War Update

    The Mexican border town of Matamoros was a virtual war scene Tuesday, and that's just one low-light in another week of unrelenting prohibition-related violence south of the border.
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    This Week in History

    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
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    Santorum Attacks Perry on Medical Marijuana

    States' rights can take a conservative Republican to some unexpected places, like supporting medical marijuana. Rick Perry is against medical marijuana but for allowing it as a states' rights issue, and Rick Santorum is attacking him for that.