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Comprehensive coverage of the War on Drugs since 1997

  • An Amsterdam cannabis coffee shop. If you want to check it out yourself, you better hurry. (Image via Wikimedia.org)
    An Amsterdam cannabis coffee shop. If you want to check it out yourself, you better hurry. (Image via Wikimedia.org)

    Dutch to Ban Foreigners from Cannabis Cafes

    If you want to experience the cannabis coffee shops of Amsterdam, book your ticket now. Next year will be too late, as Holland gives the finger to pot-loving visitors.
  • Medical marijuana is on the agenda at the US Capitol (Image via Wikimedia.org)
    Medical marijuana is on the agenda at the US Capitol (Image via Wikimedia.org)

    Three Medical Marijuana Bills Filed in Congress [FEATURE]

    A bipartisan group of congressman have introduced three bills designed to end federal persecution of medical marijuana patients and providers and to treat medical marijuana businesses like any others.
  • The first steps have been taken toward letting any Colorado adult grow six of these legally. (Image courtesy the author)
    The first steps have been taken toward letting any Colorado adult grow six of these legally. (Image courtesy the author)

    Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Filed in Colorado [FEATURE]

    Will Colorado legalize weed in 2012? A broad array of state and national reform groups have just filed initiatives that would do precisely that.
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    This Week in History

    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  • Drug prohibition funds the bloody mayhem in Mexico (Image via Wikimedia.org)
    Drug prohibition funds the bloody mayhem in Mexico (Image via Wikimedia.org)

    Mexico Drug War Update

    After more than four year's of Calderon's drug war, there is no end in sight to the violence.
  • Those scary US Attorneys get to another governor. (Image via Wikimedia.org)
    Those scary US Attorneys get to another governor. (Image via Wikimedia.org)

    Arizona Governor Moves to Block Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

    Citing yet another threatening letter from a US Attorney, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is seeking clarity in the federal courts and is poised to put the kibosh on dispensary licensing, at least for now.
  • Dispensaries remain in legal limbo in Washington state. (Image via Wikimedia.org)
    Dispensaries remain in legal limbo in Washington state. (Image via Wikimedia.org)

    Washington Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Dies

    First, the feds scared the governor into vetoing most of a successful dispensary and patient registry bill. Now, time has run out on later efforts to get something out of the legislature in Olympia this year.
  • Overcrowding at Mule Creek State Prison (Image courtesy CDCR)
    Overcrowding at Mule Creek State Prison (Image courtesy CDCR)

    Supreme Court Upholds Order for California To Cut Prison Population

    The Supreme Court has upheld a court order requiring California to dramatically reduce its prison population because it could not or would not provide adequate health care for them. There are 28,000 drug offenders behind bars there...