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Comprehensive coverage of the War on Drugs since 1997

  • Will Auckland become more like Oakland? It will if the Law Commission has its way. (Image via Wikimedia.org)
    Will Auckland become more like Oakland? It will if the Law Commission has its way. (Image via Wikimedia.org)

    New Zealand Commission Urges Drug Law Reform

    A sweeping review of New Zealand's drug laws is calling for steps toward medical marijuana, decriminalization of drug possession and small-time dealing, and doing away with drug paraphernalia laws. Not too bad.
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    Undercover Narc Kills Drug Suspect in Shootout

    Was it an attempted rip-off of prospective dope and gun buyers? Hard to say, but one man is dead after undercover narcs and the people they were there to bust got into a gunfight.
  • Gregoire chooses militarization over regulation
    Gregoire chooses militarization over regulation

    Washington Governor Vetoes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

    There are no dispensaries or patient and provider registries left in the Washington medical marijuana dispensary and patient and provider registry bill after Gov. Gregoire took her veto pen to it.
  • Gov. Schweitzer wielded the veto ax once this session to protect medical marijuana, but declined the second time.
    Gov. Schweitzer wielded the veto ax once this session to protect medical marijuana, but declined the second time.

    Montana Governor Will Not Veto Medical Marijuana Dispensary-Killing Bill [FEATURE]

    The Montana legislature has passed a medical marijuana reform bill that is "repeal in disguise," according to advocates. The governor is also unhappy with it. He has ten days to veto it, but says he will let it become law.
  • Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson wants to legalize marijuana. (image via Wikimedia.org)
    Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson wants to legalize marijuana. (image via Wikimedia.org)

    Two GOP Drug War Critics Seek Presidency

    Drug legalizing presidential nomination candidates on the right: Gary Johnson and Ron Paul enter the fray.
  • Prohibition's filthy lucre is hard for some to resist (Image via Wikimedia)
    Prohibition's filthy lucre is hard for some to resist (Image via Wikimedia)

    This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

    Cops ripping off drug dealers, cops offering information to drug defendants, sheriffs escorting cartel dope loads, and, oh, yes, prison guards gone bad.
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    This Week in History

    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  • You can grow up to five of these in Holland, no matter the yield, the Dutch high court has held. (image courtesy the author)
    You can grow up to five of these in Holland, no matter the yield, the Dutch high court has held. (image courtesy the author)

    Dutch Can Grow Five Marijuana Plants, No Problem

    Although Dutch policy only allows you to possess five grams of marijuana, the high court has ruled that you can still grow five plants, no matter the yield.
  • The busts keep on coming, but so do the drugs. (Image via Wikimedia.org)
    The busts keep on coming, but so do the drugs. (Image via Wikimedia.org)

    Mexico Drug War Update

    More mass graves have been found, and the gruesome killings continue.