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Comprehensive coverage of the War on Drugs since 1997

  • Ontario marijuana grow (RCMP)
    Ontario marijuana grow (RCMP)

    Ontario Court Overturns Canada's Marijuana Law [FEATURE]

    A court in Ontario has struck down Canada's marijuana law, saying it prevented patients from gaining access to their medicine. Now, the government has 90 days to respond before pot is legal in Ontario.
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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 mayhem in Mexico. (Image via Wikimedia.org)
    Drug prohibition funds the mayhem in Mexico. (Image via Wikimedia.org)

    Mexico Drug War Update

    Just when you thought it couldn't possibly get worse... 116 bodies turn up in a series of mass graves just south of the border.
  • The profits of prohibition tempt law enforcement. (Image via Wikimedia.org)
    The profits of prohibition tempt law enforcement. (Image via Wikimedia.org)

    This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

    A typical corrupt cop week: Missing evidence, corruption on the border, greedy jail guards, and thuggish dope squad cops.
  • The Jamaican government just might give this Rastaman something else to smile about. (Image via Wikimedia)
    The Jamaican government just might give this Rastaman something else to smile about. (Image via Wikimedia)

    Jamaica to Look Again at Decriminalizing Marijuana

    A decade ago, the Jamaican government quietly shelved a National Ganja Commission report calling for decriminalization. This week, it decided to take it up again.
  • medical marijuana (courtesy Coaster420 and wikimedia.org)
    medical marijuana (courtesy Coaster420 and wikimedia.org)

    Washington House Passes Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

    A bill that would authorize medical marijuana dispensaries and increase patient protections in Washington state has passed both houses, but faces a reconciliation vote in the Senate and a less-than-committed governor.
  • Californians appear ready to reduce drug possession to misdemeanor. (Image courtesy Aaron Logan via Wikimedia.org)
    Californians appear ready to reduce drug possession to misdemeanor. (Image courtesy Aaron Logan via Wikimedia.org)

    Californians Favor Lessening Drug Possession Penalties [FEATURE]

    A new poll in California shows strong support for reducing drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor and lesser, but still substantial, support for decriminalization.
  • Patients could still be arrested, but not convicted under the proposed law. (Image via Wikimedia.org)
    Patients could still be arrested, but not convicted under the proposed law. (Image via Wikimedia.org)

    Maryland Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Defense Bill

    Maryland looks set to approve a medical marijuana affirmative defense bill, with only one more pro forma Senate vote left before it goes to the governor for his signature.