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Delaware lawmakers introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers in Delaware have introduced a bill that would decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana, following the lead of nearly 20 U.S. states that have moved to loosen laws surrounding non-medical use of the drug.<p>A thriving marijuana plant is seen at a …

Border Threats Prompt Congress to Reassess the War on Drugs

Members of the House this week will take the first step toward re-evaluating America’s war on drugs in Latin America, just days after disturbing new reports that Mexican drug cartels are making threats of violence against U.S. law enforcement personnel.<p>Last week, a billboard in El Paso was …

Just Say No: 'Dancing On The Ashes Of The Drug War'

Documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki told the performers in his new video to imagine they were "dancing on the ashes of the drug war," he says.<p>The short was launched to coincide with the legislative push for the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bill sponsored by Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Lee …

Clear Majority Of California Latinos Reject War On Drugs

California Latinos would really like the war on drugs to end, according to a poll released Tuesday.<p>Seven in 10 California Latinos want to reduce penalties for drug possession, according to a survey by the polling organization Latino Decisions. Clear majorities in the poll of 400 registered …

A Chart That Says the War on Drugs Isn't Working

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The controversial war on drugs not only costs a lot, it has done almost nothing to curb the drug …

The Drug War = Mass Deportation: 250,000 Deported for Drug Offenses in Last 6 Years

The drug war has increasingly become a war against migrant communities. It fuels racial profiling, border militarization, violence against immigrants, intrusive government surveillance and, especially, widespread detentions and deportations.<p>Media and politicians have tried to convince us that …

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The Coast Guard Says It's Miserably Losing the War on Drugs

They catch just one-fifth of drugs being smuggled in by sea, blame budget cuts.<p>An Ecuadorian narcosub. Image: Wikimedia Commons<p>The US Coast Guard is failing in its mission to keep illegal drugs from entering the United States by sea—just 20 percent of the estimated amount of drugs being smuggled in …

Episode 530: Marijuana, Law School, And Centuries Of Inequality

After today's show, you'll be ready to design a tax on marijuana, pick a law school, and explain centuries of inequality — and the hottest book in economics — without having to read a page.<p>For more on these stories, see:<p>* What's The Best Way To Tax Marijuana? It Depends On What You Want<p>* Comparing …

The Decline Of The War On Drugs, In One Map

A map from Pew Research Center (see right) shows how states have overwhelmingly been easing drug laws over the past few years, even in traditionally conservative areas. Easing drug laws includes lowering penalties for drug possession charges, shortening mandatory minimums, and providing …