drug war

“Why Is Our Costly Global Drug War Failing?” Senators Ask State Department

Top Democratic senators filed a new spending bill report that calls out the federal government over the failures of the…

October 22, 2021

Biden’s Extension of Title 42 Subjects Refugees to More Drug-War Violence

Since President Biden took office, there have been at least 6,356 attacks against people whom the US had expelled to…

August 25, 2021

Prosecutors Call on Biden to Create Task Force Aimed at Reform

Decrying “tough-on-crime” policies, a group of more than 100 law enforcement leaders, mostly prosecutors, sent a letter to President Joe…

August 20, 2021

Can Harm Reduction Reform the Drug Courts?

Among prohibitionists and proponents of the drug war, drug courts are touted as a means of diverting people from incarceration.…

August 18, 2021

Poll Shows Huge Public Opposition to “War on Drugs,” After 50 Years

At a press conference on June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared “drug abuse” to be “public enemy number one”…

June 9, 2021

The Jacarezinho Massacre and Lethal Drug Policy Enforcement in Brazil

It’s a Rio de Janeiro classic. Officers of the civil, military or army police make an incursion into a favela.…

May 19, 2021

Advocates Call on Feds to End Fentanyl Analogs’ Schedule I Classification

On April 8, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) spearheaded a coalition—including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the…

April 13, 2021

Maine Unveils Legislation to Decriminalize Possession of All Drugs

Maine lawmakers have formally introduced a bill to broadly decriminalize possession of all currently illicit drugs—the latest state-based move to…

April 8, 2021

House Passes the MORE Act in Historic Vote for Federal Marijuana Decriminalization

On December 4, the US House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act—the bill that would effectively…

December 4, 2020

Don’t “Defund” the War on Drugs⁠—Cut It Off

It took the caught-on-camera murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin—and weeks of massive street protests, clashes…

June 18, 2020