war on drugs

What a Drug Cartel's Killing Sprees Tell Us About Our Homeless Policies

What a Drug Cartel's Killing Sprees Tell Us About Our Homeless Policies
A new book tells the story of drug cartels in Colombia killing homeless people in an effort to keep the streets "clean." The reports are at once horrifying and yet informative of the U.S.'s own policy on the poor.
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Uruguay to Legalize Marijuana, First Country to Centralize Market

Uruguay to Legalize Marijuana, First Country to Centralize Market
Uruguay is pushing ahead to create a legal marijuana market despite warnings from educators, psychiatrists and pharmacists of dangerous side effects. The Senate planned to debate the pot plan Tuesday, with approval by the ruling coalition widely expected before the night is over.
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Leonardo Haberkorn
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Report: The War on Drugs Has Failed

Report: The War on Drugs Has Failed
The global War on Drugs has failed, as illegal drugs have only become cheaper, more abundant and more pure in recent decades, according to a report published by a group of U.S. and Canadian researchers on Monday in the British Medical Journal.
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Joint Custody: Marijuana Cigarettes Handed Out in Denver to Protest Potential Sales Tax on Pot

Joint Custody: Marijuana Cigarettes Handed Out in Denver to Protest Potential Sales Tax on Pot
Hundreds of people lined up in Denver for a free marijuana cigarette Monday as part of a protest against a ballot proposal that would impose high taxes on the drug, which is now legal in Colorado for recreational use. The measure on the November ballot asks Colorado voters to approve a 15 percent excise tax plus a 10 percent statewide sales tax on all retail marijuana purchases.
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The AP
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Know When to Hold 'Em: Attorney General Calls for Major Changes in Prison Sentencing

Know When to Hold 'Em: Attorney General Calls for Major Changes in Prison Sentencing
With the U.S. facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation's criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes. Federal prisons are operating at nearly 40 percent above capacity and hold more than 219,000 inmates.
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Pete Yost
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New Legislation Would Legalize Medical Marijuana in OK

New Legislation Would Legalize Medical Marijuana in OK
A Forest Park Democrat, has introduced a couple of bills this legislative session in Oklahoma that, if passed, would bring some sanity to the state's harsh criminal law system and also help people with illnesses and conditions that could benefit from medical marijuana.
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