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Father reportedly caught hiding heroin in child's diaper

New Castle - According to allegations in the media 25-year-old Michael N. Penn placed 16 bags of heroin in his child's diaper to hide it from police. Reports state that he was caught and is facing multiple charges related to drugs and child welfare.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

'War on Drugs' search warrants and disturbing SWAT trends

SWAT teams are kicking in doors in the early morning to serve search warrants typically related to the War on Drugs and according to a new American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), report, it’s happening in 124 homes every single day.

Texas teen faces life in prison for making marijuana brownies

Round Rock - A Texas teen accused of making and selling marijuana and hash oil-laced brownies could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 2 comments

Rachel Hoffman: Six years gone but not forgotten Special

Tallahassee - May 7th marks six years since the death of Rachel Hoffman, a Florida State University graduate who dealt marijuana for extra income. Her death showcased everything wrong with drug prohibition.
Digital Journal Report by Ben Morris

Nobel Prize-Winning Economists say end the drug war

According to a new report endorsed by five Nobel Prize-winning economists, the decades-long global war on drugs has failed and it's time to shift the focus from mass incarceration to public health and human rights.

Russell Brand: Elites don't follow their own rules

In a follow up to his interview with Oprah Winfrey, comedian and political activist Russell Brand breaks down the "war on drugs" in a new YouTube video.
In the Media by Alex Allen

Unlike U.S. law, cannabis and heroin no longer equal in Italy

Italy's constitutional court has declared a law that tripled sentences for selling, cultivating and possessing cannabis "illegitimate" and has overturned it. Antigone, a prison rights group, say the law has caused prison overcrowding.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

Mexican security forces step between vigilantes and drug cartel

Apatzingan - A combined force of Mexican security forces, army and federal police, Tuesday, launched a major operation in the Mexican state of Michoacan aimed at ending violent clashes between armed vigilantes and members of the Knights Templar drug cartel.
In the Media by Robert Myles

In Detroit visit, Senator Rand Paul seeks diversity for the GOP

Detroit - Speaking at the opening of the Republican Party office in Detroit, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) stressed the need for the GOP to infiltrate markets the party has largely ignored.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

Man jailed for misdemeanor pot possession died in custody

Everett - A young Washington man who turned himself in to authorities because of an outstanding marijuana possession warrant died last year in a county jail from a severe food allergy.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 8 comments

New Canadian study shows the global war on illegal drugs failing

The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy reported this week the war on illegal drugs has failed, with worldwide illegal drugs supplies cheaper and purer now than 20 years ago. This raises questions on government abilities to cut drug supplies.
In the Media by Dawn Denmar - 2 comments

French authorities seize record $270 million cocaine haul

Paris - Venezuelan authorities moved swiftly to make a number of arrests associated with a seizure by French police of a huge illicit stash of cocaine aboard an Air France flight from the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, bound for a Paris airport.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 4 comments

With U.S. aid, Honduras building navy bases to fight smuggling

With money from the United States, the Honduran military has built one navy base and plans to build two more in an effort to curb drug trafficking.
In the Media by John Sevigny

Mandatory drug sentence author: 'We may have overreacted'

One of the authors of the Reagan-era law that instituted minimum mandatory prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders now says Congress may have "overreacted."
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 2 comments

Holder seeks to cut 'draconian' minimum mandatory drug sentences

San Francisco - US Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday that the Justice Department will seek to reduce "draconian" minimum mandatory prison sentencing for certain non-violent drug offenders.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 10 comments

Medical marijuana distributors are in crossfire of war on drugs Special

Portland - Medical marijuana is supposed to be legal and available to patients, according to laws of 20 states, however distributors are caught in the conflict between the Federal regulations and state laws in the war on drugs.
Digital Journal Report by Carol Forsloff - 2 comments

Mexican Vice Admiral Carlos Salazar killed in drug war

Two Mexican navy soldiers, including a vice admiral, were shot dead Sunday in southwestern state of Michoacan, where the military is trying to regain control of areas dominated by warring drug gangs.
In the Media by Eko Armunanto

Around 34 people are 'executed' daily in Mexico

On average, 34 people die every day in Mexico, in crimes related to drug trafficking and the war on drugs. In the latest numbers released by Mexico’s government, 4,451 people had been murdered in the period between January and April 2013.
In the Media by Valerie Benguiat - 3 comments

Vermont 2013: A good year for drug policy reform

Now that the 2013 session of the Vermont legislature has been over for almost a month and the last of the bills have been signed into law, one thing has become clear for those Vermonters who smoke marijuana or use drugs--2013 was a good year.
In the Media by Matthew DeLuca - 1 comment

Adam Kokesh arrested ... again

The arrests continue to pile up on activist Adam Kokesh as he has been arrested yet again at another "smoke down prohibition" event in D.C.
In the Media by Alex Allen

Cops want to legalize pot

The number of people who want to legalize marijuana and other drugs is constantly growing and is now reaching cops and other public officials.
In the Media by Alex Allen - 6 comments

President Obama says marijuana not 'top priority'

Washington - In an interview with Barbara Walters, President Obama stated federal law enforcement officials and prosecutors should not make Colorado and Washington laws legalizing marijuana a "top priority" in the war on drugs.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 3 comments

Cannon propulsion, the new method to smuggle drugs into the US

Drug smugglers, getting more inventive, are using pneumatic-powered cannons to shoot drug canisters to transport drugs across US borders.
In the Media by Can Tran

Op-Ed: In Defense of Liberty – Ending the drug war to protect freedom

Before I start to pontificate my didacticisms, allow me to confirm a few things: I do not drink alcohol. I do not do drugs. I do not smoke. I do not gamble. But just because I oppose this repugnant behavior, why can’t others enjoy these things?
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 11 comments

Bill Clinton says war on drugs not working

As government officials and residents of Washington and Colorado wait to see how the Justice Department and federal law enforcement agencies will respond to the legalization of marijuana, politicians and celebrities are questioning current drug policies.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 5 comments

Shocking images in new U.S. anti-methamphetamine campaign

The Rehabs.com website based in the United States has launched a new campaign against the use of methamphetamine (meth) using a series of shocking images portraying the physical damage caused by the drug to addicts over several years.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 4 comments

Op-Ed: The Fallacy of the New Jim Crow

Jim Crow was a caricature of blacks in the old Deep South. Some people claim he has been resurrected in the age of so-called mass incarceration.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 6 comments

Brad Pitt: 'US War on Drugs is a charade'

Los Angeles - Brad Pitt, Hollywood heartthrob and executive producer of the award-winning film "The House I Live In", has called on the US government to rethink its 40-year "War on Drugs" policies.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 12 comments

Op-Ed: Ban on cigarette sales to kids born after 2000?

Sydney - There’s no doubt about it, politicians live in a different world. So do most of the other mainstream participants in public debates about tobacco, both for and against. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Tasmania’s latest approach.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 17 comments

The plight of money-laundering banks

Europe's largest bank, HSBC, faces the prospect of a billion dollar fine, as a US Senate Committee finds it had an operating culture that allowed it to launder suspected drugs and terrorism money.
In the Media by Steve Hayes - 8 comments
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Mexican federal forces enter the western town of Apatzingan to quell unrest between vigilante groups and the Knights Templar drug cartel.
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