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  • Drug War: Majority of Americans Oppose Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
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  • New Data: At Current Pace, Over 1 Million U.S. Cannabis Arrests Per Year by 2010
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  • Recommended Reading: Psilocybin Drug Trials Underway
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  • New Research: 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
  • Cocaine: 18 Percent Increase Over Past 5 Years in Andean Coca Production, $4 Billion Wasted
  • Mexico: More Than 100,000 March To Protest Drug War Violence
  • Afghanistan: Despite Slight Decrease, Afghanistan Opium Production Near Record High
  • Medical Marijuana: California Issues Medical Marijuana Guidelines
  • Canada: Hemp Emerges As Connections Between Agricultural and Manufacturing Sectors Strengthen
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The drug war lies on a foundation of myth. Learn the truth. Get the facts. Updated regularly, Drug War Facts is the premier information source on drug policies, offering up-to-date information with full citations to aid in further research. Individual sections as well as full edition available at DrugWarFacts.org. Most recently updated Aug. 1, 2008.

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Download the 6th edition of Drug War Facts (note: this is a 1Meg file). Also available in print.)


Pot And The President

Nixon White House Tapes -- March 24, 1972, 3:02-3:39 pm -- Oval Office Conversation No. 693-1 -- press conference
Unknown reporter: "Mr. President, uh, do you have a comment sir on the, uh, recommendation of your commission on drugs that the use of marijuana in the home be, uh, no longer, uh, considered a crime?"
Pres. Nixon: "Um, I met with Mr. Shafer, uh, I've read the report, uh, eh, it is a report that deserves consideration and will receive it. However, as to one aspect of the report I am in disagreement. I was before I read it and reading it did not change my mind. Uh, I, uh, oppose the legalization of marijuana, and that includes the sale, its possession, and its use. I do not believe you can have effective criminal justice, uh, based on the philosophy, uh that something is half legal and half illegal. That is my position, despite what the commission has recommended."

Crime. Hard drugs. An unpopular war abroad. And so an American president declares war on marijuana. The past really does repeat itself. Nixon's Drug War has lessons for the present.


The Drug Truth Network broadcasts from the studios of KPFT in Houston, TX, to more than 69 affiliate stations in the US and Canada. DTN's flagship program, Cultural Baggage, airs every Wednesday at 11:30am Central time. DrugTruth's Century of Lies is broadcast Tuesdays at 11:30am Central time. In addition, DTN produces daily 3-minute newsfeeds, the 4:20 Drug War News. Past shows are available in the DTN archive. Learn the truth about the war on drugs, check out the Drug Truth Network.

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US drug 'war' in Mexico results in many real casualties as Mexican citizens literally caught in crossfire. Officials in police, military, even president's office implicated in drug-trafficking, corruption, and violence. Click here for more about the US drug war in Mexico.


Canadian Drug Policy Reform

Canadians urge their government to avoid undertaking a US-style 'drug war.' Research on heroin maintenance for hardcore addicts in Canada: North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI) sparks controversy. Should the US stop pushing counterproductive policies and start learning from its northern neighbor?


Marijuana, or cannabis, is used by millions of people around the US and the world. It is relatively less dangerous than alcohol, yet it is prohibited in the US. Learn more about marijuana and its effects by clicking here. Also visit Drug War Facts: Marijuana for more information.


Pain management: where healthcare and drug control policies intersect. Check out ManagingPain.org, the Common Sense project specifically addressing pain management, diversion, and related issues.


Families, Students Organize Against Repressive Anti-Drug Measures

How free is student speech? The Supreme Court will decide. Drug testing at schools? Federal research shows it doesn't work. Police raids at high schools? Students organize to uphold their rights. For news and information about the impact of the drug war on families, students, and youth. Also, check out Drug War Facts: Families.


Common Sense RSS News Feeds & DrugTruth Podcasts

Common Sense for Drug Policy now offers an RSS news feed. Keep up to date with news and information about drug control policy by subscribing to this free service.

Also, CSDP and the DrugTruth Network are collaborating to provide podcasts of the DTN's Cultural Baggage program, a half-hour news program focusing on the drug war. To learn how to subscribe to these services, click here.


ONDCP Watch

ONDCP's drug control strategy & budget reports ignore billions in federal spending on enforcement side, including $3 billion for incarceration of federal drug prisoners. Click here for news & information about the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the federal drug strategy.

Reformers point out there are effective alternatives in an 8-point plan to control drug abuse and the drug markets. A PDF copy of "Eight Steps" can be downloaded by clicking here.


Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Heroin Addiction Treatment

In the US, methadone clinics face heightened restrictions in several states, localities in spite of their record of success. Internationally, countries discuss expansion of access to methadone, buprenorphine and heroin maintenance. Meanwhile research shows that access to opiate agonist therapy helps reduces HIV transmission among injection drug users. Click here for more news about heroin and methadone maintenance treatment.


Methamphetamine

Federal, state authorities move against some domestic methamphetamine production and trafficking yet laws seem to be backfiring as use remains high and imported product floods market. Click here for more news about methamphetamine in the US. Also, check out Drug War Facts: Methamphetamine for more background info.

Check out this PDF of CSDP's PSA, Is It Sound Policy To Jail Expectant Mothers?


Current US drug policy is focused on ineffective supply reduction and law enforcement approaches. Reformers point out even short of full-on legalization there are effective drug policy alternatives in an 8-point plan to control drug abuse and the drug markets. A PDF copy of "Eight Steps" can be downloaded by clicking here.


Drug War In Asia

Afghan opium production at record highs. Amnesty International, other human rights groups and AIDS activists denounce Thai drug war. Click here for the latest news about the US drug war in Asia.


Overzealous Enforcement & Fatal Errors

Police raids on the wrong properties, innocent citizens victimized by overzealous enforcement, suspects shot by over-eager agents, innocent citizens denounced by paid informants, lives lost or threatened because of official mistakes; these stories demand a second look. Click here to find out more.


Syringe exchanges and safe injection facilities work to reduce spread of HIV/AIDS. Review data from the US Centers for Disease Control, reports from Health Canada and the Dogwood Center, and more. Click here for the latest news and information about syringe exchanges.


New Research

Federal spin on drug war unravels on examination. Research shows decriminalizing marijuana saves money, police time. Click here for more info and links to source materials. Also check out CSDP's research section for additional materials.


Initiatives Move Drug Policy Reform Forward

Citizens, fed up with inaction, are enacting reforms to drug control policies by direct vote. Several states and localities have already passed ballot measures legalizing medical marijuana, setting rational drug enforcement priorities, and mandating treatment instead of incarceration. Click here to find out more.


Marijuana is medicine for millions of patients around the US. Federal opposition persists in spite of successful medical marijuana programs in several states. States, cities moving to allow medical use by those in need. Click here for the latest news and information about medical marijuana.


Drug policy reform continues to generate controversy but moves slowly ahead in United Kingdom. Click here for the latest news about UK drug reform.


Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of drug use, incorporating a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence. Some aspects of harm reduction such as needle exchanges, safe injection sites, and heroin maintenance can generate controversy yet are effective drug control strategies. Click here for more info. Also, check out this CSDP public service ad, US Meddling In Global AIDS Crisis: "A Triumph of Ideology Over Science."


International Drug Policy Reform

UN issues World Drug Report 2006. Policies in many European nations move toward reform, harm reduction and decriminalization. Drug warrior nations find repressive policies backfire. Click to find out more. Also check out Drug War Facts: International Policies & Trends.


Focus On Ecstasy

Feds approve research on medical use of ecstasy to treat PTSD. Scientists admit 'killer' ecstasy claim was false. RAVE Act used to stop NORML benefit in Montana. Racine backs down, dismisses charges against 440 rave-goers. Activists protest federal RAVE Act. Click here to find out more.


States Push For Legal Hemp

Federal court rejects DEA ban on hemp foods. Several states endorse legal hemp production; Find out more by clicking here .


Research proves ONDCP ad campaign consistently fails to have positive impact and may be counterproductive.


The Experts Directory

The Directory of Drug Policy Experts was created by the Partnership for Responsible Drug Information (PRDI). Recognizing its value, Common Sense secured permission from PRDI to post the Directory on its site and to periodically update it. By consenting to be listed, the experts do not imply any endorsement of CSDP or its positions or proposals. In turn, individuals are listed herein based solely on the basis of their expertise. To check out the Directory, click here.


NarcoTerror -- The Convergence Of Prohibition And Terrorism

Heroin resurgence in post-war Afghanistan. Experts now fear that opium production spreading to neighboring Pakistan. Click here to find out more.

Check out this Common Sense public service ad which asks, "Is the funding of terrorism another unintended consequence of drug prohibition?" and this ad, "Now That We're In A Real War..."




NORML National Conference
October 17-19, 2008, Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center – Berkeley Marina, Berkeley, CA
Celebrating 100 Years of Failed Drug Policy: The Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy National Conference
Nov. 7-9, 2008, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
Towards a National Policy: The 7th National Harm Reduction Conference
Harm Reduction Coalition, Nov. 13-16, 2008, Miami, FL
Students for Sensible Drug Policy 10th Annual National Conference
Nov. 21-23, 2008, College Park, MD

For more upcoming events, click here.


Just Released

10 minute DVD: "Protestant, Catholic and Jewish Clergy Speak Out Against The War On Drugs." This important new documentary is also available on DVD directly from the Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative.


US Drug War In South America

Reports show significant increases in Colombian coca production, meanwhile purity up, prices down. White House pushes to send more troops and military aid to Colombia. US digs itself deeper into conflict as unrest, drug production and trafficking problems grow in other South American countries. Click here for more about the US drug war in South America.


Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

One of the fastest-growing organizations working for drug legalization today is Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Learn more about LEAP and why they're now fighting to end the drug war. Check out the new LEAP video produced by CSDP chair Mike Gray. In the words of retired anchorman Walter Cronkite: "Anyone concerned about the failure of our $69 billion-a-year War on Drugs should watch this 12-minute program. You will meet front line, ranking police officers who give us a devastating report on why it cannot work. It is a must-see for any journalist or public official dealing with this issue."


Official Corruption

Official Corruption: an inevitable byproduct of the war on drugs? That's been the experience of many US cities as well as globally. Click here for more info.


Cities & Counties Organizing Against The Drug War

From Syracuse, NY to King County, WA, citizens are organizing against the war on drugs, forming broad coalitions and getting local governments involved in exploring alternatives.


Mandatory Minimums

Mandatory minimum sentences condemn many nonviolent drug offenders to unjustly long prison sentences. Without rehabilitation and treatment for offenders, prisons become breeding grounds of resentment and crime. Click here for the latest news about mandatory minimum sentences.
Schedule information for Journey for Justice available by visiting the Journey for Justice site.

See Drug War Facts: Mandatory Minimums and Drug War Facts: Prisons for more information. Also, check out this Common Sense public service advertisement on prison crowding and mandatory sentencing.


Afghan Drug War

European drug policy group calls for Afghan opium to be legalized, turned to legitimate medical uses. Afghanistan once again the world's largest producer of opium. Bad bedfellows: Some US-backed warlords engage in trafficking, may hinder development efforts. Current policies are failing yet more drastic measures still being considered in effort to control illicit heroin market.


Treatment Alternatives To Incarceration

Treatment alternatives to incarceration include intensive probation, drug courts, and the Prop36/DTEF model. Growing in popularity as prison populations swell, research proves rehabilitation and treatment work. Click here for more.


Higher Education Act Reform

Support grows for repeal of punitive drug provision of Higher Education Act. Law currently denies federal aid to people with previous drug convictions. Support grows for legislation to repeal HEA drug provision.
Also, check out Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Coalition for Higher Education Act Reform for more info and to get active on this issue.


Drug War Distortions

Countering The Lies:
Methamphetamines: The Facts. Marijuana and mental illness? Does more prison equal less crime? Is the 'Gateway Theory' true? Are marijuana users going to emergency rooms in record numbers? Do syringe exchanges encourage drug use? Several favorite drug warrior assertions are investigated, explained and refuted in Drug War Distortions.


Profiling & Racial Bias In The War On Drugs

Far too often, the drug war targets communities of color. From Tulia, TX, to New York, to Georgia and Kentucky and points in between, a few in authority create a huge problem for society by clamping down hard on the already-disenfranchised. Local community, churches and activists organize protests, demand action. Click here for news and information on racially biased drug control policies.


Reform Of New York's Rockefeller Laws

Baby steps toward reform: NY begins overhaul of Rockefeller Laws, yet bad policies continue to plague NY legal system & citizens. Broad coalition for reform includes activists, families of inmates, hiphop culture figures, and many others.


UN Drug Policy News, Research and Reports

UN AIDS organization stands up to US pressure, endorses needle exchanges in report while UN Office on Drugs and Crime succumbs, abandons support for successful anti-AIDS efforts and harm reduction concepts.


"Chronic Pain & Opioids: Debunking The Myths"

Chronic pain is a progressive disease of the nervous system. Chronic pain victims often benefit from supplementation with pharmaceutical opioids. Read more about this often-misunderstood and misreported subject in "Chronic Pain & Opioids: Debunking the Myths," by Frank B. Fisher, MD. Copies are also available in PDF.


Vital Information For Families

One of the most important online addiction resources available today: Addict in the Family by Dr. Andrew Byrne. Use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs cuts across all political, social and economic lines. Learn what to do if you discover you have an addict in the family. Also, read a review of 'Addict' from DRCNet's Week Online by clicking here.


DARE Revamps Program

Research confirms DARE is a failure. Proven alternatives are available. DARE program leaders concede critics are right, DARE is a failure, unveil new program.

For additional information, check out the Winter 2002 issue of ReconsiDer Quarterly. Also, read this paper by Rodney Skager, Professor Emeritus of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles, titled "On Reinventing Drug Education, Especially for Adolescents," , prepared for the 2nd International Conference on Drugs & Young People, April 4-6, 2001 in Melbourne, Australia. Another article of interest is this piece by Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse (MAMA) founder Sandee Burbank, "Dare To Tell Your Kids The Truth - Quandaries Of A Thinking Parent." Also, check out Drug War Facts: Adolescents / Education & Prevention of Substance Abuse for more information.


Recommended Reading: The Reformer's Bookshelf

Recommended Reading: Here are some great books on drug policy which should be part of anyone's library.


Eight Steps To Effective Drug Control: Reformers Present Ideas For New Federal Drug Strategy

We can no longer afford to pour $20 billion annually into a discredited drug strategy that has made our country less healthy and less safe. Experience and research in the USA and around the world shows that there are effective alternatives. This isn't just about saving money -- it's about protecting kids, saving families and preserving our long cherished American values. (Also for convenience, a PDF copy of "Eight Steps" can be downloaded by clicking here. And you can download a PDF of the CSDP news release on the Eight Step plan by clicking here.

Comparing Addictive Qualities of Popular Drugs

Top Stories on the Web

"MS patient makes bail in NJ medical marijuana case," AP, April 29, 2010

"The White House Drug Czar's diminished status," Newsweek, April 30, 2010

"Drug gangs turning Acapulco into war zone," National Post, Canada, April 29, 2010

"Moms unite to end the war on drugs," Alternet, April 29, 2010

"Tennessee Lawmakers Calls for State Study on Medical Marijuana," The Tennessean, April 28, 2010

"Study Links Drug Enforcement to More Violence," AP, April 27, 2010

"AP-CNBC Poll: Legalizing pot won't boost economy," AP, April 19, 2010

"Poll finds support for marijuana legalization still rising, medical marijuana overwhelming," Drug War Chronicle, April 2, 2010

"WA governor allows more to OK medical marijuana," AP / KGW.com, April 2, 2010

"Medical marijuana bill extinguished," AP / Honolulu (HI) Advertiser, April 2, 2010

"America must give up war on drugs and legalise marijuana, says ex-Police man Sting," The Daily Mail (London, England), March 31, 2010

"Legalize it? California to vote on marijuana," ABCNews.com, March 24, 2010

"For drug users, coalition serves as voice in Albany," New York (NY) Times, March 22, 2010

"Walmart fires Michigan man for medical marijuana use," ABC News, March 17, 2010

"R. Gil Kerlikowske speaks on his job as nation's drug czar," Washington (DC) Post, March 17, 2010

"Family fighting drug policy loses round," Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, March 17, 2010

"Boulder to vote on extending medical pot rules," Aurora (CO) Sentinel, March 17, 2010

"Reforming drug treatment in the US: It's two steps forward, one step back," HuffingtonPost.com, March 17, 2010

"Student group to rally for marijuana legalization, say university police make arrests for medicinal use," LAist.com, March 11, 2010

"WA governor signs drug overdose prosecution bill," AP / Seattle (WA) Times, March 11, 2010

"Local pot club supplier made purported $200K a year," SF (CA) Weekly, March 11, 2010

"'Drugged driving,' whether drugs are illegal or prescription, is a growing threat, officials say," NY (NY) Daily News, March 11, 2010

"US Customs: Mexican cartels corrupt border agents," AP / NY (NY) Times, March 11, 2010

"Inhalant abuse a deadly middle-school concern," US News & World Report, March 11, 2010

"Dispensaries part of Maine medical pot plan," AP / Boston (MA) Herald, March 11, 2010

"Slowly, states are lessening limits on marijuana," USA Today, March 9, 2010

"Pot dispensary bill faces action," The Barre Montpelier (VT) Times Argus, March 9, 2010

"Nation's sole marijuana farm focuses on limiting abuse," USA Today, March 9, 2010

"Bringing in the green," The Daily Californian (UC–Berkeley), March 9, 2010

"Medical marijuana protest at Capitol today – even though advocate says lawmakers haven't been listening," Westword (Denver, CO), March 4, 2010

"Injection site safe: Director," Peterborough (Ontario, Canada) Examiner, March 4, 2010

"Complaint lodged over local officer's gag order," Victoria (BC, Canada) Times Colonist, March 4, 2010

"Pacific Grove injunction prohibits marijuana dispensary sales," Monterey County (CA) Herald, March 4, 2010

"Drug forum at city hall tonight," Victoria (BC, Canada) Times Colonist, March 3, 2010

"House votes today on marijuana use," AP / Keene (NH) Sentinel, March 3, 2010

"Medical marijuana advocates sue Los Angeles," LA (CA) Times, March 3, 2010

"Bad science and bad policy," New York (NY) Times, March 3, 2010

"Afghan heroin traffic increasing," Moscow (Russia) Times, March 3, 2010

"Medical marijuana advocates will wait for next session, new governor," MinnPost.com (Minneapolis, MN), March 3, 2010

"In drug war, failed old ideas never die," Reuters, Feb. 26, 2010

"Colorado senator wants tax on medical marijuana," Denver (CO) Post, Feb. 26, 2010

"Medical marijuana advocates ask LA prosecutor to drop lawsuits," LA (CA) Times, Feb. 24, 2010

"Panel will study medical marijuana," Des Moines (IA) Register, Feb. 24, 2010

"Abuse of 'date-rape drugs' on the rise, UN anti-narcotics panel finds," UN News Centre, Feb. 24, 2010

"Baby-boomers leading the way to marijuana legalisation, report shows," The Times (London, England), Feb. 24, 2010

"Backers want fewer restrictions on DC medical marijuana," Washington (DC) Examiner, Feb. 24, 2010

"Berkeley wants to tax medical marijuana," San Jose (CA) Mercury News, Feb. 18, 2010

"Pharmacy Board supports medical marijuana," Des Moines (IA) Register, Feb. 18, 2010

"Iowa Poll: Iowans give thumbs up to medical marijuana," Des Moines (IA) Register, Feb. 16, 2010

"Medical marijuana decision expected tomorrow," Iowa Independent, Feb. 16, 2010

"Mexican bishops criticize drug war strategy," AP, Feb. 16, 2010

"Mississippi's marijuana: legal pot farm at Ole Miss," The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS), Feb. 16, 2010

"Drug smugglers' creativity grows," San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune, Feb. 15, 2010

"Call for clarity in medical marijuana industry stretches across sectors," The Ft. Collins (CO) Coloradoan, Feb. 15, 2010

"Local officials say medical marijuana supply grown locally, DEA disagrees," The Ft. Collins (CO) Coloradoan, Feb. 15, 2010

"Medical marijuana bill doesn't give employees free rein," The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), Feb. 15, 2010

"'March of Anger' in Mexico against military's drug war," AFP, Feb. 15, 2010

"Border towns across Rio, worlds apart in drug war," New York (NY) Times, Feb. 13, 2010

"Obama's drug war budget looks a lot like Bush's," AlterNet, Feb. 12, 2010

"Canada seeks to appeal Vancouver drug site decision," Reuters, Feb. 10, 2010

"More counselors needed for alcohol abuse," UPI, Feb. 10, 2010

"The failed war on drugs in Latin America: Could decriminalization be the answer?" Der Spiegel (Germany), Feb. 10, 2010

"Battling drugs in the Americas: 'The military is not suited to pursue criminals'," Der Spiegel (Germany), Feb. 10, 2010

"Efforts to curb Afghan opium crop fail this year – UN," Reuters, Feb. 10, 2010

"School of Pot: A syllabus for cannabis," LA (CA) Weekly, Feb. 9, 2010

"Russia, US to Step Up Drug Fight," Associated Press, Feb. 4, 2010

"Guns and Poppies," Agence France Press, Feb. 4, 2010

"Campaign to Decriminalize Marijuana Comes to State House," Providence Journal, Feb. 3, 2010

"Lawmakers: Dispensaries Stay, But As Nonprofits," Denver Post, Feb. 3, 2010

"President Calderon Blamed for Birthday Party Bloodbath," VERTEXNews, Feb. 3, 2010

"Medical-marijuana bill gets senate OK with amendments," Denver (CO) Post, Jan. 30, 2010

"NM House panel shelves tax on medical marijuana," AP / CNBC, Jan. 30, 2010

"Two paths emerge for full legalization of marijuana in California," LA (CA) Weekly, Jan. 29, 2010

"Latin America rejects old US approach in drugs war," Reuters, Jan. 29, 2010

"Anti-drugs chief calls heroin a national problem," Moscow (Russia) Times, Jan. 29, 2010

"Medical marijuana lab raided by DEA during introduction of Senator Chris Romer's doctor-patient bill," Westword (Denver, CO), Jan. 28, 2010

"Supporting joint action," The Diamondback (College Park, MD), Jan. 28, 2010

"Senator: Medical marijuana might not come up this session," Minnesota Daily (UM – Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN), Jan. 28, 2010

"LA City Council finally passes medical marijuana ordinance," LA (CA) Times, Jan. 27, 2010

"Medical marijuana measure tailored," The Daily Times (Salisbury, MD), Jan. 27, 2010

"LA City Council set to approve pot ordinance," AP / Washington (DC) Post, Jan. 26, 2010

"The marijuana cancer cure cult," AlterNet, Jan. 26, 2010

"Report gives latest numbers on America's state of health," New York (NY) Times, Jan. 26, 2010

"Jewish groups throw support behind medical marijuana laws," Forward, Jan. 25, 2010

"Sheriff's arrests led to no drug cases in '09," The Times-Tribune (Corbin, KY), Jan. 25, 2010

"Tending 'the grow'," In These Times, Jan. 25, 2010

"Medical marijuana may become legal in District," GW Hatchet (George Washington Univ. – DC), Jan. 25, 2010

"Hundreds head to event in hopes of getting state-issued medical marijuana card," Billings (MT) Gazette, Jan. 25, 2010

"Afghan drug lords look West via new routes," Reuters, Jan. 25, 2010

"Legal pot, for the sick," Bergen (NJ) Record, Jan. 24, 2010

"Virginia should legalize marijuana," The Daily Press (Newport News, VA), Jan. 24, 2010

"Proposed bill would shield people reporting overdoses," New York (NY) Times, Jan. 24, 2010

"New Jersey preparing to implement medical marijuana law," Press of Atlantic City (NJ), Jan. 23, 2010

"Mich. legislators tinker with voter-approved laws," AP / Chicago (IL) Tribune, Jan. 23, 2010

"Federal probe of drugs under way," Florida Today (Melbourne, FL), Jan. 23, 2010

"Marijuana in the classroom? Sometimes it's legal," Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 23, 2010

"Berkeley pot dispensary's planned move angers developer," Contra Costa (CA) Times, Jan. 23, 2010

"Former Bronco Droughns being investigated by DEA for growing marijuana in his house," National Football Post, Jan. 22, 2001

"Calif. high court strikes down medical pot limits," AP / Washington (DC) Post, Jan. 21, 2010

"Virginia Delegate Morgan seeks to decriminalize marijuana," Washington (DC) Post, Jan. 21, 2010

"Wash. House committee votes down marijuana bills," AP / Seattle (WA) Times, Jan. 21, 2010

"Legislature fires up first medical-pot bill of 2010," Denver (CO) Business Journal, Jan. 20, 2010

"Signatures to be filed for medical marijuana vote," AP / Rapid City (SD) Journal, Jan. 20, 2010

"LA City Council gives preliminary approval to pot ordinance requiring 1,000-foot buffer zones," LA (CA) Times, Jan. 19, 2010

"Corzine signs law to legalize medical marijuana," Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, Jan. 19, 2010

"OK marijuana for medical use," Sheboygan (WI) Press, Jan. 19, 2010

"Researchers find study of medical marijuana discouraged," New York (NY) Times, Jan. 19, 2010

"Words influence stigma of mental health," UPI, Jan. 19, 2010

"No one's told drug-war soldier about peace breaking out," Denver (CO) Post, Jan. 17, 2010

"Medical marijuana task force helps craft new law," Bangor (ME) Daily News, Jan. 16, 2010

"Mexico army hands control to police in drug war city," Reuters, Jan. 16, 2010

"The pot dispensary wars," Denver (CO) Post, Jan. 16, 2010

"Marijuana-legalization efforts gain steam," Wall Street Journal, Jan. 16, 2010

"Mexican crime reporter killed in apparent drug hit," Reuters / Washington (DC) Post, Jan. 16, 2010

"BC judges rule against Ottawa in safe injection fight," The National Post (Don Mills, Ontario, Canada), Jan. 15, 2010

"Legislators await first bill to regulate medical marijuana," Denver (CO) Post, Jan. 15, 2010

"A doctor's case for legal pot," Wall Street Journal, Jan. 15, 2010

"Poll: Majority in Washington favor legalizing pot," Seattle (WA) Post-Intelligencer, Jan. 14, 2010

"Tenn. lawmaker applauded by pro-pot activists," AP / Washington (DC) Post, Jan. 14, 2010

"Marijuana advocates want change in WA drug laws," AP / Seattle (WA) Post-Intelligencer, Jan. 14, 2010

"New Fla. prescription tracking law has glitches, leaves 'drug czar' scrambling for cash," AP / LA (CA) Times, Jan. 13, 2010

"Bolivia banks on 'Coca Colla', fizzy coca-leaf drink," The Independent (London, England), Jan. 13, 2010

"LA Council rejects home buffer zone for pot shops," LA (CA) Weekly, Jan. 13, 2010

"Corzine signs law easing mandatory drug terms," Burlington County Times (Willingboro, NJ), Jan. 13, 2010

"LA City Council tries again today to adopt a medical marijuana ordinance," LA (CA) Times, Jan. 13, 2010

"Plan to put growing pot on SF ballot," San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, Jan. 13, 2010

"Committee approves Calif. pot legalization bill," AP / Washington (DC) Post, Jan. 13, 2010

"California edges toward legalization of pot," Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 12, 2010

"Medical marijuana bill sent to Corzine," Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, Jan. 12, 2010

"NJ lawmakers approve bill legalizing medical marijuana," Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger, Jan. 11, 2010

"Denver enacts tough new medical pot rules," KDVR-TV Denver (CO), Jan. 11, 2010

"Wash. activists file initiative to legalize pot," Seattle (WA) Post-Intelligencer, Jan. 11, 2010

"New medical-pot bill to restrict providers," The Denver (CO) Post, Jan. 11, 2010

"Marijuana supporters ready for likely vote in November," Ventura County (CA) Star, Jan. 11, 2010

"Beyond drug law reform: We need a new Wickersham Commission," Baltimore (MD) Sun, Jan. 11, 2010

"Medicinal marijuana gets a last shot today," Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger, Jan. 11, 2010

"Legalizing and taxing marijuana would benefit society," San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune, Jan. 10, 2010

"Judge orders CHP to return 60 pounds of marijuana," LA (CA) Times, Jan. 9, 2010

"Medicaid won't pay for medical marijuana," Burlington (VT) Free Press, Jan. 9, 2010

"Emotions come out in anti-dispensary organizer's meeting," Ft. Collins (CO) Coloradoan, Jan. 9, 2010

"Baby boomers confess they still love to get high, pop pills, survey says," New York (NY) Daily News, Jan. 9, 2010

"SC bill requires drug tests for jobless benefits," The State (Columbia, SC), Jan. 8, 2010

"Judges may be able to waive enhanced drug sentences," Gannett / Asbury Park (NJ) Press, Jan. 8, 2010

"China turns drug rehab into a punishing ordeal," NY (NY) Times, Jan. 8, 2010

"Drug prohibition doesn't work – so what do we do next?" Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, Jan. 7, 2010

"Petition drive launched to legalize marijuana," Las Vegas (NV) Review-Journal, Jan. 6, 2010

"Fiorito: Ottawa puts monkey on pot user's back," The Toronto (Ontario, Canada) Star, Jan. 6, 2010

"Bid to legalize pot is counter to US trend," San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, Jan. 5, 2010

"Fear mongers attack a NYC harm reduction pamphlet that saves lives," AlterNet, Jan. 5, 2010

"Slums are front lines in Mexican drug war," Dallas (TX) Morning News, Jan. 1, 2010

"Book takes Mexico drug war to task," LA (CA) Times, Jan. 1, 2010

"Colorado judge rules that medical marijuana users in state have right to buy pot," LA (CA) Times, Dec. 31, 2009

"In Mexico's drug battle, the public is missing in action," LA (CA) Times, Dec. 30, 2009

"Washington among states considering legalizing marijuana, dozens of states weigh other reforms," AP / LA (CA) Times, Dec. 28, 2009

"That joint? It's all in the name of research," LA (CA) Times, Dec. 27, 2009

"No quick fix seen for drug battle in Juárez," El Paso (TX) Times, Dec. 27, 2009

"RI Senate to consider loosening marijuana laws," AP / Nashua (NH) Telegraph, Dec. 25, 2009

"Medical marijuana user fights for return of pot seized by cop," Sacramento (CA) Bee, Dec. 25, 2009

"Report criticizes US anti-drug effort in Afghanistan," New York (NY) Times, Dec. 24, 2009

"Medical marijuana dispensary defies Windsor moratorium," Greeley (CO) Tribune, Dec. 24, 2009

"Changes may cut spread of disease from needles," Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, Dec. 23, 2009

"New drug guidelines are Europe's most liberal," Prague (Czech Republic), Dec. 23, 2009

"Medical marijuana crusader gets a break on drug trafficking conviction," The Gazette (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), Dec. 22, 2009

"Support legalization of marijuana," Visalia (CA) Times-Delta, Dec. 22, 2009

"Colombia launches US drones over Venezuela – or was that 'Santa's sleigh'?" The Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 22, 2009

"Doctor-legislator wants medical marijuana in Maryland," Washington (DC) Business Journal, Dec. 21, 2009

"Medical marijuana law spurs Michigan cottage industry," AP / Detroit (MI) Free Press, Dec. 20, 2009

"Charities criticize online fund-raising contest by Chase," New York (NY) Times, Dec. 19, 2009

"Blame the dads? Or the drug war?," New Haven (CT) Independent, Dec. 17, 2009

"Closing arguments Thursday for Franklin man with MS accused of growing marijuana," New Brunswick (NJ) Home News Tribune, Dec. 17, 2009

"LA City Council ducks medical pot vote at wild meeting: harsh land-use limits anger crowd," LA (CA) Weekly, Dec. 16, 2009

"New questions about LA buffer zone for medical-marijuana businesses," LA (CA) Times, Dec. 16, 2009

"Marijuana task force nearly ready," Bangor (ME) Daily News, Dec. 16, 2009

"Calif. experts help shape Maine medical marijuana policy," WMTW-TV (Portland, ME), Dec. 16, 2009

"Flow of aid to Mexico delayed," USA Today, Dec. 16, 2009

"The slippery slope of marijuana regulation," LA (CA) Times, Dec. 16, 2009

"Measure to legalize pot may be on California's November ballot," LA (CA) Times, Dec. 15, 2009

"Council chairman wants swift action on marijuana rules," Washington (DC) Post, Dec. 15, 2009

"New state law may be needed to clarify medical marijuana rules," The Longmont (CO) Times-Call, Dec. 15, 2009

"OC senior citizes form medical-pot collective," KABC-TV (LA, CA), Dec. 14, 2009

"UN reports rise in opium cultivation in Burma," Voice of America, Dec. 14, 2009

"Teen methamphetamine use, cigarette smoking at lowest levels in NIDA's 2009 Monitoring the Future Survey," National Institutes of Health, Dec. 14, 2009

"You can't handle the truth," Boston (MA) Globe, Dec. 13, 2009

"FYI: A lull in the war on drugs," Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) Free Press, Dec. 13, 2009

"NJ Senate OKs allowing leniency in drug crimes," Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, Dec. 11, 2009

"Alameda Planning Board to consider permanent pot club prohibition," San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, Dec. 11, 2009

"Most Americans support legalizing marijuana," Angus Reid Global Monitor, Dec. 10, 2009

"LA council puts off vote on medical marijuana dispensaries," LA (CA) Times, Dec. 10, 2009

"Marijuana task force not such a spacey idea," San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, Dec. 10, 2009

"House stirs medicinal pot," The Scranton (PA) Times-Tribune, Dec. 10, 2009

"Toking with my dad," Chico (CA) News & Review, Dec. 10, 2009

"State has wrong Rx for addicted doctors," Sacramento (CA) Bee, Dec. 10, 2009

"Corruption cases in US law agencies rise," El Paso (TX) Times, Dec. 10, 2009

"Prison population up, despite drop in 20 states," New York (NY) Times, Dec. 9, 2009

"Los Angeles City Council to review details of medical marijuana ordinance," LA (CA) Times, Dec. 8, 2009

"County OKs moratorium on medical pot licenses," The Ft. Collins (CO) Coloradoan, Dec. 8, 2009

"Czech gov't allows 5 cannabis plants for personal use from 2010," Wall Street Journal, Dec. 8, 2009

"Addiction on 2 fronts: Work and home," New York (NY) Times, Dec. 8, 2009

"Cannabis could help combat substance abuse," The Independent (London, England), Dec. 7, 2009

"Armstrong Williams: California doping our youths," Washington (DC) Times, Dec. 7, 2009

"Medical pot shops on SD agenda," San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune, Dec. 6, 2009

"Medical marijuana testimony worth hearing," Delaware County Daily Times (Primos, PA), Dec. 6, 2009

"New York policy officer, Juan Acosta, charged in drug conspiracy," New York (NY) Times, Dec. 5, 2009

"The secret to legal marijuana? Women," AlterNet, Dec. 5, 2009

"Amsterdam mayor wants different drug policy," Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Dec. 5, 2009

"Victoria marijuana 'bakery' raided," CBC News, Dec. 4, 2009

"Review finds marijuana may help MS patients," US News & World Report, Dec. 4, 2009

"State panel debates access to medical pot," Bangor (ME) Daily News, Dec. 2, 2009

"Jury: Medical marijuana seller didn't profit," AP / San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, Dec. 2, 2009

"As states relax medical marijuana laws, pot cultivation colleges take seed," New York (NY) Daily News, Dec. 1, 2009

"It's time to approve medical marijuana," Cherry Hill (NJ) Courier-Post, Nov. 30, 2009

"Sacked government drug adviser says Gordon Brown is from another universe," The Daily Telegraph (London, England), Nov. 30, 2009

"Pragmatism spurs debate over marijuana laws," The Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, FL), Nov. 29, 2009

"NJ bill would give judges more discretion," Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, Nov. 29, 2009

"At this school, it's marijuana in every class," New York (NY) Times, Nov. 29, 2009

"Medical marijuana proposal comes before state legislature," Pierce County Herald (Ellsworth, WI), Nov. 26, 2009

"Villaraigosa urges limit on medical marijuana dispensaries," LA (CA) Times, Nov. 25, 2009

"Police department as medical dispensary? Bring sense to marijuana's proper role," Seattle (WA) Times, Nov. 25, 2009

"Vision hesitates on backing crack smoking room," Vancouver (WA) Courier, Nov. 25, 2009

"Vancouver hard drug use up: study," CBC News, Nov. 25, 2009

"LA City Council is poised to debate how many pot dispensaries to allow," LA (CA) Times, Nov. 23, 2009

"Support for legalizing marijuana grows rapidly around US," Washington (DC) Post, Nov. 23, 2009

"AMA meeting: Delegates support review of marijuana's schedule 1 status," American Medical News, Nov. 23, 2009

"Sentencing nonviolent drug offenders: Sanity in the Senate as lawmakers take a step toward reform," The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), Nov. 22, 2009

"Gray areas in medical marijuana law dividing caregivers," Great Falls (MT) Tribune, Nov. 22, 2009

"Let judges judge," Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, Nov. 21, 2009

"Stockbroker swears by medicinal marijuana," Boston (MA) Herald, Nov. 21, 2009

"First marijuana coffee shop opens in America," The Daily Telegraph (London, England), Nov. 20, 2009

"Bill C-15's mandatory minimum terms for drug crime: A failure on their own terms," Vancouver (BC, Canada), Sun, Nov. 20, 2009

"Panel to discuss effect of RI law governing marijuana possession," Providence (RI) Journal, Nov. 19, 2009

"LA City Council puts off medical marijuana vote," LA (CA) Times, Nov. 19, 2009

"Mexico arrests former police chiefs for alleged drug links," Latin American Herald Tribune (Caracas, Venezuela), Nov. 19, 2009

"Colo. medical pot suppliers will have to pay taxes," AP, Nov. 18, 2009

"Preaching to converts," Santa Fe (NM) Reporter, Nov. 18, 2009

"Russia, US agree on joint anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan," RIA Novosty, Nov. 17, 2009

"Boomers see views relaxing on marijuana," Washington (DC) Post, Nov. 16, 2009

"State panel to begin research on legalized marijuana funds," Providence (RI) Journal, Nov. 16, 2009

"Advocacy group threatens to sue Los Angeles if medical marijuana sales are banned," CommonDreams.org, Nov. 16, 2009

"Marijuana is a 'medicine like any other medicine', DOH secretary says," New Mexico Independent (Albuquerque, NM), Nov. 16, 2009

"NM's medical pot program has slow, cautious start," AP, Nov. 16, 2009

"Conference urges drug use education," New Mexico Daily Lobo (UNM – Albuquerque), Nov. 16, 2009

"Student group seeks changes in drug policies," The Daily Spartan (San Jose State Univ. – CA), Nov. 16, 2009

"Iowans turning to marijuana for ailments," AP / WCCO-TV, Nov. 15, 2009

"Fort Collins council to consider moratorium on pot dispensaries," The Coloradoan (Ft. Collins, CO), Nov. 15, 2009

"Open minds required," Scotland on Sunday (Edinburgh, Scotland), Nov. 15, 2009

"The Zetas: gangster kings of their own brutal narco-state," The Guardian (Manchester, England), Nov. 15, 2009

"Colombia detains Venezuela guards," BBC News, Nov. 15, 2009

"Let's have a rational debate on drug policy, Sen. Grassley," The Des Moines (IA) Register, Nov. 14, 2009

"The relentless war on drug users is escalating violence in the US: It's time for harm reduction," AlterNet, Nov. 14, 2009

"Reports: Russian anti-drug general released," AP / Taiwan News (Taipei, Taiwan), Nov. 14, 2009

"Drugs: Virtually legal," The Economist, Nov. 12, 2009

"Medical marijuana gets a boost from major doctors group," LA (CA) Times, Nov. 11, 2009

"Secret talks to crack the Nutt case," BBC News, Nov. 11, 2009

"Why are we locking up traumatized veterans for their addictions instead of offering them treatment?" AlterNet, Nov. 11, 2009

"More medical marijuana providers will be needed soon, Drug Policy Alliance says," New Mexico Independent (Albuquerque, NM), Nov. 10, 2009

"Expanding drug treatment: Is the US ready to step up?" AP, Nov. 8, 2009

"Panel of 14 to design medical marijuana system," Kennebec Journal (Augusta, ME), Nov. 8, 2009

"A heady debate on medical pot," Denver (CO) Post, Nov. 8, 2009

"NORML warms up medical pot proposal," Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune, Nov. 8, 2009

"Too much pot to be 'medical'?" Seattle (WA) Times, Nov. 8, 2009

"Johnson 'misled MPs over adviser'," BBC News, Nov. 8, 2009

"Former drug court officer questions timing of firing," The News & Tribune (New Albany, IN), Nov. 7, 2009

"Maine governor issues marijuana order," Fosters Daily Democrat (Dover, NH), Nov. 7, 2009

"San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum faces pot charges in Washington," San Jose (CA) Mercury News, Nov. 6, 2009

"Baldacci and AG want changes to marijuana law," Capitol News Service / Bangor (ME) Daily News, Nov. 6, 2009

"Redding charity rejects food offer from medical pot collective," Redding (CA) Record-Searchlight, Nov. 6, 2009

"Alan Bersin, Customs and Border Commissioner nominee, is at home along a daunting border," LA (CA) Times, Nov. 6, 2009

"Should we legalise drugs?" MoneyWeek, Nov. 6, 2009

"Report: Pot use, arrests rising in California," San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, Nov. 5, 2009

"Cops questioned in Mexican police chief's killing," AP, Nov. 5, 2009

"Venezuela sends 15,000 troops to Colombia border," AP, Nov. 5, 2009

"Dutch among lowest cannabis users in Europe – report," Reuters, Nov. 5, 2009

"Professor David Nutt attacks ministers over 'failure' on alcohol," The Times (London, England), Nov. 5, 2009

"Mexican pot gangs infiltrate Indian reservations in US," Wall Street Journal, Nov. 5, 2009

"Marijuana seizures quadruple in LA County," LA (CA) Times, Nov. 5, 2009

"Cocaine's charge through Europe undiminished: report," Agence France Presse, Nov. 5, 2009

"Pot acceptable? Not for young and nonwhite," CNN, Nov. 5, 2009

"Outrage over drug adviser's dismissal," Times Higher Education, Nov. 5, 2009

"Authorities: Huge jump in Calif. pot plants seized," AP, Nov. 4, 2009

"A new era for US drug policy?" CBS News, Nov. 4, 2009

"Seizures of pot plants up 52%, officials say," LA (CA) Times, Nov. 4, 2009

"Legislature dopes out marijuana bill as legalization petition gets passed around," San Francisco (CA) Bay Guardian, Nov. 4, 2009

"State medical-marijuana law now covers more," The Morning Sentinel (Waterville, ME), Nov. 4, 2009

"Medical marijuana expansion approved by voters," Maine Public Broadcasting System, Nov. 3, 2009

"Breckenridge votes to legalize marijuana," KMGH-TV (Denver, CO), Nov. 3, 2009

"State, defense lawyers try to save pot IDs," San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, Nov. 3, 2009

"Chronic City: N. California's top federal prosecutor -- 'Really not a change at all' in medical pot enforcement," SF (CA) Weekly, Nov. 3, 2009

"Drug war madness: Grassley's gag rule," Rolling Stone, Nov. 3, 2009

"Jagger, Johnson, and another fine mess over drugs," The Daily Mail (London, England), Nov. 3, 2009

"Pot dispensaries must turn over records to Dana Point," Orange County Register (Santa Ana, CA), Nov. 3, 2009

"Drugs: The 40-year failure," The Guardian (Manchester, England), Nov. 3, 2009

"Drugs panel at risk of collapse," Financial Times (London, England), Nov. 3, 2009

"Science minister calls on Brown to reverse Johnson's 'big mistake'," The Times (London, England), Nov. 3, 2009

"Cameron supported former drugs adviser over downgrading Ecstasy," The Times (London, England), Nov. 3, 2009

"Future role of drug advisers under review," The Daily Telegraph (London, England), Nov. 2, 2009

"Editorial: The evidence in favour of Prof. Nutt," The Financial Times (London, England), Nov. 2, 2009

"Scientists quit government drugs body over David Nutt sacking," The Times (London, England), Nov. 2, 2009

"The drugs experts who are standing down," The Times (London, England), Nov. 2, 2009

"Let's be honest . . . legalize drugs and society would benefit," The Independent (London, England), Nov. 2, 2009

"Gov't adviser quits in protest at Nutt sacking," Politics.co.uk, Nov. 2, 2009

"On the quiet, US is legalising marijuana," The Times (London, England), Nov. 1, 2009

"Ministers face rebellion over drug tsar's sacking," The Observer (London, England), Nov. 1, 2009

"Drug policy in chaos after adviser is sacked," The Telegraph (London, England), Nov. 1, 2009

"Marijuana growers upend hard-luck California town," LA (CA) Times, Nov. 1, 2009

"Marijuana laws spur small businesses in Oakland, elsewhere," Oakland (CA) Tribune, Nov. 1, 2009

"Golden State's green future," Contra Costa (CA) Times, Nov. 1, 2009

"Smoking pot is safer than drinking alcohol," The Denver (CO) Post, Nov. 1, 2009

"Berkeley Patients Group turns 10," CelebStoner.com, Oct. 31, 2009

"Drugs policy: Shooting up the messenger," The Guardian (Manchester, England), Oct. 31, 2009

"Unfair dismissal," The Independent (London, England), Oct. 31, 2009

"Colo. ski town could push marijuana legalization," AP, Oct. 30, 2009

"Government drug advisor David Nutt sacked," The Guardian (Manchester, England), Oct. 30, 2009

"Our morning roundup: Chuck Lane strikes back," Washington (DC) City Paper, Oct. 30, 2009

"Dangers of drug use aren't crystal clear," The Times London, England), Oct. 30, 2009

"Don't try smuggling drugs, federal agents tell students," San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune, Oct. 30, 2009

"California dreaming about the future," San Francisco (CA) Examiner, Oct. 30, 2009

"Nutt faces sack," BBC News, Oct. 30, 2009

"Alcohol worse than ecstasy – drugs chief," The Guardian (Manchester, England), Oct. 29, 2009

"Colorado woman loses medical marijuana appeal," AP / Colorado Springs (CO) Gazette, Oct. 29, 2009

"More than 30 defendants indicted on prescription pill charges in historic drug sweep," Reuters, Oct. 29, 2009

"Will: A reality check on drug policy," San Jose (CA) Mercury News, Oct. 29, 2009

"Calif. lawmaker holds hearing on legalizing pot," AP, Oct. 29, 2009

"NH's Senate lets medical marijuana bill die," AP / Boston (MA) Herald, Oct. 28, 2009

"Poll shows San Diegans favor pot dispensaries," San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune, Oct. 28, 2009

"Critics: DEA Crackdown Denying Some Patients Pain Medication," Washington(DC) Washington Post, Oct, 28, 2009

"Why the CIA can't be picky about Afghan partners," Time, Oct. 28, 2009

"SF Assemblyman to Chair Pot Legalization Hearing," Sacramento(CA) CBN Channel 5, Oct, 27, 2009

"New Hampshire Lawmakers Look to Override Medical Marijuana Veto," Concord (NH) WCAX Channel 3, Oct, 26, 2009

"NJ lawmakers ask Gov. Corzine to pardon ill Franklin man facing marijuana charges," Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger, Oct, 27, 2009

"Report says teens drinking, smoking pot on the rise in Santa Cruz County," San Jose (CA) Mercury News, Oct. 27, 2009

"One city's insane fight against Obama's sane new pot policy," Esquire, Oct, 27, 2009

"Budding industry helps pot patients," San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune, Oct. 25, 2009

"Pot-activist councillor passing the bong," The Victoria (BC, Canada) Times-Colonist, Oct. 25, 2009

"Medicinal pot issue lingers in Maine," Nashua (NH) Telegraph, Oct. 24, 2009

"Report: Organized crime thriving in Europe," UPI, Oct. 24, 2009

"Cartel leader pleads guilty to trafficking," UPI, Oct. 24, 2009

"Is Mexico winning its war on drugs?" CNN, Oct. 24, 2009

"FBI: Alleged hit man changes appearance," CNN, Oct. 24, 2009

"Busted for Handing Out Clean Needles -- The Mono Park 2 Fight Back in California's Central Valley," Drug War Chronicle ) Oct. 23, 2009

"Opium Still Fueling Terrorism in Afghanistan," Radio Australia, Oct. 23, 2009

"Mexico Ex-President Fox Lashes Out at President Calderon Over Drug War," Drug War Chronicle, Washington, DC), Oct. 23, 2009

"Police 'ignore a third of violent crime'," The Times (London, England), Oct. 22, 2009

"From Obama, sanity on marijuana policy," Chicago (IL) Tribune, Oct. 22, 2009

"UN calls for tougher anti-opium fight," UPI, Oct. 22, 2009

"Medical pot is bringing LA together," LA (CA) Weekly, Oct. 21, 2009

"Good sense on medical marijuana," New York (NY) Times, Oct. 21, 2009

"Justice Department's new approach to medical marijuana a welcome one," San Jose (CA) Mercury News, Oct. 21, 2009

"Meth fight goes to pharmacy," Wall Street Journal, Oct. 21, 2009

"9th Circuit: Police can't use pot club as an ATM," Law.com, Oct. 21, 2009

"Poll: 44 percent support marijuana legalization," CBS News, Oct. 20, 2009

"The right approach on medical pot," San Francisco (NY) Chronicle, Oct. 20, 2009

"Study touts treating heroin addicts with heroin," CNN, Oct. 20, 2009

"Judge blocks LA pot dispensary ban," UPI, Oct. 20, 2009

"US mellows on medical marijuana," Wall Street Journal, Oct. 20, 2009

"US eases stance on medical marijuana," Washington (DC) Post, Oct. 20, 2009

"Medical-pot fans fear Obama policy 'loopholes'," San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, Oct. 19, 2009

"A federal about-face on medical marijuana," LA (CA) Times, Oct. 19, 2009

"Rio Drug War Erupts, Helicopter Shot Down," Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;) Voice of America News, Oct. 18, 2009

"Bill Targets Sentencing Rules For Crack and Powder Cocaine," Washington, DC) Washington Post, Oct. 16, 2009

"Video: Young People Testify for Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization," Boston, MA&041; Examiner.com, Oct. 16, 2009

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