The Drug War



Drug War Failures


Rand study finds less crime near pot dispensaries


Drug Courts Are Not The Answer


Mike Males and Dan Macallair debunk claims of rising crime by immigrants in Arizona. "Scapegoating Immigrants: Arizona’s Real Crisis Is Rooted in State Residents’ Soaring Drug Abuse."  See my commentary ("Brewer, Arpaio and CCA").


The Renee Boje Case - a brief history and final outcome

    Related story: Drug War Run Amok: The Rene Boje Case:


Congress Needs to Act on Drug Sentences


Penalties for Crack - Washington Post editorial


New, Less Severe Federal Crack Cocaine Sentencing Guidelines Go Into Effect, But Will They Be Retroactive?

'Plan Mexico' Latest Front in Failed U.S. Drug war

Getting Real About the Economics of Cocaine

The Futility of Random Drug Testing



Economics of the Drug War


Is is a crime to carry too much cash? Is carrying too much cash evidence of drug trafficking? Click on this recent court decision:


Capitalism 101 on the streets of LA: Federal Inmate Accused of Directing LA Drug Sales  


The Conviction That Keeps On Hurting -- Drug Offenders and Federal Benefits


Rise in Bribery Tests Integrity of US Border




Drug Law Timelines - three web sites for historical information.



Legal Developments


Early release proposed for crack cocaine offenders


Bill Eases Penalty For Crack Cocaine Possession


Rules Lower Prison Terms in Sentences for Crack


Legalization debate


The Legalization Debate Continues, as and academic and former police chief agree:


         Pot vs. Booze: A Former Police Chief's Take Legalize drugs to stop violence


Making Pot Legal: We Can Do It -- Here's How


Overdose Death Rate Surges, Legal Drugs Are Mostly to Blame


Denver Is First City to Legalize Small Amount of Pot


Heroin and cocaine now legal in Mexico – in small doses


European approach to drugs: curing, not punishment


Milton Friedman, 500+ Economists Call for Marijuana Regulation Debate

War on Crime, Not on Drugs

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International Issues


New!!  How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico's murderous drug gangs


Guns and the Mexican Drug War: two related stories


California Pot Legalization Could Stop the Murderous Drug Cartels Waging War in Mexico


Drug War in Mexico: An ongoing series of articles in the Los Angeles Times:


Drug War Failures in Afghanistan - a series of articles

U.S., allies seen as losing drug war


The flow of drugs to the U.S. raises questions about the two nations' war against narcotics: Plan Colombia Fails to Stem Cocaine Supply


The long arm of the drug war


Mexico to Allow Use of Drugs


The Lure of Opium Wealth Is a Potent Force in Afghanistan - Western officials warn of a nascent narco state as drug traffickers act with impunity, some allegedly with the support of top officials. For complete story:,0,3324290.story?coll=la-home-headlines




California may vote on legalizing pot


Marijuana legalization bill approved by key Assembly committee


Pot Controversy in Los Angeles - a series of articles


Justice Department memo rules on medical marijuana


Possible Major Speed Bump on the Way to Legal Marijuana


Over 100 Million Americans Have Smoked Marijuana -- And It's Still Illegal?


The racism of marijuana prohibition


Supreme Court action upholds California's medical pot law


After 30 Years, Nebraska Legislator Wants to Recriminalize Pot


For the latest study of the cots of pot prohibition go to this web site:

10 Million Americans Busted for Pot


Getting Busted for Pot Can Cost Your Right to Vote


It's Been an 'All Out War' on Pot Smokers for 35 Years


DEA raids 11 marijuana outlets


Pot Laws Pain Some Elders:,0,5823482.story?coll=la-home-headlines


Book Review: "Pot Politics: Marijuana and the Costs of Prohibition."


New study by The Sentencing Project: "The War On Marijuana"

War on pot continues:  read "Smoked Out" -


War on Drugs Shifts to War on Marijuana



Race and Other Disparities in the Drug War


Drug Bust or Racist Revenge?


Disparity By Geography: The War on Drugs in America’s Cities


An important new book by Doris Marie Provine reviewed here: Race and the Drug War


Special Report from the Drug Policy Alliance: Wasting Money, Wasting Lives: Calculating the Hidden Costs of Incarceration in New Jersey.  Click here:


Zero Tolerance run amok: Strip Search Case in Arizona


New York Must Reform Its Racist Drug Laws


Young people are the victims of the war on drugs


Pregnant Drug Addicts Aren't Child Abusers



Various Injustices of the Drug War



Crack Users Do More Time Than People Convicted of Manslaughter


Another gross injustice - grandmothers sent to prison on drug charge dies: 86-Year-Old Alva Mae Groves Dies Behind Bars

Cops Planted Pot on 92-Year Old Woman They Killed in Botched Drug Raid

Sentencing: No Retroactive Relief for Rockefeller Drug Law Prisoners, New York Appeals Court Rules:

Seduction or good police work? Falmouth sting leaves a mark


Double Standard in drug cases - the case of the "pot princess"


Feature: PLUR Meets SWAT as Utah Cops Attack Electronic Dance Party

Post-Hurricane: New Orleans Narcs Itching to Make More Busts


Myths of the Drug War

Review of Lies, Damned Lies and Drug War Statistics


Meth myths explored in this latest study (see also my commentary for 8/3/06):


ACLU Releases Crack Cocaine Report

Drug Free Zones


Meth and Crack: Same Myth, Different Year - click here for several articles


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