Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, poised to sign a bill making New Mexico the 12th state to legalize medical marijuana, said Thursday he realizes his action could become an issue in the presidential race. "So what if it's risky? It's t
The drug war stopped being about smoking weed a long, long time ago. Today, it quite literally has become about whether or not we're comfortable with letting the government kill its citizens in the name of promoting virtue.
Federal appellate judges here ruled a terminally ill woman using marijuana was not immune to federal prosecution simply because of her condition, and in a separate case a federal judge dismissed most of the charges against a prominent advocate for th
They threw their hands into the air when SWAT officers thundered into the room. In the moment that it took one teen to give his companions a look like, "What's going on?" an officer struck him in the face with the butt of his gun. He bl
"These raids leave a very small margin for error," he wrote. "A wrong address, bad timing, or bad information can -- and frequently does -- bring tragedy." Radley Balko said the use of SWAT teams to serve narcotics warrants is ero
Federal prison sentences for possessing or selling crack have far exceeded those for powder cocaine for two decades. House Crime Subcommittee chairman Robert Scott, D-Va., a longtime critic of such sentencing policies, plans to hold hearings on crack
Two recent studies suggest compounds in natural cocoa have significant health-giving properties.
[What have you got to hide?] Police say 'grow houses' have proliferated because they offer privacy and move growers closer to their markets.
The battle against the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs by athletes is increasingly being led by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as part of an expanding cooperative effort with the U.S. Olympic Committee's primary anti
U.S. agents smashed a Mexican drug trafficking network by arresting more than 400 people and seizing over 18 tonnes of narcotics, authorities said. [There's good money in the drug prohibition business, and thug creation too.]
Native Americans have known about the therapeutic powers of "divine sage" for centuries, and it is still legal in most parts of the US. But there are moves afoot to outlaw what some describe as a mind-altering drug similar to LSD.
"Just because it's legal, just because it's not classified, just because it's not a controlled substance doesn't mean that it's healthy and safe," DEA official Rodney Benson said. (Another substance the government will
Frustrated by government policy and inaction, a group of advocates for medical marijuana sued two federal health agencies over the assertion that smoking it has no medical benefit.
Even if the drug charges are true, this is a grade-A, prime-cut example of why using SWAT teams to serve nonviolent drug warrants is needlessly dangerous, reckless, violent, and confrontational. How hard is this to understand? When you take men with
Drug war is a scam, there's no legal grounds for a drug charge, thousands in jail on phony charges, here are just a few reasons why. (36 minute video for those that have been or are going to be charged with a drug crime - Gets to it at 10 min.)
The state has ordered 500 talking urinal cakes that will deliver a recorded anti-DWI message to bar and restaurant patrons who make one last pit stop before getting behind the wheel. "Hey there, big guy. Having a few drinks?" a female voice
DA Paul Howard “will seek criminal charges, including felony murder, against three Atlanta narcotics officers involved in a botched drug raid”. It is not the botched part that makes them criminals but that they lied to the get the warrant and acted i
Lots bad things happen when ordinary Americans drive drunk. Fines. Prison sentences. Deaths. When celebrities drive drunk—and there's a swerving parade of them—the closest these celebrities come to disgrace is a preciously befuddled mug shot.
President Bush has proposed a significant jump in funding for an anti-drug advertising campaign that government-funded research shows is at best useless and at worst has increased drug use among some teens.
"Most of the meth on the street right now is crystal meth from Mexico, I have no doubt about that," Goddard said. "It has created a national phenomenon, where a few years ago it was a regional phenomenon."
The man who told Williamson County residents that he would crack down on drugs now faces drug charges of his own. Sheriff Ricky Headley was arrested on prescription drug fraud charges. Headley has received "thousands of Lortab and Soma pills
The single most important factor in whether an individual will be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) is not the evidence. It is the individual human differences of the officer himself.
Stretched thin from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military has sharply reduced its role in the war on drugs, leaving significant gaps in the nation's narcotics interdiction efforts.
The Kabul government is planning to take the war to its illegal drugs trade. And once again, it will put Britain's exhausted troops back into the firing line.
Osiel Cardenas, the alleged Gulf cartel leader who was believed to still be running his gang from jail in Mexico, was sent north Friday along with 13 others wanted by U.S. authorities after their appeals against extradition ran out, the office of Mex
More than 12 Colombian politicians agreed in 2001 to cooperate with right-wing paramilitary criminals, says a document, fueling the country's worst political scandal in years. 3 members President Uribe's coalition sent to prison for links wi
Federal drug agents raided 11 medical marijuana outlets in Los Angeles, seizing several thousand pounds of processed marijuana, along with weapons and money, as part of an ongoing investigation, a Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman said.
In April of 2005, Jeremy Robbins was arrested attempting to traffic 2 tons of marijuana from Arizona to Tennessee. Indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges, Robbins was assessed a $1.1 million fine from Tennessee's Dept. of Revenue.
A Food and Drug Administration official told representatives of 65 companies selling unapproved drugs that the agency plans to step up efforts to remove such products from the market. "We do intend to accelerate removal of unapproved drugs this
A Bryn Mawr College student wrongly jailed for three weeks on drug charges by Philadelphia police has settled her civil-rights case for $180,000. It turns out Philadelphia cops either can't tell the difference between cocaine and flour or they in