War on Drugs

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the first major court challenge to marijuana legalization on Thursday, saying that Colorado's state-regulated recreational pot program has created an increased law enforcement burden in neighboring states and asking the U.S. Supreme Court to shut it down. Colorado voters in 2012 passed Amendment 64, which legalized use...
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Protesters in close to 50 American cities on Wednesday rallied in solidarity...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Study finds that, following decriminalization policies in Portugal, users have faced better "health outcomes," including a reduction in HIV and AIDS cases. (Photo: M.A. Cabrera Luengo/flickr/cc)
There is no "clear correlation" between tough-on-drugs laws and lower drug use...


After five years of Mexico's bloody, ineffective war on drugs, over half the population feel unsafe in their neighborhoods and activist residents are turning to grassroots art projects to fight the violence. Those with "credentials of blood" are publishing Portraits for Peace , making videos to share stories, and, inspired by street artist JR , putting up huge photographic portraits of victims to put people "in the shoes of the other."