War on Drugs

Jessica Corbett, staff writer
U.S. President Donald Trump
"President Trump is the last person who should be defining the global debate on drug policy," says one expert. "Trump has shown complete disdain for human rights and international law."
Common Dreams staff
While nearly all border states have some form of legalized marijuana use, it remains illegal under U.S. federal law and will classify those who work in the marijuana industry as drug traffickers. (Photo: Getty)
"U.S. border policy on pot is about to get even stupider."
Julia Conley, staff writer
"If President Trump thinks he can end these injustices if we deliver him a few...


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."