Chile Is About to Decriminalize Marijuana

The moves in Santiago highlight a growing movement toward acceptance of pot in Latin America.


The Murders Don't Stop: How the War on Drugs Is Responsible For Mexico's Outrageous Death Toll

The war on drugs is a war on people, where the majority of casualties are black and brown bodies.


Police in Mexico bust gang for growing genetically modified pot in three massive greenhouses covering 20,000sq ft

Police in Mexico have arrested a gang of Colombians and Mexicans for growing genetically modified pot in three massive greenhouses covering 20,000sq ft.

A statement issued by federal authorities claim the large-scale operation was taking place in the northern state of Jalisco.

Officers raiding the greenhouses found a total of 7,000 'mother plants' of marijuana that had been genetically modified and cloned.

According to investigators, the Colombians claimed they had been contacted by emails offering them jobs in the Mexico.

Without knowing what they were destined for, they ended up at the site in the municipality of Tlajomulco de Zunia.

The crew, which included 22 Colombians and three Mexicans, were said to have paid in dollars.


Mexico's Military Follow Their Own Rules in the 'Drug War'

Several incidents in the last few weeks have raised additional doubts over how Mexico's soldiers are approaching the so-called "drug war." Not only are there questions over how appropriately the security forces react in confrontations with civilians, but the importance of the military itself in Mexico's democracy may yet come under scrutiny. 


Escape Should Lead to Drug Law Reform, Advocates Say

Corruption. Extradition. Border violence. Those were the standard talking-point topics by Texas lawmakers following Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán's brazen escape last week from a maximum-security Mexican prison.

Now, some advocates hope to add “drug policy reform” to the list, arguing that Guzmán’s catapult back to power of the Sinaloa cartel should lead to new discussions on how much outlawing drugs empowers the world's most ruthless drug lords.


Authorities raid 4000-plant marijuana grow near Rancho Cucamonga

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> More than 4,000 pot plants and 100 pounds of cannabis were seized at a marijuana grow operation in the mountains north of here, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The illegal grow operation negatively impacted the environment around Day Creek Canyon, authorities said Friday.

The sheriff’s marijuana enforcement team worked with the DEA and the state attorney general’s Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, formed to eradicate cultivation camps “that cause deforestation, damage to wildlife habitats, pose danger to our citizens, and hazardous-chemical pollutions,” according to the attorney general’s website.


10 countries' marijuana laws explained

Marijuana decriminalization and legalization initiatives are not only sweeping through the U.S. — countries across the world are beginning to signal the green light for cannabis policy reform.

Here are 10 countries where lawmakers and public sentiment are changing the tide on cannabis policy.

1. Jamaica

Jamaica — home to the Rastafarian movement — recently joined the list of countries to decriminalize marijuana, and this year it will be hosting the World Cannabis Cup in Negril Nov. 12-15.


Mexican Police Seize 3 Tonnes Of Marijuana On US-Mexico Border | Focus News

Police in Mexico have seized nearly three tonnes of marijuana hidden in a house in Miguel Aleman, a town along the US border (Representational Image)

Police in Mexico have seized nearly three tonnes of marijuana hidden in a house in Miguel Aleman, a town along the US border in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, officials said.

The house in Linda Vista district was being guarded by a man who fled as soon as he spotted officers approaching, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group said.


The war on drugs is stupid and counter-productive

According to Zero Zero Zero by Roberto Saviano and Dreamland by Sam Quinones, the flow of Class A drugs around the world is now unstoppable, and traffickers have grown increasingly violent. If only the trade were regulated, all this could change

Rosalio Reta was 13 years old when recruited by a Mexican drug cartel. He was given a loyalty test — shoot dead a man tied to a chair — then moved into a nice house in Texas. Soon he was earning $500 a week for stakeouts and odd jobs, but the big money came from slitting the throats of the gang’s enemies, which paid a $50,000 bonus. Four years later he was arrested after 20 murders; his only remorse was over accidentally sparking a massacre that left him fearing his bosses might exact revenge on him.


Only legalization can win the war on drugs

Prohibition was a failure in the 1920s, and, for similar reasons, the so-called war on drugs has been a disaster. Forty years after U.S. President Richard Nixon declared this war, consumption worldwide is up, violence has increased and the rule of law has collapsed, especially in Latin America.

Basic economics tells us that when there is artificial pressure on supply, prices go up and margins increase — the perfect incentives for criminal activities. The same mistake was made in the United States almost a century ago with Prohibition. As early as 1925, some observers started to see that this policy, far from stopping crime, was leading to the formation of large networks of well-funded crime syndicates.


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