Legalization Debate Takes Off in Latin America

March 10, 2012
Ethan Nadelmann

After decades of being brutalized by the U.S. government's failed prohibitionist drug policies, Latin American leaders, including not just distinguished former presidents but also current presidents, are saying "enough is enough."

Read the article in Spanish.

Translation of Mexico Unido Contra la Delicuencia Statement

March 8, 2012

On March 8, 2012, two civil society groups—Mexico Unido contra la Delincuencia, AC, and Di Sí al Debate—published an advertisement in the popular Mexican publication, Reforma, calling for the Mexican government to join in the calls of the Presidents of Guatemala and Costa Rica and the former Latin American presidents (of the Global Commission) to “debate and change the regulation of drugs.”

[PDF] Spanish Version of Ad in Reforma

Mandatory Drug Testing Demonizes and Demoralizes

December 15, 2011
U.S. News

At a time when increasing numbers of Americans are struggling financially and relying on public assistance, implementing mean-spirited and ineffectual mandatory drug-testing policies is both unconscionable and unconstitutional.

GOP Moves to Require Pee Tests and GEDs for Unemployed

December 14, 2011
Siddhartha Mahanta
Mother Jones

A new bill threatens to make being jobless even harder than it already is.

How the Death of Whitney Houston, and Countless Others, Could Have Been Prevented

February 14, 2012
Meghan Ralston

Drug poisoning is now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, but the government is ignoring crucial ways to change that tragic fact.

We fabricated drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas, former detective testifies

October 13, 2011

A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas.

CMA urges legalization and regulation of medical cannabis to allow for wider clinical research

October 16, 2011

The California Medical Association (CMA) has adopted official policy recommending legalization and regulation of cannabis.

Cannabis and Driving: A Scientific and Rational Review (2011 Update)

September 12, 2011
Paul Armentano

Policy debates regarding marijuana law reform invariably raise the question: "How does society address concerns regarding cannabis consumption and driving?" The subject is worthy of serious discussion.

The War We Are Losing

Milton Friedman
Searching for Alternative: Drug-Control Policy in the United States, M.B. Krauss and E.P. Lazear, eds. (Hoover Institution: Stanford, CA: 1991), pp.53-67.

Friedman suggests here that we cannot wait to have a perfect replacement plan for the war on drugs in order to take action now. "If it is doing more harm, let's stop doing that harm and let's not wait until we have a fully worked-out, detailed plan for exactly what we are going to put in its place. Let's eliminate those features of it that are clearly and obviously doing the most harm. If the system is making a mess, it is a good thing to do something to change it even though you may not have a fully detailed alternative."

Marijuana Legalization in California

May 27, 2010
Jeffrey A. Miron

Should California, or the country, legalize marijuana? Miron says "Yes," and for a multitude of reasons.

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