Does Marijuana Stand A Chance With The New DEA Chief?

Pot is gaining acceptance legally and across society, but don’t expect the Drug Enforcement Administration to change when President Donald Trump announces his choice to run the agency, experts say. The government arm that runs the war on drugs has never been hip to hemp, but experts say a new DEA head won’t come in and change […]

Trump admits his border wall could be defeated by medieval siege technology

President Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Wednesday that his proposed border wall would have to be “transparent” to prevent Americans from being struck and killed by 60-pound sacks of drugs tossed over from the Mexican side. “One of the things with the wall is you need transparency. You have to be able to see […]

Trump’s Wile E. Coyote Approach to Border Security

The president of the United States wants a see-through wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, in part because he’s worried about people getting hit in the head by any bags of drugs that might be hurled over the divide. “As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you […]

One Year Into Duterte’s Bloody Regime

One Year Into Duterte’s Bloody Regime

There are countless reasons why President Duterte’s Drug War isn’t helping Philippine society—and a $140 million reason President Trump might be willing to look the other way.

What Happens When the DEA Makes Mistakes

In 2011, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency made an ill-informed decision that triggered a massacre in a town in Mexico that led to dozens, possibly hundreds, of deaths and kidnappings. We talk to Ginger Thomas of ProPublica about that story, and what it tells us about the DEA, government.. Listen to the full interview on […]

Twitter Imagines What Trump Is Doing Instead of Live-Tweeting the Comey Hearing

President Donald Trump must have been dying to tweet during fired FBI director James Comey’s testimony on Thursday. Many observers wondered aloud how the country’s Twitter-prolific president restrained himself from the social media platform during the day’s widely anticipate Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Trump’s Twitter absence during the hearing sparked the imaginations of several onlookers. … Read the full […]

This Pigeon Exposes a Hole in President Trump’s Plan to Stop Drug Trafficking

Law enforcement officials in Kuwait intercepted a homing pigeon that had a mini-backpack stuffed full of pills containing ketamine on Tuesday. The bird — which has been dubbed “party pigeon” — was part of an apparent attempt to smuggle drugs over the border. It might seem unusual, but the use of pigeons isn’t unheard of […]

The No. 1 reason why Trump’s wall won’t fix the drug problem

As President Trump demands federal funding for a border wall he promised Mexico would pay for, he has leaned heavily on the argument that the wall is the only way to stop illegal drugs from coming across the Southwest border. “The Wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth […]

‘Another round of whack-a-mole’: Decoding the White House’s tough talk on cartels

International drug cartels are only able to impose violent chaos on the Western hemisphere because Americans’ demand for narcotics is so high, DHS head John Kelly told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday. “Drug consumption in the United States is the problem,” Kelly said. “When you consider the massive amounts of profit that come out of the United […]

Weed Might Be the Only Thing Climate Change Won’t Ruin

In my research for this column, I’ve learned that climate change is going to flood New York City, ruin sushi and coffee, worsen immigration-related problems, and increase the size and quantity of some bugs. But here’s some good news for a change: No matter how bad the climate situation gets by 2050, weed is probably going to be just fine. Yes, there are signs of […]

Trump’s wall won’t stop heroin from coming into the US

President Donald Trump has advertised his idea for a “big, beautiful wall” at the US-Mexico border by arguing it will stop the flow of drugs into the US — a particularly timely goal as the US struggles with its worst drug crisis ever in the opioid epidemic. The wall’s heroin-fighting capabilities, however, could face a big […]

#SSDP2017: DARE Keynote

Sanho Tree gives the keynote speech at the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Annual Conference. Watch the full keynote speech here.

Senate Drug Warriors’ False Claims Pave Way for Dangerous Bill

The two octogenarian senior members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are up to one of their favorite pastimes again this year. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have reintroduced a perennial bill that would increase penalties for drug dealers who sell products designed to entice children. If the bill becomes law, anyone who […]

Why James Comey’s heroin strategy could just make the problem worse

Speaking in Virginia this week, FBI Director James B. Comey pointed to a classic anti-drug strategy to fight the current heroin epidemic: “Our job is to try to crack down on the supply, literally, to be very blunt, to drive up the price to make it less and less attractive for people who are addicted to pills […]