War on Drugs

States Prepare to Fight Back Against Jeff Sessions’ Absurd War on Pot

August 14, 2017

Letters sent by the current Attorney General hint of upcoming federal action against state’s that have already legalized it, but a marijuana policy expert says Sessions may face resistance on multiple fronts

Public Defender: Body Camera Shows Cop Planting Drugs

July 19, 2017

While charges were dropped against the suspect, former Baltimore cops say the case should highlight the need to end prohibition

Witnessing the Horrors of the War on Drugs Made this Physician an Outspoken Opponent

May 11, 2017

Maryland Delegate Dan Morhaim says ending the drug war is the first step to addressing the root causes of addiction

How to Win the Drug War? End It.

May 10, 2017

In the latest episode of The Real Baltimore, our expert panel discusses both long and short term solutions to the War on Drugs

It’s Destroying Communities, and Tearing Apart Families

May 8, 2017

Youth advocate Bobby Marvin Holmes describes the trauma inflicted on Baltimore by the ongoing Drug War

The War on Drugs Failed by Not Addressing Root Causes of Addiction

May 7, 2017

Renowned Canadian physician and author Gabor Mate says cities like Vancouver’s safe injection sites have proved to be widely successful alternatives to criminalizing addiction

The Real Baltimore: The Drug War

May 4, 2017

Nearly 5 decades after Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs, The Real Baltimore examines it’s impact with retired police Major Neill Franklin, educator and activist Diamonte Brown, Public Defender Todd Oppenheim and Councilman Kris Burnett

How the War on Drugs Thwarts Meaningful Police Reform

August 12, 2016

Neill Franklin and Adam Eidinger discuss the link between drug policy and the DOJ report on the Baltimore Police Department

US Ignores Disappearances in Mexico to Maintain Financial and Military Presence

April 27, 2016

The Merida Initiative is not about drug trafficking but in fact about allowing US intervention for the benefit of transnational capital, says Dawn Paley, author of Drug War Capitalism

How the U.S. Fuels the Drug War in Mexico

January 28, 2016

Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace, co-authors of “A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the ‘Mexican Drug War,’” trace the history of the war on drugs from prohibition in the early 20th century to the militarization of police forces today

El Chapo Arrest Won’t Change Narco-Governance in Mexico

January 13, 2016

John Mill Ackerman says the real problem facing the rule of law in Mexico is Obama’s blind support for the Nieto government

DOJ Suspends Asset Seizures

December 30, 2015

Former Deputy LAPD Chief of Police Stephen Downing explains why a law meant to target drug kingpins was harming everyday people since only 13 percent of seizure victims were ever charged with a crime

As City Violence Spikes Nationwide, Major Police Chiefs Defend Drug War

August 6, 2015

TRNN’s Jaisal Noor questions the head of Major Cities Chiefs Association about why the group is defending failed policies of the drug war and gets reactions from drug war critics Police Chief Larry Kirk and professor Lawrence Brown

Would Loretta Lynch Support Ineffective Federal Drug Policy?

January 30, 2015

Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), says that Loretta Lynch unwittingly made the case for legalization of marijuana during her confirmation hearing for attorney general

Budget Bill’s Little-Known Provisions Affecting Marijuana Users

December 17, 2014

LEAP’s Neill Franklin says the budget bill bans the feds from going after states with legal medical marijuana, but may prevent DC from legalizing marijuana

Tens of Thousands March to End Impunity for the Mexican Narco-State

November 11, 2014

Prof. John Ackerman argues that outrage over the 43 recently disappeared college students has the potential to unite social forces to challenge the US-backed Mexican narco-state

War on drugs and Mexico’s demise

May 7, 2009

In part one, Miguel Tinker Salas explained how the North American Free Trade Agreement helped to create the desperate economic conditions whereby Mexico’s drug cartels could flourish. Here in part two he criticizes the military-first response of the US and Mexican governments, pointing to the abject failure of a similar nine-year-old policy in Colombia. A country where the drug trade has actually expanded over the last decade of the heavily-funded drug war and US military aid has been turned against the social movement. A phenomenon that is already being observed in Mexico as well.

Free trade and Mexico’s drug war

May 3, 2009

In April, US President Barack Obama visited Mexico where he announced that the US needed to take some responsibility for Mexico’s ongoing Drug War. He also declared his support for a continuation and strengthening of free trade policies between the two countries. According to Miguel Tinker-Salas, it is the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the massive economic transition it precipitated, that has created such fertile ground for the drug economy. The result is that the Mexican government finds itself facing a decreasing level of control over entire regions of the country as the cartels provide the services that the central government no longer does.