FBI agent Kate Macer played by Emily Blunt (Screen shot from LIONSGATE Publicity Trailer for press)
07 Oct 2015

Film Review: In ‘Sicario,’ What Happens When FBI Agent Threatens to Expose True War on Drugs

In ‘Sicario’ as in real life, those who have the integrity to challenge authority, like Emily Blunt’s character, do so at great risk to their livelihood.

Buds of medical marijuana, along with a rolled joint, from a dispensary in California and photographed on February 5, 2010. (Flickr / David Trawin)
28 Sep 2015

Marijuana, Reconsidered: Dr. Lester Grinspoon On 45 Years Of Cannabis Science

Since 1967, Dr. Lester Grinspoon, a Harvard professor, has brought real, scientific truth to the study of marijuana, bursting the myths of the war on drugs.

U.S. Marines assigned to the female engagement team (FET) of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) conduct a patrol alongside a poppy field while visiting Afghan settlements in Boldak, Afghanistan, April 5, 2010.  (DoD / Cpl. Lindsay L. Sayres, U.S. Marine Corps)
23 Sep 2015

Rumors Persist That The CIA Helps Export Opium From Afghanistan

Despite billions spent to eradicate opium crops in Afghanistan, the crop is more popular than ever there, leading many to wonder whether some U.S. forces may actually be encouraging its growth and the heroin it later becomes.

A closeup photo of a bud of marijuana, with the RX prescription symbol in the background, photographed on Feb 20, 2011. Despite a growing mountain of evidence, the new head of the DEA insists cannabis has no medical use. (Flickr / The Dank Depot)
21 Sep 2015

DEA Chief Admits Marijuana Is Less Dangerous Than Heroin, But Won’t Reschedule

Despite ample evidence pointing to the therapeutic, non-addictive qualities of marijuana, the new head of the Drug Enforcement Agency wants to keep it legally classified alongside heroin and other highly addictive substances. “If we come up with a medical use for it, that would be wonderful. But we haven’t,” declared Chuck Rosenberg, the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Agency, in an interview with Fox News.

File: A hand examines a cannabis leaf on a live plant. (Flickr / docmonstereyes)
20 Aug 2015

New Schools, Less Crime: Colorado Sees Benefits Of Marijuana Legalization

Colorado’s successful experiment in marijuana legalization is bringing in millions of dollars of revenue per month while simultaneously benefiting schools and contributing to a drop in crime rates. Colorado reached over $50 million dollars in recreational cannabis sales in June, breaking the state’s previous record.

A bottle of methadone lies on the pavement, photographed on April 11, 2010. (Flickr / neeel)
04 Aug 2015

NYPD Allegedly Entraps Methadone User Outside Of Clinic

A federal lawsuit filed on March 11, 2015 claims James Angone was wrongfully arrested and imprisoned after leaving a Queens methadone clinic. Angone maintains an undercover New York Police Department officer framed him for attempting to sell narcotics after he refused the officer’s proposition to give him his medication.