War on Drugs

Nadia Prupis, staff writer
The 2016 spending bill approved last week by U.S. Congress and signed late Friday by President Barack Obama included a measure that effectively ended the federal ban on medical marijuana and paves the way for significant reforms of the war on drugs. "For decades Congress has been responsible for passing disastrous drug laws," said Michael Collins...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
The Mexican Supreme Court has ruled that individuals have the constitutional...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Public health advocates say harm reduction policies, such as needle exchanges and supervised injection facilities, save lives. (Photo: Trinn Suwannapha/ World Bank/Flickr)
Moving away from the prevailing Drug War paradigm under which users and addicts...


After five years of Mexico's bloody, ineffective war on drugs, over half the population feel unsafe in their neighborhoods and activist residents are turning to grassroots art projects to fight the violence. Those with "credentials of blood" are publishing Portraits for Peace , making videos to share stories, and, inspired by street artist JR , putting up huge photographic portraits of victims to put people "in the shoes of the other."