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UK

Brian Paddick & Molly Meacher

Tabloid papers are “main enemies” of drug policy reform

Tabloid newspapers have been described as “our main enemies” in the fight for drug policy reform in the United Kingdom, during a parliamentary meeting on narcotic legislation. Molly Meacher, a cross-bench life peer in the House of Lords, asserted that reform is being hindered by the vitriolic support for drug prohibition in the country’s most

Latin America

A man is searched by police on the second night of carnival in Salvador, Brazil, in February 2012.
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How Brazil’s Drug War Became a Crusade Against People of Color

In Brazil’s old colonial capital of Salvador de Bahia, February means Carnaval, a six-day Dionysian celebration often called the biggest street party in the world. But behind the merriment hides a striking example of Brazil’s endemic structural racism. Though Salvador’s population is 80 percent black, the carnavaleros dancing down the cordoned-off avenues are mostly white,

Asia

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Rodrigo Duterte and the brutal drug policies of Southeast Asia

Rodrigo Duterte, the soon-to-be President of the Philippines, is poised to implement some of the world’s most repressive drug policies. Duterte, nicknamed ‘The Punisher’, has vowed to kill all drug users and traffickers in his country. “All of you who are into drugs, you sons of bitches, I will really kill you,” he declared at

North America

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Marijuana and the 2016 US Presidency

Who offers the best solution to prohibition? 2016 looks to be a big year for political shift in the United States, with the many unique presidential candidates offering new opinions and ideals. One major issue is marijuana, and the potential for legalising or decriminalising it at a federal or state scale. Let’s have a look

Europe

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