By Joe Chivers With the Iowa Caucuses just three weeks away, the race for the Democratic candidate for President in 2020 is heating up, and here at Drug War Stories, we’re not...
by Joe Chivers Decriminalization worked in Portugal, but would it work in Mexico? In recent months, the Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been pushing for decriminalization of all drugs. Mexico has been torn apart by...
By Joe Chivers Typically, it is the DEA, the police, or the federal authorities who pursue drug offenders, but there have been several points in history where the United States has used its overwhelming military might against smaller countries as...
By Joe Chivers When discussing the War on Drugs, we must discuss not only the fatal impact it has had on millions of people, but also the subtler effects. While less lurid, these effects have damaged lives in tragic and...

Pot Prisoners

By Joe Chivers Every day, it seems that more and more people come around to the idea of legalizing, or at least, decriminalizing, pot. It is paramount that we understand that all is not rosy for those who consume the...
By Joe Chivers It is no exaggeration to state that the Opioid epidemic that is currently ravaging the United States is the largest public health threat to the nation today. Indeed, it is hard to underestimate the true scale of...
By Joe Chivers If you are even a casual reader of the news, the dark situation in the Philippines cannot have escaped your attention. Filipino President, Rodrigo Duterte, hasn’t so much got blood on his hands as he has his...
By Joe Chivers Decriminalization of medical marijuana is a hotly contested topic around the world. While in the United States, 29 states have legalized the drug for this purpose, in other regions, it isn’t so clear cut. Europe, as a...
Third in a series on the Decriminalization of Drugs in Portugal By Joe Chivers In the previous installment of this series on Portugal, we discussed the intricacies and effects of decriminalization. In this final instalment, we’ll look at recent developments in...
Second in a series on the Decriminalization of Drugs in Portugal By Joe Chivers In the last installment of this series on the Portuguese approach to the drug war, we covered the massive addiction problems plaguing Portugal in the 1980s and...

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