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  1. U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades

    07 April 2015
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    For more than two decades, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed logs of virtually all telephone calls from the USA to as many as 116 countries linked to drug trafficking. The Justice Department revealed in January that the DEA had collected data about calls to "designated foreign countries." The now-discontinued operation, carried out by the DEA's intelligence arm, was the government's first known effort to gather data on Americans in bulk, sweeping up records of telephone calls made by millions of U.S. citizens regardless of whether they were suspected of a crime.

  2. Is Obama finally ready to dial back the war on drugs?

    Jacob Sullum
    31 December 2014
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    As Obama embarks on the third year of his second term, here are some of the ways in which Obama has begun to deliver on his promises of a more rational, less punitive approach to psychoactive substances. Obama's most significant drug policy accomplishment may be letting states go their own way on marijuana legalization. Even if our next president is a Republican drug warrior, he will have a hard time reversing that decision, especially given the GOP’s lip service to federalism.

  3. No, legal US drugs aren’t being trafficked into Mexico en masse

    02 December 2014
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    The US Drug Enforcement Agency has now walked back statements it made about the trafficking of marijuana grown in the US to buyers in Mexico, after being met with skepticism by other law enforcement agents and experts and being pressed to divulge more information on the allegedly burgeoning problem. The claim that Mexican drug cartel members were taking US-grown weed and selling it at a premium to Mexican customers first emerged in a broader NPR report on the effects of legalized marijuana on the illicit drug trade.

  4. The injustice of marijuana arrests

    27 July 2014
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    America’s four-decade war on drugs is responsible for many casualties, but the criminalization of marijuana has been perhaps the most destructive part of that war. The toll can be measured in dollars — billions of which are thrown away each year in the aggressive enforcement of pointless laws. It can be measured in years — whether wasted behind bars or stolen from a child who grows up fatherless. And it can be measured in lives — those damaged if not destroyed by the shockingly harsh consequences that can follow even the most minor offenses.

  5. DEA may be losing the war on marijuana politics

    11 July 2014
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    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has found itself under attack in Congress as it holds its ground against marijuana legalization while the resolve of longtime political allies — and the White House and Justice Department to which it reports — rapidly fades. How much the agency's stock has fallen was readily apparent in the House debate, when Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) denounced the agency's longtime chief.

  6. DEA chief: Marijuana legalization just 'makes us fight harder'

    01 April 2014
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    Far from being discouraged by shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of marijuana, federal drug agents are driven to "fight harder," said Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart. Leonhart, who criticized President Obama for comparing marijuana to alcohol during a closed-door meeting, suggested that voters in Washington state and Colorado were duped into legalizing marijuana. The Marijuana Policy Project is calling on the president through a Change.org petition to fire Leonhart.

  7. America’s new drug policy landscape

    01 April 2014
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    Public opinion in the US appears ready for a truce in the war on drugs. A national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that support for the legalization of marijuana use continues to increase. Fully 75% of the public think that the sale and use of marijuana will eventually be legal nationwide. Just as most Americans prefer a less punitive approach to the use of drugs such as heroin and cocaine, an even larger majority (76%) think that people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana should not have to serve time in jail.

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    Legalizar la marihuana medicinal no conlleva más delitos en EE UU

    30 March 2014
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    medical-marijuana3Una de las razones fundamentales por la que muchos Estados de Estados Unidos no han legalizado todavía la marihuana para su uso medicinal es por el temor a que hacerlo suponga un aumento de los delitos criminales. Pero un último estudio realizado por la universidad de Texas contradice esta creencia y ha concluido que legalizar la sustancia “no aumenta el número de crímenes e, incluso, reduce los homicidios”. La investigación, publicada en PLOS ONE, abre de nuevo el debate. La marihuana para usos medicinales fue aprobada por primera vez en EE UU en 1996.

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    The most embarrassing graph in American drug policy

    Wonkblog
    28 May 2013
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    Law enforcement strategies have utterly failed to even maintain street prices of the key illicit substances. This figure shows that street drug prices fell by roughly a factor of five between in 1980 and 2008. Meanwhile the number of drug offenders locked up in our jails and prisons went from fewer than 42,000 in 1980 to a peak of 562,000 in 2007. We have remarkably little evidence that the billions of dollars spent on supply-side interdiction have much impact.

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    Deficiencies in financial oversight enable money laundering

    Tom Blickman
    15 May 2013
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    In July 1989, the leaders of the economic powers assembled at the G7 Paris summit decided to establish a Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to counter money laundering as an effective strategy against drug trafficking by criminal ‘cartels’. However, since the inception of the international anti-money laundering (AML) regime there is a growing awareness that the regime is not working as well as intended.

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    Las deficiencias en la supervisión financiera posibilitan el lavado de dinero

    Tom Blickman
    14 May 2013
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    En julio de 1989, los líderes de los poderes económicos reunidos en la Cumbre del G7 en París resolvieron establecer el Grupo de Acción Financiera Internacional (GAFI) para luchar contra el lavado de dinero como una estrategia eficaz contra el tráfico de drogas de los 'cárteles' criminales. Sin embargo, desde el inicio del régimen internacional anti lavado de dinero (ALD) ha aumentado el convencimiento de que el régimen no está funcionando tan bien como debería.

  12. Is the war on drugs nearing an end?

    07 April 2013
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    For four decades, libertarians, civil rights activists and drug treatment experts have stood outside of the political mainstream in arguing that the war on drugs was sending too many people to prison, wasting too much money, wrenching apart too many families -- and all for little or no public benefit. They were always in the minority. But a sign of a new reality emerged: for the first time in four decades of polling, the Pew Research Center found that more than half of Americans support legalizing marijuana.

  13. Federal government should allow states to sanction marijuana businesses

    Icaria Editorial
    14 December 2012
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    President Obama’s statement of tolerance toward legalized marijuana is welcome. The real question is not whether federal agents will go after users. In Colorado and Washington, the question is whether they will go after growers, processors and retailers that have been licensed under state law. It is whether the federal government will allow states to sanction businesses that keep accounts, pay taxes and follow state law.

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    HSBC paga multa, pero evita cargos por lavado de dinero mexicano y de otros países

    11 December 2012
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    Un acuerdo entre las autoridades estadunidenses y el gigantesco banco trasnacional británico HSBC que obliga el pago de casi 2 mil millones de dólares para resolver acusaciones de lavado de dinero en México y otros países fue anunciado como un triunfo para el gobierno de Washington, pero el banco también logró evitar cargos criminales formales por su conducta violatoria de varias leyes de Estados Unidos.

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    El nexo entre drogas y violencia en el Triángulo del Norte

    Liza ten Velde
    28 November 2012
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    debate19sMéxico ha sido el centro de atención en lo que respecta a la violencia relacionada con drogas en América Latina. Si bien este ‘enfoque mexicano’ aún prevalece, es en el Triángulo del Norte de Centroamérica – Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador – donde actualmente se ven tasas mucho más altas de violencia y un incremento en la actividad de las organizaciones dedicadas al tráfico de drogas, una clara ilustración del ‘efecto globo’ que México experimentase después de la implementación del Plan Colombia. En su conjunto, los países del Triángulo del Norte son ahora una de las regiones más violentas del planeta.

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  16. "Impossible" to end drug trade, says Calderón

    23 November 2012
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    Ending the consumption and the trafficking of illegal drugs is “impossible”, according to Felipe Calderón, Mexico’s outgoing president. In an interview with The Economist Mr Calderón, whose battle with organised crime has come to define his six years in office, said that countries whose citizens consume drugs should find "market mechanisms" to prevent their money from getting into the hands of criminals in Latin America.

  17. Study: Pot arrests cost state $300 million in past 25 years

    10 October 2012
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    A new crime-data analysis has found that 241,000 people in Washington were arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession over the last quarter-century, adding fuel to a campaign seeking to make this state the first to legalize recreational marijuana sales. The analysis estimates those arrests translated to nearly $306 million in police and court costs — $194 million of it the past decade. African Americans were arrested twice as often as whites for possession in Washington in the past 25 years, even though whites use marijuana more.

  18. Oakland protests U.S. attorney's crackdown on large medical marijuana dispensary

    13 July 2012
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    A day after federal prosecutors moved to shutter the country's largest medical marijuana dispensary, city leaders and other officials came to the defense of Harborside Health Center, warning of dire economic and social consequences if Oakland's carefully regulated industry is quashed. "We cannot afford the money, we cannot afford the waste of law enforcement resources, and we cannot afford the loss of jobs that this would entail," City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan said.