With the intent of undermining the market for illegal drugs, Uruguay's government presented a bill to lawmakers that would legalize marijuana under a government monopoly.
Increased militarization in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala has created more insecurity, especially for women, a report spearheaded by two Nobel laureates found.
The New York governor's proposal to decriminalize the public possession of marijuana is drawing high praise from politicians and police, black and Hispanic activists and backers of pot legalization.
Steps taken to thwart a public marijuana smoking event Friday at the University of Colorado appear to have worked. Protesters who gathered at a quad on the campus for the customary 4:20 light-up time dispersed without an apparent toke.
CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Jim Spellman about efforts at the University of Colorado to extinguish smoking on 4/20.
The U.S. government's drug strategy should focus more on treating addiction and less on imposing harsh prison sentences, the White House said Tuesday.
Drug Enforcement Administration agents Monday descended upon a California university known as "Cannabis College."
Guatemala's president made a formal pitch to his fellow Central American leaders over the weekend, urging them them to sign on to a regional security plan that would include legalizing drugs.
On the campaign trail, Otto Perez Molina vowed to rule his country with an iron fist.
Televangelist Pat Robertson is raising eyebrows for his comments in support of decriminalizing marijuana.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Monday that the war on drugs in Mexico "is not a failure."
Back in boyhood, stoops at dawn awaiting newspapers from me, I had to laugh at how the noble enterprise of journalism, with its brave war correspondents across the globe and its ink-stained pressmen risking mangled fingers in massive machinery, ultimately was reduced to a 10-year-old-kid and his wagon delivering the product. So it is with the Major League Baseball drug policy, the one that commissioner Bud Selig has fought hard to position as the gold standard of the sporting world. Today Selig's gold is tarnished apparently because a courier in Wisconsin didn't know the FedEx office was open on a Saturday night.
A private funeral will be held in Whitney Houston's hometown. Anderson Cooper reports.
On the evening of Whitney Houston's death, renowned recording artist Tony Bennett told the audience of Clive Davis' Beverly Hills party, "First it was Michael Jackson, then it was Amy Winehouse, and now, the magnificent Whitney Houston. I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room commit themselves to get our government to legalize drugs -- so they'll have to get it through a doctor, not to some gangsters who just sell it under the table."
A medical marijuana advocacy group sued the Obama administration Thursday, saying its policy "to subvert local and state medical marijuana laws in California" is unconstitutional.
A former Dutch police officer says legalizing marijuana could decrease crime in the U.S.
Colombia's former president has said he believes his country is finally winning the war on drugs thanks to the robust policies his government took to combat left-wing guerrillas.
Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe says his country appears to have turned the tide in its war on drugs.
Part of the solution to end drug violence in Mexico should include legalizing drugs like marijuana for personal use, former President Vicente Fox told CNN en Espanol.
In 2002, I became aware of a woman who had already served more than six years of a 25-year prison sentence. Her crime? She was addicted to codeine, and she had fraudulently written herself more than 100 prescriptions for Tylenol III.
GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson tells Joe Johns why he's against higher taxes but for legalizing marijuana.
It is hardly surprising that former drug czar William Bennett would, in his CNN.com op-ed, oppose any changes to America's criminalization of marijuana. But it is surprising that he would lump Barney Frank and Ron Paul's proposal to allow states the opportunity to enact their own marijuana policy with the effort to legalize drugs.
Comic Tommy Chong and fmr. drug czar adviser Paul Chabot debate a federal bill that would leave states to regulate pot.
From certain precincts on the left, notably Barney Frank, to certain precincts on the right, notably the editorial page of National Review, we are witnessing a new push to end the so-called war on drugs and legalize drug use, starting with marijuana. Indeed, Ron Paul, Barney Frank's co-sponsor in the latest legislative effort, said recently he would go so far as to legalize heroin.
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and outspoken Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank want to get the federal government out of the marijuana regulation business.
The auburn-haired beauty told judges she supports legalizing medical marijuana
The straight-edge comic discusses why he thinks marijuana should be legal and also talks a little Kung Fu.
U.S. taxpayers have spent an estimated $2.5 trillion on the "war on drugs" since former President Richard Nixon first declared it in 1971. With the U.S. federal government so far in debt, it is well overdue that this type of expenditure come under greater scrutiny.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy says the war on drugs can't be won and governments should change current drug laws.
The global war on drugs has failed, a high-level commission comprised of former presidents, public intellectuals and other leaders studying drug policies concluded in a report released Thursday.
A top Mexican official says Mexico's drug policy is not a "war" against drug cartels, but a comprehensive strategy of the federal government to dismantle criminal organizations while at the same time strengthening institutions.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Unwilling to face another drug ban, Manny Ramirez is leaving baseball and is at peace with his decision while the sport confronts the specter of steroids again.
The Montana House of Representatives voted 63-37 Thursday to repeal the state's six-year-old medical marijuana law.
Kristi, 68, has been growing and dispensing marijuana from her home in northern California since the 1970s.
The U.S. drug Czar visits Colombia to review coordinated counter drug policy. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
Almost two weeks after polls closed, Arizona voters have approved a medical marijuana law, state officials said Monday.
By a narrow margin of about 4,300 votes, Arizona voters approved a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana, state election officials said Sunday.
Dr. Melvyn Sterling talks with CNN's Ali Velshi about the pros and cons of medical marijuana.
Mexico's government must create jobs and improve education to help fight drug trafficking, the country's senate president said in an interview with CNN en Espanol.
Approach a Tea Party supporter, compliment his "Don't Tread On Me" T- shirt, and ask what motivates his activism. The federal government is always growing, he might reply, as is the financial burden it imposes. We're borrowing more money every year, mortgaging our children's future, and little by little, we're ceding our very liberty.
The Supreme Court is staying out of an ongoing fight over the right of professional athletes to challenge their league-imposed suspensions.
California voters have just rejected Proposition 19, the ballot initiative that would have legalized marijuana under state law. Where did Prop 19 go wrong?
Marijuana makes you slow and raises the risk of addiction, memory problems and cognitive functions, some health agencies warn.
Tony Smithers has been answering a lot of questions lately about marijuana. Over coffee at Ramone's Bakery & Cafe, he was polite but mildly irked to be fielding queries about a substance the federal government outlaws.
Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has thrown his support behind Proposition 19, the initiative to legalize marijuana in California.
Cash-strapped California would get some relief by legalizing pot, but the biggest boost would be thanks to massive law enforcement cuts, not new tax revenue, experts say.
If there is one clear emotion emerging before November's U.S. congressional elections, it is that citizens across the political spectrum are worried about government spending and a perceived lack of government accountability regarding where tax dollars are spent.
CNN's Ted Rowlands finds out how easy getting a medical marijuana card is in California.
Former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders says prohibitions against marijuana should be lifted.
On November 2, California will vote on Proposition 19, a measure to legalize marijuana. Advocates believe Prop 19 will generate a major budgetary windfall and unleash an economic boom in marijuana-related industries while reducing crime, corruption and Mexican drug violence.
Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders told CNN Sunday she supports legalizing marijuana.
The federal government will continue to enforce federal marijuana laws in California even if the state legalizes pot through a ballot initiative next month, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter obtained Friday by CNN.
"Parker Spitzer" host Kathleen Parker tells CNN's Don Lemon that pot should be decriminalized.
In August, CNN looked at progressive activists putting the legalization of marijuana on the ballot.
It's as predictable as the sun rising and setting. Even though police made more than 850,000 marijuana arrests last year, a recent government report shows youth marijuana use increased by about 9 percent.
California's proposal to legalize marijuana has provoked every former director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to join in urging the White House to block the proposition if it is approved on the November ballot.
Legalizing marijuana is a civil rights issue, according to one of California's most prominent African-American advocacy groups.
The news of intense drug-related violence out of Jamaica is shocking and dreadful but entirely predictable. Wherever the war on drugs touches down, death and destruction result. A recent target is Kingston, Jamaica.
Last week during the day, some kids in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, were playing soccer in a park when a car slowed down, guys got out and executed a 13-year-old boy. And then they drove away, unmolested in a city with 11,000 army and police officers.
CNN's Jim Spellman introduces us to a mother and son in the controversial and expanding business of medical marijuana.
When a rare form of cancer invaded Joseph Casias' nasal cavity and his brain, his doctor prescribed marijuana to help alleviate the daily pain.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon vowed Wednesday that his government "will act to the maximum of our capabilities" to restore order to the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
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