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.
A 17-year-old student is allegedly at the center of a marijuana drug ring in Ohio that grossed $20,000 per month.
A joint drug investigation in Hong Kong hauled a record cocaine shipment worth an estimated street value of U.S. $98 million, customs officials said.
Eight American soldiers died of overdoses involving heroin, morphine or other opiates during deployments in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011, according to U.S. Army investigative reports.
CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Jim Spellman about efforts at the University of Colorado to extinguish smoking on 4/20.
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.
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.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta goes over the revelations revealed in Whitney Houston's autopsy report, which was released Wednesday.
Whitney Houston drowned face down in a tub of "extremely hot water" about 12 inches deep, the final autopsy report on the singer's death said.
Televangelist Pat Robertson is raising eyebrows for his comments in support of decriminalizing marijuana.
Evangelical patriarch Rev. Pat Robertson has long been a leader in the conservative movement advocating for a better civil and moral society. But his recent support of marijuana legalization couldn't be more wrongheaded.
Medical marijuana advocates are hoping state governments can succeed where their efforts have failed by asking federal authorities to reclassify pot as a drug with medical use.
A medical marijuana dispensary is offering cardholders free pot during their going-out-of-business party. KOVR reports.
NFL player Sam Hurd faces federal drug charges and has been cut from the Chicago Bears team.
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 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention officer was arrested this week on suspicion of marijuana possession after a pursuit in which he was seen throwing bundles of marijuana out the window of his truck, according to federal court documents.
Bolivian indigenous leaders vow to keep fighting a road project through a national park on their ancestral homeland even though President Evo Morales said he would suspend construction pending a national dialogue.
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.
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.
When Drew Brown first opened Abundant Healing, a medical marijuana dispensary that serves nearly 300 patients, he dreamed of early retirement to Costa Rica, where he would spend his days as a beach bum renting surfboards to tourists.
David Charles Schubert allegedly bought crack cocaine as the law looked on
In a move that drew fire from medical marijuana advocates, federal authorities raided 26 medical marijuana dispensaries in 13 Montana cities, saying they have probable cause to believe that the businesses are involved in large-scale trafficking.
Seattle holds its first medical marijuana farmers market, as CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.
The crops for sale carry labels like "dark vader," "uk cheese" and "white russian."
The Montana House of Representatives voted 63-37 Thursday to repeal the state's six-year-old medical marijuana law.
CNN's Jim Spellman reports on a mobile medical marijuana clinic traveling to rural Colorado towns.
A rodeo cowboy with a bum shoulder, a middle-aged woman who has trouble sleeping and a handful of snowboarders are all crowded around a shiny aluminum trailer on a sunny winter day. Some clutch X-rays, others look around nervously hoping a neighbor won't spot them as they wait in line for a medical marijuana prescription.
Kristi, 68, has been growing and dispensing marijuana from her home in northern California since the 1970s.
One company is offering a soda-like version of medical marijuana.
Rafael Romo reports in some areas of Colombia, farmers have switched from coca plants to less profitable but legal crops.
The U.S. drug Czar visits Colombia to review coordinated counter drug policy. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
A Colorado physician suspected of recommending medical marijuana to a 28-weeks pregnant woman without conducting a thorough physical examination is fighting to keep his license.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took a major step Tuesday toward banning medical marijuana dispensaries in the county's unincorporated areas.
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.
Californians tell CNN's Ted Rowlands that Proposition 19 may have failed but they are still optimistic for the future.
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.
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.
CNN's Ted Rowlands finds out how easy getting a medical marijuana card is in California.
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.
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.
California's most valuable export isn't fine wine, agricultural products or motion pictures.
Opium production has dropped significantly in Afghanistan, in large part because of a plant infection in the country's war-torn south, a U.N. report said on Thursday.
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.
Last week, the government released its National Survey on Drug Use and Health. It didn't make much of a news splash, but it should have -- and in years past, it would have.
Paris Hilton will face a Las Vegas, Nevada, judge Monday morning to accept a plea deal in her cocaine possession case, the prosecutor and a source close to the defense said.
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.
Terminally ill cancer patients struggling with anxiety may get some relief from a guided "trip" on the hallucinogenic drug psilocybin, a new study suggests.
The heiress had .8 grams of cocaine and a broken Albuterol pill in her purse, police say
Pamela Sakuda, 57, was anxious and depressed. After two years of intensive chemotherapy for late-stage colon cancer, and having outlived her prognosis by several months, she'd finally lost hope. She was living in fear and was worried how her impending death would affect her husband.
Miami Heat basketball player Udonis Haslem was charged with possession of marijuana on Sunday after a traffic stop, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Legalizing marijuana is a civil rights issue, according to one of California's most prominent African-American advocacy groups.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart for the termination of a Michigan employee whose doctor verified his illness qualified for medical marijuana use.
When American entrepreneur Adam Dunn moved to the Netherlands at age 19, his first business plan wasn't anything to write home about. He'd crammed 300 Rolling Stones concert T-shirts into his luggage, hoping to sell them for some quick cash.
If current trends continue, Peru is poised to overtake Colombia as the world's top producer of coca, the plant used in the production of cocaine, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.
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.
When a rare form of cancer invaded Joseph Casias' nasal cavity and his brain, his doctor prescribed marijuana to help alleviate the daily pain.
CNN's Jim Spellman introduces us to a mother and son in the controversial and expanding business of medical marijuana.
Young addicts paint a picture of a drug use epidemic in South Wales. For more, go to VBS.TV. Viewer discretion advised.
As well as going to exotic places like Liberia, North Korea and Sudan, VBS also makes films in our London office's beloved United Kingdom.
A marijuana bust along the U.S.-Mexico border revealed 30 pounds of the drug stuffed into framed pictures of Jesus Christ, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said Wednesday.
Entrepreneur John Lee thinks the pot business is ready for its own Amazon.com.
A pamphlet designed to help heroin users with advice has come under fire, with some now questioning whether the public health brochure can actually be used as a how-to guide on drug use.
HLN hears Your Views on a controversial New York City health pamphlet that aims to promote safe heroin use.
CNN's Jim Spellman introduces us to Diane Irwin and her son, who run a medical marijuana farm.
Driving down Broadway, it's easy to forget you are in the United States. Amid the antique stores, bars and fast-food joints occupying nearly every block are some of Denver's newest businesses: medical marijuana dispensaries.
The crop has been harvested, and Diane Irwin's secret technique paid off.
CNN's Matthew Chance reports on the Afghan drug trade finding a market in Russia.
Russia's top drugs adviser has called on the United States to use its troop surge into Afghanistan to help stem the flow of drugs entering its borders, as heroin addiction reaches epidemic levels.
Patients in the 13 states where medical marijuana is legal can now light up without fear of federal reprisal, but they may still have to answer to local authorities.
The U.S. will no longer prosecute medical marijuana facilities, but local officials vow more raids. Casey Wian reports.
It certainly isn't your average help wanted ad.
The Justice Department has provided federal prosecutors "clarification and guidance" urging them to go after drug traffickers, but not patients and caregivers, in the 14 states that have medical marijuana laws.
A second post-mortem questions whether drugs played a role in the salesman's death
With the sun shining brightly, a host of Afghan officials, foreign diplomats, and members of the press take their seats beneath a newly erected red tent. After a prayer and some introductory remarks, a general steps to the podium and gives the customary Islamic invocation in the name of almighty Allah, most gracious and merciful.
Enough Afghan opium to supply world demand for two years has effectively gone missing, with the Taliban suspected of stockpiling supplies in a bid to corner the market, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has revealed.
Afghanistan's narcotics problem is becoming so vast it threatens to cripple the country. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.
Afghanistan's reputation as the world's leading narcotics supplier is well-known, but in a squalid ruin in Kabul, the country hides a darker secret -- a huge home grown drug addiction problem now on the brink of fueling an HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Argentina's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday it is unconstitutional to punish an adult for private use of marijuana as long as it doesn't harm anyone else.
As the health care debate captivated America, a white flag was quietly raised along the violence-torn U.S.-Mexico border. In case you missed it, it was our nation's surrender in the war on drugs.
Fewer Americans are driving drunk, but roughly one in six drivers on weekend nights is on drugs, according to a data released Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey.
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