Drugs

Mapping the Legal Pot Era in Spokane

The city has approved a local ordinance and even drawn districts for retailers — now it waits.

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To Stay Relevant, Unions Jump Into the Medical Marijuana Business

They have very little to lose by trying to cultivate a new, more labor friendly industry, albeit a highly speculative and technically illegal one.

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How Mexico City's Drunk Driving Crack Down Is Making the City Safer

Innovative programs have helped turn the city from one of the world's most dangerous places into one of the safest areas in Mexico.

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Will Obama Fight Colorado and Washington's New Pot Laws?

On Tuesday, voters in those states legalized marijuana for recreational use. But the administration could make implementation very difficult.

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A Grim Map of Disappeared Mexican Journalists

Drug wars and cartels have been blamed for the disappearance of at least 13 journalists since 2003.

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The Netherlands' Awkward Intersection of Drugs, Tourism, and Local Culture

An effort to ban marijuana sales to foreigners threatens more than just the economy.

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Baltimore's Newest Crime Fighting Equation

The city's police are fighting illegal guns rather than drugs. Will it cut down on violence?

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How Sewage Reveals a City's Drug Habits

A multi-city study of wastewater shows how drug use varies.

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Even In Low-Crime Portland, Police Want Cameras

Despite pockets of crime, critics say the cameras are taking police power too far.

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Scenes from Brazil's Crack Epidemic

The country is struggling to stem the spread of the drug in its urban slums.

Mexican Design's New Acerbic Streak

The country's socio-political struggles have influenced a surprising amount of home products.

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Shoes Over Telephone Wires: This Probably Doesn't Explain It

Chicago residents are scratching their heads over this age-old mystery.

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This Week in Bans: Italian Town Outlaws Death

Also, Boston hates moshpits; an Illinois town repeals Prohibition; New York City's teachers should stay far away from Facebook.

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This Week in Bans: Tupelo Takes Aim at Baggy Pants

Also recently banned: Bath salts in Tennessee, prayers in England, and possibly "reckless skateboarding" in Los Angeles.

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How the Plummeting Price of Cocaine Fueled the Nationwide Drop in Violent Crime

Competition in the illicit drug trade and reduced incentives for small-time dealers all coincided with this dramatic shift in U.S. cities