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    1. June 23, 2016

      The case for decriminalising drug use is overwhelming

      We should decriminalise personal possession and use of illegal drugs while continuing to prosecute illegal suppliers....

    2. April 18, 2016

      World split in fight over drugs

      Early last year, eight prisoners from Brazil, Australia and Nigeria were taken to a field on a small island off the...

    1. February 17, 2016

      Cannabis advocates push for hemp exchange

      The cannabis plant’s unsteady transformation from outlaw weed to mainstream commodity is poised for another step...

    2. February 7, 2016

      Drugs, painkillers and the New Hampshire primary

      Kicking off the US primary calendar gives a small state big sway over the national debate. Corn-growing Iowa’s first...

    3. January 25, 2016

      China-made ‘$5 insanity’ drug goes global

      On the street, the drug is called “$5 insanity” because of its quick, cheap hit. Alternatively known as Flakka, it is...

    4. January 12, 2016

      ‘El Chapo’ Mexico safe house offers clues to life on the run

      On a nondescript residential street in north-west Mexico, lined with palm trees, a few shops and a taco restaurant,...

    5. January 3, 2016

      To win the war on terror, forget the war on drugs

      The terms may no longer be politically correct but western governments continue to wage both a war on terror and a war...

    6. November 23, 2015

      Golden Leaf eyes joint listing as cannabis market grows

      A cannabis company is poised to become the first marijuana producer with a joint listing in Europe and the US as it...

    7. November 13, 2015

      How marijuana keeps on growing

      Last week, as the glorious autumn foliage blazed out across America’s Midwest, I travelled to Kansas City for an...

    8. November 4, 2015

      Mexico ruling opens door to legalising marijuana

      Mexico’s Supreme Court has opened the door to legalising the recreational use and cultivation of marijuana — a...

    9. November 3, 2015

      White, middle-aged, uneducated and dying

      Drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues in the US are contributing to an alarming surge in deaths among white...

    10. August 21, 2015

      Esports authorities on alert for wired gamers

      They train for hours a day, compete for huge prizes in international tournaments and have their names chanted by...

    11. August 7, 2015

      Cannabis: Silicon Valley’s hot new sector

      Cannabis Wearing a straw hat and a big grin, farmer Casey O’Neill is busy greeting customers at a Saturday farmers’...

    12. July 29, 2015

      Wanted: recreational drug users with a nose for business

      Wanted: drug abuser who enjoys snorting opioids. Will pay $250 a day. Thousands of recreational drug users are being...

    13. June 4, 2015

      ‘Smart drugs’ offer the ambitious an extra edge

      Patti Turchi, a director at an English language school in Italy, used to suffer debilitating jitters whenever she had...

    14. May 8, 2015

      A deadly new enemy in Mexico’s drugs war

      Mexico’s government has a new nemesis in its drugs war: a cartel flush with cash and weapons from trafficking...

    15. April 21, 2015

      The US potential of pot: from legalising to monetising

      In the 19th century, American prospectors headed west to make their fortunes mining gold. Today, from California and...

    16. March 20, 2015

      Cannabis companies: puffed up

      Pot smokers have a reputation for being laid back. But in the US, the pot market is anything but mellow. Legal sales of...

    17. March 1, 2015

      CEBR head steps aside after crack cocaine allegations

      The head of the Centre for Economic and Business Research, one of the UK’s best known economic think-tanks, has taken a...

    18. January 8, 2015

      Founders Fund puts its money in cannabis pot

      Just a year after Colorado legalised sales of recreational marijuana, the fledgling US cannabis industry has secured...

    19. November 21, 2014

      The brand of Bob Marley and the birth of Big Weed

      It is the face that launched a thousand spliffs. Bob Marley’s chiselled features adorn posters and CD covers in ganja...

    20. November 18, 2014

      Bob Marley: Marlboro Man of marijuana?

      Can Bob Marley become the Marlboro Man of marijuana? Privateer Holdings, a Seattle-based private equity firm that...

    21. November 6, 2014

      Peña Nieto’s attempt to rewrite Mexico’s grisly script

      “The scriptwriter has let us down,” sighs the hotshot reporter in Mexican movie director Luis Estrada’s acid new...

    22. October 30, 2014

      Coalition row erupts over drug laws study

      The “toughness” of a country’s drug possession laws has no impact on levels of substance misuse, a Home Office report...

    23. October 24, 2014

      Go slow on pot, says Colorado governor

      The governor of Colorado, which pioneered the legalisation of cannabis in the US, has warned policy makers elsewhere...

    24. October 13, 2014

      Mexican drug barons flourish despite crackdown

      The “most wanted” page of the Mexican attorney-general’s website is blank except for the message “being updated”. That...

    25. July 10, 2014

      Colorado pot market shows a bigger high than expected

      Colorado’s marijuana market, which was legalised in January, is much larger than previously thought, according to a new...

    26. June 23, 2014

      Fall in Myanmar drug seizures causes concern rather than relief

      Drug seizures in Myanmar have plunged as traffickers hide refineries and laboratories in lawless border areas, in an...

    27. May 9, 2014

      Uruguay’s smoking laws draw tobacco fire

      While Uruguay has been celebrated by liberals around the world for its bold steps to regulate cannabis, with new rules...

    28. May 5, 2014

      A futile war on drugs that wastes money and wrecks lives

      The war on drugs has been a $1tn failure. For more than four decades, governments around the world have pumped huge...

    29. April 30, 2014

      Cannabis fund pitches weed at the Waldorf

      It was high times at a high society hotel on Wednesday when a new cannabis-focused private equity fund took its...

    30. April 16, 2014

      Ex-Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers charged with drug offences

      Paul Flowers, the former chairman of the Co-operative Bank and a Methodist minister, has been charged with possession...

    31. March 11, 2014

      Pot boom prompts US marijuana industry to go on recruitment drive

      Colorado’s budding legal marijuana businesses are starting to sprout jobs and hundreds of people hoping to work in the...

    32. February 17, 2014

      Mexico City party calls for legal marijuana shops

      Mexico City, capital of one of the world’s biggest drug-trafficking countries, where as many as 80,000 people are...

    33. February 14, 2014

      US banks cleared to take legal marijuana money

      US regulators gave banks the green light to accept money from legal marijuana businesses but cautioned that they...

    34. January 31, 2014

      Marijuana debate rages on US Stoner Bowl billboards

      Welcome to the Stoner Bowl. Not only does Sunday’s National Football League championship feature teams hailing from...

    35. January 30, 2014

      A drug fix Washington would like to ignore

      There was bad news on my doorstep. Deep inside the morning paper was a dispatch that blew my mind. Out in western...

    36. January 23, 2014

      The risks and rewards of a newly legal high

      Three years ago Brendan Kennedy sat his parents down to tell them of his career change. After spending almost half a...

    37. January 13, 2014

      How to legalise cannabis safely without curbing liberty

      While the debate about legalisation of cannabis is fascinating, it obscures the equally vital question of how to manage...

    38. January 12, 2014

      The tide is rising for America’s libertarians

      Robert Nozick, the late US libertarian, smoked pot while he was writing Anarchy, State and Utopia. He would applaud the...

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