The War on (some) Drugs

Opium Trade Thriving in Democratic Afghanistan - U.N.
By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service - 2/4/2003
UNITED NATIONS - Despite the establishment of a democratic government and the presence of a 4,800-strong international peacekeeping force in Kabul, the cultivation of opium is continuing unabated in Afghanistan, a new U.N. study concludes.

Court Accepts Medical Pot Use
By Maura Dolan, LA Times - 7/19/02
A patient who grows or smokes marijuana for personal health reasons, with a doctor's OK, cannot be prosecuted in state court, California justices rule.
Britain to Relax Marijuana Laws
By Warren Hoge, New York Times - 7/10/02
Britain said today that it would relax its laws on marijuana smoking, keeping the use of the drug theoretically illegal but no longer arresting people using it in discreet amounts in private.

New Drug Czar: Old Methods
Chris Hammond, MPP director of government relations - 10/3/01
Bush's nomination for Drug Czar promises a return to the good old days of paranoia and prohibition. Why help the people of America when we can lock them up and destroy their families for fun and profit?

Pot Shrinks Tumors; Government Knew in '74
By Raymond Cushing, AlterNet - May 31, 2000
The term medical marijuana took on dramatic new meaning in February, 2000 when researchers in Madrid announced they had destroyed incurable brain tumors in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. The Madrid study marks only the second time that THC has been administered to tumor-bearing animals; the first was a Virginia investigation 26 years ago. In both studies, the THC shrank or destroyed tumors in a majority of the test subjects.