drug policy

High Wire

These Drug Users Don't Want Their Dealer Prosecuted if They OD

"I love my friends and I love the people I hang out with and I don't want anybody going to jail because of my behavior."
Maia Szalavitz
medical cannabis

Britain's Medical Weed Laws Prevent These Epileptic Sisters from Getting the Same Care

We spoke to the makers of a new documentary, 'Separating the Strains,' which tells the story of US-based Chelsea Leyland and UK-based Tamsin.
Mattha Busby

The US Stopped Other Countries from Legalizing Weed for Generations

Not anymore.
Maia Szalavitz

The Government Knew the War on Drugs Was Doomed from the Start

A 1967 Commission on Law Enforcement report on drugs was way ahead of its time.
Zachary Siegel

I Tested the Weed You Can 'Buy Legally' in the UK

Over 200 companies sell cannabis they claim is legal throughout Europe, so I ordered a bag.
Ali Cedar

Trump Has Already Demolished Obama's Criminal-Justice Legacy

It didn't take long for a big fan of cops, the death penalty, and hating on immigrants to change the system.
Justin George

Could Legal Weed in California Help End Mexico's Drug War?

One expert estimated the Mexican drug trade could lose up to two-thirds of its market in the US now that pot is an over-the-counter drug in the Golden State.
Ollin Velasco

It's Time for Democrats to Go All in on Weed

You can only legalize marijuana by actually legalizing marijuana, permanently, at the federal level. As the opposition party, Democrats should try to do that!
David Dayen

The Pop-Up Museum Exhibit at the Front Line of the War on Drugs

We spoke to the executive producer of the Museum of Drug Policy.
JS Rafaeli
High Wire

The Terrifying New Trend in Heroin Addiction

Just like they did in the 80s, Americans are increasingly going straight to heroin, skipping prescription opioids. Too bad US policy doesn't reflect that.
Maia Szalavitz
High Wire

This Woman's Opioid Relapse Could Change Drug Laws Forever

Julie Eldred was ordered to stay sober as a condition of probation after repeatedly stealing to get heroin. She thinks that's unconstitutional—and she's not alone.
Maia Szalavitz
High Wire

This Fentanyl Test Could Save Lives if America Would Just Embrace It

It's International Overdose Awareness Day, which means it's time to talk about how we usually get drug policy wrong—and why harm reduction is the answer.
Maia Szalavitz