Drug policy

Close up of cannabis plants seen in a greenhouse at the headquarters of AGES agency in Vienna, Austria.

Thailand approves medical pot in small step away from US-backed drug war

Health & Medicine

For decades, Thailand moved in lockstep with America’s global war on drugs — and sometimes waged that war with an aggression that wouldn’t fly in the US, so the legalization of medical pot is quite remarkable.

coca leaves in a man's hands in Colombia

A push to legalize coca leaf production in Colombia

A woman in a factory

In one Oklahoma county, the number of women in prison is falling. This treatment program might be why.

Cherise Greer

Here’s a list of ways to help women who’ve been incarcerated

The icon for female is behind bars surrounded by a brick wall.

There are more women in prison than ever before

A portrait of inmate Carmela Rodriguez Reyes in Mexico.

Women filling Mexico’s prisons are the ‘lowest rungs of the drug trade’


The number of women going to jail in Mexico is on the rise. Many are single moms trying to support their families.

Lt. Maya Breslavski and her team detain a drunk driver after he attempted to flee the scene.

Drug users are presumed criminals in Ukraine. New police training is aimed at changing that.


Ukraine has one of the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world. One of the main reasons: intravenous drug use. But just outside the capital Kiev, a group is working with police to change their approach toward drug users — to treat addiction as an illness, not a crime.

Barcelona cannabis club

Inside Barcelona’s private marijuana clubs pushing to legalize it


The “Green Rose” initiative has wide backing among the public and legislators in Spain’s Catalonia region. It would allow nonprofit cannabis club members to legally grow and share their weed among themselves. But don’t get too excited — pot tourists are not invited.

leaf flag

Trinidad and Tobago’s oddly overlooked — and totally legal — fix for marijuana

Global Politics

Three-quarters of all court cases in this Caribbean nation involve marijuana possession.

Holder, citing prison overcrowding, overrides some mandatory minimum sentences

Global Politics

Faced with overcrowded prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a series of reforms to the way certain drug offenders are handled by the U.S. federal legal system. Of the 2.3 million Americans incarcerated, half are charged with drug-related crimes.