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"Medical marijuana dispensary prepares to open in D.C.," by Tim Craig, December 31, 2012.

"The Human Casualties of the War on Drugs," by Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic, December 28, 2012.

"Lanier decentralizes citywide drug unit," by Clarence Williams, The Washington Post, December 23, 2012.

"Marijuana, Not Yet Legal for Californians, Might as Well Be," by Adam Nagourney, The New York Times, December 20, 2012.

"ON THE DEFENSIVE: Marijuana law should go up in smoke," by Anthony Cotton, Wisconsin Law Journal, December 19, 2012.

"Kids And Teens: Is Pot Bad If It's Legal?," NPR, December 18, 2012.

"In Colorado, Getting Down to Business of Marijuana," by Dan Frosch, The New York Times, December 17, 2012.

"Mexico: New Leader Outlines Shift in Antidrug Policy," by Karla Zabludovsky, The New York Times, December 17, 2012.

"Bal Harbour cops spent lavishly with seized drug loot," by Daniel Chang, The Miami Herald, December 15, 2012.

"Obama: 'Bigger fish to fry' than pot smokers," by Byron Tau, Politico, December 14, 2012.

"Marijuana Not High Obama Priority," by Devin Dwyer, ABC News, December 14, 2012.

"Dear Politifact: Your Analysis of Obama's Drug War Record Is Factually Wrong," by Mike Riggs, reason.com, December 13, 2012.

"Hearing planned on state pot laws," by Seung Min Kim, Politico, December 13, 2012.

"For Lesser Crimes, Rethinking Life Behind Bars," by John Tierney, The New York Times, December 11, 2012.

"Former president Jimmy Carter OK with legalizing marijuana," by Kevin Cirilli, Politico, December 11, 2012.

"New marijuana laws cause confusion," by Jordy Yager, The Hill, December 11, 2012.

"2012: The Most Outlandish Stories From The Drug War In Mexico," by Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, December 11, 2012.

"Editorial: It's official. Pot is legal in Colorado. However...," The Denver Post, December 10, 2012.

"In Drug War, Small Victories Are Not the Revolution.," by Laura Flanders, The Nation, December 10, 2012.

"Poll: Most want feds to defer to state pot laws," by Elise Viebeck, The Hill, December 10, 2012.

"Why Colorado's Marijuana Legalization Initiative Could Be In Vain," by Leonard Gilroy and Harris Kenny, Reason, December 9, 2012.

"Clinton: Drug war 'hasn't worked'," by Kevin Cirilli, Politico, December 7, 2012.

"Clinton: Drug war 'hasn't worked'," by Kevin Cirilli, Politico, December 7, 2012.

"Baby Sitter Wins New Trial in Infant's Death After Experts Cite Advances in Science of Head Injury," by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal, December 7, 2012.

"Lighting up: Marijuana law questions linger," by Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle PI, December 6, 2012.

"Obama administration still weighing options as Washington legalizes pot," by Byron Tau, Politico, December 6, 2012.

"Two Laws Are Welcomed After Midnight in Seattle," by Stacey Solie, The New York Times, December 6, 2012.

"Washington Legalizes Pot: What's Changed?," NPR, December 6, 2012.

"First Ounces of Marijuana Leave a New Jersey Dispenary," by Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times, December 6, 2012.

"Administration Weighs Legal Action Against States That Legalized Marijuana Use," by Charlie Savage, The New York Times, December 6, 2012.

"Pot's Legal In Washington State, But Don't Drive High," by Martin Kaste, NPR, December 5, 2012.

"As Two States Legalize Pot, Tommy Chong Isn't Nostalgic About The Old Days," by Mark Memmott, NPR, December 5, 2012.

"Washington To Begin Its Grand Experiment With Pot," by Wendy Kaufman, NPR, December 5, 2012.

"Justice to Wash. state: Pot still illegal under federal law," by Sari Horwitz, The Washington Post, December 5, 2012.

"Defense attorneys decry retested evidence from St. Paul crime lab," by Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, December 5, 2012.

"Son Questions Mother's Shaken Baby Conviction," NPR, December 4, 2012.

"FYI: What Do Forensic Chemists Do, And Why Would They Cheat?," by Krislyn Placide, POPSCI, December 3, 2012.

"Crime Lab Chemist Allegedly Tampered with Evidence for Years," The Takeaway, December 3, 2012.

"Washington set to legalize marijuana use without Justice Department guidance," by Sari Horwitz, The Washington Post, December 1, 2012.

"Pot legalization support hits record high, poll shows," by Kevin Robillard, Politico, November 30, 2012.

"Clinton: Legalization not the answer to the drug war," by Byron Tau, Politico, November 29, 2012.

"In Colorado, No Playbook for New Marijuana Law," by Jack Healy, The New York Times, November 29, 2012.

"Cost soars in Mass. drug lab scandal," by John R. Ellement, Boston Globe, November 28, 2012.

"Annie Dookhan's 'Fake' Lab Results Prompt Gov. Deval Patrick To Order Huge Case Review," by Denise Lavoie, Huffington Post, November 27, 2012.

"PostScript: How to legalize marijuana," by Rachel Manteuffel, The Washington Post, November 26, 2012.

"Marijuana's foot in the door," The Washington Post, November 25, 2012.

"Following win, Colorado marijuana activists debate how hard to push," by John Ingold, The Denver Post, November 25, 2012.

"What's next for marijuana laws?," by Stephanie Condon, CBS News, November 24, 2012.

"Legal Pot Is Here, But Stash The Wallet For Now," NPR, November 23, 2012.

"Give Pot a Chance," by Timothy Egan, The New York Times, November 22, 2012.

"Editorial: An Ineffective Way to Fight Crime," The New York Times, November 22, 2012.

"Will U.S. Try To Snuff Out State Marijuana Laws?," by Carrie Johnson, NPR, November 20, 2012.

"Time to end the war on drugs," by Katrina vandel Heuvel, The Washington Post, November 20, 2012.

"Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight," by Marie Cusick, NPR, November 20, 2012.

"A 'Party Drug' May Help the Brain Cope With Trauma," by Benedict Carey, The New York Times, November 19, 2012.

"A Growing Battle for Exoneration," by Maurice Chammah, The Texas Tribune, November 17, 2012.

"What Are They Smoking In Seattle? Check Out Police Dept.'s Guide To Pot Use," by Mark Memmott, NPR, November 15, 2012.

"Uruguay: A Vote for Marijuana," by Damien Cave, The New York Times, November 15, 2012.

"Legal Pot Could Be Contagious," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, November 14, 2012.

"Legalizing And Regulating Pot: A Growth Industry," NPR, November 13, 2012.

"Latin nations want drug policy review after U.S. pot votes," by E. Eduardo Castillo and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press, November 13, 2012.

"Clark Co. also dismissing marijuana cases," Associated Press, November 12, 2012.

"Gov. Gregoire meeting with feds over marijuana law," by Rachel La Corte, Associated Press, November 12, 2012.

"High anxiety on fed responses to new pot laws," by Byron Tau, Politico, November 11, 2012.

"Unlikely allies behind marijuana votes in Washington, Colorado," by Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, November 11, 2012.

"Colorado marijuana activists buttoned down to win legalization measure," by John Ingold, The Denver Post, November 11, 2012.

"Hickenlooper, Holder discuss Colorado marijuana legalization," by John Ingold, The Denver Post, November 10, 2012.

"Legalized marijuana initiatives leave federal government wrestling with policy," by Sari Horwitz, The Washington Post, November 9, 2012.

"Satterberg dismisses all misdemeanor marijuana cases," by Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle PI, November 9, 2012.

"Pot Legalization Could Cut Deeply Into Cartel Profits," by Carrie Kahn, NPR, November 8, 2012.

"Colo., Wash. Voters Pass Marijuana Ballot Issues," by Jeff Brady, NPR, November 7, 2012.

"Historic ballot initiatives to face scrutiny from DOJ, courts," by Todd Ruger, The National Law Journal, November 7, 2012.

"Legal battle looms over marijuana initiatives," by Sari Horwitz, The Washington Post, November 7, 2012.

"Marijuana Legalization Faces Federal Hurdles," by Wendy Kaufman, NPR, November 7, 2012.

"Colorado, Washington Pot Legalization Deals Drug War Major Blow," Matt Sledge, Huffington Post, November 7, 2012

"Marijuana On The Ballot," Tom Ashbrook, 90.9 WBUR, November 1, 2012.

Calif. Appellate Court Says Med Marijuana Collectives Don’t Have to Grow Pot to Sell It,” by Stephanie Francis Ward, ABA Journal, October 25, 2012.

"Medical Marijuana: Will Colorado's 'green rush' last?," CBS News, October 21, 2012.

"Religious Community In Colorado Divided Over Marijuana Legalization," by Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post, October 17, 2012.

"Colombia Tries Again to End Drug-Fed War," by William Neuman, The New York Times, October 17, 2012.

"Court asked to weed out restrictive marijuana classification," by Mike Scarcella, The National Law Journal, October 16, 2012.

"Efforts To Legalize Marijuana For Recreational Use," The Diane Rehm Show, October 16, 2012.

"Feds to Debate Marijuana as Medicine," Science Friday, October 12, 2012.

"U.S. Rethinks a Drug War After Deaths in Honduras," by Damien Cave and Ginger Thompson, The New York Times, October 12, 2012.

"MuckReads Podcast: Pawns in the War on Drugs," by Minhee Cho, ProPublica, October 12, 2012.

"Marijuana legalization on ballot in 3 states, but Justice Department remains silent," by Sari Horwitz, The Washington Post, October 11, 2012.

"Oakland Sues U.S. to Prevent Closing of Marijuana Dispensary," by Malia Wollan, The New York Times, October 11, 2012.

"Appeals Court to Consider Benefits of Medical Marijuana," by Sam Favate, The Wall Street Journal, October 8, 2012.

"Marijuana Only for the Sick? A Farce, Some Angelenos Say," by Norimitsu Onishi, The New York Times, October 7, 2012.

"California: Council Reverses Ban on Marijuana Shops," Associated Press, October 2, 2012.

"Uruguay's Drugs Policy: Regulating Market For Pot," by Annie Murphy, NPR, October 2, 2012.

"The Marijuana Rebellion," by Jacob Sullum, reason.com, September 26, 2012.

"Mexican Drug War Chokes Nuevo Laredo With Fear," NPR, September 24, 2012.

"Medical Pot Law Doesn’t Protect Fired Wal-Mart Worker, 6th Circuit Rules," ABA Journal, September 21, 2012.

"Marijuana legalization could be tax windfall for cash-strapped states, but skeptics abound," Washington Post, September 19, 2012.

"Mapping L.A.'s Endangered Pot Shops," by Nate Berg, The Atlantic Cities, September 10, 2012.

"Three Shots at Marijuana Legalization This Fall," by Jacob Sullum, Reason.com, September 6, 2012.

"Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan says states have right to legalize medical marijuana," Associated Press, September 7, 2012.

"L.A.'s Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries Halted For Now," by Madalit del Barco, NPR, September 6, 2012.

"Bill would exempt drug users from prosecution if they seek help," by Michael J. Mishak and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2012.

"Reps. Ron Paul, Barney Frank join forces to back bipartisan medical marijuana bill," by Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill, July 18, 2012.

"State high court upholds drug possession law," The Palm Beach Post, July 13, 2012.

"Fla. Supreme Court Upholds State’s Controversial Drug Law But decision is at odds with state’s arguments in federal court case," NACDL Press Release, July 12, 2012.

"Court strikes L.A. County's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries," Law.com, July 6, 2012.

"The Mother of All Vote-Suppression Tactics?" Mother Jones, July 5, 2012.

"The Marijuana Arrest Problem, Continued," The New York Times, July 4, 2012.

"Lawsuit Accuses Police of Ignoring Directive on Marijuana Arrests," The New York Times, June 22, 2012.

"Divide in Albany Kills Proposal on Marijuana," The New York Times, June 19, 2012.

"Rhode Island Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession," StopThe DrugWar.Org, June 15, 2012.

"Pot dispensary crackdown yields six arrests," Law.com, June 14, 2012.

"RI Becomes 15th State to Decriminalize Pot," Newser, June 14, 2012.

"Loosening up on pot penalties," The Washington Post, June 14, 2012.

"Emanuel: Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana," Chicago Sun-Times, June 14, 2012.

"Efforts to relax pot rules gaining momentum in US," Associated Press, June 13, 2012.

"Four medical marijuana dispensaries approved," Washington Post, June 12, 2012.

"Senators call on White House to campaign against illegal drugs," The Hill, June 10, 2012.

"California voters don't back marijuana legalization, poll finds," Los Angeles Times, May 31, 2012.

"Elisa Castillo Gets Life In Prison For First-Time Drug Offense," Huffington Post, May 18, 2012.

"When Will Obama Evolve on the Drug War?" Reason.com, May 16, 2012.

"Medicinal marijuana bill headed for governor's signature," The CT Mirror, May 5, 2012.

"Rethinking the War on Drugs," The Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2012.

"Reefer Madness," The Atlantic, August, 1994

"On National Pot Day, A Speech President Obama Should Give," The Atlantic, April 20, 2012.

"The Failed Drug War," NACDL’s Weekly Podcast, The Criminal Docket, April 20, 2012.

"Examining Marijuana Arrests," The New York Times, April 2, 2012.

"Christie proposes drug treatment instead of incarceration for offenders," New Jersey Star Leger, March 2, 2012.

"Colorado: Legalization of Marijuana Makes the Ballot," The New York Times, February 27, 2012.

"Obama's War on Pot," Rolling Stone, February 16, 2012.

"New York's Illegal Pot Crackdown," Reason.com, February 8, 2012.

"African American Leader Offers Profoundly Emotional Account of her Personal Journey to Make the End of the Drug War on Minorities Her Priority," AlterNet, February 4, 2012.

"Marijuana Arrests Rose in 2011, Despite Police Directive," New York Times, February 1, 2012.

"Pot legalization efforts forge ahead in key states," Reuters, January 31, 2012.

"Medical Marijuana Update," Stop The Drug War, January 19, 2012.

"Legal Scholar: Jim Crow Still Exists In America," NPR, January 16, 2012.

"Many US Communities Are Blocking Medical Marijuana," NPR, January 9, 2012.

"Snoop Dogg to W.H.: Legalize pot," Poltiico, January 9, 2012. 

"Mandatory mimimus sentences impede justice," The Baltimore Sun, December 8, 2011 

"Marijuana arrests drop after NYPD order," Wall Street Journal, December 7, 2011

"Crack Offenders Get New Look For Lengthy Sentences," Thomson Reuters, November 1, 2011.

"Drug Terms Reduced, Freeing Prisoners," New York Times, November 1, 2011.

"Florida: Judge Blocks Welfare Drug Tests," New York Times, October 24, 2011.

"Police Memo on Marijuana Warns Against Some Arrests,"New York Times, September 26, 2011.

"C-Span coverage of IBW Declares War on War on Drugs," June 17, 2011.

"Side Effects of Arrests for Marijuana," The New York Times, June 16, 2011

"New Federal Crackdown Confounds States That Allow Medical Marijuana," The New York Times, May 7, 2011

"Pot dispensaries turn against L.A.'s marijuana tax proposal," Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2011

"Legalizing cannabis: High time for a sober discussion about marijuana," The Seattle Times, February 25, 2011

"Ethics Opinion Says Lawyers Can Assist Medical Marijuana Providers, But Adds Some Caveats," ABA Journal, February 25, 2011

"Drug War Anniversary a Time for Reflection and Action," The Huffington Post, February 11, 2011

"When Booze Was Banned but Pot Was Not," Reason, February 2011

"D.A.R.E. To End The War On Drugs," The Nation, December 27, 2010

"Juries are giving pot defendants a pass," Los Angeles Times, December 24, 2010

"Marijuana-legalization push gets voice on Capitol Hill," McClatchy Newspapers, December 12, 2010

"Medical Marijuana Growers Join Teamsters Union," NPR, September 20, 2010.

"The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010: It's about time," Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2010.

NACDL Press Release, Reducing the Crack and Powder Disparity Should Also Reduce Racial Disparities in Sentences and Prisons, July 28, 2010.

"Congress Passes Historic Legislation to Reduce Crack/Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparity," The Huffington Post, July 28, 2010.

Press Release, Historic Reform: Congress Lowers Penalties for Crack Cocaine, The Sentencing Project, July 28, 2010.

"Finally some justice on drug sentencing," The Denver Post, July 31, 2010.

"Congress Moves to Narrow Cocaine Sentencing Disparities," NPR, July 28, 2010.

"House passes bill to reduce disparity in cocaine penalties," CNN, July 8, 2010.

"Legalizing Marijuana is a civil rights issue, California NAACP says," CNN, July 7, 2010.

"Marijuana Legislation: With No Cash, Doubts Grow Over Whether Washington State Initiative Will Gather Enough Signatures," Drug War Chronicle, June 11, 2010.

"Colorado Tightens Medical Marijuana Rules," NPR, June 8, 2010.

"State Medical Marijuana Laws Are Getting Stricter," NPR, June 7, 2010.

"Colorado: New Regulations for Medical Marijuana," The New York Times, June 7, 2010.

"California voters back pot legislation, but support is shaky," Los Angeles Times, May 31, 2010.

"An illegal substance sold legally," Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2010.

"D.C.'s medical marijuana law has problems but is a step in the right direction," The Washington Post, May 13, 2010.

"Administration says drug policy will emphasize prevention and treatment," by Associated Press. The Washington Post, May 11, 2010.

"Obama Drug Policy Focuses On Prevention, Treatment," The Huffington Post, May 10, 2010.

"Calif. Cities Sued Over Medical Marijuana Ordinances," The National Law Journal, May 12, 2010.

"D.C. Council approves medical marijuana, posing challenges for doctors," The Washington Post, May 5, 2010.

"Washington, D.C., Approves Medical Use of Marijuana," The New York Times, May 4, 2010.

"D.C. set to vote on legalizing marijuana, already a widely used drug," The Washington Post, May 4, 2010.

"Little consensus on initiative to legalize pot," San Francisco Chronicle, May 3, 2010.

Press Release, FAMM Commends Historic Bipartisan Crack Reform, FAMM, March 17, 2010.

"High Support for Medical Marijuana," ABC News, January 18, 2010.

"Seattle's new city attorney to dismiss cases of pot possession," The Seattle Times, January 16, 2010.

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