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"Criminal Justice Leaders Urge Supreme Court to Hear Safehouse Philly Case," by Alexander Lekhtman, Filter, September 20, 2021
"Virginia judge jails alleged domestic violence victim for smoking pot on day of court testimony," by Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury, September 17, 2021
"Ohio marijuana legalization backers get OK to collect signatures," by Jackie Borchardt, Cincinatti Enquirer, August 30, 2021
"Opinion: My 12-year-old brother’s death was used to sell the ‘war on drugs.’ It’s time for Biden to end it.," by Tony Van Der Meer, Washington Post, August 30, 2021
"Opinion: To honor overdose victims, end the drug war," by Brandon McKoy and Kassandra Frederique, New York Daily News, August 30, 2021
"Affordable naloxone is running out, creating a perfect storm for more overdose deaths, activists say," by Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post, August 11, 2021
"What Happened To Cincinnati's Plan To Expunge Marijuana Offenses?," by Jolene Almendarez, NPR, August 09, 2021
"As Overdoses Soar, This State’s Largest Needle Exchange Is Being Evicted," by Tracey Tully, New York Times, August 10, 2021
"Oregon Decriminalized All Drugs To Stop Overdoses. Will It Work?," by Zach Weissmueller, Reason, August 06, 2021
"Legal U.S. marijuana is pouring into Mexico. It’s pricey, popular and has names such as ‘Bubba Kush.’," by Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, August 08, 2021
"Biden Administration Announces Grant to Develop “Model” Drug Laws," by Alexander Lekhtman, Filter, August 03, 2021
"The Biden Administration Is Rejecting “The War On Drugs” And Turning To “Harm Reduction”," by Dan Vergano, BuzzFeed News, August 02, 2021
"Ed Buck Is Convicted of Providing Fatal Doses of Meth to 2 Men," by Livia Albeck-Ripka, New York Times, July 27, 2021
"50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans," by Aaron Morrison, Associated Press, July 23, 2021
"50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans," by Aaron Morrison, Washington Post, July 21, 2021