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News, The Snitch Feds: Capturing El Chapo Will Be Ultimately Meaningless

Feds: Capturing El Chapo Will Be Ultimately Meaningless

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is the most successful drug dealer of our day, and quite possibly the "greatest" narcotraficante of all time. The leader of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, "Shorty" is routinely compared to 1980s cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. By sheer…
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News, The Snitch Congress Passes  Pro-Marijuana Amendments; End of War on Weed "Within Five Years" Predicted

Congress Passes Pro-Marijuana Amendments; End of War on Weed "Within Five Years" Predicted

It was cannabis Wednesday in Congress, where lawmakers gave the strongest support yet for ending the country's laws prohibiting marijuana use. In the strongest sign yet that deciders in Washington may soon be ready to undo federal marijuana prohibition, both…
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News, The Snitch DEA Official: Medical Marijuana Is Leading To "Stoned Rabbits"

DEA Official: Medical Marijuana Is Leading To "Stoned Rabbits"

Utah's bunnies are feasting on the wrong kind of green, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent told a Utah state senate panel recently. The Mormon state is considering a bill to legalize medical cannabis, and the Utah senate judiciary, law enforcement &…
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News, The Snitch Yes, We Negotiate With Terrorists: DEA Cut Deal With Sinaloa Cartel

Yes, We Negotiate With Terrorists: DEA Cut Deal With Sinaloa Cartel

Today's big news is courtesy of Mexican newspaper El Universal, which brings us the bombshell that American Drug Enforcement Agency agents cut a clandestine deal with the biggest drug dealer in the world. In exchange for info on other cartels,…
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News, The Snitch Drug NAFTA: More Mexican Cartels in the United States, but Americans Are Doing the Smuggling

Drug NAFTA: More Mexican Cartels in the United States, but Americans Are Doing the Smuggling

It can be hard to figure out exactly what to make of the evil, ugly specter known as Mexican drug cartels. A pair of investigative reports, conducted by the Associated Press and the Center for Investigative Reporting, have given us…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tea House Owner Convicted of Drug Trafficking Falls Short of Fundraising Appeal

Tea House Owner Convicted of Drug Trafficking Falls Short of Fundraising Appeal

By Anna WestendorfOm Shan Tea describes itself on its website as "An urban tea oasis where fine teas, organic foods, and cultural events are offered to inspire healing, conscious community, and holistic wellness." However, in light of recent legal issues,…
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News, The Snitch President Felipe Calderón: Drug Trafficking, Consumption "Impossible to End"

President Felipe Calderón: Drug Trafficking, Consumption "Impossible to End"

At the end of his six-year term in D.F., Mexican President Felipe Calderón is taking the garrulous route out of office. Calderón, who exits the presidency next month, is busily talking up Mexico's surging economy and potential to be the…
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News, The Snitch Marijuana Legalization in Two States Has Mexico, Costa Rica Questioning U.S. Role in Drug War

Marijuana Legalization in Two States Has Mexico, Costa Rica Questioning U.S. Role in Drug War

On Nov. 6, the country watched closely as voters legalized small amounts of marijuana for adults in Colorado and Washington. And now those votes are resonating south of the border.This week, the president of Costa Rica said that increased demand…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: A Film About Violence with No Violence

Video of the Day: A Film About Violence with No Violence

Natalia Almada has some serious bragging rights. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship just a few weeks ago, the rising documentary filmmaker will have the word "genius" (as in "genius grant") attached to her name in every article and film festival bio…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Exile Nation</i> Examines the U.S. Drug War From Behind Bars

Exile Nation Examines the U.S. Drug War From Behind Bars

For most of us, the inside of a jail or prison is a mythical, albeit unpleasant, holding ground for those deemed by the state unfit to coexist with the rest of society. What we never really know is what it's…
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News, The Snitch Feds: Drug Cartels Are Here, and They're Taking Our Jobs

Feds: Drug Cartels Are Here, and They're Taking Our Jobs

The Drug War is going the way of the "evildoers," according to a federal report released last week. Two years ago, foreign drug cartels were in 230 American cities. Today, the cartels -- from Mexico, East Asia, and, presumably, Canada…
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News, The Snitch Medical Marijuana: Justice Department Says It's Illegal And the Feds Will Arrest You

Medical Marijuana: Justice Department Says It's Illegal And the Feds Will Arrest You

President Barack Obama's stance on medical cannabis has been nebulous: As candidate, he said the drug war was a failure and that it was "appropriate" for doctors to prescribe pot to treat illnesses. As president, Obama's Justice Department said chasing…
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News, The Snitch Obama's Drug Czar Refuses to Meet With Cops Seeking End to War on Drugs

Obama's Drug Czar Refuses to Meet With Cops Seeking End to War on Drugs

In what way is Barack Obama similar to Richard Nixon (aside from ramping up someone else's foreign war)? Turns out common ground can also be found between Tricky Dick and BHO II when it comes to the drug war.A few…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Sues Local Smoke Shops; The Real War on Drugs Begins

S.F. Sues Local Smoke Shops; The Real War on Drugs Begins

While drug cartel-related violence worsens in Mexico, San Francisco is trying to get to the root of its own drug problems by going after smoke shops. San Francisco filed a lawsuit against Smokes Etc and five other local smoke shops…
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News, The Snitch Legalize Marijuana, Says Former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara

Legalize Marijuana, Says Former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara

Ask former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara when he began to support the notion of legalizing marijuana, and you don't get a short answer. It began half a century ago, when he was a rookie cop busting dope fiends…
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