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Can Marijuana Make John Hanger Governor?

John Hanger might not be the first guy you’d think of to be the “pot candidate” in this year’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign: He’s a Penn […]

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Poll: Jersey Residents Prefer Legalized Pot to Online Gaming

AP reports on New Jersey’s vice preferences: “A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll finds 41 percent of respondents would support smoking marijuana recreationally if it […]

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Hoffman’s Heroin May Be Killing Philadelphians, Too

Jeff Deeney, probably Philadelphia’s foremost chronicler of poverty and other urban afflictions, says the heroin that killed Philip Seymour Hoffman is leaving destruction up and […]

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ProTip: Don’t Do Heroin in Pennsylvania

A.G. Kathleen Kane is warning of a bad batch of ultra-strong heroin that she says is responsible for 22 deaths in Pennsylvania. It’s a mix […]

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You Must Be High If You Think Tom Corbett Will Legalize Marijuana

Governor Corbett isn’t going to hop on the pot legalization bandwagon. “Contrary to what some members of the [state] Senate view as ‘recreational’ marijuana, I […]


Not So Fast: Councilman Kenney Not Ready for Marijuana Legalization

On Tuesday, Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney announced that he was introducing a bill to eliminate mandatory arrests for possessions of small amounts of marijuana. […]

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Councilman Jim Kenney Wants to Decriminalize Reefer

The Inky reports on Councilman Jim Kenney’s proposal to decriminalize marijuana. “He said he was not advocating full legalization, but was taking his cue from […]

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Marijuana is Legal In Colorado. So When Will America’s Super-Racist Drug War End?

According to a 2013 report by the ACLU, blacks are almost four times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession. It’s a […]

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Don’t Clench Your Butt in Front of These Cops

I’ve spent nearly a decade investigating and reporting on the fallout from America’s inexpedient and misguided “War on Drugs.” I’ve talked to people who’ve spent […]

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PHOTO: 40 Pounds of Pot-Laced Candy Found at West Chester University

This is what 40 pounds of pot-laced candy looks like.

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Meet Krokodil, the Dangerous New Drug Narcotics Officers Really Hope Doesn’t Make it to Philadelphia

These days, it’ll cost you anywhere from $10 to $50 to get high off of Oxycontin, depending on the size of the pill and the […]

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Has Sportscaster Don Tollefson Been Defrauding People for Drug Money?

UPDATE: Don Tollefson has been arrested. ORIGINAL: Sportscaster Don Tollefson has checked himself into an inpatient care facility following allegations that he has been defrauding […]

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Pennsylvania is No. 3 in Heroin Use

You may have suspected it last month when 16 people were arrested in a “drug mule” investigation. Or last week, when news broke that 63 […]

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In Revision of History, Thalidomide Made its Way to US

The shrunken limbs of children in Europe caused by the 1960s cure-all thalidomide became somewhat iconic of the horror of birth defects, and for decades, […]

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If Fuller Prisons Don’t Reduce Crime, What Are Tough Drug Laws Really Targeting?

A couple of quotes for you to ponder: “If we had the same laws we had in 1979 on the books today, our prison population […]