A U.S. map that shows where pot is legal looks a lot like recent electoral college maps, except instead of blue, the liberal states are rendered in green: the entire West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada), progressive mountain and Midwest states (Colorado, New Mexico; Michigan, Illinois ... More >>
A troubling pattern is emerging around the NYPD's recent "big drug busts." Last month, after years of surveillance, the NYPD concluded that gangs on the Lower East Side had sold "$1.2 million worth of coke in two years." On April 12, the NYPD arrested 41 people from the neighborhood, mostly from Ba ... More >>
New York has had the whole medical marijuana conversation for a while (end result: fail) and legalizing marijuana, if only for medical purposes, has its twists and turns here. Even with the roll back of the draconian Rockefeller drug laws by Cuomo, being the world capital of weed arrests sure doesn' ... More >>
Drug Policy AllianceEthan Nadelmann is the founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. Interviews with DPA staff and data from DPA reports were used through out this week's Voice feature, "White Mayor's Burden." We spoke with Nadelmann after the stunning news from WNYC that t ... More >>
The Atlanta MC's Pl3dge is an exhilarating, politically charged ride
This week, we met Columbia's Drug Dealer Frat Boys, and learned: The Street Price of Cocaine at Columbia University! The Street Prices of Ecstasy and LSD at Columbia University! and The Street Price of Marijuana at Columbia University! So, what's next for the boys? And more interestin ... More >>
GawkerIt has slimming properties.While not quite as, um, thought-provoking as an alleged photo of Brett Favre's penis, this is still kind of awe-inspiring: a bakery in Philadelphia has created the Pumpple, a creation consisting of apple and pumpkin pies baked inside layers of chocolate and va ... More >>
Democratic candidates for city council seats in districts 1, 2, and 3, district attorney, and comptroller came to the Village Independent Democrats last night to make their cases, under strict time limits and with screened questioning, for the venerable club's endorsement. In District 1: Pete Gle ... More >>
Get off the laptop, you stupid cat! We have press releases to bite! Radio's George Weber was stabbed to death. His killer turned out to be a mixed-up kid -- a very, very, very mixed-up kid. The Governor started the week with his worst poll numbers ever, then announced the budget gap was worse tha ... More >>
This week, possibly today, the state assembly is voting on a bill that would begin in earnest the much-discussed and long-delayed reform of the Rockefeller drug laws that since the early 70s have put and kept many minor offenders in prison, which opponents say have been costly and counterproductive, ... More >>
Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau will not run for reelection this year, says the Times. That's too bad. Morgenthau has served in the office since 1975. His skills were forged in an altogether livelier era of New York criminality, and seem not to have declined with age, as was shown in Tom Robbins' r ... More >>
So far Governor Paterson hasn't done anything about reforming the Rockefeller drug laws that have incarcerated thousands of small-time drug offenders. But he has granted, with lengthy explanations of their backgrounds and evidence of their rehabilitation, New Year's clemencies to Joanne Carroll of S ... More >>
The 'Voice' bags the bad guys
New York's war on drugs held her hostage for 16 years. A story of prison, politics, and one woman's pride.
If the soon-to-be ex-governor's chances are history, here's what they look like White House, NYS Governor's OfficeRoosevelt, Fillmore, and Rockefeller all made itbut only FDR and Fillmore made it to the White House. The fourth man pictured is rumored to think he can, too. George Pataki's ch ... More >>
Ex-judge Leslie Crocker Snyder wants to talk about everything except her law firm
Young progressives are dusting themselves off. Anyone for Congress in 2006?
In an Albany primary, a candidate for D.A. attacks the Rockefeller drug lawsand wins
On the anniversary of women's suffrage, a case for letting people with felony convictions vote
Russell Simmons gets high on Rockefelleragain
Three young men, two coke deliveries, one prison sentence
One mother's unlikely education in New York's Rockefeller drug laws
Freedom's just another word for power-mad parole officers
Russell $immons wants to fatten the hip-hop voteand maybe his wallet, too
Activists Fear a Compromise on Rockefeller Repeal
Coalition Sets Deadline for Repealing Rockefeller Drug Laws
Greens and the Working Families Party Try to Make Progressive Votes Count
Politicians Posture but Rockefeller Reforms Still Elusive
State Pols Ride a Troubling Crime Agenda Toward Re-Election
Rabbi Gets Probation for Medical Marijuana
A Stand-Up Comedian Fights the Drug Laws by Working the Media
Prisoners' Relatives Assess Pataki's Drug Law Reform Plan
After 16 Years in Prison Elaine Bartlett Came Home to a City and a Family She Barely Knew. Freedom Wasnt at All What Shed Imagined
With Silvers Support, New York Gets Best Chance to Fix Rockefeller Drug Laws
Prosecutors, Not Judges, Are in Charge
An Organizer Takes His Street Movement to Albany
Accusations Are Flying About Presidential Candidates Drug Use. Are You Under the Influence?
New York's War on Drugs Held Her Hostage for 16 Years. A Story of Prison, Politics, and One Woman's Pride.
An Unlikely Group of Prisoners' Relatives Battles the Rockefeller Drug Laws
Just before Christmas Governor Pataki is expected to commute the sentences of a few state prisoners. Will any of these women get lucky?
A new study blasts state spending priorities
Governor Rockefeller started the war on drugs in 1973. His laws have packed prisons, cost billions, and failed to stop the drug trade. On the 25th anniversary, there's new momentum for change.
Why Tough Laws Can't Claim Credit for Beating Back Crack
What Lies Ahead? The Antiprison Movement Contemplates the Future