Your Drug Habit Is Destroying the Planet

Cannabis legalization is gathering pace worldwide. Unprecedented amounts of cocaine, MDMA, and heroin are being produced in Colombia, Holland, and Afghanistan, while labs in China are pumping out an alphabet soup of synthetic drugs. The global demand for drugs—there...

What Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Cancel Student Debt Would Mean for You

With the possible exception of the actual millennial in the race, Elizabeth Warren may be the Democratic presidential candidate most attuned to that generation’s pain. Long before she was blogging about Game of Thrones, and even before the 2008 financial crisis made...

Billionaires Are Raging and the Minimum Wage Is on the Ballot

It’s never been a bad time to be a billionaire in America, but the .01 percent are having a particularly good year. If you’re part of that vaunted club, your tax bill this year will likely be smaller than usual thanks to Republicans in Congress passing a...

The US Stopped Other Countries from Legalizing Weed for Generations

With its decision to legalize weed starting on October 17, Canada has effectively signed a death warrant for pot prohibition worldwide. The United States has long been the world’s drug cop, but now that it has abandoned the beat by allowing nine states to legalize...

Cuando los protocolos de la DEA fallan, las consecuencias son fatales

La Administración para el Control de Drogas (DEA) tardó al menos una década en abordar una serie de conflictos sobre el desempeño de una de sus unidades especiales, la cual ha estado vinculada a varios casos de muertes de civiles en diversos países, según un documento...

The People Left Behind by Detroit’s ‘Comeback’

On a Tuesday evening in August the ballroom at Detroit’s Hotel St. Regis was humming. A well-dressed crowd flitted around hors d’oeuvres on white tablecloths. TV news crews adjusted cameras in front of a stage dominated by an enormous gold chandelier. The...

Trump’s ‘Tax Reform’ Is Just Another Bailout for the Rich

On Wednesday, Donald Trump gave a speech on “tax reform,” which is something he wants. He did not say exactly what tax reform would actually look like, other than a policy that is “pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-worker, and pro-American” and helps...

Weed Might Be the Only Thing Climate Change Won’t Ruin

In my research for this column, I’ve learned that climate change is going to flood New York City, ruin sushi and coffee, worsen immigration-related problems, and increase the size and quantity of some bugs. But here’s some good news for a change: No matter...

Bolivia ended its drug war by kicking out the DEA and legalizing coca

Sitting barefoot on a log, a farmer surveys more than 200 pounds of coca leaves drying out in front of his ramshackle lean-to here in the rainforest of the Chapare region, the muggy heart of Bolivia’s coca country. The leaves, he says, represent one of his three...

How Unethical Is Buying Weed?

In many jurisdictions in the US, weed is so close to legal that you’re more likely to get busted for flying a drone in the wrong place than for getting caught with a nug in your pocket. In places like Oklahoma, where it’s still super illegal, draconian...