FROM Samuel Oakford
The Global War on Drugs Is Dead This week the United Nations General Assembly took on global drug policy . The widespread consensus is that the hardline policies of the 1990’s war on drugs have failed. In the past decade 25 countries have passed some kind of decriminalization for drug possession. Here in the US the original architect of the global war on drugs four states have legal marijuana markets, and 20 others are considering some form of legalization this year. Now the global conversation about drugs focuses on reducing harm to individuals and communities, and decreasing the ranks of users, but nations remain divided on whether to pursue decriminalization or outright legalization.
Alleged Silk Road Mastermind on Trial as an Online Drug "Kingpin" The admitted founder of Silk Road, which became an Internet marketplace for illegal drugs, went on trial today in New York for drug trafficking, hacking and money laundering. Federal prosecutors claim Ross Ulbricht, who was arrested using a computer in the San Francisco Public Library, is the person who calls himself "the Dread Pirate Roberts." Silk Road was part of the so-called "dark web"-- accessible only via the Tor network, which hides users' real IP addresses. It was once called the most sophisticated and extensive haven for online crime. Samuel Oakford is covering the story for Vice News .
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