Month: March 2021

Australian Government to Spend $15m on Psychedelic Trials

The Australian government will fund a series of clinical trials into the potential use of psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine and other drugs as treatments for debilitating mental illnesses. The $15 million Innovative Therapies for Mental Illness Grant Opportunity, announced on Wednesday under the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), aims to bolster Australian-led research into drug and

Top Candidates In Honduras’ Presidential Race Face Drug Trade Allegations

Last week, just days before Honduras’ presidential primaries, a drug trafficker in a U.S. court alleged he gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to outgoing Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández.   But if Honduras thought that a new president may bring an end to a litany of allegations of government collusion with drug traffickers,

Mexican Drug Cartels Have Turned Once-Thriving Guadalajara Into a War Zone

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Early one morning in May 2019, a man stumbled naked through a middle-class neighborhood in central Guadalajara before collapsing on a street corner. He bore obvious signs of torture: His body was covered with cuts and blood. When police raided the nondescript house he’d escaped from, they found a horrific scene: nine

Mexico Is About to Legalize Weed: Everything You Need to Know

MEXICO CITY—Mexico just took one step closer to becoming the world’s largest legal weed market. With the passage Wednesday of a landmark weed legalization bill through Mexico’s Lower House of Congress, the country stands on the precipice of full legalization, provided the Senate clears changes to the bill and it passes before a Supreme Court

How Smugglers Flood Mexico With Cheap U.S. Guns

The following is an adapted excerpt from Ioan Grillo’s latest book, Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels.  Ciudad Juarez, Mexico — It wasn’t a tough choice money-wise. Working as a laborer in his hometown in Chihuahua, Mexico, Jorge earned three hundred dollars a month. Buying guns from Texas and selling them south