Guess which state has the worst drug laws in America

With endless miles of farmland shading into ever higher and drier terrain as one moves west, crossing the Missouri River and then on to the Badlands and the Black Hills, South Dakota has a certain austere beauty. Not so in its approach to drugs. When it comes to drug policy, it is one of the ugliest places in the country.

The staunchly conservative state holds the dubious distinction of being the only state to twice defeat a medical marijuana initiative (although activists are giving it another shot this year, and a more wishful legalization initiative, too). And it is being sued by the state ACLU over the forced drug testing of toddlers and arrestees alike.

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Is the Trump Justice Department trying to sabotage prison reform?

House Judiciary Committee Democrats are raising the alarm over a move by the Justice Department that would give a conservative think tank opposed to criminal justice reforms a key role in implementing the First Step Act. That bill, signed into law by President Trump in December, combines limited sentencing reforms with measures designed to allow current inmates to shorten their sentences by participating in evidence-based training programs.

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Kellyanne Conway reveals her deep cluelessness as drug policy adviser with bogus claim

Among other roles in the Trump administration, Kellyanne Conway is the White House’s opioid crisis czar. But a comment she made last month demonstrates how totally clueless and unqualified for the job she is.

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Missouri cops harass a dying Stage 4 cancer patient as they search a hospital room for weed

Although voters in Missouri approved medical marijuana last year, the new law is not yet in effect. And that created a real problem for hospitalized cancer patient Nolan Sousley, as a live Facebook video that has gone viral achingly demonstrates.

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Mississippi madness: This woman spent 96 days in jail without seeing a judge for borrowing money

In April 2012, Mississippi resident Jessica Jauch was pulled over for a traffic violation. The encounter should have ended with a traffic ticket. It didn’t. Instead, Jauch was told she had been indicted by a grand jury and was arrested on a warrant for selling a controlled substance, based on a video prosecutors said showed her selling eight pain pills to a police informant the year before.

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