Drugs trade

Why Denver decriminalised magic mushrooms

The city voted on it in a referendum, and is the first place in the US to do so
The US city of Denver held a public vote on whether to decriminalise the use of magic mushrooms. The decision passed with a slim majority of 50.6% - and it's now the first city in the US where you can use the drug without being punished. Cindy Sovine is part of Decriminalize Denver group who campaigned for the change.

(Photo: Freshly picked magic mushrooms. Credit: Getty Images)

How the violent barrios of Medellin were transformed

A huge civic project has transformed the violent neighbourhoods of Colombia's second city
Medellin used to be one of the world's most dangerous cities, with a sprawling network of slums and a serious crime problem fueled by drug trafficking. During the 1990s, there was a dramatic transformation. A leading architect involved in the project, Carlos Alberto Montoya Correa, describes how the regeneration took place. 

Photo: Medellin viewed from a cable car Credit: Getty Images