Items tagged with US drug policy

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New York could legalize recreational marijuana in 2015 [15-09-14] The state of New York could legalize marijuana for recreational use as early as 2015. State Sen. Liz Krueger (D) will reintroduce the Marijuana Regula...
Washington judge upholds small city’s pot shop ban [29-08-14] A state judge said that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington’s experim...
This is your federalism on drugs [28-08-14] Conservative Republicans often talk about the need to constrain the power of the federal government. On everything from environmental regulation to ed...
Leading anti-marijuana academics are paid by painkiller drug companies [27-08-14] As Americans continue to embrace pot—as medicine and for recreational use—opponents are turning to a set of academic researchers to claim that policym...
Black market boom lays bare a social divide in Colorado’s marijuana market [19-08-14] That the black market in Colorado bustles in the emerging days of legalisation is not unexpected. By some reckonings, it will continue as long as resi...
The federal marijuana ban is rooted in myth and xenophobia [29-07-14] The federal law that makes possession of marijuana a crime has its origins in legislation that was passed in an atmosphere of hysteria during the 1930...
The White House tries, fails to explain why marijuana should remain illegal [29-07-14] No sooner had the Times published its opening editorials advocating legalization of marijuana than the White House fired back with an unconvincing res...
The injustice of marijuana arrests [28-07-14] America’s four-decade war on drugs is responsible for many casualties, but the criminalization of marijuana has been perhaps the most destructive part...
Repeal Prohibition, Again [27-07-14] It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citize...
The Guardian view on overdue overhauling of US and global drug laws [27-07-14] The war on drugs has been a losing fight for 40 years. The response to unending failure has always been to demand more law enforcement and more prison...
Drug courts, meant to aid addicts, now a battlefield of pot politics [26-07-14] Many longtime supporters of drug courts have become dismayed by the extent to which the courts now reach into the lives of people whose only infractio...
Let states decide on marijuana [26-07-14] Repealing the Controlled Substances Act would allow the states to decide whether to permit marijuana use and under what conditions. Nearly three-fourt...
Recreational marijuana qualifies for Oregon ballot [22-07-14] Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use after state elections officials said the measure qualified for the Novemb...
FDA to review marijuana safety [21-07-14] The United States federal government is considering easing its position on marijuana, reclassifying it as a less dangerous drug in what marijuana advo...
DEA may be losing the war on marijuana politics [12-07-14] The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has found itself under attack in Congress as it holds its ground against marijuana legalization while the re...
The great pot experiment [12-07-14] On July 8th Washington became the second state after Colorado to offer recreational pot-smokers a chance to buy weed legally at a local store. Marijua...
Washington state retail marijuana shops to open Tuesday [08-07-14] Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses Monday, a day ahead of the start of legal sales. And 21 hours before the only store licens...
Canada's 'Prince of Pot' to be released from U.S. prison [07-07-14] When the poster child for marijuana legalization is released from a U.S. prison later this week, he'll be re-entering a world where many of his i...
Infographic: Legal weed's consequences [01-07-14] When recreational marijuana stores first opened their doors in the US state of Colorado on January 1, opponents predicted dire consequences: an influx...
The real reason pot is still illegal [01-07-14] The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA), one of the largest anti-legalization organizations in the US has a curious sponsor: Purdue Pharm...

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