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Items tagged with US drug policy

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Marijuana’s foot in the door [26-11-12] The Washington Post’s View: we favor decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot, assessing civil fines instead of locking people up. Also, for...
Following win, Colorado marijuana activists debate how hard to push [25-11-12] Colorado marijuana activists, empowered after backing a successful legalization effort in the state, are in the midst of a dialogue about how far to p...
The truce on drugs [25-11-12] Something unexpected has happened in the past five years. The condemnations of the war on drugs - of the mechanized imprisonment of much of our inner ...
"Impossible" to end drug trade, says Calderón [23-11-12] Ending the consumption and the trafficking of illegal drugs is “impossible”, according to Felipe Calderón, Mexico’s outgoing president. In an intervie...
Give Pot a Chance [22-11-12] In two weeks, adults in this state will no longer be arrested or incarcerated for something that nearly 30 million Americans did last year. For the fi...
New England marijuana legalization bills coming [20-11-12] In the wake of this month's marijuana legalization victories in Colorado and Washington, legislators in New England are ramping up efforts to be ...
Time to end the war on drugs [20-11-12] Since its launch in 1971, when President Nixon successfully branded drug addicts as criminals, the war on drugs has resulted in 45 million arrests a...
Marijuana legalisation in the US: Five burning questions [19-11-12] The 6 November votes in Colorado and Washington left a lot of marijuana users happy and a lot of police officers nervous. And they set the two state...
Will Obama's second term see an end to the failed 'war on drugs'? [16-11-12] One of the more surprising results of last week's election was the decision by voters in Colorado and Washington state to legalize marijuana for ...
DeGette files bill to require feds to respect marijuana law [16-11-12] In an effort to ensure new voter-approved amendments that legalize limited use of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington are not overrun b...
Denver joins Boulder in dropping prosecution of limited pot possession [16-11-12] Denver prosecutors will no longer charge those 21 and older for carrying less than an ounce of marijuana, and will review current cases that fit unde...
INCB President voices concern [15-11-12] The President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Raymond Yans, has voiced grave concern about the outcome of recent referenda in the...
Seattle police produce a user's guide to pot [15-11-12] When Washington state voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana on Nov. 6, Seattle police knew they'd be getting a lot of questions. And...
Mexico lawmaker introduces bill to legalize marijuana [15-11-12] A leftist Mexican lawmaker on Thursday presented a bill to legalize the production, sale and use of marijuana, adding to a growing chorus of Latin Ame...
Gregoire awaits federal decision on new pot laws [13-11-12] Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday the federal government still hasn't decided whether to take action to block new laws legalizing mar...
Mexican president says marijuana legalization votes leave U.S. with no 'moral authority' for drug war [13-11-12] Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in two U.S. states limits that country's "moral au...
Leaders in Latin America call for review of drug policy after 2 U.S. states vote to legalize marijuana [12-11-12] A group of Latin American leaders declared that votes by two U.S. states to legalize marijuana have important implications for efforts to quash drug s...
A more enlightened approach to intoxicants should legalise marijuana [12-11-12] With two US states - Washington and Colorado - voting to legalise the recreational use of marijuana, a similar liberal approach towards mild intoxica...
As US states legalise marijuana, is this the end of the drugs war? [11-11-12] Last week was a momentous week, the beginning of the end, perhaps, of a national depravity – the "war on drugs". The voters of Colorado and ...
Legalized marijuana initiatives leave federal government wrestling with policy [10-11-12] Senior administration officials acknowledged that they are wrestling with how to respond to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, ...

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