Items tagged with US drug policy

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Towards an International Drug Peace: A Perspective from Mexico [17-09-13] Jorge Hernández Tinajero, president of Mexico City’s Collective for a Holistic Policy Towards Drugs (CUPIHD), shares an international perspective on t...
Legal marijuana: US defends decision not to challenge two states' laws [12-09-13] Deputy Attorney General James Cole told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that federal prosecutors and agents are prepared to focus aggress...
Senate Hearings Reveal Marijuana Businesses May Get Banking [10-09-13] Today, the United States Senate did something for the first time in history. It held a hearing on how the federal government could draw a roadmap towa...
John McCain: ‘Maybe we should legalize’ pot [09-09-13] Drug war hawk John McCain is turning pot dove. McCain appears open to making a dramatic shift on marijuana policy, saying during a town-hall meeting i...
Obama administration will not block state marijuana laws, if distribution is regulated [29-08-13] The Obama administration said that it would not challenge laws legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington state as long as those states maintain ...
The drug policy reform agenda in the Americas (Version 2) [16-08-13] At the root of the drug policy debate in Latin America is growing recognition that present policies have failed to achieve the desired objectives, the...
Justice Dept. Seeks to Curtail Stiff Drug Sentences [13-08-13] WASHINGTON — In a major shift in criminal justice policy, the Obama administration will move on Monday to ease overcrowding in federal prisons by or...
The most embarrassing graph in American drug policy [29-05-13] Law enforcement strategies have utterly failed to even maintain street prices of the key illicit substances. This figure shows that street drug prices...
How to Legalize Pot [19-05-13] The first time I talked to Mark Kleiman, a drug policy expert at UCLA, was in 2002, and he explained why legalization of marijuana was a bad idea. “At...
Fate of LA pot shops left to voters [19-05-13] Los Angeles politicians have struggled for more than five years to regulate medical marijuana, trying to balance the needs of the sick against neighbo...
Wash. set to release draft rules for pot industry [16-05-13] They've spent nearly eight months visiting marijuana grow houses, studying the science of getting high and earning nicknames like "the queen...
Deficiencies in financial oversight enable money laundering [15-05-13] In July 1989, the leaders of the economic powers assembled at the G7 Paris summit decided to establish a Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to counter...
Colorado Senate gives final approval to historic marijuana bills [08-05-13] The Colorado Senate gave final approval to two new bills to implement marijuana legalization, inching the state legislature closer to becoming the fir...
Will legalised marijuana lead to an economic boom? [07-05-13] Many Washington residents are looking to cash in on the newly legal and potentially lucrative marijuana market, which they hope will give them a new s...
In Latin America, U.S. focus shifts from drug war to economy [04-05-13] Relationships with countries racked by drug violence and organized crime should focus more on economic development and less on the endless battles aga...
Legalize marijuana and other ways U.S.-Mexico can win drug war [03-05-13] There was a lot of drug-war hand-wringing in the U.S. leading up to President Obama’s visit to Mexico. That’s because Mexican President Peña Nieto is ...
Maine panel hears case for marijuana legalization [03-05-13] With other states already starting to allow the legal use of marijuana, Maine needs to get ahead of the issue and legalize, regulate and tax the sale ...
A rising marijuana reform tide at the Statehouses [01-05-13] In the wake of the marijuana legalization victories in Colorado and Washington last November, and buoyed by a series of national public opinion polls ...
DEA: Warning letters to 11 pot dispensaries don’t signal war on state law [01-05-13] The Drug Enforcement Administration sent cease-and-desist letters to 11 medical-marijuana dispensaries because they are within 1,000 feet of schools o...
The drug policy reform agenda in the Americas [01-05-13] Latin America has emerged at the vanguard of efforts to promote debate on drug policy reform. For decades, Latin American governments largely followed...

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Study: The ‘gateway drug’ is alcohol, not marijuana

A study in the August edition of The Journal of School Health finds that the generations old theory of a “gateway drug” effect is in fact accurate for some drug users, but shifts the blame for those addicts’ escalating substance abuse away from marijuana and onto the most pervasive and socially accepted drug in American life: alcohol.

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