Items tagged with US drug policy

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The condemned coca leaf [13-01-13] Last week, the United Nations voted on an appeal by Bolivia to amend the international treaty that prohibits the chewing of coca leaf. Bolivia won a p...
Pot sub-panel only scratches surface in first meeting [12-01-13] Although they didn't make any clear decisions, the Local Authority and Control Working Group meeting started to address many questions and concer...
Bolivia wins a rightful victory on the coca leaf [11-01-13] Today the Plurinational State of Bolivia can celebrate a rightful victory, as the country can become formally a party again to the 1961 Single Convent...
Marijuana Legalization, Taxation Supported By Majority In Hawaii: Poll [11-01-13] The results of a survey commissioned by the Drug Policy Action Group shows 57 percent of respondents in favor of legalizing, taxing and regulating ma...
Will Obama's 'war on weed' really ride roughshod over American voters? [11-01-13] The cry of "states' rights" is not often associated with progressive causes, but with the "war on drugs" comprehensively decl...
Why marijuana should be legal for adults [09-01-13] Forget the antiquated dogma and judge pot prohibition on its own merits. If you still believe that cannabis should be illegal, then you must logically...
Judge in San Francisco lets biggest medical pot shop stay open [08-01-13] A federal magistrate judge ruled that a medical-marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the world's largest can continue to operate, at least...
U.S. marijuana laws ricochet through Latin America [07-01-13] Leaders from across Latin America responded within days of the Colorado and Washington vote, demanding a review of drug-war policies that have mired t...
Groups seek to influence new rules for growing, selling pot [06-01-13] The Washington state Liquor Control Board (LCB), charged with launching the world's first regulated marijuana market for social use, expects to b...
Rocky Mountain high: Pot a $200M industry in Colorado [05-01-13] Vigorous regulation of a thriving medical-marijuana industry in Colorado offers the best glimpse of what is coming to Washington when it launches its ...
Mexico considers marijuana legalization after ballot wins in U.S. [04-01-13] The success of legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington has sparked a new conversation in a nation that is one of the world's top mari...
Objections to Bolivia's reservation to allow coca chewing in the UN conventions [04-01-13] Sweden joined the United States and the United Kingdom in objecting to the re-accession of Bolivia to the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs ...
Racism's Hidden History in the War on Drugs [03-01-13] The first anti-drug law in the US was a local law in San Francisco passed in 1875, outlawing the smoking of opium and directed at the Chinese. Marijua...
Pro-marijuana campaign looks ahead after 2012 victories [30-12-12] After a decades-long campaign to legalize marijuana hit a high mark in 2012 with victories in Washington state and Colorado, its energized and deep-p...
Parts of Colorado's pot legalization strategy exported to other states [29-12-12] The sequential strategy will look familiar to Coloradans: first, pass a medical-marijuana law; then put dispensaries in place; then go for recreationa...
Reefer Madness Revisited [21-12-12] Rob Kampia, co-founder and executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), has co-authored most of the medical marijuana laws on the books....
Marijuana, not yet legal for Californians, might as well be [20-12-12] Let Colorado and Washington be the marijuana trailblazers. Let them struggle with the messy details of what it means to actually legalize the drug. M...
Battle over nation's largest pot dispensary heads to U.S. court [19-12-12] A showdown over the fate of the country's largest medical marijuana dispensary heads to federal court, and the outcome could hint at what lies ah...
The next seven states to legalize pot [18-12-12] By legalizing marijuana through direct democracy, Colorado and Washington have fundamentally changed the national conversation about cannabis. As many...
Task force created to regulate legalized marijuana in Colorado [17-12-12] It has been a little over a month since Coloradans approved a groundbreaking law legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Now that ...

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Chewing over Khat prohibition

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Where strict bans on khat have been introduced they have had severe unintended negative consequences and failed to further the integration, social incusion and economic prosperity of Somali communities in particular, which chew khat most widely.

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