Items tagged with US drug policy

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The trend toward legalizing recreational marijuana [04.11.2016] House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that she plans to vote in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana in California. "I will vote for it, but ...
'Commercialization won out': will legal marijuana be the next big tobacco? [30.10.2016] Candi CdeBaca voted to legalize the free sale of marijuana in Colorado four years ago because she thought it would be good for her Denver neighborhoo...
Alaska's first retail marijuana store set to open at 'high noon' two years after vote [28.10.2016] A store in Alaska is to be the first in the state offering retail marijuana sales, with a grand opening scheduled for what the operators were calling...
Archdiocese gives $850,000 to fight marijuana bid [27.10.2016] The Boston Archdiocese is pouring $850,000 into a last-minute effort to defeat a state ballot measure to legalize marijuana, calling increased drug u...
Election may be a turning point for legal marijuana [23.10.2016] To the red-and-blue map of American politics, it may be time to add green. The movement to legalize marijuana, the country’s most popular illicit dru...
Inside big pharma's fight to block recreational marijuana [21.10.2016] In August, the pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics cited concerns for child safety when, with a $500,000 contribution, it became the largest do...
Why is support for marijuana legalization hitting record heights? [20.10.2016] A record number of American citizens support marijuana legalization, according to two new national polls, in a continuation of multi-year trend. Sixt...
How our tax dollars are used to fund opposition to marijuana legalization, in a clear violation of ethics [19.10.2016] This year the pharmaceutical, alcohol and prison food industries have all weighed in to oppose marijuana legalization initiatives across the country....
What’s next for kratom after the DEA blinks on its emergency ban? [16.10.2016] Researchers and users of kratom were stunned by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s abrupt withdrawal of its stated plan to place the Southeast Asi...
Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes — combined [12.10.2016] On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 people sit behind bars on simple drug-possession charges, according to a report released by t...
The DEA is withdrawing a proposal to ban another plant after the Internet got really mad [12.10.2016] The Drug Enforcement Administration is reversing a widely criticized decision that would have banned the use of kratom, a plant that researchers say ...
Americans’ support for marijuana legalization is now higher than ever [12.10.2016] Five states will vote on whether to fully legalize marijuana in November. Supporters of those initiatives got some pretty good news: Support for mari...
Pot stock hits record high as more U.S. states press ahead with legalization [11.10.2016] As polls indicate California, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada and Arizona are poised to approve referendums dramatically expanding legal U.S. cannabis u...
Marijuana's Moment [10.10.2016] Measures to legalize and regulate the sale of cannabis are on the ballot in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada, and recent polls s...
Congress calls out DEA for unilateral move to expand the war on drugs [25.09.2016] A bipartisan group of House lawmakers are asking the Drug Enforcement Administration to reconsider its decision to place the herbal supplement kratom...
Marijuana arrests fall to lowest level since 1996 [25.09.2016] Arrests for simple marijuana possession in the United States fell to nearly a two-decade low last year, according to new statistics released Monday b...
Mexico president following California marijuana vote - state lawmaker [14.09.2016] Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has proposed liberalizing his country's drug laws, privately asked California lawmakers visiting Mexico abo...
The DEA wants to ban another plant [14.09.2016] The Drug Enforcement Administration has received a torrent of backlash from patients with chronic pain and former opiate users after announcing plans...
Alaska Legislature considers marijuana social clubs [13.09.2016] The Senate and House Judiciary Committees met to discuss the status of the fledgling commercial marijuana industry. One of the largest topics of disc...
An unprecedented number of states will vote on marijuana this fall [01.09.2016] More states than ever will consider easing restrictions on marijuana use this November: Voters in five states will decide whether to fully legalize r...
DEA’s sudden 'herbal heroin' ban triggers stiff resistance from kratom community [31.08.2016] An increasingly popular plant product called "herbal heroin" by detractors is about to become illegal in the United States. The Drug Enforcement Admi...
Seattle’s potential solution for heroin epidemic: Places for legal drug use [24.08.2016] A task force established to combat a heroin epidemic in the Seattle metropolitan area has endorsed a strategy of establishing places where addicts wo...
California voters will most likely legalize recreational marijuana this November [18.08.2016] California's Proposition 64 would legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. No disrespect to Colorado or Washington or Alaska, but California’s ...
These are the States that might legalize pot next [17.08.2016] This November, voters in five states will decide whether to authorize recreational use: Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Anothe...
What makes marijuana users different from everyone else [13.08.2016] A massive study published this month in the Journal of Drug Issues found that the proportion of marijuana users who smoke daily has rapidly grown, an...
Did the DEA just kick open the door for the pharmaceuticalization of pot? [11.08.2016] While much ink has been spilled over the last few days regarding DEA’s refusal to recognize marijuana as a medicine and its unwillingness to reclassi...
Activists furious over DEA's refusal to recognise medical benefits of marijuana [10.08.2016] Campaigners have reacted with dismay after the Obama administration refused to stop classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use - e...
DEA rejects attempt to loosen federal restrictions on marijuana [09.08.2016] The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping ...
Gallup: More than 33 million American adults currently use marijuana [07.08.2016] A new Gallup poll finds that percent of American adults who say they currently smoke marijuana has nearly doubled over the past three years. In 2013,...
Marijuana legalization might be fix to nation’s opioid problems [27.07.2016] Proponents of marijuana prohibition have long alleged that experimentation with pot acts as a “gateway” to the use and eventual abuse of other illici...
The pot law that could be 'deal-breaker for the drug war' [04.07.2016] California's pot legalization initiative, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), qualified for the ballot in November, setting the stage for a vote t...
Pot legalization added to Democratic Party platform [26.06.2016] Democratic Party leaders agreed to a new party plank calling for cannabis law reform in the U.S. The plank calls for states to be labs of democracy, ...
Who's funding the US cannabis industry? [23.06.2016] Funding is one of the biggest challenges for the cannabis industry, which still exists in a legal grey area. Cannabis has been legalised for medical ...
Teen marijuana use in Colorado found lower than national average [19.06.2016] Marijuana consumption by Colorado high school students has dipped slightly since the state first permitted recreational cannabis use by adults, a new...
The first big company to say it’s serving the legal marijuana trade? Microsoft. [15.06.2016] As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, i...
Cannabis in the capital: Federal haze [10.06.2016] Since 2015 it has been legal to own, grow and use cannabis privately in Washington, DC. Generous souls are allowed to give small amounts to whomever ...
A deadly crisis: mapping the spread of America's drug overdose epidemic [25.05.2016] America is in the midst of an unprecedented drug overdose epidemic. Nationally, overdose deaths have more than doubled over the past decade and a hal...
Marijuana use and abuse rates decline among US teens [24.05.2016] Rates of adolescent marijuana use and abuse have declined across the US, according to a study that casts doubts on one of the central arguments again...
In the legal weed business, how deep does the “Suits vs. Stoners” schism run? [15.05.2016] Cultural conflict rumbles within a nascent industry that was once a countercultural, underground operation. As fancy dispensaries and stylish product...
Will Canada become America's cannabis capital? [13.05.2016] Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to legalise recreational marijuana consumption on a federal level, opening the door to investment, l...
'Marijuana superstore' wins legal battle over medical pot shops in California [11.05.2016] The largest licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the US, once dubbed the “marijuana superstore”, has won a four-year legal battle with federal pro...
Weed shall overcome: Can California help wind down the War on Drugs? [09.05.2016] By the end of this year, California could be the world’s biggest legal marijuana market. Backers of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which woul...
The failed promise of legal pot [08.05.2016] The risk is that, by itself, legalizing marijuana possession does not change the black market and that, even as legalization spreads, young black men...
Lack of progress and transparency at the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs [26.04.2016] The first meeting of UNGASS since 1998 was supposed to be a game changer in prodding the lumbering and often draconian UN drug policy regime into ser...
Street opioids are getting deadlier. Overseeing drug use can reduce deaths [25.04.2016] As health officials battle increasing mortality associated with heroin and prescription opioids, an even more dangerous group of street drugs has app...
The movement to legalize pot gains speed in the Americas [21.04.2016] In the shift toward legalization of marijuana, the Americas have emerged as a leader. This is a remarkable shift for a region that includes some of t...
Vancouver prescriptions for addicts gain attention as heroin and opioid use rises [20.04.2016] Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic, the only medical facility in North America permitted to prescribe heroin at the center of an epidemic raging across the...
UN backs prohibitionist drug policies despite call for more 'humane solution' [19.04.2016] The 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) has approved an agreement that leaves in place the prohibitionist policies banning narcotics us...
Barack Obama: 'drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem' [30.03.2016] Barack Obama committed to take on America’s growing heroin and prescription opioid epidemic by devoting resources to prevention and treatment, rather...
Was Nixon's war on drugs a racially motivated crusade? [28.03.2016] Last week, the internet exploded with a fairly shocking allegation: President Richard Nixon began America's war on drugs to criminalize black people ...

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