Items tagged with US drug policy

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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 ...
President's pot comments prompt call for policy [15-12-12] President Barack Obama says he won't go after pot users in Colorado and Washington, two states that just legalized the drug for recreational use....
Federal government should allow states to sanction marijuana businesses [14-12-12] President Obama’s statement of tolerance toward legalized marijuana is welcome. The real question is not whether federal agents will go after users. I...
Marijuana not high Obama priority [14-12-12] President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a "top priority" of federal l...
Recreational marijuana should not be top federal priority: Obama [14-12-12] In an interview with ABC News President Barack Obama said federal authorities should not target recreational marijuana use in two Western states whe...
Colorado pot legalization: 30 questions (and answers) [13-12-12] The passage and governor's proclamation of Amendment 64 on Monday, which makes Colorado one of the first two states to legalize limited possessio...
Poll: Keep feds out of state pot laws [12-12-12] Most Americans want the federal government to stop enforcing anti-marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington state, according to a Gallup Poll. Sixty-f...
Former president Jimmy Carter OK with legalizing marijuana [12-12-12] Former President Jimmy Carter said he is in favor of legalizing marijuana during a public panel that CNN aired Tuesday. “I’m in favor of it. I think i...
Plenty of smoke clouds the future of legalized pot in Washington [11-12-12] The law setting up the US's first legal regulatory system for retail pot won't allow sales until next year. And the federal government still...

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