Items tagged with US drug policy

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Obama budget would clear path for legal sales of recreational marijuana in D.C. [02.02.2015] President Obama’s budget would do a lot of things, but one of the most controversial may to be allowing legal sales of marijuana in the nation’s capi...
18 legal marijuana states by 2020? [02.02.2015] Four states and the District of Columbia have already legalized weed and plans are already afoot in several more for this year or next, either by vot...
US official cautions Jamaica on ganja legalisation [29.01.2015] The U.S. Government has signalled discomfort with Jamaica's move to decriminalise marijuana for specific uses. According to assistant secretary, Will...
Pro-ganja lobby endorses changes on eve of Senate debate [28.01.2015] Professor Archibald McDonald called on the Jamaican Government to continue with the reforms and disregard apparent threats from US Government officia...
Vermont lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana [28.01.2015] Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to become the first state Legislature to legalize marijuana. Four states and the District of Columbia have ...
Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch opposes marijuana legalisation [27.01.2015] Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, told senators during her confirmation hearing that she, like her predecessor Eric Holder,...
The United States rethinks draconian drug sentencing policies [27.01.2015] Across the Americas, an unprecedented debate on drug policy reform is underway. While a regional consensus on what form those reforms should take rem...
Report predicts 18 states will legalize pot by 2020 [25.01.2015] A new report predicts that 18 U.S. states will have legalized recreational marijuana in the next five years, a huge increase from the four states tha...
The legalization of marijuana: a good example of flexible policymaking [21.01.2015] M arijuana policy may not seem like the natural setting to model policies that pursue inclusive growth, but the innovative policy-making processes in...
A dozen ways to legalize the marijuana supply chain, in Vermont or any state [16.01.2015] After months of research, the RAND corporation released a report for the state of Vermont exploring marijuana legalization and regulation there. The ...
Seattle's legal marijuana euphoria over as industry undergoes growing pains [15.01.2015] The legal marijuana market in the state of Washington opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn’t hav...
The war on drugs is burning out [07.01.2015] T he conservative wave of 2014 featured an unlikely, progressive undercurrent: In two states, plus the nation's capital, Americans voted convincingly...
Is Obama finally ready to dial back the war on drugs? [31.12.2014] As Obama embarks on the third year of his second term, here are some of the ways in which Obama has begun to deliver on his promises of a more ration...
Poll: One year of legalized pot hasn't changed Coloradans' minds [27.12.2014] A year of legalized recreational marijuana hasn't changed many Coloradans' minds on the groundbreaking shift — though more than one-third say the sta...
The year in drug policy: Movement at a crossroads [26.12.2014] The 43-year-old war on drugs had never seen such a barrage of opposition as it did in 2014, with successful marijuana legalization initiatives in sev...
After pot legalization, focusing on a new kind of black market [25.12.2014] The black market for marijuana in Colorado isn't what it used to be. Nine or 10 years ago, the narrative of illicit cannabis in the state focused on ...
Marijuana use increases in Colorado, according to new federal survey [25.12.2014] As marijuana legalization took hold in Colorado, the percentage of regular cannabis users in the state jumped to the second-highest level in the US. ...
Lawsuit over Colorado marijuana legalization takes rare legal path [21.12.2014] In suing to stop marijuana legalization in Colorado, two neighboring states have embarked down an arcane legal pathway that could take years to reach...
Has the US just called for unilateral interpretation of multilateral obligations? [17.12.2014] These are interesting times for drug law reform, which, as it gathers pace, is asking important questions of international law. A UN General Assembly...
Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over marijuana law [17.12.2014] Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the first major court challenge to marijuana legalization, saying that Colorado ’s growing array of state-regulated recre...
How legalizing marijuana on Indian reservations could end the prohibition on pot [11.12.2014] The Department of Justice announced that it would let Native American tribes grow or sell marijuana on their reservations, even in states where the d...
U.S. won't stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands [11.12.2014] Opening the door for what could be a lucrative and controversial new industry on some Native American reservations, the Justice Department will tell ...
Pot industry plants seeds on Capitol Hill [04.12.2014] The legal weed industry is trying to grow something else these days: political influence. The National Cannabis Industry Association has spent $60,00...
Drug control body concerned by pot legalization in some U.S. states [03.12.2014] The head of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) monitoring compliance with international drug control conventions expressed concern abou...
No, legal US drugs aren’t being trafficked into Mexico en masse [02.12.2014] The US Drug Enforcement Agency has now walked back statements it made about the trafficking of marijuana grown in the US to buyers in Mexico, after b...
How powerful synthetic drugs will upend drug markets globally [01.12.2014] Illicit drugs made from plants (e.g., cocaine, heroin) are being replaced in some national drug markets by those that are synthesized (e.g., methamph...
Legal pot in the U.S. may be undercutting Mexican marijuana [30.11.2014] Made-in-America marijuana is on a roll. More than half the states have now voted to permit pot for recreational or medical use, most recently Oregon ...
Selling cannabis regulation [29.11.2014] In 2012, voters in the US states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon were given the opportunity to vote in ballot initiatives for the creation of lega...
Some pols pushing to legalize pot before voters do [27.11.2014] Some state lawmakers say it’s high time Massachusetts hashes out a bill to legalize and tax marijuana, or, if left to voters, risk repeating the awkw...
Into the breach: Drugs, control, and violating bad laws in good ways [27.11.2014] An October statement on drug control from the US State Department has prompted much comment and speculation at home and abroad. Delivered by Ambassad...
Marijuana’s big-money Marley Brand makes a splash [24.11.2014] Last week, NBC’s Today Show giddily announced an exclusive: Privateer Holdings, the Seattle marijuana company long acclaimed locally for its straight...
Marijuana industry sets its sights on the mainstream [24.11.2014] Marijuana is growing up. As Colorado and Washington’s recreational marijuana industries blossom and new markets in Oregon and Alaska begin to take sh...
Pro-marijuana groups eye Northeastern states, including Maine [22.11.2014] Marijuana advocates want to take their legalization drive — so far the province of Western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to...
The great American relapse [21.11.2014] The face of heroin use in America has changed utterly. Forty or fifty years ago heroin addicts were overwhelmingly male, disproportionately black, an...
Du Río de la Plata au Lac Léman [19.11.2014] La politique vis-à-vis du cannabis est en rapide évolution. Ainsi, les citoyens de l'Alaska et de l'Oregon, comme ceux de Washington DC, la capitale ...
All the progress made on marijuana legalization could vanish with a new president [18.11.2014] The movement to end marijuana prohibition has made significant progress recently, but it could all be undone when the next president takes office in ...
Pot luck [18.11.2014] Smoking, growing, buying, selling or merely possessing cannabis is a criminal offence, according to America's federal government. Ask the states, how...
Why Congress should legalize pot [18.11.2014] Federal law still prohibits marijuana, and existing jurisprudence ( Gonzales v. Raich 2005 ) holds that federal law trumps state law when it comes to...
Fatal attraction: Brownfield's flexibility doctrine and global drug policy reform [18.11.2014] State-level cannabis reforms, which gathered steam this month, have exposed the inability of the United States to abide by the terms of the legal bed...
Is ‘Big Marijuana’ inevitable? [18.11.2014] It looks like the use of recreational marijuana is heading down the path of legalization across the country. Voters in Alaska, Oregon and the Distric...
Stir it up: Bob Marley to headline corporate cannabis brand [17.11.2014] The Marley family and a Seattle-based private equity firm announced the creation of Marley Natural, "a premium cannabis brand rooted in the life and ...
California’s Attorney General thinks legal weed is inevitable [17.11.2014] California was one of the first to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, but so far hasn’t legalized it for recreational use, like Colorado, Washington...
GOP congressman: Republicans should embrace marijuana legalization [13.11.2014] The federal courthouse in right-leaning Orange County, Calif., is named after former president and Republican Party icon Ronald Reagan. Countless dru...
The UN really wishes that voters in Alaska and Oregon hadn’t legalized weed [13.11.2014] The director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said that state-level marijuana legalization initiatives in the U.S. are ...
A top UN official is not happy about US states legalizing weed [13.11.2014] The UN's top narcotics official said on Wednesday that recent votes by US states to legalize marijuana have put America in deeper violation of the in...
Pot legalization: Gateway to what? [12.11.2014] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) plans to stay on the sidelines of future pot legalization campaigns – already supported by groups plotting ...
U.S. states' pot legalization not in line with international law: U.N. agency [12.11.2014] Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said, adding he w...
The dark-horse policy reform that has both Obama and some GOPers optimistic [09.11.2014] With Democrats holding the White House and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, it's been suggested that the odds are slim of any major...
Marijuana may mean ticket, not arrest, in New York City [08.11.2014] The New York Police Department, which has been arresting tens of thousands of people a year for low-level marijuana possession, is to stop making suc...
The Marlboro of marijuana [07.11.2014] Would household names really consider selling cannabis? They already have. In 1969 a Philip Morris executive wrote to the Justice Department, request...

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