Items tagged with US drug policy

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The great pot experiment [12-07-14] On July 8th Washington became the second state after Colorado to offer recreational pot-smokers a chance to buy weed legally at a local store. Marijua...
Washington state retail marijuana shops to open Tuesday [08-07-14] Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses Monday, a day ahead of the start of legal sales. And 21 hours before the only store licens...
Canada's 'Prince of Pot' to be released from U.S. prison [07-07-14] When the poster child for marijuana legalization is released from a U.S. prison later this week, he'll be re-entering a world where many of his i...
Infographic: Legal weed's consequences [01-07-14] When recreational marijuana stores first opened their doors in the US state of Colorado on January 1, opponents predicted dire consequences: an influx...
The real reason pot is still illegal [01-07-14] The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA), one of the largest anti-legalization organizations in the US has a curious sponsor: Purdue Pharm...
Colorado recreational marijuana industry begins major transformation [30-06-14] Only six months old, Colorado's recreational marijuana industry starts a transformation that could add hundreds of new pot businesses to the stat...
Shortages, high prices expected for state’s first pot stores [28-06-14] The Liquor Control Board has been warning of shortages when the first stores open in Washington state. The board plans to issue the first 15 to 20 ret...
Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas [27-06-14] Latin America is now at the vanguard of international efforts to promote drug policy reform: Bolivia has rewritten its constitution to recognize the r...
Reforming the global drug-control system: The stakes for Washington [27-06-14] The extent to which the ongoing drug-control reforms across the Americas are pushing the boundaries of the global legal framework laid down in three U...
CARICOM did not consult us on ganja law reform - US [25-06-14] William Brownfield, assistant secretary at the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, has charged that Jamaica and other Ca...
FDA to evaluate marijuana for potential reclassification as less dangerous drug [24-06-14] The US Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the medical evidence surrounding the safety and effectiveness of marijuana, a process that could lead...
Dope to your door [21-06-14] Evan Cox used to deliver pizza. But 18 months ago, as he was running out of money at college in Seattle, he had a new business idea. The state of Wash...
How neuroscience reinforces racist drug policy [12-06-14] A recent neuroscience study from Harvard Medical School claims to have discovered brain differences between people who smoke marijuana and people who ...
Mexican president hints may be open to change in marijuana laws [08-06-14] Mexico and the United States cannot pursue diverging policies on marijuana legalization, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was quoted as saying, hi...
High times: The next five states to tackle pot laws [02-06-14] Weed is legal in at least some form in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Most allow it for medical use only. Colorado and Washington this year e...
GOP House backs state medical marijuana laws [29-05-14] The GOP-controlled House voted in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The ...
Going to pot: legalised cannabis edges nearer in west after US states end ban [23-05-14] Legalisation of cannabis is making slow but unstoppable progress across much of the developed world, many experts believe, following the end of prohib...
Colorado lawmakers approve plan for pot banking [08-05-14] Frustrated by the cash-heavy aspect of its new marijuana industry, Colorado is trying a long-shot bid to create the world's first financial syste...
Moving Away from Drug Courts [01-05-14] Drug courts have spread across the country, yet available research does not support their continued expansion. Most drug courts do not reduce imprison...
Eric Holder 'cautiously optimistic' about marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado [15-04-14] Attorney General Eric Holder is "cautiously optimistic" about how things are going in Washington state and Colorado following the legalizati...

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