Items tagged with US drug policy

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Top US international drug official signals green light for countries to decriminalize [09-03-16] William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, gave a qualified go-ahead for countries to d...
Voters are doing what politicians won’t on marijuana reform [09-03-16] Massachusetts' top politicians just came out swinging against legal marijuana. Voters there are on track to decide whether to legalize marijuana ...
The history of cannabis and international control [02-03-16]
Is kratom the new bath salts? [27-02-16] The botanical substance is both a stimulant and a sedative. It is common and illegal in Thailand, where it grows naturally, but little-known and large...
UNGASS 2016: What prospect for change? [18-02-16] With the UN’s drug control policy setting bathed in opaque diplomatic light, civil society advocates are left looking for the subtleties of language a...
The right way to do drugs [13-02-16] It is like a hash-induced hallucination: row upon row of lush, budding plants, tended by white-coated technicians who are bothered by the authorities ...
Legal marijuana sales projected to reach $6.7 billion in 2016 [01-02-16] Just how big is the market for legal pot? A new report by a leading marijuana industry investment and research firm found legal cannabis sales jumped ...
Who exactly is behind the lawsuits over Colorado's legal marijuana? [17-01-16] Three of the four marijuana-centered lawsuits filed against Colorado officials and businesses were organized and at least partially funded by out-of-s...
Vermont governor wants legislation to legalize marijuana [08-01-16] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said he would seek to legalize marijuana through the legislative process, instead of through the ballot box, for the fi...
Marijuana plan backed by billionaire Sean Parker on path to California ballot [07-01-16] A plan backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker to legalize recreational use of marijuana in California is on the path to the November ballot,...
Mexican marijuana farmers see profits tumble as U.S. loosens laws [30-12-15] The loosening of marijuana laws across much of the United States has increased competition from growers north of the border, apparently enough to driv...
Fatal drug overdoses hit record high in US, government figures show [19-12-15] Deaths from drug overdoses have surged across the US to record levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationwide, overdo...
Courts are forcing marijuana users to get drug treatment they probably don’t need [14-12-15] Opponents of marijuana legalization often cite the "skyrocketing"number ofpeople seeking treatment for marijuana addiction in their argument...
Cannabis industry, advocates trying to find right balance on marijuana legalization [09-12-15] Business and advocates both play a key role in furthering marijuana legalization, but findingthe ideal balance is provingdifficult. That was particula...
Decriminalizing drugs: When treatment replaces prison [08-12-15] Cities all over the US are copying Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, in which police officers put low-level drug offenders into tr...
Big Marijuana is coming — and even legalization supporters are worried [02-12-15] Ohioans rejected a very unusual marijuana legalization proposal. Beyond legalizing pot, the ballot initiative would have given campaign donors direct ...
Heroin, survivor of War on Drugs, returns with new face [22-11-15] United States military operations in Afghanistan, now in their 15th year, are routinely described as America’s longest war. For overseas combat, that ...
Two months after Oregon legalization, pot saturation sends profits up in smoke [21-11-15] Along North-east Sandy Boulevard in Portland, Oregon, there’s a stretch known as the “Green Mile”. Here, medical marijuana dispensaries are budding. A...
Govt urged to secure share of international ganja market [16-11-15] President of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association Ras Iyah is urging the Government of Jamaica to "align" with other countrie...
US endorses Mexico’s marijuana legalization ruling [09-11-15] The United States has backed a decision made by Mexico’s Supreme Court that paves the way for the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes....

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Study: The ‘gateway drug’ is alcohol, not marijuana

A study in the August edition of The Journal of School Health finds that the generations old theory of a “gateway drug” effect is in fact accurate for some drug users, but shifts the blame for those addicts’ escalating substance abuse away from marijuana and onto the most pervasive and socially accepted drug in American life: alcohol.

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