Items tagged with US drug policy

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Cannabis research 'being stifled' by US government, says think tank [20-10-15] In a new report, Ending the U.S. government’s war on medical marijuana research, researchers at the Brookings Institution call on the federal governme...
Oregon legalizes pot, and nobody cares [12-10-15] Oregon is the third American state to legalize recreational marijuana sales, following neighboring Washington, where legal pot debuted in the summer o...
Oregon marijuana legalization challenges US drug policy [03-10-15] Oregon joined Colorado and Washington in implementing a commercial cannabis market. Alaska, which also legalized marijuana through a ballot initiative...
Oregon becomes third U.S. state to allow recreational marijuana sales [01-10-15] Marijuana sales for recreational use began in Oregon on October 1 as it joined Washington state and Colorado in allowing the sale of a drug that remai...
Cannabis regulation in Colorado [01-10-15] The core argument made by opponents of legal regulation is that any regulated market for cannabis would inevitably fuel a significant rise in use and ...
Bolivia stands up to US with coca-control policy [30-09-15] The Habeas Coca report, published by Open Society Foundations in July, found that Bolivia slashed its illicit coca production by 34 percent over the p...
The White House blacklisted Bolivia for growing coca while US states sell legal weed [16-09-15] The US has "decertified" Bolivia over what it calls a failure to comply with the UN drug control conventions, despite recent data showing th...
Young hands in Mexico feed growing U.S. demand for heroin [29-08-15] As heroin addiction soars in the United States, a boom is underway south of the border, reflecting the two nations’ troubled symbiosis. Officials from...
Drug sentences rise, while time served for other crimes falls [27-08-15] A Pew study shows that sentences for Americans convicted of federal drug crimes rose 36% — an average of 20 months — in 30 years, while sentences for ...
Mexico lost its war on drugs 75 years ago, author claims [26-08-15] Mexico’s drug trade is synonymous with violence, corruption and cartel bosses battling for territory. But it could have been so different, it’s claime...
Pioneer pot states have collected more than $200 million in marijuana taxes [26-08-15] The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana have collectively raked in at least $200 million in marijuana tax revenue, according to the la...
Ohio prepares to vote on marijuana legalization: which states will be next? [17-08-15] Thus far, Ohio is the only state where voters will consider pot legalization in the 2015 election. But that’s not because many states aren’t already e...
Ohio's legal weed proposal could create the world’s first 'pot grower oligarchy' [16-08-15] Ohio voters will have the opportunity to legalize the commercial cultivation and sale of cannabis this November, including for medical marijuana patie...
Obama calls for shorter sentences for nonviolent convicts [14-07-15] Calling it an issue America can’t afford to ignore, President Barack Obama laid out an expansive vision for fixing the criminal justice system. “In fa...
It's official: Marijuana is medicine [01-07-15] The nation's top medical organization released a major series of papers on medical cannabis last week in the Journal of the American Medical Asso...
So you want to legalize weed? [28-06-15] Up and down the Western Hemisphere, marijuana policy is a growing topic of discussion, and laws are starting to change. In 2014, retail marijuana stor...
Using pot to be legal in Oregon — but not selling it [28-06-15] Pot stashes in Oregon are legal — up to 8 ounces. So is the homegrown, up to four plants a household. The legalization of recreational marijuana July ...
US marijuana legalisation has not led to rise in use by adolescents, study finds [16-06-15] Legalising the medical use of cannabis has not led to a surge in the numbers of adolescents using it in the USA, according to new research that surpri...
Drug warriors are still crying 'reefer madness.' The facts don't support them [15-06-15] In their op-ed article against cannabis legalization, former drug czar William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohnyearn for a time when fear-mongering, not f...
Budget bill outlaws pot sales in D.C. for 2 years [11-06-15] House Republicans advanced a budget plan that would prevent legal sales of marijuana in the District until at least 2017. Advocates for legalization, ...

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