Items tagged with US drug policy

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D.C. hosts nation’s biggest legal marijuana giveaway [26-03-15] With D.C. police officers looking on, hundreds of city residents lined up and then walked away from an Adams Morgan restaurant carrying baggies contai...
Critical updates needed in state marijuana laws [26-03-15] Washington's experiment with legal recreational marijuana is "teetering on the brink" of a market failure. That is the candid assessmen...
Drug courts: Equivocal evidence on a popular intervention [25-03-15] Some countries have adopted drug treatment courts as a way to reduce drug-related incarceration. Drug treatment courts, also called “drug courts,” are...
State pushes forward to legalize marijuana [25-03-15] Legislators in Massachusetts are working on a marijuana legalization proposal, in part as an effort to short-circuit an expected 2016 ballot push. Adv...
Can Washington’s gift economy in marijuana work? [20-03-15] In Washington DC it’s now legal to possess marijuana, to grow it, to smoke it and to give it away. But you’re not allowed to trade in it. You can give...
Survey finds strong majority in support of marijuana legalization and decriminalization [18-03-15] A new national survey of American voters has found a strong majority in support of marijuana legalization and an even larger majority in support of de...
A majority favors marijuana legalization for first time [04-03-15] For the first time, the General Social Survey – a large, national survey conducted every two years and widely considered to represent the gold standar...
D.C. pot advocates threaten public smoke-in to protest ban on pot clubs [03-03-15] After just five days of pot being legal in the nation’s capital, the D.C. Council voted unanimously to approve new limits on marijuana use. The legisl...
UN drugs body warns US states and Uruguay over cannabis legalisation [03-03-15] The United Nations has renewed its warnings to Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington that their cannabis legalisation policies fail to ...
Two headlines perfectly sum up everything wrong with American drug policy [02-03-15] Two stories published last week perfectly sum up the state of American drug policy. On Friday,Colorado released its first annual report on the state o...
Washington DC legalises marijuana possession and use [26-02-15] Washington DC joins Alaska, Colorado, and Washington state as the only places in the US that allow the use of the drug for recreational purposes. Resi...
Alaska becomes third US state to legalise recreational marijuana use [24-02-15] Alaska has made smoking, growing and owning small amounts of marijuana legal, becoming the third US state to decriminalise recreational use. The Repub...
Four of the major fear campaigns that helped create America's insane war on drugs [09-02-15] If moral entrepreneurs and interest groups manage to whip up enough fear and anxiety, they can create a full-blown moral panic, the widespread sense t...
Federal government set to crack down on drug courts that fail addicts [05-02-15] The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, said Michael Bott...
Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply U.S. heroin boom [03-02-15] Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Gu...
The science of decriminalizing drugs [02-02-15] The legal landscape for marijuana has never looked this relaxed. Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. voted during the recent election season to legal...
Obama budget would clear path for legal sales of recreational marijuana in D.C. [02-02-15] 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 capit...
18 legal marijuana states by 2020? [02-02-15] 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 vote...
US official cautions Jamaica on ganja legalisation [29-01-15] The U.S. Government has signalled discomfort with Jamaica's move to decriminalise marijuana for specific uses. According to assistant secretary, ...
Pro-ganja lobby endorses changes on eve of Senate debate [29-01-15] Professor Archibald McDonald called on the Jamaican Government to continue with the reforms and disregard apparent threats from US Government official...

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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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