Items tagged with US drug policy

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It’s time to kick our addiction to the war on drugs [25.04.2017] As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie takes the lead in crafting the Trump administration’s response to the opioid crisis, he and his colleagues need...
The No. 1 reason why Trump’s wall won’t fix the drug problem [25.04.2017] Experts on the drug trade say a border wall, even one as big and beautiful as Trump promised, would be near-impotent in stemming the supply of illega...
Tough marijuana position from national prosecutors could influence Trump policy [25.04.2017] A federal group of prosecutors in the United States has criticized efforts at the US state level to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational...
Support for marijuana legalization at all-time high [20.04.2017] Sixty-one percent of Americans think marijuana use should be legal, a five-point increase from last year and the highest percentage ever recorded in ...
Officers rue the return of US 'war on drugs' [18.04.2017] Attorney General Jeff Sessions likes to reminisce about the aggressive law enforcement of the 80s and 90s and recently labelled cannabis " only sligh...
Marijuana goes industrial in California [15.04.2017] The vast and fertile Salinas valley is often called the salad bowl of the nation for the countless heads of lettuce growing across its floor. Now Cal...
The new White House drug czar has quite an idea for where to put nonviolent drug users [12.04.2017] Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) will be President Trump's drug czar, according to a report from CBS News. Marino's congressional voting record is that of a h...
The DEA chief will ‘have to check’ whether DEA lets drugs into communities on purpose. (It does) [11.04.2017] Federal law allows informants, like those employed by the DEA, to engage in “ otherwise illegal activity ” as part of an investigation. Those activit...
The world’s first pot-focused exchange-traded fund [10.04.2017] The launch of the world’s first cannabis-focused exchange-traded fund (ETF), on the Toronto Stock Exchange, is welcome news to aficionados of marijua...
Is Md. ready for 'heroin assisted therapy'? [10.04.2017] The idea of giving heroin addicts heroin to keep them from crime and other dangers has never been popular with American politicians. Yet several West...
Oregon set to shield marijuana user data from US officials [10.04.2017] Oregon state lawmakers who fear heightened marijuana enforcement by federal agents overwhelmingly approved a proposal to protect pot users from havin...
How Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs [08.04.2017] When the Obama administration reduced harsh prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, rave reviews came from across the political spectrum. Civ...
Mexico opens up its heroin fight to U.S., U.N. observers [07.04.2017] For the first time in at least a decade, Mexico's army is allowing the United States and the United Nations to observe opium poppy eradication, a ste...
Big Pharma's anti-marijuana stance aims to squash the competition, activists say [03.04.2017] As marijuana legalization swept the US in November, Arizona was alone in its rejection of legal weed. There, a pharmaceutical company called Insys wa...
Bipartisan “Path to Marijuana Reform” bills introduced to decriminalize, protect, regulate cannabis industry [30.03.2017] U.S. lawmakers introduced a package of marijuana reform bills aimed at protecting and preserving existing state-based programs while creating a frame...
Trump misses the mark with opioid crisis plan, health advocates say [30.03.2017] The White House plan to address the opioid crisis runs counter to the administration’s health and justice policies, said politicians and advocates. T...
Public support for marijuana legalization surged in 2016 [29.03.2017] Public support for marijuana legalization in the US surged in 2016, according to data just released from the General Social Survey. Last year 57 perc...
How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever [23.03.2017] America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis ever. In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of which were ...
Expert not expecting Trump to crack down on legal marijuana [22.03.2017] With millions of dollars hanging in the balance, supporters of Nevada’s marijuana industry have been watching Jeff Sessions with wary, worried eyes s...
A big thing marijuana opponents warned you about is definitely not happening [21.03.2017] Data coming out of Washington and Colorado suggest that those states' legalization experiments, which began in earnest in 2014, are not causing any s...
Sessions reassures senators: No pot crackdown imminent [02.03.2017] The Trump administration is causing serious paranoia among marijuana advocates with its hints of a federal crackdown on recreational use. But Attorne...
Attorney General Sessions wants to know the science on marijuana and opioids [28.02.2017] Speaking before the National Association of Attorneys General, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressed doubt that marijuana could help mitigate...
Sessions: More violence around marijuana than ‘one would think’ [27.02.2017] The Justice Department will try to adopt “responsible policies” for enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, ...
As Trump said in the campaign, leave pot to the states [27.02.2017] In pulling back from Mr. Trump’s assurance during the campaign that states should be left to decide their own marijuana policies, White House spokesm...
White House hints at crackdown on recreational marijuana [23.02.2017] White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested the Trump administration will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana. “...
Just how mainstream is marijuana? [17.02.2017] Time to dispel any doubts you may still have that marijuana reform is truly a mainstream political issue. This week, a bipartisan group of U.S. repre...
Pot social clubs may be next for legal marijuana movement [16.02.2017] At risk of raising the ire of the White House, Colorado is on the brink of becoming the first state with licensed pot clubs. But the details of how t...
Marijuana legalization must include justice reform [31.01.2017] Across the US, we routinely take a pledge that ends in “with liberty and justice for all.” Yet that fundamental promise has been broken in six of the...
Boulder DA Stan Garnett named to group that will advise Trump administration on pot [30.01.2017] The National District Attorney's Association created a policy group featuring 14 district attorneys from across the country who will issue advisement...
Maryland lawmakers to push for recreational marijuana [30.01.2017] A group of Democratic lawmakers in Maryland want the state to join a growing number of others that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, tax...
Awash in overdoses, Seattle creates safe sites for addicts to inject illegal drugs [27.01.2017] Officials in Seattle approved the nation’s first “safe-injection” sites for users of heroin and other illegal drugs, calling the move a drastic but n...
Injecting drugs, under a watchful eye [18.01.2017] It has been nearly 30 years since the first needle exchange program opened in the United States. America has another epidemic now: overdose deaths fr...
Marijuana reforms flood state legislatures [13.01.2017] Legislators in more than a dozen states have introduced measures to loosen laws restricting access to or criminalizing marijuana, a rush of legislati...
Gang-ravaged Mexico stuck in weed ban as U.S. opens up [29.12.2016] Mexican advocates for drug reform are voicing alarm about the country's widening gap with the United States on marijuana legislation, as criminal vio...
Mexican attitudes to marijuana mellow [24.12.2016] In november 57% of Californians voted to legalise the growing and use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Liberalisation in the most populous bor...
The growing movement for marijuana amnesty [22.12.2016] With an estimated $7 billion in sales in 2016 and potentially exponential growth due to recent ballot initiatives on recreational use, the legal mari...
After legalization, teen marijuana use drops sharply in Colorado [21.12.2016] Teen marijuana use fell sharply in Colorado in the years 2014 and 2015, after the opening of that state's recreational marijuana market, new federal ...
Mellow drivers? [20.12.2016] States with medical-marijuana laws have fewer traffic fatalities than those without, especially among younger drivers, a new study has found. You wou...
Colombian leader: "It makes no sense" to jail peasant over marijuana [10.12.2016] Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos used the Nobel podium in Norway to reiterate his call to "rethink" the war on drugs. "It makes no sense to imp...
Pills that kill: why are thousands dying from fentanyl abuse? [10.12.2016] Fentanyl is the latest and most disturbing twist in the epidemic of opioid addiction that has crept across the United States over the past two decade...
New medical marijuana research could greenlight more uses in treatment [09.12.2016] Despite its continuing hardline stance against marijuana, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has shown some signs of relenting and this summer open...
7 reasons President Trump is unlikely to fight legal marijuana [07.12.2016] With Donald Trump nominating Cabinet members who have spoken out against legal marijuana, some are arguing that the war on drugs may make a comeback....
The California desert town that plans to be 'a Mecca for marijuana' [01.12.2016] Desert Hot Springs is the first Southern California city to legalise large-scale cannabis cultivation. With the drug becoming legal for recreational ...
Donald Trump adds another marijuana opponent to his Cabinet [28.11.2016] President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday named Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as his pick for Health and Human Services secretary, a position that could offer...
Medical marijuana is legal in California. Except when it’s not [21.11.2016] California’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry, by far the nation’s largest, is crawling out from the underbrush after voters opted to legalize ...
Donald Trump’s attorney general pick could destroy the recreational pot industry [21.11.2016] Attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is a fervent foe of marijuana legalization. But if he were confirmed as President-elect Trump’s ...
Deaths involving fentanyl rise as curbing illicit supply proves tough [17.11.2016] To get in front of production, the State Department and a group of U.S. senators asked the United Nations in October to add to the list of tightly co...
Jeff Sessions could reverse years of progress on marijuana policy [17.11.2016] President-elect Donald Trump has nominated hardline drug policy reform opponent Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be Attorney General of the United Stat...
Marijuana reform went 8 for 9 on the ballot this week [10.11.2016] Marijuana reform won in eight out of the nine states where it was put on the ballot, the strongest signal to date that the public is ready to embrace...
Silver linings [09.11.2016] One of the most striking juxtapositions of the 2016 U.S. elections is that on the same day that the nation elected to the presidency a candidate who ...

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