Items tagged with US drug policy

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UNGASS 2016: Prospects for Treaty Reform and UN System-Wide Coherence on Drug Policy [29-04-15] This paper explores key lessons from the 1990 Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Drug Abuse (UNGASS 1990) and the 1998 Special ...
Why are politicians still referring to marijuana as a gateway drug? [20-04-15] With states legalizing marijuana by popular vote, some politicians, including Boston mayor Marty Walsh and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, are sti...
In debate over legalizing marijuana, disagreement over drug’s dangers [14-04-15] Public opinion about legalizing marijuana in the US, while little changed in the past few years, has undergone a dramatic long-term shift. A new surve...
US president cautions against hopes of ganja legalisation [10-04-15] President Barack Obama cautioned persons who have hopes of marijuana being legalised, as he explained the difference between legalisation and decrimin...
U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades [08-04-15] For more than two decades, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed logs of virtually all telephone calls from the USA t...
Marijuana cultivation in California is sucking streams dry, says new report [28-03-15] With its dense forests, foggy climate and rugged coastline, California’s Humboldt County has long been synonymous with its biggest cash crop: marijuan...
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...

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