Items tagged with US drug policy

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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...
Vermont lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana [28-01-15] Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to become the first state Legislature to legalize marijuana. Four states and the District of Columbia have l...
Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch opposes marijuana legalisation [28-01-15] Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, told senators during her confirmation hearing that she, like her predecessor Eric Holder, ...
The United States rethinks draconian drug sentencing policies [28-01-15] Across the Americas, an unprecedented debate on drug policy reform is underway. While a regional consensus on what form those reforms should take rema...
Report predicts 18 states will legalize pot by 2020 [26-01-15] A new report predicts that 18 U.S. states will have legalized recreational marijuana in the next five years, a huge increase from the four states that...
The legalization of marijuana: a good example of flexible policymaking [21-01-15] Marijuana policy may not seem like the natural setting to model policies that pursue inclusive growth, but the innovative policy-making processes init...
Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, October - December 2014 [20-01-15] In November 2014 we saw another historic step towards ending the war on drugs. Two new states, Oregon and Alaska, and Washington D.C., the capital of ...
A dozen ways to legalize the marijuana supply chain, in Vermont or any state [16-01-15] After months of research, the RAND corporation released a reportforthe state of Vermont exploring marijuana legalization and regulation there. The 218...
Seattle's legal marijuana euphoria over as industry undergoes growing pains [16-01-15] The legal marijuana market in the state of Washington opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn’t have...
The war on drugs is burning out [08-01-15] The conservative wave of 2014 featured an unlikely, progressive undercurrent: In two states, plus the nation's capital, Americans voted convincin...
Is Obama finally ready to dial back the war on drugs? [01-01-15] As Obama embarks on the third year of his second term, here are some of the ways in which Obama has begun to deliver on his promises of a more rationa...
Poll: One year of legalized pot hasn't changed Coloradans' minds [28-12-14] A year of legalized recreational marijuana hasn't changed many Coloradans' minds on the groundbreaking shift — though more than one-third...
The year in drug policy: Movement at a crossroads [27-12-14] The 43-year-old war on drugs had never seen such a barrage of opposition as it did in 2014, with successful marijuana legalization initiatives in seve...
After pot legalization, focusing on a new kind of black market [26-12-14] The black market for marijuana in Colorado isn't what it used to be. Nine or 10 years ago, the narrative of illicit cannabis in the state focused...
Marijuana use increases in Colorado, according to new federal survey [26-12-14] As marijuana legalization took hold in Colorado, the percentage of regular cannabis users in the state jumped to the second-highest level in the US. T...
Lawsuit over Colorado marijuana legalization takes rare legal path [22-12-14] In suing to stop marijuana legalization in Colorado, two neighboring states have embarked down an arcane legal pathway that could take years to reach ...
Has the US just called for unilateral interpretation of multilateral obligations? [18-12-14] These are interesting times for drug law reform, which, as it gathers pace, is asking important questions of international law. A UN General Assembly ...
Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over marijuana law [18-12-14] Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the first major court challenge to marijuana legalization, saying that Colorado’s growing array of state-regulated recreat...
How legalizing marijuana on Indian reservations could end the prohibition on pot [12-12-14] The Department of Justice announced that it would let Native American tribes grow or sell marijuana on their reservations, even in states where the dr...
U.S. won't stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands [11-12-14] Opening the door for what could be a lucrative and controversial new industry on some Native American reservations, the Justice Department will tell U...

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Where strict bans on khat have been introduced they have had severe unintended negative consequences and failed to further the integration, social incusion and economic prosperity of Somali communities in particular, which chew khat most widely.

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