Items tagged with US drug policy

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Colorado lawmakers approve plan for pot banking [08-05-14] Frustrated by the cash-heavy aspect of its new marijuana industry, Colorado is trying a long-shot bid to create the world's first financial syste...
Moving Away from Drug Courts [01-05-14] Drug courts have spread across the country, yet available research does not support their continued expansion. Most drug courts do not reduce imprison...
Eric Holder 'cautiously optimistic' about marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado [15-04-14] Attorney General Eric Holder is "cautiously optimistic" about how things are going in Washington state and Colorado following the legalizati...
America’s new drug policy landscape [02-04-14] Public opinion in the US appears ready for a truce in the war on drugs. A national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that support for the legali...
DEA chief: Marijuana legalization just 'makes us fight harder' [02-04-14] Far from being discouraged by shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of marijuana, federal ...
Non-psychoactive CBD oil made from marijuana plants poised to be game-changer [30-03-14] A Colorado marijuana innovation is changing the way lawmakers in even the most conservative parts of the country talk about cannabis and is poised t...
UN: cannabis law changes pose 'very grave danger to public health' [04-03-14] The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has launched a counter-offensive against moves to liberalise drug laws around the world, warning that...
California ballot measure on pot legalization delayed until 2016 [18-02-14] A coalition of investors and strategists, which played a key role in passing most of the legislation to reform drug laws nationwide since 1996, has de...
Marijuana on the move [27-01-14] Some 20 years ago, a Spanish official in favor of lifting the ban on drugs such as marijuana mentioned at a UN meeting that there "might be a mor...
Marijuana in Colorado has a long history and an uncertain future [31-12-13] Federal marijuana prohibition in the United States started with a knock on a Denver man's apartment door. Seventy-six years ago, Samuel Caldwel...
A Colorado marijuana guide: 64 answers to commonly asked questions [31-12-13] On January 1, 2014, Colorado becomes the first place anywhere in the world to allow legal marijuana sales to anybody over 21 for any purpose. You have...
Colorado issues first marijuana sales licenses to retailers [27-12-13] The first licences in the United States that permit retailers to sell marijuana for recreational use from 1 January were issued in Colorado. Owners of...
Marijuana legalization would bring fresh cash to California [27-12-13] At least two of three marijuana legalization measures vying for the November, 2014 ballot would be good for California, according to the state Attorne...
Uruguay's neighbors now considering legalization of pot [24-12-13] Argentina has given the first sign that Uruguay’s groundbreaking cannabis reform just may have started a domino effect across Latin America. Following...
If marijuana legalization sends the wrong message to teenagers, why aren't they listening? [18-12-13] Prohibitionists warn that it’s dangerous even to discuss legalizing marijuana because such talk sends “the wrong message” to the youth of America, enc...
Washington residents smoke way more weed than officials thought [18-12-13] Knowing how much marijuana people consume is now a very important statistic for officials in Washington and Colorado.That number can help them make so...
Multinational overview of cannabis production regimes [15-12-13] The vast majority of countries are signatories to international treaties that prohibit the production, distribution and possession of cannabis for non...
Heroic Uruguay deserves a Nobel peace prize for legalising cannabis [12-12-13] The response of the UN's International Narcotics Control Board to Uruguay's new drug regime has been to incant futile bromides. According to...
Sentenced to a slow death [16-11-13] If this were happening in any other country, Americans would be aghast. A sentence of life in prison, without the possibility of parole, for trying to...
Colorado regulators want to know: How much does marijuana cost? [14-11-13] Colorado regulators have begun surveying marijuana businesses about the price of pot in an effort to implement a new excise tax that voters passed ear...

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