Items tagged with US drug policy

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The failed promise of legal pot [09-05-16] The risk is that, by itself, legalizing marijuana possession does not change the black market and that, even as legalization spreads, young black men ...
Lack of progress and transparency at the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs [27-04-16] The first meeting of UNGASS since 1998 was supposed to be a game changer in prodding the lumbering and often draconian UN drug policy regime into seri...
Street opioids are getting deadlier. Overseeing drug use can reduce deaths [26-04-16] As health officials battle increasing mortality associated with heroin and prescription opioids, an even more dangerous group of street drugs has appe...
The movement to legalize pot gains speed in the Americas [22-04-16] In the shift toward legalization of marijuana, the Americas have emerged as a leader. This is a remarkable shift for a region that includes some of th...
Vancouver prescriptions for addicts gain attention as heroin and opioid use rises [21-04-16] Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic, the only medical facility in North America permitted to prescribe heroin at the center of an epidemic raging across the ...
UN backs prohibitionist drug policies despite call for more 'humane solution' [19-04-16] The 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) has approved an agreement that leaves in place the prohibitionist policies banning narcotics us...
Barack Obama: 'drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem' [30-03-16] Barack Obama committed to take on America’s growing heroin and prescription opioid epidemic by devoting resources to prevention and treatment, rather ...
Was Nixon's war on drugs a racially motivated crusade? [29-03-16] Last week, the internet exploded with a fairly shocking allegation: President Richard Nixon began America's war on drugs to criminalize black peo...
Support for marijuana legalization has hit an all-time high [25-03-16] A survey released by the University of Chicago finds that a record-high percentage of Americans– 61 percent– say they support marijuana legalization. ...
Top US international drug official signals green light for countries to decriminalize [09-03-16] William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, gave a qualified go-ahead for countries to d...
Voters are doing what politicians won’t on marijuana reform [09-03-16] Massachusetts' top politicians just came out swinging against legal marijuana. Voters there are on track to decide whether to legalize marijuana ...
The history of cannabis and international control [02-03-16]
Is kratom the new bath salts? [27-02-16] The botanical substance is both a stimulant and a sedative. It is common and illegal in Thailand, where it grows naturally, but little-known and large...
UNGASS 2016: What prospect for change? [18-02-16] With the UN’s drug control policy setting bathed in opaque diplomatic light, civil society advocates are left looking for the subtleties of language a...
The right way to do drugs [13-02-16] It is like a hash-induced hallucination: row upon row of lush, budding plants, tended by white-coated technicians who are bothered by the authorities ...
Legal marijuana sales projected to reach $6.7 billion in 2016 [01-02-16] Just how big is the market for legal pot? A new report by a leading marijuana industry investment and research firm found legal cannabis sales jumped ...
Who exactly is behind the lawsuits over Colorado's legal marijuana? [17-01-16] Three of the four marijuana-centered lawsuits filed against Colorado officials and businesses were organized and at least partially funded by out-of-s...
Vermont governor wants legislation to legalize marijuana [08-01-16] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said he would seek to legalize marijuana through the legislative process, instead of through the ballot box, for the fi...
Marijuana plan backed by billionaire Sean Parker on path to California ballot [07-01-16] A plan backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker to legalize recreational use of marijuana in California is on the path to the November ballot,...
Mexican marijuana farmers see profits tumble as U.S. loosens laws [30-12-15] The loosening of marijuana laws across much of the United States has increased competition from growers north of the border, apparently enough to driv...

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UNGASS 2016: Prospects for treaty reform and UN system-wide coherence on drug policy
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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 Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 1998), and tracks subsequent policy events and trends. It discusses the wide array of increasing tensions and cracks in the "Vienna consensus," as well as systemic challenges and recent treaty breaches. Various options for treaty reform are explored.

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In 2011 the 1961 UN Single Convention on drugs will be in place for 50 years. In 2012 the international drug control system will exist 100 years since the International Opium Convention was signed in 1912 in The Hague. Does it still serve its purpose or is a reform of the UN Drug Conventions needed? This site provides critical background.

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