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Oregon and Alaska vote to legalise recreational marijuana use [05-11-14] Oregon and Alaska have become the latest US states to legalise recreational marijuana in ballots hailed by supporters as evidence that a national chan...
D.C. voters overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana, joining Colo., Wash. [05-11-14] Washington DC followed Colorado and Washington state into a closely watched experiment to legalize marijuana, as voters overwhelmingly backed an initi...
Legal marijuana could be $130 million a year business in D.C., study finds [30-10-14] If D.C. residents vote to legalize marijuana possession next week, it wouldn’t just mean a sea change in drug policy in the nation’s capital. It could...
Grow your own marijuana law [26-10-14] Retail marijuana sales for adults are now legal (at least at the state level) in Colorado and Washington. Next month, voters in Alaska and Oregon may ...
The marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL by 2020 [24-10-14] A report from Greenwave Advisors, a "comprehensive research and financial analysis for the emerging legalized marijuana industry," projects ...
Pushing treaty limits? [20-10-14] Suppose the United States government helps to negotiate, and subsequently champions, certain framework treaties – ones justly viewed as imposing signi...
How marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington is making the world a better place [17-10-14] No pressure, Colorado and Washington, but the world is scrutinizing your every move. That was the take-home message of an event today at the Brookings...
International Impacts of the U.S. Trend towards Legal Marijuana [17-10-14] For decades, the United States has been a champion of the global drug control treaty system, which limits the use of marijuana exclusively to medical ...
Marijuana legalization is an opportunity to modernize international drug treaties [15-10-14] Two U.S. states have legalized recreational marijuana, and more may follow; the Obama administration has conditionally accepted these experiments. Suc...
State Department official calls for 'flexibility' on drug control treaties [14-10-14] Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield called for "flexible" interpretations of international drug control treaties at the United N...
US signals shift in international drug policy [13-10-14] In a press conference at the United Nations in New York on October 9, US official William Brownfield laid the groundwork for a new US approach to inte...
Yes to marijuana ballot measures [05-10-14] The decision by California voters in 1996 to legalize medical marijuana produced a wave of similar initiatives around the country. Less than two decad...
Major pot legalization group turns sights on California for 2016 [24-09-14] Marijuana legalization proponents are turning their attention to California and gearing up for a legalization campaign in 2016. The Marijuana Policy P...
State-licensed marijuana market expected to bring in about $636 million in taxes [19-09-14] The Washington state’s legal recreational marijuana market is expected to bring in about $636 million in taxes to state coffers through the middle of ...
A crucial election season for legalizing marijuana and ending the drug war [18-09-14] It may be an off-year election, but it's a big one for drug policy reform... voters across the country will have a chance to accelerate the unpre...
New York could legalize recreational marijuana in 2015 [15-09-14] The state of New York could legalize marijuana for recreational use as early as 2015. State Sen. Liz Krueger (D) will reintroduce the Marijuana Regula...
Washington judge upholds small city’s pot shop ban [29-08-14] A state judge said that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington’s experim...
This is your federalism on drugs [28-08-14] Conservative Republicans often talk about the need to constrain the power of the federal government. On everything from environmental regulation to ed...
Leading anti-marijuana academics are paid by painkiller drug companies [27-08-14] As Americans continue to embrace pot—as medicine and for recreational use—opponents are turning to a set of academic researchers to claim that policym...
Black market boom lays bare a social divide in Colorado’s marijuana market [19-08-14] That the black market in Colorado bustles in the emerging days of legalisation is not unexpected. By some reckonings, it will continue as long as resi...

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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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