Items tagged with US drug policy

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Decriminalizing drugs: When treatment replaces prison [08-12-15] Cities all over the US are copying Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, in which police officers put low-level drug offenders into tr...
Big Marijuana is coming — and even legalization supporters are worried [02-12-15] Ohioans rejected a very unusual marijuana legalization proposal. Beyond legalizing pot, the ballot initiative would have given campaign donors direct ...
Heroin, survivor of War on Drugs, returns with new face [22-11-15] United States military operations in Afghanistan, now in their 15th year, are routinely described as America’s longest war. For overseas combat, that ...
Two months after Oregon legalization, pot saturation sends profits up in smoke [21-11-15] Along North-east Sandy Boulevard in Portland, Oregon, there’s a stretch known as the “Green Mile”. Here, medical marijuana dispensaries are budding. A...
Govt urged to secure share of international ganja market [16-11-15] President of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association Ras Iyah is urging the Government of Jamaica to "align" with other countrie...
US endorses Mexico’s marijuana legalization ruling [09-11-15] The United States has backed a decision made by Mexico’s Supreme Court that paves the way for the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes....
Ohio vote was against monopoly not marijuana, say campaigners [04-11-15] Marijuana legalization advocates in Ohio are turning their attention to 2016, after voters rejected a constitutional amendment to legalize recreationa...
After Ohio’s vote, these states will determine the future of legal marijuana [03-11-15] Drug law reformers in at least 16 stateshave already got ballot measures in the works for next year, according to vote-tracking site Ballotpedia. Two ...
On ballot, Ohio grapples with specter of marijuana monopoly [01-11-15] Ohio lawyer Don Wirtshafter has fought for decades to make marijuana legal, calling it “my life’s work.” But when Ohio voters go to the polls to consi...
As prohibition crumbles, cannabis consumers are less apt to abuse it [22-10-15] Contrary to what prohibitionists assume, the increase in marijuana-related problems following legalization may not be proportional to the increase in ...
In U.S., 58% back legal marijuana use [21-10-15] A majority of Americans continue to say marijuana use should be legal in the United States, with 58% holding that view, tying the high point in Gallup...
Canada's newly elected Liberals may legalize marijuana [20-10-15] With the Liberal Party's electoral victory in Canada, the US's northern neighbors could soon undertake an enormous change in drug policy: ma...
Cannabis research 'being stifled' by US government, says think tank [20-10-15] In a new report, Ending the U.S. government’s war on medical marijuana research, researchers at the Brookings Institution call on the federal governme...
Oregon legalizes pot, and nobody cares [12-10-15] Oregon is the third American state to legalize recreational marijuana sales, following neighboring Washington, where legal pot debuted in the summer o...
Oregon marijuana legalization challenges US drug policy [03-10-15] Oregon joined Colorado and Washington in implementing a commercial cannabis market. Alaska, which also legalized marijuana through a ballot initiative...
Oregon becomes third U.S. state to allow recreational marijuana sales [01-10-15] Marijuana sales for recreational use began in Oregon on October 1 as it joined Washington state and Colorado in allowing the sale of a drug that remai...
Cannabis regulation in Colorado [01-10-15] The core argument made by opponents of legal regulation is that any regulated market for cannabis would inevitably fuel a significant rise in use and ...
Bolivia stands up to US with coca-control policy [30-09-15] The Habeas Coca report, published by Open Society Foundations in July, found that Bolivia slashed its illicit coca production by 34 percent over the p...
The White House blacklisted Bolivia for growing coca while US states sell legal weed [16-09-15] The US has "decertified" Bolivia over what it calls a failure to comply with the UN drug control conventions, despite recent data showing th...
Young hands in Mexico feed growing U.S. demand for heroin [29-08-15] As heroin addiction soars in the United States, a boom is underway south of the border, reflecting the two nations’ troubled symbiosis. Officials from...

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