Items tagged with US drug policy

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D.C. pot advocates threaten public smoke-in to protest ban on pot clubs [03-03-15] After just five days of pot being legal in the nation’s capital, the D.C. Council voted unanimously to approve new limits on marijuana use. The legisl...
UN drugs body warns US states and Uruguay over cannabis legalisation [03-03-15] The United Nations has renewed its warnings to Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington that their cannabis legalisation policies fail to ...
Two headlines perfectly sum up everything wrong with American drug policy [02-03-15] Two stories published last week perfectly sum up the state of American drug policy. On Friday,Colorado released its first annual report on the state o...
Washington DC legalises marijuana possession and use [26-02-15] Washington DC joins Alaska, Colorado, and Washington state as the only places in the US that allow the use of the drug for recreational purposes. Resi...
Alaska becomes third US state to legalise recreational marijuana use [24-02-15] Alaska has made smoking, growing and owning small amounts of marijuana legal, becoming the third US state to decriminalise recreational use. The Repub...
Four of the major fear campaigns that helped create America's insane war on drugs [09-02-15] If moral entrepreneurs and interest groups manage to whip up enough fear and anxiety, they can create a full-blown moral panic, the widespread sense t...
Federal government set to crack down on drug courts that fail addicts [05-02-15] The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, said Michael Bott...
Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply U.S. heroin boom [03-02-15] Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Gu...
The science of decriminalizing drugs [02-02-15] The legal landscape for marijuana has never looked this relaxed. Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. voted during the recent election season to legal...
Obama budget would clear path for legal sales of recreational marijuana in D.C. [02-02-15] President Obama’s budget would do a lot of things, but one of the most controversial may to be allowing legal sales of marijuana in the nation’s capit...
18 legal marijuana states by 2020? [02-02-15] Four states and the District of Columbia have already legalized weed and plans are already afoot in several more for this year or next, either by vote...
US official cautions Jamaica on ganja legalisation [29-01-15] The U.S. Government has signalled discomfort with Jamaica's move to decriminalise marijuana for specific uses. According to assistant secretary, ...
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...

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