Items tagged with US drug policy

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Dope to your door [21-06-14] Evan Cox used to deliver pizza. But 18 months ago, as he was running out of money at college in Seattle, he had a new business idea. The state of Wash...
How neuroscience reinforces racist drug policy [12-06-14] A recent neuroscience study from Harvard Medical School claims to have discovered brain differences between people who smoke marijuana and people who ...
Mexican president hints may be open to change in marijuana laws [08-06-14] Mexico and the United States cannot pursue diverging policies on marijuana legalization, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was quoted as saying, hi...
High times: The next five states to tackle pot laws [02-06-14] Weed is legal in at least some form in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Most allow it for medical use only. Colorado and Washington this year e...
GOP House backs state medical marijuana laws [29-05-14] The GOP-controlled House voted in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The ...
Going to pot: legalised cannabis edges nearer in west after US states end ban [23-05-14] Legalisation of cannabis is making slow but unstoppable progress across much of the developed world, many experts believe, following the end of prohib...
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...

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