Items tagged with US drug policy

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As US states legalise marijuana, is this the end of the drugs war? [11-11-12] Last week was a momentous week, the beginning of the end, perhaps, of a national depravity – the "war on drugs". The voters of Colorado and ...
Legalized marijuana initiatives leave federal government wrestling with policy [10-11-12] Senior administration officials acknowledged that they are wrestling with how to respond to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, ...
The joint campaign: Should we not legalize recreational use of Cannabis? [10-11-12] What two American states, Washington and Colorado, have decided to do - legalize recreational use of marijuana - was the norm in India until 1985. Al...
Colorado, Washington await federal response to pot measure [09-11-12] Should marijuana be treated like alcohol? Or should it remain in the same legal category as heroin and the most dangerous drugs? Votes by Colorado and...
The end of the war on marijuana [09-11-12] The historic measure to regulate and tax marijuana in Washington State deserves to be looked at closely as a model of how legalization ought to be des...
Colorado and Washington legalise marijuana: what it really means [09-11-12] No sooner had the voters of Colorado and Washington passed measures to legalise marijuana than the predictions began: visions – both overexcited and a...
The American Public Is Doing a 180 on Marijuana Prohibition... [09-11-12] The election results this week from Washington, Colorado, Massachusetts and Arkansas demonstrate that public opinion about cannabis has moved much f...
Legalisation in U.S. States may prompt changes in Mexico’s anti-drug policy [08-11-12] The legalisation of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, which will allow the drug to be taxed and regulated, in two U.S. states will prom...
Mexico says marijuana legalization in U.S. could change anti-drug strategies [08-11-12] The decision by voters in Colorado and Washington state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has left Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Ni...
U.S. marijuana vote threatens to nip B.C. market in the bud [08-11-12] British Columbia’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry could take a “significant” blow now that two U.S. states – including its closest neighbour...
U.S. marijuana vote may have snowball effect in Latin America [07-11-12] Voters in Colorado and Washington state who approved the recreational use of marijuana Tuesday sent a salvo from the ballot box that will ricochet aro...
Colorado officials seek clarity after passage of marijuana measure [07-11-12] Colorado officials and marijuana advocates on Wednesday looked toward an imminent confrontation with the federal government one day after voters in th...
Mexico's new gov to review pot fight after US vote [07-11-12] The legalization of recreational marijuana in the U.S. states of Washington and Colorado will force Mexico to rethink its efforts to halt marijuana sm...
Pot legal Dec. 6, 'jury is out on what happens' after that [07-11-12] Washington's grand social experiment with marijuana legalization begins Dec. 6 with a simple step: On that date, it is legal to have an ounce o...
Pot votes in 2 states challenge US drug war [07-11-12] Those who have argued for decades that legalizing and taxing weed would be better than a costly, failed U.S. drug war have their chance to prove it, a...
What Tuesday's marijuana victories mean for the war on drugs [07-11-12] In three states — Washington, Colorado, and Massachusetts — efforts to liberalize marijuana laws succeeded last night. In Washington and Colorado, the...
Colorado, Washington first states to legalize recreational pot [07-11-12] Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use in defiance of federal law...
Voters approve I-502 legalizing marijuana [06-11-12] Washington enthusiastically leapt into history Tuesday, becoming the first state, with Colorado, to reject federal drug-control policy and legalize re...
Coloradans say yes to recreational use of marijuana [06-11-12] Voters approved Amendment 64 legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado on Tuesday, making this one of two states to end prohibition of the dr...
Biggest blow to Mexico drug cartels? It could be on your state ballot [05-11-12] Over the past year, the world has eyed Latin America as it has forged forward, in both policy and politics, with a rethink of the “war on drugs.” (See...

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