Items tagged with US drug policy

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Will Canada become America's cannabis capital? [13.05.2016] Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to legalise recreational marijuana consumption on a federal level, opening the door to investment, l...
'Marijuana superstore' wins legal battle over medical pot shops in California [11.05.2016] The largest licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the US, once dubbed the “marijuana superstore”, has won a four-year legal battle with federal pro...
Weed shall overcome: Can California help wind down the War on Drugs? [09.05.2016] By the end of this year, California could be the world’s biggest legal marijuana market. Backers of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which woul...
The failed promise of legal pot [08.05.2016] The risk is that, by itself, legalizing marijuana possession does not change the black market and that, even as legalization spreads, young black men...
Lack of progress and transparency at the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs [26.04.2016] The first meeting of UNGASS since 1998 was supposed to be a game changer in prodding the lumbering and often draconian UN drug policy regime into ser...
Street opioids are getting deadlier. Overseeing drug use can reduce deaths [25.04.2016] As health officials battle increasing mortality associated with heroin and prescription opioids, an even more dangerous group of street drugs has app...
The movement to legalize pot gains speed in the Americas [21.04.2016] In the shift toward legalization of marijuana, the Americas have emerged as a leader. This is a remarkable shift for a region that includes some of t...
Vancouver prescriptions for addicts gain attention as heroin and opioid use rises [20.04.2016] Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic, the only medical facility in North America permitted to prescribe heroin at the center of an epidemic raging across the...
UN backs prohibitionist drug policies despite call for more 'humane solution' [19.04.2016] The 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) has approved an agreement that leaves in place the prohibitionist policies banning narcotics us...
Barack Obama: 'drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem' [30.03.2016] Barack Obama committed to take on America’s growing heroin and prescription opioid epidemic by devoting resources to prevention and treatment, rather...
Was Nixon's war on drugs a racially motivated crusade? [28.03.2016] Last week, the internet exploded with a fairly shocking allegation: President Richard Nixon began America's war on drugs to criminalize black people ...
Support for marijuana legalization has hit an all-time high [24.03.2016] A survey released by the University of Chicago finds that a record-high percentage of Americans – 61 percent – say they support marijuana legalizatio...
Top US international drug official signals green light for countries to decriminalize [09.03.2016] William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, gave a qualified go-ahead for countries to ...
Voters are doing what politicians won’t on marijuana reform [08.03.2016] Massachusetts' top politicians just came out swinging against legal marijuana. Voters there are on track to decide whether to legalize marijuana at t...
The history of cannabis and international control [02.03.2016] This timeline draws on The Rise and Decline of Cannabis Prohibition, a report that described the history of international control, how cannabis was i...
Is kratom the new bath salts? [26.02.2016] The botanical substance is both a stimulant and a sedative. It is common and illegal in Thailand, where it grows naturally, but little-known and larg...
UNGASS 2016: What prospect for change? [18.02.2016] With the UN’s drug control policy setting bathed in opaque diplomatic light, civil society advocates are left looking for the subtleties of language ...
The right way to do drugs [12.02.2016] It is like a hash-induced hallucination: row upon row of lush, budding plants, tended by white-coated technicians who are bothered by the authorities...
Legal marijuana sales projected to reach $6.7 billion in 2016 [31.01.2016] Just how big is the market for legal pot? A new report by a leading marijuana industry investment and research firm found legal cannabis sales jumped...
Who exactly is behind the lawsuits over Colorado's legal marijuana? [16.01.2016] Three of the four marijuana-centered lawsuits filed against Colorado officials and businesses were organized and at least partially funded by out-of-...
Vermont governor wants legislation to legalize marijuana [08.01.2016] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said he would seek to legalize marijuana through the legislative process, instead of through the ballot box, for the f...
Marijuana plan backed by billionaire Sean Parker on path to California ballot [06.01.2016] A plan backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker to legalize recreational use of marijuana in California is on the path to the November ballot...
Mexican marijuana farmers see profits tumble as U.S. loosens laws [30.12.2015] The loosening of marijuana laws across much of the United States has increased competition from growers north of the border, apparently enough to dri...
Fatal drug overdoses hit record high in US, government figures show [18.12.2015] Deaths from drug overdoses have surged across the US to record levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationwide, overd...
Courts are forcing marijuana users to get drug treatment they probably don’t need [13.12.2015] Opponents of marijuana legalization often cite the "skyrocketing" number of people seeking treatment for marijuana addiction in their arguments. Proj...
Cannabis industry, advocates trying to find right balance on marijuana legalization [08.12.2015] Business and advocates both play a key role in furthering marijuana legalization, but finding the ideal balance is proving difficult. That was partic...
Decriminalizing drugs: When treatment replaces prison [07.12.2015] Cities all over the US are copying Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, in which police officers put low-level drug offenders into t...
Big Marijuana is coming — and even legalization supporters are worried [02.12.2015] 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 [21.11.2015] 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 [20.11.2015] Along North-east Sandy Boulevard in Portland, Oregon, there’s a stretch known as the “Green Mile”. Here, medical marijuana dispensaries are budding. ...
Govt urged to secure share of international ganja market [15.11.2015] President of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association Ras Iyah is urging the Government of Jamaica to "align" with other countries to secu...
US endorses Mexico’s marijuana legalization ruling [08.11.2015] 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 [03.11.2015] Marijuana legalization advocates in Ohio are turning their attention to 2016, after voters rejected a constitutional amendment to legalize recreation...
After Ohio’s vote, these states will determine the future of legal marijuana [02.11.2015] Drug law reformers in at least 16 states have already got ballot measures in the works for next year, according to vote-tracking site Ballotpedia. Tw...
On ballot, Ohio grapples with specter of marijuana monopoly [31.10.2015] 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 cons...
As prohibition crumbles, cannabis consumers are less apt to abuse it [21.10.2015] 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 [21.10.2015] 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 Gallu...
Canada's newly elected Liberals may legalize marijuana [19.10.2015] With the Liberal Party's electoral victory in Canada, the US's northern neighbors could soon undertake an enormous change in drug policy: marijuana l...
Cannabis research 'being stifled' by US government, says think tank [19.10.2015] In a new report, Ending the U.S. government’s war on medical marijuana research, researchers at the Brookings Institution call on the federal governm...
Oregon legalizes pot, and nobody cares [12.10.2015] Oregon is the third American state to legalize recreational marijuana sales, following neighboring Washington, where legal pot debuted in the summer ...
Oregon marijuana legalization challenges US drug policy [02.10.2015] Oregon joined Colorado and Washington in implementing a commercial cannabis market. Alaska, which also legalized marijuana through a ballot initiativ...
Oregon becomes third U.S. state to allow recreational marijuana sales [01.10.2015] 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 rema...
Cannabis regulation in Colorado [30.09.2015] 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 [29.09.2015] The Habeas Coca report, published by Open Society Foundations in July, found that Bolivia slashed its illicit coca production by 34 percent over the ...
The White House blacklisted Bolivia for growing coca while US states sell legal weed [15.09.2015] The US has " decertified" Bolivia over what it calls a failure to comply with the UN drug control conventions, despite recent data showing the countr...
Young hands in Mexico feed growing U.S. demand for heroin [29.08.2015] As heroin addiction soars in the United States, a boom is underway south of the border, reflecting the two nations’ troubled symbiosis. Officials fro...
Drug sentences rise, while time served for other crimes falls [26.08.2015] A Pew study shows that sentences for Americans convicted of federal drug crimes rose 36% — an average of 20 months — in 30 years, while sentences for...
Mexico lost its war on drugs 75 years ago, author claims [25.08.2015] Mexico’s drug trade is synonymous with violence, corruption and cartel bosses battling for territory. But it could have been so different, it’s claim...
Pioneer pot states have collected more than $200 million in marijuana taxes [25.08.2015] The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana have collectively raked in at least $200 million in marijuana tax revenue, according to the l...
Ohio prepares to vote on marijuana legalization: which states will be next? [16.08.2015] Thus far, Ohio is the only state where voters will consider pot legalization in the 2015 election. But that’s not because many states aren’t already ...

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