Items tagged with US drug policy

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Alaska Legislature considers marijuana social clubs [13.09.2016] The Senate and House Judiciary Committees met to discuss the status of the fledgling commercial marijuana industry. One of the largest topics of disc...
An unprecedented number of states will vote on marijuana this fall [01.09.2016] More states than ever will consider easing restrictions on marijuana use this November: Voters in five states will decide whether to fully legalize r...
DEA’s sudden 'herbal heroin' ban triggers stiff resistance from kratom community [31.08.2016] An increasingly popular plant product called "herbal heroin" by detractors is about to become illegal in the United States. The Drug Enforcement Admi...
Seattle’s potential solution for heroin epidemic: Places for legal drug use [24.08.2016] A task force established to combat a heroin epidemic in the Seattle metropolitan area has endorsed a strategy of establishing places where addicts wo...
California voters will most likely legalize recreational marijuana this November [18.08.2016] California's Proposition 64 would legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. No disrespect to Colorado or Washington or Alaska, but California’s ...
These are the States that might legalize pot next [17.08.2016] This November, voters in five states will decide whether to authorize recreational use: Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Anothe...
What makes marijuana users different from everyone else [13.08.2016] A massive study published this month in the Journal of Drug Issues found that the proportion of marijuana users who smoke daily has rapidly grown, an...
Did the DEA just kick open the door for the pharmaceuticalization of pot? [11.08.2016] While much ink has been spilled over the last few days regarding DEA’s refusal to recognize marijuana as a medicine and its unwillingness to reclassi...
Activists furious over DEA's refusal to recognise medical benefits of marijuana [10.08.2016] Campaigners have reacted with dismay after the Obama administration refused to stop classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use - e...
DEA rejects attempt to loosen federal restrictions on marijuana [09.08.2016] The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping ...
Gallup: More than 33 million American adults currently use marijuana [07.08.2016] A new Gallup poll finds that percent of American adults who say they currently smoke marijuana has nearly doubled over the past three years. In 2013,...
Marijuana legalization might be fix to nation’s opioid problems [27.07.2016] Proponents of marijuana prohibition have long alleged that experimentation with pot acts as a “gateway” to the use and eventual abuse of other illici...
The pot law that could be 'deal-breaker for the drug war' [04.07.2016] California's pot legalization initiative, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), qualified for the ballot in November, setting the stage for a vote t...
Pot legalization added to Democratic Party platform [26.06.2016] Democratic Party leaders agreed to a new party plank calling for cannabis law reform in the U.S. The plank calls for states to be labs of democracy, ...
Who's funding the US cannabis industry? [23.06.2016] Funding is one of the biggest challenges for the cannabis industry, which still exists in a legal grey area. Cannabis has been legalised for medical ...
Teen marijuana use in Colorado found lower than national average [19.06.2016] Marijuana consumption by Colorado high school students has dipped slightly since the state first permitted recreational cannabis use by adults, a new...
Time to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act [16.06.2016] A recent memorandum by representatives of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to several U.S. senators indicates that the agency is prepar...
The first big company to say it’s serving the legal marijuana trade? Microsoft. [15.06.2016] As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, i...
Cannabis in the capital: Federal haze [10.06.2016] Since 2015 it has been legal to own, grow and use cannabis privately in Washington, DC. Generous souls are allowed to give small amounts to whomever ...
A deadly crisis: mapping the spread of America's drug overdose epidemic [25.05.2016] America is in the midst of an unprecedented drug overdose epidemic. Nationally, overdose deaths have more than doubled over the past decade and a hal...
Marijuana use and abuse rates decline among US teens [24.05.2016] Rates of adolescent marijuana use and abuse have declined across the US, according to a study that casts doubts on one of the central arguments again...
In the legal weed business, how deep does the “Suits vs. Stoners” schism run? [15.05.2016] Cultural conflict rumbles within a nascent industry that was once a countercultural, underground operation. As fancy dispensaries and stylish product...
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...

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