Items tagged with US drug policy

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Up in Smoke: Why the GOP’s Views on Pot are Showing Signs of a Shift [14-02-13] As the push to legalize pot migrates from the margins to the mainstream, it is mellowing some Republicans in the process. “If it was a secret ballot, ...
Doors swing open for advocates of marijuana legalization on Capitol Hill [11-02-13] Advocates for the legalization of marijuana plan to step up their political giving and lobbying efforts now that members of Congress are taking an int...
Denver City Council to vote in April whether to opt out on marijuana [11-02-13] The Denver City Council will vote in April on whether the state's largest city will opt out of licensing recreational marijuana sales — a mov...
How the Latin American drug war will end [11-02-13] As the underlying rationale for the war on drugs falls apart, some may wonder whether Latin America is really prepared to push back against Washington...
The U.S. drug czar weighs in on Canada’s pot habit [11-02-13] Kerlikowske: "I think a patchwork of policies would create real difficulties. We still have federal law that places marijuana as being illegal. T...
Two letters expose rift over new pot law [07-02-13] A handful of legislators recently drew up a letter raising questions and concerns about the law, including whether it can be implemented by December a...
Pot plans: Efforts surge in Congress to reform marijuana laws [06-02-13] Driven by a groundswell of public opinion, Colorado and Washington State last November became the first states in the U.S. to legalize the recreationa...
California high court seems inclined to uphold bans on pot shops [06-02-13] The California Supreme Court appeared inclined to uphold municipal bans against medical marijuana dispensaries. Meeting for oral arguments, the state ...
Federal marijuana tax and regulate bills introduced in Congress [05-02-13] Members of Congress introduced bills to end marijuana prohibition and start regulating and taxing marijuana like alcohol at the federal level. Rep. Ja...
Effort building to change US pot laws [04-02-13] An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty f...
Why we took cocaine out of soda [31-01-13] When cocaine and alcohol meet inside a person, they create a third unique drug called cocaethylene. Cocaethylene works like cocaine, but with more eup...
WA officials: Challenges still exist on marijuana [29-01-13] Officials tasked with creating a regulated marijuana system in Washington state said they are moving forward with a timeline of issuing producer licen...
Will States lead the way to legalizing marijuana nationwide? [28-01-13] While it seems unlikely that the federal government will make much of an effort to arrest pot users in Colorado or Washington—Obama has said he has “b...
The DEA's marijuana mistake [25-01-13] A pro-marijuana group lost its legal battle when a federal appellate court ruled that marijuana would remain a Schedule I drug, defined as having no a...
Marijuana still a drug with no accepted medical use, court says [23-01-13] Marijuana will continue to be considered a highly dangerous drug under federal law with no accepted medical uses, after a U.S. appeals court refused t...
Inslee: Wash. to keep moving forward on legal pot [22-01-13] Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday, but came away no further enlighten...
Strict pot controls needed, state says [21-01-13] Washington State officials are looking to build a strictly regulated marijuana system that could forestall federal concerns about how the drug will be...
Bill to legalize marijuana introduced in legislature [19-01-13] Hawaii could join Colorado and Washington as states that have legalized the use of marijuana by adults, under a measure introduced by state House Spea...
Legalization's biggest enemies [17-01-13] The biggest immediate threat to legalization in Washington and Colorado is the federal government, but even the feds might be hard-pressed to stomp ou...
Major victory for President Morales: UN accepts “coca leaf chewing” in Bolivia [14-01-13] Bolivia will again belong to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs after its bid to rejoin with a reservation that it does not accept the treat...

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