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Items tagged with US drug policy

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Legalising marijuana: The view from Mexico [02-11-12] Voters in Colorado, Oregon and Washington will vote on whether to legalise marijuana. Polls suggest that the initiatives have a decent chance of passi...
Mexico study: US legalization cuts cartel profits [31-10-12] A study released by a respected Mexican think tank asserts that proposals to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado, Oregon and Wash...
Op-ed: Approve I-502, legalize marijuana and cripple organized crime in B.C. [30-10-12] Passing Initiative 502 is one of the best ways to reduce international gang violence? Like the violent cartels gripping Mexico, British Columbia is af...
Medical marijuana: disabled veteran's appeal could change US drugs policy [23-10-12] A disabled veteran has told an appeals court that the department of veteran affairs policy on medical marijuana has caused him pain and significant e...
Marijuana legalization leads in new polls, but not a lock [22-10-12] Washington is emerging as the most likely state to be the first to legalize marijuana according to new polls. But even with a huge fundraising advant...
Medical Marijuana: Will Colorado's "green rush" last? [21-10-12] When people go to the polls two weeks from now they won't just be voting for candidates, in some states, they'll be passing judgment on so...
U.S. stance on marijuana unchanged by legalization votes: official [20-10-12] A top Justice Department official has told "60 Minutes" the federal government is ready to combat any "dangers" of state-sanctione...
Drug legalization in Latin America: Could it be the answer? [16-10-12] Washington’s hard-lined anti-legalization position is unlikely to waiver regardless of who wins the upcoming U.S. presidential election. A more import...
Medical marijuana advocates seek reclassification of drug [16-10-12] A medical marijuana advocate urged a federal appeals court to require the U.S. government to relax, or at least rethink, a more-than-40-year-old rule ...
States legalizing marijuana will violate federal law, trigger constitutional showdown [15-10-12] Former Drug Enforcement Agency administrators and directors of the Office of National Drug Control Policy voiced a strong reminder to the U.S. Departm...
Wash. could become first state to OK pot sales [11-10-12] Supporters say passing Initiative 502 on Nov. 6 could make drug laws more reasonable, prevent thousands of arrests a year, and bring Washington hundre...
Oakland sues U.S. to halt closure of marijuana dispensary [11-10-12] The city of Oakland has sued to block U.S. authorities from closing down a medical marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the world's largest,...
Powerful Court quietly takes marijuana case that could shatter federal prohibition laws [11-10-12] On October 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the federal appeals court that usually handles cases involving government regulations, ...
Study: Pot arrests cost state $300 million in past 25 years [11-10-12] A new crime-data analysis has found that 241,000 people in Washington were arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession over the last quarter-centu...
Marijuana only for the sick? A farce, some Angelenos say [07-10-12] One year after federal law enforcement officials began cracking down on California’s medical marijuana industry with a series of high-profile arrests ...
Medical marijuana advocates hope lawsuit relaxes US drugs policy [07-10-12] Advocates for medical marijuana will go before the US court of appeal as part of a historic lawsuit that they hope will challenge the federal governm...
Pot dispensaries clouding medical marijuana's image [06-10-12] Seattle's first-ever Medical Cannabis Cup — part gourmet weed contest, part trade show, part smoke-in — showcased the entrepreneurial drive and e...
Marijuana: A failure to regulate, but not by dispensaries [02-10-12] The Times' Sept. 27 editorial, "In a haze on pot policy," says, "In the face of this chaos, the federal crackdown is, to some, g...
L.A. repeals its ban on pot stores [02-10-12] After struggling for years to regulate storefront pot shops, the Los Angeles City Council retreated Tuesday, voting to repeal the carefully crafted ba...
Veteran Emerald Triangle pot growers see their way of life ending [30-09-12] Battered by competition from indoor cultivators around the state and industrial-size operations that have invaded the North Coast counties, many of th...

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