Items tagged with US drug policy

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The Rise and Decline of Cannabis Prohibition [11-03-14] The cannabis plant has been used for spiritual, medicinal and recreational purposes since the early days of civilization. In this report the Transnati...
UN: cannabis law changes pose 'very grave danger to public health' [04-03-14] The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has launched a counter-offensive against moves to liberalise drug laws around the world, warning that...
California ballot measure on pot legalization delayed until 2016 [18-02-14] A coalition of investors and strategists, which played a key role in passing most of the legislation to reform drug laws nationwide since 1996, has de...
Marijuana on the move [27-01-14] Some 20 years ago, a Spanish official in favor of lifting the ban on drugs such as marijuana mentioned at a UN meeting that there "might be a mor...
Marijuana in Colorado has a long history and an uncertain future [31-12-13] Federal marijuana prohibition in the United States started with a knock on a Denver man's apartment door. Seventy-six years ago, Samuel Caldwel...
A Colorado marijuana guide: 64 answers to commonly asked questions [31-12-13] On January 1, 2014, Colorado becomes the first place anywhere in the world to allow legal marijuana sales to anybody over 21 for any purpose. You have...
Colorado issues first marijuana sales licenses to retailers [27-12-13] The first licences in the United States that permit retailers to sell marijuana for recreational use from 1 January were issued in Colorado. Owners of...
Marijuana legalization would bring fresh cash to California [27-12-13] At least two of three marijuana legalization measures vying for the November, 2014 ballot would be good for California, according to the state Attorne...
Uruguay's neighbors now considering legalization of pot [24-12-13] Argentina has given the first sign that Uruguay’s groundbreaking cannabis reform just may have started a domino effect across Latin America. Following...
If marijuana legalization sends the wrong message to teenagers, why aren't they listening? [18-12-13] Prohibitionists warn that it’s dangerous even to discuss legalizing marijuana because such talk sends “the wrong message” to the youth of America, enc...
Washington residents smoke way more weed than officials thought [18-12-13] Knowing how much marijuana people consume is now a very important statistic for officials in Washington and Colorado.That number can help them make so...
Multinational overview of cannabis production regimes [15-12-13] The vast majority of countries are signatories to international treaties that prohibit the production, distribution and possession of cannabis for non...
Heroic Uruguay deserves a Nobel peace prize for legalising cannabis [12-12-13] The response of the UN's International Narcotics Control Board to Uruguay's new drug regime has been to incant futile bromides. According to...
Sentenced to a slow death [16-11-13] If this were happening in any other country, Americans would be aghast. A sentence of life in prison, without the possibility of parole, for trying to...
Legally regulated cannabis markets in the US [15-11-13] In November 2012, voters in two US states – Washington and Colorado – approved ballot initiatives to establish legally regulated markets for the produ...
Colorado regulators want to know: How much does marijuana cost? [14-11-13] Colorado regulators have begun surveying marijuana businesses about the price of pot in an effort to implement a new excise tax that voters passed ear...
Measures to legalize marijuana are passed [06-11-13] In Colorado, voters backed a heavy tax on recreational marijuana. The tax will pay for the cost of overseeing the state’s marijuana industry as well a...
Colorado voters approve new taxes on recreational marijuana [05-11-13] A measure to impose taxes on recreational marijuana passed making pot one of the most heavily taxed consumer products in Colorado. Proposition AA impo...
The US incapacity to enforce federal drug laws - and the global consequences [01-11-13] The US drug policy is changing, pitting states against federal law. This essay explores this inner friction of contradictory drug legislation, and w...
Greener marijuana: can a budding industry grow sustainable agriculture? [30-10-13] The growing societal acceptance of cannabis in the U.S. has sparked what some call a "green rush" of people trying to cash in on what is alr...

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