Items tagged with US drug policy

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Pot luck [18.11.2014] Smoking, growing, buying, selling or merely possessing cannabis is a criminal offence, according to America's federal government. Ask the states, how...
Why Congress should legalize pot [18.11.2014] Federal law still prohibits marijuana, and existing jurisprudence ( Gonzales v. Raich 2005 ) holds that federal law trumps state law when it comes to...
Fatal attraction: Brownfield's flexibility doctrine and global drug policy reform [18.11.2014] State-level cannabis reforms, which gathered steam this month, have exposed the inability of the United States to abide by the terms of the legal bed...
Is ‘Big Marijuana’ inevitable? [18.11.2014] It looks like the use of recreational marijuana is heading down the path of legalization across the country. Voters in Alaska, Oregon and the Distric...
Stir it up: Bob Marley to headline corporate cannabis brand [17.11.2014] The Marley family and a Seattle-based private equity firm announced the creation of Marley Natural, "a premium cannabis brand rooted in the life and ...
California’s Attorney General thinks legal weed is inevitable [17.11.2014] California was one of the first to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, but so far hasn’t legalized it for recreational use, like Colorado, Washington...
GOP congressman: Republicans should embrace marijuana legalization [13.11.2014] The federal courthouse in right-leaning Orange County, Calif., is named after former president and Republican Party icon Ronald Reagan. Countless dru...
The UN really wishes that voters in Alaska and Oregon hadn’t legalized weed [13.11.2014] The director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said that state-level marijuana legalization initiatives in the U.S. are ...
A top UN official is not happy about US states legalizing weed [13.11.2014] The UN's top narcotics official said on Wednesday that recent votes by US states to legalize marijuana have put America in deeper violation of the in...
Pot legalization: Gateway to what? [12.11.2014] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) plans to stay on the sidelines of future pot legalization campaigns – already supported by groups plotting ...
U.S. states' pot legalization not in line with international law: U.N. agency [12.11.2014] Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said, adding he w...
The dark-horse policy reform that has both Obama and some GOPers optimistic [09.11.2014] With Democrats holding the White House and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, it's been suggested that the odds are slim of any major...
Marijuana may mean ticket, not arrest, in New York City [08.11.2014] The New York Police Department, which has been arresting tens of thousands of people a year for low-level marijuana possession, is to stop making suc...
The Marlboro of marijuana [07.11.2014] Would household names really consider selling cannabis? They already have. In 1969 a Philip Morris executive wrote to the Justice Department, request...
Support for legal pot down off its high [06.11.2014] Even as the national experiment legalizing recreational pot spread this week to Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., a new poll suggests the enthusia...
US vote refuels ganja debate [06.11.2014] The local pro-ganja lobby in Jamaica is welcoming the vote for the legalisation of ganja in the American states of Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC....
Fear of cannabis commerce didn't, won't and shouldn't stop legalization [05.11.2014] Three marijuana legalization initiatives were on the ballot this week, and all three won. That’s a better outcome than I was expecting. I was surpris...
Marijuana legalization sweeps the 2014 midterm elections [05.11.2014] On November 4, several states radically altered their approaches to a drug once known for Reefer Madness . In Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, DC, vot...
6 facts about marijuana [05.11.2014] Attitudes about marijuana have undergone a rapid shift in public opinion, paralleled by few other trends in the U.S. Our recent data, along with hist...
California next for pot proponents emboldened by election victories [05.11.2014] Marijuana advocates, fresh off victories for legal recreational pot in Oregon, Alaska and the nation’s capital, are already preparing for their next ...
Oregon and Alaska vote to legalise recreational marijuana use [05.11.2014] Oregon and Alaska have become the latest US states to legalise recreational marijuana in ballots hailed by supporters as evidence that a national cha...
D.C. voters overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana, joining Colo., Wash. [03.11.2014] Washington DC followed Colorado and Washington state into a closely watched experiment to legalize marijuana, as voters overwhelmingly backed an init...
Legal marijuana could be $130 million a year business in D.C., study finds [29.10.2014] If D.C. residents vote to legalize marijuana possession next week, it wouldn’t just mean a sea change in drug policy in the nation’s capital. It coul...
Grow your own marijuana law [25.10.2014] Retail marijuana sales for adults are now legal (at least at the state level) in Colorado and Washington. Next month, voters in Alaska and Oregon may...
The marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL by 2020 [23.10.2014] A report from Greenwave Advisors, a "comprehensive research and financial analysis for the emerging legalized marijuana industry," projects that lega...
Pushing treaty limits? [19.10.2014] Suppose the United States government helps to negotiate, and subsequently champions, certain framework treaties – ones justly viewed as imposing sign...
How marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington is making the world a better place [16.10.2014] No pressure, Colorado and Washington, but the world is scrutinizing your every move. That was the take-home message of an event today at the Brooking...
International Impacts of the U.S. Trend towards Legal Marijuana [16.10.2014] For decades, the United States has been a champion of the global drug control treaty system, which limits the use of marijuana exclusively to medical...
Marijuana legalization is an opportunity to modernize international drug treaties [14.10.2014] Two U.S. states have legalized recreational marijuana, and more may follow; the Obama administration has conditionally accepted these experiments. Su...
State Department official calls for 'flexibility' on drug control treaties [13.10.2014] Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield called for "flexible" interpretations of international drug control treaties at the United Nations in...
US signals shift in international drug policy [12.10.2014] In a press conference at the United Nations in New York on October 9, US official William Brownfield laid the groundwork for a new US approach to int...
Yes to marijuana ballot measures [05.10.2014] The decision by California voters in 1996 to legalize medical marijuana produced a wave of similar initiatives around the country. Less than two deca...
Major pot legalization group turns sights on California for 2016 [23.09.2014] Marijuana legalization proponents are turning their attention to California and gearing up for a legalization campaign in 2016. The Marijuana Policy ...
State-licensed marijuana market expected to bring in about $636 million in taxes [18.09.2014] The Washington state’s legal recreational marijuana market is expected to bring in about $636 million in taxes to state coffers through the middle of...
A crucial election season for legalizing marijuana and ending the drug war [17.09.2014] It may be an off-year election, but it's a big one for drug policy reform... voters across the country will have a chance to accelerate the unprecede...
New York could legalize recreational marijuana in 2015 [15.09.2014] The state of New York could legalize marijuana for recreational use as early as 2015. State Sen. Liz Krueger (D) will reintroduce the Marijuana Regul...
Washington judge upholds small city’s pot shop ban [28.08.2014] A state judge said that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington’s experi...
This is your federalism on drugs [27.08.2014] Conservative Republicans often talk about the need to constrain the power of the federal government. On everything from environmental regulation to e...
Leading anti-marijuana academics are paid by painkiller drug companies [26.08.2014] As Americans continue to embrace pot—as medicine and for recreational use—opponents are turning to a set of academic researchers to claim that policy...
Black market boom lays bare a social divide in Colorado’s marijuana market [19.08.2014] That the black market in Colorado bustles in the emerging days of legalisation is not unexpected. By some reckonings, it will continue as long as res...
The federal marijuana ban is rooted in myth and xenophobia [28.07.2014] The federal law that makes possession of marijuana a crime has its origins in legislation that was passed in an atmosphere of hysteria during the 193...
The White House tries, fails to explain why marijuana should remain illegal [28.07.2014] No sooner had the Times published its opening editorials advocating legalization of marijuana than the White House fired back with an unconvincing re...
The injustice of marijuana arrests [27.07.2014] America’s four-decade war on drugs is responsible for many casualties, but the criminalization of marijuana has been perhaps the most destructive par...
Repeal Prohibition, Again [27.07.2014] It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citiz...
The Guardian view on overdue overhauling of US and global drug laws [27.07.2014] The war on drugs has been a losing fight for 40 years. The response to unending failure has always been to demand more law enforcement and more priso...
Drug courts, meant to aid addicts, now a battlefield of pot politics [25.07.2014] Many longtime supporters of drug courts have become dismayed by the extent to which the courts now reach into the lives of people whose only infracti...
Let states decide on marijuana [25.07.2014] Repealing the Controlled Substances Act would allow the states to decide whether to permit marijuana use and under what conditions. Nearly three-four...
Recreational marijuana qualifies for Oregon ballot [22.07.2014] Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use after state elections officials said the measure qualified for the Novem...
FDA to review marijuana safety [20.07.2014] The United States federal government is considering easing its position on marijuana, reclassifying it as a less dangerous drug in what marijuana adv...
DEA may be losing the war on marijuana politics [11.07.2014] The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has found itself under attack in Congress as it holds its ground against marijuana legalization while the r...

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