Items tagged with US drug policy

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Drug sentences rise, while time served for other crimes falls [26.08.2015] A Pew study shows that sentences for Americans convicted of federal drug crimes rose 36% — an average of 20 months — in 30 years, while sentences for...
Mexico lost its war on drugs 75 years ago, author claims [25.08.2015] Mexico’s drug trade is synonymous with violence, corruption and cartel bosses battling for territory. But it could have been so different, it’s claim...
Pioneer pot states have collected more than $200 million in marijuana taxes [25.08.2015] The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana have collectively raked in at least $200 million in marijuana tax revenue, according to the l...
Ohio prepares to vote on marijuana legalization: which states will be next? [16.08.2015] Thus far, Ohio is the only state where voters will consider pot legalization in the 2015 election. But that’s not because many states aren’t already ...
Ohio's legal weed proposal could create the world’s first 'pot grower oligarchy' [15.08.2015] Ohio voters will have the opportunity to legalize the commercial cultivation and sale of cannabis this November, including for medical marijuana pati...
Obama calls for shorter sentences for nonviolent convicts [13.07.2015] Calling it an issue America can’t afford to ignore, President Barack Obama laid out an expansive vision for fixing the criminal justice system. “In f...
It's official: Marijuana is medicine [30.06.2015] The nation's top medical organization released a major series of papers on medical cannabis last week in the Journal of the American Medical Associat...
So you want to legalize weed? [27.06.2015] Up and down the Western Hemisphere, marijuana policy is a growing topic of discussion, and laws are starting to change. In 2014, retail marijuana sto...
Using pot to be legal in Oregon — but not selling it [27.06.2015] Pot stashes in Oregon are legal — up to 8 ounces. So is the homegrown, up to four plants a household. The legalization of recreational marijuana July...
US marijuana legalisation has not led to rise in use by adolescents, study finds [16.06.2015] Legalising the medical use of cannabis has not led to a surge in the numbers of adolescents using it in the USA, according to new research that surpr...
Drug warriors are still crying 'reefer madness.' The facts don't support them [14.06.2015] In their op-ed article against cannabis legalization, former drug czar William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn yearn for a time when fear-mongering, not...
Budget bill outlaws pot sales in D.C. for 2 years [10.06.2015] House Republicans advanced a budget plan that would prevent legal sales of marijuana in the District until at least 2017. Advocates for legalization,...
Monitoring legal pot: How do we know if it works? [09.06.2015] Dozens of government officials and researchers from a half-dozen U.S. states and a few countries that have legalized marijuana or are at least thinki...
Marijuana incorporated: cannabis eases into a billion-dollar business high [22.05.2015] Now legalised in 23 states and the District of Columbia for medical use and four states – Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska – and DC for recrea...
How America overdosed on drug courts [18.05.2015] Drug courts celebrated their 25th anniversary last year. Hailed as the most compassionate way for the criminal justice system to deal with addicts, d...
Defying U.S., Colombia halts aerial spraying of crops used to make cocaine [13.05.2015] The government of Colombia rejected a major tool in the American-backed antidrug campaign — ordering a halt to the aerial spraying of the country’s v...
Obama asked to weigh in on legal marijuana [04.05.2015] The US Supreme Court has asked President Barack Obama's administration to take a stance on legal marijuana as it considers a lawsuit seeking to ban C...
Legislature considering plans to regulate medicinal pot shops, growers [02.05.2015] California lawmakers are wading into the politically sticky issue of regulating medical marijuana, laying groundwork for state control of the sale an...
New England states racing to legalize recreational pot [02.05.2015] Propelled by successful campaigns in Western states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, some advocates and legislators say a marijuana leg...
The painful price of aging in prison [01.05.2015] In recent years, federal sentencing guidelines have been revised, resulting in less severe prison terms for low-level drug offenders. But tens of tho...
Improving global drug policy: Comparative perspectives and UNGASS 2016 [28.04.2015] As the world prepares for the 2016 Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016), an increasing numb...
UNGASS 2016: Prospects for Treaty Reform and UN System-Wide Coherence on Drug Policy [28.04.2015] This paper explores key lessons from the 1990 Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Drug Abuse (UNGASS 1990) and the 1998 Special...
Why are politicians still referring to marijuana as a gateway drug? [20.04.2015] With states legalizing marijuana by popular vote, some politicians, including Boston mayor Marty Walsh and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, are st...
In debate over legalizing marijuana, disagreement over drug’s dangers [13.04.2015] Public opinion about legalizing marijuana in the US, while little changed in the past few years, has undergone a dramatic long-term shift. A new surv...
US president cautions against hopes of ganja legalisation [10.04.2015] President Barack Obama cautioned persons who have hopes of marijuana being legalised, as he explained the difference between legalisation and decrimi...
U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades [07.04.2015] For more than two decades, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed logs of virtually all telephone calls from the USA ...
Big need for marijuana banking, yet Congress has ‘no appetite’ to fix issue [03.04.2015] Congress doesn’t have the appetite to deal with the conflict between federal and state laws that has caused a banking crisis for the burgeoning marij...
Marijuana cultivation in California is sucking streams dry, says new report [27.03.2015] With its dense forests, foggy climate and rugged coastline, California’s Humboldt County has long been synonymous with its biggest cash crop: marijua...
D.C. hosts nation’s biggest legal marijuana giveaway [26.03.2015] With D.C. police officers looking on, hundreds of city residents lined up and then walked away from an Adams Morgan restaurant carrying baggies conta...
Critical updates needed in state marijuana laws [25.03.2015] Washington's experiment with legal recreational marijuana is "teetering on the brink" of a market failure. That is the candid assessment of Hayden Wo...
Drug courts: Equivocal evidence on a popular intervention [24.03.2015] Some countries have adopted drug treatment courts as a way to reduce drug-related incarceration. Drug treatment courts, also called “drug courts,” ar...
State pushes forward to legalize marijuana [24.03.2015] Legislators in Massachusetts are working on a marijuana legalization proposal, in part as an effort to short-circuit an expected 2016 ballot push. Ad...
Can Washington’s gift economy in marijuana work? [20.03.2015] In Washington DC it’s now legal to possess marijuana, to grow it, to smoke it and to give it away. But you’re not allowed to trade in it. You can giv...
Survey finds strong majority in support of marijuana legalization and decriminalization [17.03.2015] A new national survey of American voters has found a strong majority in support of marijuana legalization and an even larger majority in support of d...
A majority favors marijuana legalization for first time [04.03.2015] For the first time, the General Social Survey – a large, national survey conducted every two years and widely considered to represent the gold standa...
D.C. pot advocates threaten public smoke-in to protest ban on pot clubs [03.03.2015] After just five days of pot being legal in the nation’s capital, the D.C. Council voted unanimously to approve new limits on marijuana use. The legis...
UN drugs body warns US states and Uruguay over cannabis legalisation [03.03.2015] The United Nations has renewed its warnings to Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington that their cannabis legalisation policies fail to...
Two headlines perfectly sum up everything wrong with American drug policy [02.03.2015] Two stories published last week perfectly sum up the state of American drug policy. On Friday, Colorado released its first annual report on the state...
Washington DC legalises marijuana possession and use [26.02.2015] Washington DC joins Alaska, Colorado, and Washington state as the only places in the US that allow the use of the drug for recreational purposes. Res...
Alaska becomes third US state to legalise recreational marijuana use [24.02.2015] Alaska has made smoking, growing and owning small amounts of marijuana legal, becoming the third US state to decriminalise recreational use. The Repu...
Four of the major fear campaigns that helped create America's insane war on drugs [08.02.2015] If moral entrepreneurs and interest groups manage to whip up enough fear and anxiety, they can create a full-blown moral panic, the widespread sense ...
Federal government set to crack down on drug courts that fail addicts [04.02.2015] The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, said Michael Bot...
Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply U.S. heroin boom [03.02.2015] Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of G...
The science of decriminalizing drugs [02.02.2015] The legal landscape for marijuana has never looked this relaxed. Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. voted during the recent election season to lega...
Obama budget would clear path for legal sales of recreational marijuana in D.C. [02.02.2015] President Obama’s budget would do a lot of things, but one of the most controversial may to be allowing legal sales of marijuana in the nation’s capi...
18 legal marijuana states by 2020? [02.02.2015] Four states and the District of Columbia have already legalized weed and plans are already afoot in several more for this year or next, either by vot...
US official cautions Jamaica on ganja legalisation [29.01.2015] The U.S. Government has signalled discomfort with Jamaica's move to decriminalise marijuana for specific uses. According to assistant secretary, Will...
Pro-ganja lobby endorses changes on eve of Senate debate [28.01.2015] Professor Archibald McDonald called on the Jamaican Government to continue with the reforms and disregard apparent threats from US Government officia...
Vermont lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana [28.01.2015] Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to become the first state Legislature to legalize marijuana. Four states and the District of Columbia have ...
Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch opposes marijuana legalisation [27.01.2015] Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, told senators during her confirmation hearing that she, like her predecessor Eric Holder,...

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