Items tagged with US drug policy

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Washington Court decriminalizes drugs: Will lawmakers let it stand? [02.03.2021] In February 2021, two states decriminalized drug possession. One was much anticipated; the other seemed to come out of nowhere. On February 1, Oregon ...
Virginia joins 15 other states in legalizing marijuana [27.02.2021] The Virginia Legislature approved adult-use marijuana legalization Saturday in a historic vote marking the first state in the Old South to embrace fu ...
New Jersey governor signs laws to legalize marijuana use, decriminalize possession [22.02.2021] Legislation to set up a recreational marijuana marketplace, decriminalize cannabis and loosen penalties for underage possession of the drug and alcoh ...
How tobacco giant Altria is becoming a cannabis company [09.02.2021] Altria, one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies, is well on its way to also being one of the world’s biggest and most influential cannabis compa ...
Virginia legislature approves marijuana legalization bills on key mid-session deadline [05.02.2021] The Virginia House of Delegates and Senate approved bills to legalize marijuana, meeting a key mid-session deadline and getting the major policy chan ...
Democratic senators will push to pass pot reform bill this year [02.02.2021] Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and two other Democratic senators said that they will push to pass this year sweeping legislation that would end ...
‘There’s no stopping the industry now’: Democratic control is a big win for marijuana [31.01.2021] Cannabis companies are positioning themselves for the greater likelihood that federal cannabis restrictions will be loosened significantly. Sales are ...
Big money and a big stumble mark first year of Illinois' recreational weed law [24.01.2021] Illinois’ coffers have enjoyed a boost in tax revenue approaching the amount generated by booze sales thanks to the year that recreational marijuana ...
How some THC is legal — for now [18.01.2021] According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), there are currently at least 144 known cannabinoids that have been isolated from the cannabis pl ...
Illinois sitting on $62 million in cannabis revenue meant to foster businesses and help neighborhoods hurt by poverty and violence [16.01.2021] Despite promises that cannabis legalization in Illinois would fund more minority business participation and neighborhood improvements, the state has ...
2020 was S.F.’s deadliest year for overdoses, by far [15.01.2021] San Francisco lost a total of 699 people to overdoses last year, a 59% rise from 2019, according to new data released by the Office of the Chief Medi ...
Appeals Court overturns ruling that legalized SCS; Safehouse fights on [13.01.2021] A three-judge panel from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals voted to overturn a Philadelphia District Court’s prior ruling that effectively legalized ...
Cuomo vows New York 'will legalize adult-use recreational cannabis' [11.01.2021] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) vowed that his state will legalize recreational cannabis as he begins ramping up efforts in the new year to green-ligh ...
CDC and NIDA will finally study potential of safe consumption sites [07.01.2021] For the first time ever, Congress has weighed in on the issue of safe consumption sites (SCS). A bill tied to the stimulus package signed into law on ...
How state marijuana legalization became a boon for corruption [27.12.2020] In the past decade, 15 states have legalized a regulated marijuana market for adults over 21, and another 17 have legalized medical marijuana. But in ...
After blockbuster Aphria-Tilray merger, world’s largest cannabis company eyes U.S. market [18.12.2020] Tilray and Aphria, two of the biggest marijuana companies in Canada, announced plans to merge and create the world’s largest cannabis outfit. With ex ...
Legalization advocates hope to end Mexico’s drug war [12.12.2020] A determined political movement to end the war on drugs has taken shape across Europe and North America. Harm reduction advocates say lives can be sa ...
Marijuana could easily be rescheduled with Biden’s health secretary [10.12.2020] While many diehard cannabis advocates are calling for the plant to be legalized in the United States in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco, Pres ...
Scott Wiener tries — again — to allow S.F., Oakland and L.A. to open a safe drug use site [07.12.2020] State Sen. Scott Wiener is trying — once again — to allow San Francisco to open a safe injection site, where people can use drugs in a safe and super ...
Legalise marijuana: Government’s contradictions on cannabis use must be ironed out [06.12.2020] India has voted in favour in the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Convention. It was only under Americ ...
Inside the weed legalization bill the House of Representatives just passed [04.12.2020] The House of Representatives passed the MORE Act on Friday by a vote of 228-164. It was 2018, Democrats were about to gain control of the House of Re ...
House passes sweeping reform bill to decriminalize marijuana [04.12.2020] The U.S. House of Representatives passed sweeping legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, the first time either chamber ...
Special Report: Burner phones and banking apps [03.12.2020] U.S. law enforcement officials say Chinese “money brokers” represent one of the most worrisome new threats in the war on drugs. Small cells of Chines ...
Leaked FBI report: Drug sellers practice harm reduction [02.12.2020] The recognition that people who sell drugs can play a crucial role in reducing the harms caused by drug criminalization is not limited to reformers, ...
U.S. 'war on drugs' in Latin America needs overhaul amid COVID-19 challenges, report says [01.12.2020] The United States’ anti-drug policy in Latin America needs to change if Washington is to effectively combat a problem worsened by the COVID-19 pandem ...
Oregon becomes first US state to decriminalize possession of hard drugs [04.11.2020] A nationwide push to relax drug laws scored significant victories on Tuesday as four states voted to legalize marijuana, and Oregon became the first ...
‘I will be left with nothing’: Why Colombians are watching the U.S. election closely [02.11.2020] Coca fumigations started in Colombia in the early 1990s and intensified during “Plan Colombia,” a $10 billion U.S. campaign that ran from 2000 to 201 ...
Where recreational marijuana is legal, data show minimal impacts on teen use and traffic deaths [22.10.2020] Since 2012, 11 states have legalized marijuana use for adults — which voters nationwide are considering on their ballots this year. Researchers are j ...
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges [21.10.2020] Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plea ...
How a Canadian decriminalization model can improve on Portugal [06.10.2020] On August 17, 2020, the director of public prosecutions in Canada issued new guidelines under which federal prosecutors are to resort to criminal pro ...
Should N.J. legalize marijuana? The voters will decide [05.10.2020] For two years, New Jersey lawmakers had failed to mobilize enough support to pass a bill to fully legalize marijuana. Instead, they agreed in Decembe ...
Colorado governor to mass-pardon 2,700-plus marijuana convictions [01.10.2020] Colorado Gov. Jared Polis plans to mass-pardon 2,732 convictions of low-level marijuana possession through an executive order after signing a bill ea ...
Sky high: Mass. marijuana is among the most expensive in the nation [16.09.2020] Massachusetts marijuana products consistently fetch around double the price of equivalents in the most mature recreational markets, according to a re ...
Gov't addressing banking challenges impacting cannabis industry [10.09.2020] The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is engaging international stakeholders to address the banking difficulties that have be ...
Pot shop licenses to promote social equity could go to firms tied to co-founder of $3B cannabis giant [10.09.2020] Two shadowy companies vying for multiple licenses in the upcoming pot shop lottery share the same west suburban address as an investment firm led by ...
Where calling the police isn’t the only option [03.09.2020] Skeptics of the movement to defund or abolish police departments often invoke the threat of a 911 call in the middle of the night that goes unanswere ...
Amid spike in opioid overdoses, momentum for reform wavers [31.08.2020] U.S. states and cities are seeing increases in opioid-related overdose deaths A paper issued by the American Medical Association this summer found th ...
Cannabis research database shows how U.S. funding focuses on harms of the drug [27.08.2020] A new analysis of cannabis research funding in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom has found that $1.56 billion was directed to the top ...
Where vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris stands on marijuana [12.08.2020] Joe Biden has selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his vice presidential running mate. She has evolved significantly on marijuana policy over her ca ...
Congressional researchers admit legalizing marijuana hurts Mexican drug cartel profits [03.08.2020] Demand for marijuana illegally trafficked from Mexico will continue to decline as the legalization movement spreads, a new report from the Congressio ...
Senator files new bill to federally legalize marijuana and regulate it like tobacco [31.07.2020] Democratic senator Tina Smith (D-MN) filed a new bill to federally legalize marijuana, creating yet another potential avenue through which Congress c ...
Biden-Sanders task force does not recommend legalizing marijuana [10.07.2020] A task force formed between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, which had prior heated discussions on cannabis, agreed on multiple criminal justice priorit ...
Secret US drug injection site shows how supervision could save lives [08.07.2020] For five years, a secret supervised drug injection site has operated in the US, allowing drug users to inject more than 10,000 times in a sterile, pr ...
Lester Grinspoon, influential marijuana scholar, dies at 92 [02.07.2020] Dr. Lester Grinspoon, a Harvard psychiatry professor who became a leading proponent of legalizing marijuana after his research found it was less toxi ...
‘If the police aren’t needed, let’s leave them out completely’ [23.06.2020] Every weekday morning, mental health clinician Carleigh Sailon turns on her police radio in downtown Denver and finds out who she can help next. She, ...
Library of Congress highlights racist news coverage used to justify criminalizing marijuana a century ago [16.06.2020] The Library of Congress (LOC) is documenting racist depictions of marijuana in early 20th century news coverage that helped to drive the criminalizat ...
Criminalization that never should have been: Cannabis [12.06.2020] As the House debates ways to reform policing in the United States, it’s critical that we not only analyze the structures under which law enforcement ...
A massive Asian drug bust has stirred a fentanyl mystery [10.06.2020] As the UNODC put it, this was “one of the largest and most successful counternarcotics operations” in Asia’s history. Myanmar’s army and police, whic ...
The coronavirus has gutted the price of coca. It could reshape the cocaine trade [09.06.2020] As a farmer eking out a living in Peru’s central jungle, Rubén Leiva grew one cash crop that seemed immune from global cycles of booms and busts. But ...
The controversial new deployment of US troops in Colombia [02.06.2020] The decision to send US troops into Colombia to help against drug trafficking is a troubling one, whether as part of the two countries’ security stra ...

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