Items tagged with US drug policy

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California proposes armored cars to transport pot tax money [07.11.2017] California should use armored cars to transport hundreds of millions of dollars in cash tax payments expected next year with the state's legal mariju...
Money on the table for a safe drug consumption site in Seattle [07.11.2017] Despite the backlash from various King County cities against the idea of establishing safe drug consumption sites, the Seattle City Council is moving...
The truth about the US ‘opioid crisis’ – prescriptions aren’t the problem [07.11.2017] T he news media is awash with hysteria about the opioid crisis (or opioid epidemic). But what exactly are we talking about? If you Google “opioid cri...
Colombian farmers keep growing coca despite government crackdown and U.S. pressure [27.10.2017] According to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Colombia’s overall coca crop grew by a staggering 52 percent last year, to 345,000 acres, an area te...
Record-high support for legalizing marijuana use in U.S. [25.10.2017] Americans continue to warm to legalizing marijuana, with 64% now saying its use should be made legal. This is the highest level of public support Gal...
People are dying because of ignorance, not because of opioids [19.10.2017] The vast majority of opioid users do not become addicts. Users’ chances of becoming addicted increase if they are white, male, young and unemployed a...
The drug industry’s triumph over the DEA [15.10.2017] In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its...
Alaska voters reject local bans on legalized marijuana by wide margins [04.10.2017] Voters in some parts of Alaska rejected efforts to ban commercial marijuana cultivation and retail sales, three years after the nation’s largest stat...
Commission makes recommendations for tackling opioid crisis in North America [03.10.2017] The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of har...
IDPC response to the INCB Annual Report for 2016 [30.09.2017] The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Annual Report for 2016 is, as usual, a mixed bag of high quality data and sometimes doubtful politic...
Legal loophole in DC creates bizarre pot bazaar [28.09.2017] A 2014 ballot initiative to legalize recreational use passed overwhelmingly in Washington DC. But unlike the eight states that have legalized recreat...
More people were arrested last year over pot than for murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery — combined [26.09.2017] In 2016 more people were arrested for marijuana possession than for all crimes the FBI classifies as violent, according to 2016 crime data. Marijuana...
How to win a war on drugs [22.09.2017] Decades ago, the United States and Portugal both struggled with illicit drugs and took decisive action — in diametrically opposite directions. The U....
Jeff Sessions’s evidence-free crime strategy [20.09.2017] Over the last thirty years researchers, law enforcement leaders and communities have pushed for smarter, better violence prevention — spurred in larg...
The marijuana war has gone local, and pot advocates are losing — badly [17.09.2017] The fight over the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts isn’t over. But one side has already gone home. Last November, a well-funded and well-o...
Trump delivers shock rebuke to Colombia over cocaine surge [14.09.2017] U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening that he may decertify Colombia as a partner in the war against drugs unless the South American nation reve...
Uruguay setting up dedicated cannabis dispensaries after banks scare off pharmacies [14.09.2017] Uruguay’s government announced that it is changing its retail system for legalized marijuana because banks are making it difficult for pharmacies to ...
Marijuana use in the U.S. has increased since 2005, but not because of legislation, study says [12.09.2017] American adults are smoking more pot, but increased cannabis use does not appear to be due to wider availability of legal marijuana, a new study show...
Legal marijuana is almost here. If only pot farmers were on board [09.09.2017] More than nine months after California voted to legalize recreational marijuana, only a small share of the tens of thousands of cannabis farmers in N...
Teen marijuana use falls to 20-year low, defying legalization opponents’ predictions [07.09.2017] In 2016, rates of marijuana use among the nation's 12- to 17-year-olds dropped to their lowest level in more than two decades, according federal surv...
How legalization caused the price of marijuana to collapse [05.09.2017] All the diverse effects of legalizing recreational marijuana may not be clear for a number of years, but one consequence has become evident almost im...
The first count of fentanyl deaths in 2016: Up 540% in three years [02.09.2017] Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States last year, according to the first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths to ...
Washington’s pot law hasn’t meant more use by kids, new study says [01.09.2017] Youth use of pot and cannabis-abuse treatment admissions have not increased in Washington since marijuana was legalized, according to a new analysis ...
Anti-legalization group urges feds to “systematically shut down” cannabis industry [30.08.2017] This month, governors from Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana, each sent letters to th...
What does departure of top US anti-drug diplomat mean for LatAm policy? [30.08.2017] The planned resignation of the US State Department's top anti-drug official raises further questions about the future of US counternarcotics efforts ...
How the war on drugs fueled the fentanyl crisis [29.08.2017] A staggering 59,000 people died of drug overdose in 2016 according to a recent New York Times analysis. Annual overdose deaths in the US have already...
How Anti-Mafia laws could bring down legal pot [28.08.2017] Earlier this summer, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado decided that the "noxious odors" from a pot farm could be lowering nearby pro...
Pot was flying off the shelves in Uruguay. Then U.S. banks weighed in [25.08.2017] The pharmacies selling pot were doing a brisk business. After Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana sales for rec...
Uruguay finds no banks for the bongs [22.08.2017] Understated and simpatico, former Uruguayan president Jose Mujica isn't easily rattled. Just don't mess with his reefer. That was the message from Mo...
Secret supervised drug injection facility has been operating at US site for years [08.08.2017] For nearly three years, in an undisclosed US city, a social service agency has quietly been inviting people to inject illegal drugs at a clandestine ...
Huff, puff, pass? AG’s pot fury not echoed by task force [05.08.2017] The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the ...
This cannabis company plans to turn a California desert town into a pot paradise [04.08.2017] American Green announced it is buying all 80 acres of Nipton, which includes its Old West-style hotel, a handful of houses, an RV park and a coffee s...
U.S. Attorney General Sessions criticizes Washington state’s legal marijuana system [04.08.2017] Is U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about to crack down on legal marijuana? A recent letter he sent to top Washington officials, critiquing the st...
Congress is heading for a confrontation with Sessions over marijuana [03.08.2017] Sessions is seeking to crack down on marijuana use while lawmakers from both parties are pushing legislation that would do the opposite. Measures hav...
White House panel recommends declaring national emergency on opioids [31.07.2017] President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis asked him to declare a national emergency to deal with the epidemic. The members of the bipartisan ...
Senators defy Jeff Sessions and vote to extend medical marijuana protections [27.07.2017] A congressional committee voted to extend protections of state medical marijuana programs against federal interference, in defiance of a request from...
What actually happened to violent crime after Washington legalized marijuana [26.07.2017] An upcoming report from a U.S. Department of Justice task force is expected to link marijuana use to violent crime, which some fear might signal the ...
Marijuana dispensaries decrease crime, not increase it, study finds [18.07.2017] Conventional wisdom says marijuana dispensaries make neighborhoods less safe, but a new study from UC Irvine suggests the conventional wisdom is wron...
California considering creating a state-run bank for cannabis businesses [16.07.2017] California government, financial and marijuana business leaders met last week in a far-from-resolved debate over whether a state-run bank could be th...
A brief history of DARE, the anti-drug program Jeff Sessions wants to revive [12.07.2017] Speaking at a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) conference , Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised the past work of the famous anti-drug progra...
Cannabis cash conundrum: Some businesses bury money, others truck it to a federal vault [12.07.2017] With recreational use set to become legal next year under Proposition 64, cannabis sales in the state are expected to top $7.5 billion in 2020, up fr...
Oregon bill decriminalizes possession of heroin, cocaine and other drugs [11.07.2017] The Oregon legislature passed a bill that reclassifies possession of several drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor, reducing the punishments and expan...
Leafing Las Vegas: recreational marijuana goes on sale in Nevada [01.07.2017] Nevada has become the fifth state in the US selling marijuana for recreational purposes, opening a market that is expected to outpace any other in th...
A 1930s California story shows why the war on drugs is a failure [16.06.2017] For one bright and flickering moment last year, it looked like the global war on drugs was about to die. California – the sixth largest economy in th...
Congress is considering a bill that would expand Jeff Sessions’s power to escalate the war on drugs [16.06.2017] Congress is considering a bill that would expand the federal government's ability to pursue the war on drugs, granting new power to the attorney gene...
Jeff Sessions personally asked Congress to let him prosecute medical marijuana providers [13.06.2017] Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asking congressional leaders to undo federal medical marijuana protections that have been in place since 2014, acco...
Recreational marijuana sales start July 1 in Nevada [12.06.2017] As the Silver State enacts the will of its voters — Nevadans approved recreational marijuana with 54 percent of the vote on Question 2 last November ...
Drug deaths in America are rising faster than ever [05.06.2017] Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data c...
It took Jeff Sessions just one month to turn Obama-era drug policy on its head [02.06.2017] In the month of May alone, the Trump administration, particularly Attorney General Jeff Sessions's Justice Department, steadily ratcheted up its toug...
In Mexico, the price of America’s hunger for heroin [30.05.2017] The opioid epidemic that has caused so much pain in the United States is also savaging Mexico, contributing to a breakdown of order in rural areas. H...

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