Items tagged with US drug policy

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Marijuana: A failure to regulate, but not by dispensaries [02.10.2012] The Times' Sept. 27 editorial, "In a haze on pot policy," says, "In the face of this chaos, the federal crackdown is, to some, good news -- finally, ...
L.A. repeals its ban on pot stores [01.10.2012] After struggling for years to regulate storefront pot shops, the Los Angeles City Council retreated Tuesday, voting to repeal the carefully crafted b ...
Veteran Emerald Triangle pot growers see their way of life ending [29.09.2012] Battered by competition from indoor cultivators around the state and industrial-size operations that have invaded the North Coast counties, many of t ...
75 years of racial control: happy birthday marijuana prohibition [27.09.2012] As we approach the 75th anniversary of marijuana prohibition in the United States on October 1, it is important to remember why marijuana was deemed ...
In a haze on pot policy [26.09.2012] Late last year, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. affirmed the Obama administration's long-standing policy of taking a hands-off approach to states ...
U.S. raids L.A. marijuana shops [26.09.2012] Federal officials brought their war on medical marijuana dispensaries to Los Angeles, raiding several shops and issuing warning letters to dozens mor ...
AP Interview: Guatemala prez says legalize drugs [24.09.2012] Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina is advocating the international legalization of drugs even as he is moving to fight narcotics cartels with the ...
Pot decriminalization debated by B.C.'s municipal leaders [23.09.2012] Former B.C. attorney general Geoff Plant said the debate comes as Washington looks at a tax and regulation plan, and this is an opportunity for a coo ...
Legalizing marijuana adds revenue, reduces law-enforcement costs [22.09.2012] In its fiscal note on I-502, the state Office of Financial Management estimated the total state and local government revenue from marijuana at $566 m ...
State could be test case in marijuana legalization [21.09.2012] On Nov. 6 Washington voters will decide whether to directly confront the federal ban on marijuana and embrace a sprawling plan to legalize, regulate ...
Pot could be tax windfall, but skeptics abound [18.09.2012] A catchy pro-marijuana jingle for Colorado voters considering legalizing the drug goes like this: "Jobs for our people. Money for schools. Who could ...
Colorado marijuana legalization initiative leads in new poll [15.09.2012] A majority of Colorado voters support a ballot measure to legalize limited possession of marijuana, according to a new Denver Post poll. The poll fou ...
Children's Alliance backs pot measure on ballot [10.09.2012] As Washington weighs its first chance to legalize recreational marijuana, prominent groups are taking sides about the initiative's potential impact o ...
Ex-DEA heads urge Holder oppose marijuana ballots [06.09.2012] Nine former heads of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration urged Attorney General Eric Holder to take a stand against possible legalization of rec ...
Medical marijuana backers seek inroads in South [02.09.2012] This fall, Arkansas will be the first Southern state to ask voters whether to legalize medical uses for pot, a move that offers supporters a rare cha ...
Bid to repeal L.A.'s ban on pot shops may be headed for ballot [29.08.2012] A referendum to repeal a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles appears to be headed for the ballot, with pot shop supporters saying th ...
Study: Wash. spent $211M on pot enforcement [27.08.2012] Enforcing marijuana laws cost Washington more than $211 million last decade, according to a new study released as the state's voters consider whether ...
Why marijuana should be legalized [27.08.2012] Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use by adults? That is the question that voters in three states are considering this November. Colorad ...
Los Angeles sued over crackdown on medical marijuana shops [17.08.2012] A medical marijuana trade group and 11 patients sued the city of Los Angeles, seeking to block enforcement of an ordinance that would shut down most ...
Spokesman for pot group fired at news conference [13.08.2012] The marijuana reform community in Washington State has become severely fractured, with various groups running competing initiatives and taking opposi ...
Legalizing marijuana could bring windfall to state, if feds don't object [10.08.2012] The initiative to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Washington, Initiative 502, was estimated on Friday to raise up to $1.9 billion in new tax ...
The International Drug Control Treaties [31.07.2012] The way the world looks at drug control is changing. There has been a growing awareness of the issue for the past decade, as well as increasing publi ...
L.A.'s medical marijuana mess [25.07.2012] The Los Angeles City Council is plainly out of its depth when it comes to regulating medical marijuana. This was already clear after years of fumblin ...
Pot Legalization Is Coming [25.07.2012] At least some able-bodied Americans may soon be able to score a bag of weed legally without having to fake a knee injury. In November, voters in thre ...
L.A. City Council bans medical marijuana dispensaries [24.07.2012] In what could be a turning point in the city's seemingly unending battle to regulate the distribution of medical marijuana, the Los Angeles City Coun ...
Comparing marijuana legalization measures in Oregon, Colorado, and Washington State [14.07.2012] History was made as the Oregon Secretary of State announced that the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for the 201 ...
Oakland protests U.S. attorney's crackdown on large medical marijuana dispensary [13.07.2012] A day after federal prosecutors moved to shutter the country's largest medical marijuana dispensary, city leaders and other officials came to the def ...
U.S. cracks down on "world's largest" medical marijuana dispensary [10.07.2012] Federal prosecutors have filed civil forfeiture actions against an Oakland medical marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the world's largest, as ...
Oregon likely to put pot legalization to voters, proponents say [06.07.2012] Oregon will soon qualify as the third U.S. state to ask voters in November to legalize marijuana for recreational use in a move that could put the st ...
Supreme Court ruling stokes Colorado pot debate [02.07.2012] They're not talking about the landmark health care ruling. They're talking about last week's Arizona immigration ruling, in which the court reiterate ...
Chicago decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana [26.06.2012] People caught with small amounts of marijuana in Chicago will be ticketed instead of arrested under a new ordinance passed by the city council on Wed ...
Life Without Parole for Pot? [26.06.2012] The United States government spends more than $7 billion annually to enforce marijuana prohibition in shockingly cruel ways, but the efforts have not ...
Lawsuit Accuses Police of Ignoring Directive on Marijuana Arrests [21.06.2012] Nine months ago, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly issued a memorandum directing police officers not to make arrests for possession of small quant ...
Can Stop-and-Frisk Be ‘Mended’? [18.06.2012] As marchers in Manhattan protested the Police Department’s increasingly unpopular stop-and-frisk program on Sunday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg took to t ...
Some Southern California 'nonprofit' pot shops make big money [16.06.2012] Many medical marijuana dispensaries have been making huge sums of money even as they claim to be nonprofit, according to court and law enforcement re ...
Would Obama boost his re-election bid by backing weed? [15.06.2012] The blogosphere has been abuzz in recent weeks over whether President Obama should legalize marijuana. Advocates argue that polls say a majority of A ...
Chicago Mayor Emanuel backs marijuana decriminalization [14.06.2012] Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he would back a proposal that would decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana, the latest major U.S. politi ...
U.S. targets landlords in fight against medical pot [13.06.2012] The authorities are pressuring landlords to shut down the shops or face possible loss of the real estate through the unconventional and low-key use o ...
10 Reasons to Revisit Marijuana Policy Now [12.06.2012] For the first time ever, a solid majority of Americans supports legalizing marijuana for recreational use: 56%, according to the most recent Rasmusse ...
Marijuana could be Barack Obama's secret weapon in this election [12.06.2012] Since his inauguration, drug policy reform advocates have tirelessly petitioned Barack Obama to have his "marijuana moment". And for good reason – du ...
Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized [07.06.2012] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to change New York’s laws to decriminalize marijuana. New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner ...
Feds attack California's medical marijuana trade-again [07.06.2012] Federal authorities opened the latest front in their war on California's massive medical marijuana industry this week, filing property forfeiture law ...
New York to decriminalize marijuana? [05.06.2012] New York governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana in the state and he’s got the support of New ...
Decriminalize marijuana? Four ways America's views of pot are changing [04.06.2012] Polls show national opinion toward marijuana use steadily changing toward greater acceptance, and laws are changing and ballot initiatives are coming ...
Bloomberg Backs Plan to Limit Arrests for Marijuana [03.06.2012] New York Police Department, the mayor and the city’s top prosecutors on Monday endorsed a proposal to decriminalize the open possession of small amou ...
Marijuana initiative could make or break Obama in Colorado [01.06.2012] With Obama facing a stiff challenge from Republican Mitt Romney in the November 6 election, it's ironic that his chances of winning the key state of ...
Most California voters don't support legalizing pot, poll finds [30.05.2012] In California, cradle of the marijuana movement, a new poll has found a majority of voters do not support legalization, even as they overwhelmingly b ...
A User's Guide To Smoking Pot With Barack Obama [24.05.2012] Barry was quite the accomplished marijuana enthusiast back in high school and college. Excerpts from David Maraniss' Barack Obama: The Story dealing ...
Poll shows strong support for legal marijuana: Is it inevitable? [23.05.2012] A new national poll shows a clear majority of Americans in favor of legalizing and regulating marijuana – "the strongest support ever recorded," acco ...
U.S. says drug abuse needs treatment, not just jail [23.05.2012] The United States sees drug abuse as a public health problem as much as a crime issue and is seeking to learn from countries in Europe and elsewhere ...

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