Items tagged with US drug policy

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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 ...
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 ...
Lavish parties, greedy pols and panic rooms: How the ‘Apple of Pot’ collapsed [24.05.2020] MedMen looked to become the Apple of pot, the first mainstream, nationwide consumer brand for the product that drove so many Americans to ingest and ...
Years after legalizing marijuana, voters see it as a huge success [20.05.2020] Residents in nine of the 11 states that have legalized the adult use of cannabis have no regrets about ending prohibition. In fact, according to a ne ...
Illinois announces $31 million In marijuana revenue-funded grants to repair drug war’s harms [19.05.2020] Illinois is putting its marijuana money where its mouth is, announcing that $31.5 million in restorative justice grants are now available thanks to t ...
The opioid epidemic was already a national crisis. Covid-19 could be making things worse [07.05.2020] Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the nation was in the throes of another public health crisis: the opioid epidemic. More than 2 million Americans strugg ...
Cannabis in high demand amid coronavirus pandemic [05.05.2020] According to cannabis industry analytics firm Headset, pot sales in the United States spiked in mid-March, with sales growth peaking at 64% in the we ...
Peruvian coca farmers to Paris pushers, coronavirus upends global narcotics trade [22.04.2020] The coronavirus outbreak has upended industries across the globe. The international narcotics trade has not been spared. From the cartel badlands alo ...
Marijuana businesses allowed to stay open in San Francisco, New York [19.03.2020] As hundreds of businesses in cities such as San Francisco and New York close due to the coronavirus outbreak, medical marijuana stores remain open as ...
Safe injection sites: Coronavirus underlines why they make sense [17.03.2020] As cases of COVID-19 infections and fatalities begin to surge, an aggressive testing campaign is finally getting underway across the nation. American ...
Native American churches request that peyote not be Included in decriminalization initiatives [16.03.2020] The National Council of Native American Churches (NCNAC) and the Indigenous Peyote Conservation Initiative (IPCI) released a statement on March 12, 2 ...
Glyphosate and cocaine: Colombia's next drug war? [09.03.2020] Pedro Arenas is afraid that they'll take flight again. "I expect it could be within the next months," he says. Since the end of last year, nine AT-80 ...
Philadelphia nonprofit opening nation's first supervised injection site next week [26.02.2020] After a two-year battle, the Philadelphia nonprofit Safehouse says next week it will open the first space in the U.S. where people struggling with ad ...
Los Angeles to dismiss 66,000 marijuana convictions [14.02.2020] Los Angeles moved this week to dismiss nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions, years after the state voted to legalize the drug. The county is working w ...
FP Dealmakers: ‘There are going to be bankruptcies' [30.01.2020] The one thing Bay Street’s top cannabis bankers are all in agreement about is how difficult it has become for the pot sector to raise money over the ...
Another cannabis company teeters on the edge [29.01.2020] Last week was a wild one for MedMen, the multistate cannabis retailer based in Culver City, California. As CEO Adam Bierman was getting ready to do a ...
Colombia will tackle cocaine with a cancer-causing chemical. Only problem is, it won't work [21.01.2020] The Colombian government has published a proposed law that will allow it to resume a controversial program of aerial fumigation of coca crops using g ...
Marijuana legalization may hit 40 states. Now what? [20.01.2020] More than 40 U.S. states could allow some form of legal marijuana by the end of 2020, including deep red Mississippi and South Dakota — and they’re d ...
Major Canadian pot companies facing proposed class-action lawsuits in the U.S. [19.01.2020] Some of Canada's biggest cannabis producers are facing proposed class-action lawsuits in the United States after investors were hit with steep financ ...
The Great Cannabis Crash of 2019 [14.01.2020] Bad news about the so-called "Green Rush" rolled in slowly at first, picking up steam around the end of last summer. Stocks started to dive. Layoffs ...
Pot politics: Some Northeast states regroup on legalization [13.01.2020] A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast — it had already passed in three of the region’s states and was a pr ...
New York could legalise cannabis this year, governor says [09.01.2020] Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged for the second year in a row to legalise recreational cannabis in New York, prioritizing a push that fell apart last ye ...
Philly’s supervised injection site backers say they won’t delay opening while Justice Dept. appeals [07.01.2020] The Philadelphia nonprofit hoping to operate the nation’s first supervised injection site it would not let an expected appeal by the Justice Departme ...
More than $3m worth of cannabis sold in Illinois on first day of legalisation [03.01.2020] It was a happy – and seemingly high – new year in Illinois after cannabis sales of more than $3m were made on the first day of the drug being legal f ...
What will 2020 mean for cannabis? [01.01.2020] As 2019 slouched toward its end, many predictions of what might happen with cannabis in 2020 had been tinged with optimism. Chronic Town was no diffe ...
Illinois governor pardons 11,000 for low-level marijuana convictions [31.12.2019] Illinois governor JB Pritzker granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions, describing the step as a first wave of thousands ...
Opioids, pot and criminal justice reform helped undermine this decade's War on Drugs [29.12.2019] This much we know: Americans like to do drugs. That might explain why a prescient headline in the satirical publication The Onion stands as one of th ...
America’s marijuana growers are the best in the world, but federal laws are keeping them out of global markets [27.12.2019] After 20 years of experience, legal marijuana growers in the U.S. have a reputation for creating the best product in the world, scientifically grown ...

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