Items tagged with US drug policy

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Time to push the reset button on the drug war [26.01.2011] Most Americans believe that their country’s forty-year “war on drugs” has failed. Yet, despite the costs and growing opposition to US antinarcotics s ...
Bolivia launches coca leaf diplomatic offensive [21.01.2011] Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca is on a European tour in a bid to drum up support for taking coca off a UN treaty on banned drugs. Spanish foreig ...
The coca leaf: Storm in an Andean teacup [20.01.2011] The United States’ State Department’s website recommends coca tea for altitude sickness, and its La Paz embassy has been known to serve it to visitor ...
US objects to Bolivia bid for licit coca-chewing [18.01.2011] The United States will file a formal objection Wednesday to Bolivia's proposal to end the ban on coca leaf-chewing specified by a half-century-old U. ...
The U.S. Moves to Block Bolivia’s Request to Eliminate U.N. Ban on Coca Leaf Chewing [18.01.2011] The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Transnational Institute (TNI) have learned that the United States is moving to oppose, as soon ...
Diplomatic games to oppose lifting unjust ban on coca chewing [16.01.2011] According to the government of Bolivia, the only three countries that did file a formal objection to the amendment of Bolivia to abolish the ban on c ...
U.S. Renews Anachronistic Campaign to Stamp Out Coca Leaf Chewing [14.01.2011] Just one month after President Obama announced that the U.S. would finally sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, U.S. official ...
Marijuana advocates debate a new legalization effort [03.01.2011] The campaign for Proposition 19, which lost 54% to 46% in November, wants to start drafting a new initiative in the spring and to complete it by July ...
One toke over the line [16.12.2010] After an annual survey of teen drug use nationwide found that marijuana smoking is on the rise among eighth- through 12th-graders, Kerlikowske attrib ...
The only winner in the 'war on drugs' [02.12.2010] The outcome of this militarisation of drugs policy has been overwhelmingly negative. Military involvement in such an irregular war was not only unrea ...
Voters approve Arizona medical marijuana measure [14.11.2010] By a narrow margin, Arizona voters have given their OK to legalized medical marijuana for people with chronic or debilitating diseases. The decision ...
U.S. appeals court judge endorses legal marijuana [10.11.2010] A U.S. federal appeals court judge says the United States should consider legalizing marijuana. Judge Juan Torruella tells a law school audience in P ...
What the Feds Can Do About Prop 19 [25.10.2010] Assume for a moment that California voters approve Proposition 19 on Nov. 2. The state will have just enacted a process for legalizing, regulating, a ...
US Federal Government Data on Cannabis Prohibition [07.10.2010] The report reviews 20 years of data from US government funded surveillance systems on government drug control spending, cannabis seizures and cannabi ...
California Pot Legalization Wouldn't Trump Federal Law [06.10.2010] Even if Californians vote next month to legalize marijuana, possession of the drug will still be a criminal offense under federal law, which trumps s ...
The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition [29.09.2010] The CATO report estimates that legalizing drugs would save roughly $41.3 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. Of ...
Sooner or later, marijuana will be legal [28.09.2010] It's as predictable as the sun rising and setting. Even though police made more than 850,000 marijuana arrests last year, a recent government report ...
Marijuana legalization measure gets big lift [26.09.2010] In a dramatic shift of sentiment, nearly half of California's likely voters now want to legalize marijuana use in the state, according to a new Field ...
Former Spanish Drug Czar Says Legalize Drugs [23.09.2010] In a blistering op-ed Wednesday in Spain's most important newspaper, El País, the country's former drug czar, Araceli Manjón-Cabeza, called for an en ...
US: Report: Illegal drug use up sharply last year [16.09.2010] The rate of illegal drug use rose last year to the highest level in nearly a decade, fueled by a sharp increase in marijuana use and a surge in ecsta ...
Weary of drug war, Mexico debates legalization [12.09.2010] A debate about legalizing marijuana and possibly other drugs — once a taboo suggestion — is percolating in Mexico, a nation exhausted by runaway viol ...
Calif. to vote on legalizing marijuana [09.09.2010] For those who have long argued that smoking marijuana should not be a crime, a potentially historic turning point is just weeks away. Voters in Calif ...
California's Prop 19, on legalizing marijuana, could end Mexico's drug war [05.09.2010] On Nov. 2, Californians will vote on Proposition 19, deciding whether to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. If the initiativ ...
Can California's Legalization Battle Kick-Start a Movement for Change? [05.09.2010] Drug prohibition is remarkably ineffective, costly and counter-productive -- it has cost people their lives, and put millions behind bars. Is the tid ...
Kerlikowske draws the wrong conclusions [16.08.2010] In "Has the time come to legalize drugs?" Andres Oppenheimer, the influential opinion maker about Latin American affairs at the Miami Herald, describ ...
The problem is more than just the substances, it's the prohibition itself [09.08.2010] Maria Lucia Karam, a retired Brazilian judge, argues that drugs should be legalised - but regulated. Every country that has provided a glimpse of wha ...
International Counternarcotics Policies [21.07.2010] In Latin America, monitoring U.S. assistance means monitoring U.S. counter-drug programs. We’ve found that in the ten years between 2000 and 2009, th ...
Drug Policy Disconnect [06.05.2010] The rhetoric has changed. According to new U.S. "drug czar" Gil Kerlikowske, who heads the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Obama ...
The Art of the Possible [06.05.2010] Today, despite a world-wide drug control treaty system and decades of massive investments to attack drug production and curtail supplies and consumpt ...
In drug war, failed old ideas never die [26.02.2010] WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Here's a stern warning to the U.S. states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, N ...
Latin America distances itself from U.S. on drug war [09.02.2010] Latin America is shifting focus in counter-drug strategies, moving away from a U.S. strategy of a "war on drugs" that is widely seen as having failed ...
Latin America Rejects Old U.S. Approach In Drugs War [29.01.2010] As an increasingly violent and costly drugs war clogs up prisons with small-time users, some Latin American countries are abandoning hardline U.S. po ...
US waves white flag in disastrous 'war on drugs' [16.01.2010] After 40 years of defeat and failure, America's "war on drugs" is being buried in the same fashion as it was born – amid bloodshed, confusion, corrup ...
Legislative Innovation in Drug Policy [01.11.2009] This briefing summarizes good practices in legislative reforms around the world, representing steps away from a repressive zero-tolerance model towar ...
Assessing US Drug Policy in the Americas [15.10.2009] The growing realization that we and our neighbors in the Americas are not well-served by the status quo U.S. policies presents the opportunity to re- ...
Latin America breaks ranks in US war on drugs [24.09.2009] Many countries in the region – most recently Mexico – have decriminalized small amounts of drugs for personal use. The moves have followed decisions ...
Stepping away from the darkness [01.09.2009] The experiences of countries that have decriminalised drugs show that fears of explosions in drugs use are unfounded.
Mexico decriminalizes small amounts of drugs [27.08.2009] Last week, the Mexican government announced that it will no longer jail users of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Other countries in t ...
Vienna Consensus on Drug Policy Cracks [07.04.2009] A clear divide in drug control approaches became apparent at the end of the High Level Segment of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) on March 11- ...
Bolivia calls on Obama to back coca campaign [11.03.2009] President Barack Obama should recognize traditional uses of the coca leaf because not all production becomes cocaine, Bolivian President Evo Morales ...
Drugs and Democracy: Toward a Paradigm Shift [01.02.2009] The statement presents the main findings of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy. Prohibitionist policies based on the eradication of ...
U.S. Drug Policy: At What Cost? [19.06.2008] My point in reviewing the experience with forced eradication is that a stiff dose of historical perspective is in order as policy makers contemplate ...
The Wire's War on the Drug War [05.03.2008] If asked to serve on a jury deliberating a violation of state or federal drug laws, we will vote to acquit, regardless of the evidence presented. Sav ...
UN: conflicting views on harm reduction [18.02.2008] Conflicting views and policies within the UN system on harm reduction have become a major concern. Consistency in messages is crucial especially wher ...
Plan Afghanistan [01.01.2005] In November 2004 an unknown mystery plane sprayed opium poppy fields in eastern Afghanistan. Although the US denied any involvement, the US State Dep ...
The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy [01.05.2004] Decriminalizing cannabis doesn't lead to more widespread use, according to a study comparing cannabis users in two similar cities with opposing canna ...
The New York state adult drug court evaluation [01.10.2003] By combining drug treatment with ongoing judicial supervision, drug courts seek to break the cycle of addiction, crime, and repeat incarceration. Whi ...
Global Trends. Lessons from Vienna [20.06.2003] Martin Jelsma analysed the 2003 UNGASS mid-term review and drew some important conclusions for the 10-year review in 2008: "Alliances have to be cons ...
Geo-political and cultural constraints on international drug control treaties [01.04.2003] It is a noble and worthy step to attempt to change the drug control treaties, but this is likely to take a long time and it may not be the essential ...
The WHO Cocaine Project [03.03.1995] In 1995 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) announced in a press r ...

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