Items tagged with US drug policy

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Trump kicks off UN general assembly with ‘problematic’ drug policy document [24.09.2018] Donald Trump has kicked off the 2018 United Nations General Assembly by announcing what experts have labelled a problematic agreement to tackle the w...
Veneer of consensus masks deep disagreement on global drug policy [22.09.2018] On September 24, President Trump will begin his appearance at the UN General Assembly by hosting an event on the “World Drug Problem.” Only delegates...
Trump administration plans U.N. meeting to ramp up the international drug war [18.09.2018] The Trump administration will open a week of high-level meetings at the United Nations General Assembly in New York with a drug policy event featurin...
Cities defiant after Justice Department’s threat on ‘supervised injection sites’ [04.09.2018] Cities seeking to open sites where illegal drug users are monitored to prevent overdoses responded defiantly to a Justice Department threat to take “...
Inside the Trump administration’s secret war on weed [29.08.2018] The White House has secretly amassed a committee of federal agencies from across the government to combat public support for marijuana and cast state...
Fentanyl use drove drug overdose deaths to a record high in 2017, CDC estimates [15.08.2018] Drug overdose deaths surpassed 72,000 in 2017, according to provisional estimates recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
For US pot companies, Canada is the land of opportunity [25.07.2018] Green Thumb Industries had a business plan, expertise and plenty of ambition to grow its marijuana business. What the Chicago-based company didn't ha...
Will Mexico legalize drugs? [18.07.2018] Mexico’s President-elect López Obrador has considered unconventional methods to address his nation’s ills. In a country riddled with corruption and c...
Does legal weed make police more effective? [18.07.2018] Marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state has “produced some demonstrable and persistent benefit” to police departments' ability to sol...
Dutch cut overdose deaths by dispensing pure heroin [15.07.2018] Public-health experts in the Netherlands say free distribution of government-funded heroin is one reason that drug-related deaths are far less common...
Cuomo administration report backs marijuana legalization in New York [13.07.2018] The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) released a state Health Department report that says the "positive effects" of legalization "outw...
Recreational marijuana now legal in Vermont [01.07.2018] As of Sunday, recreational use of marijuana is legal in Vermont — within boundaries of some clear and not-so-clear rules. Vermont becomes the ninth s...
Colombia coca production hits new record high, US figures say [26.06.2018] US estimates of coca production in Colombia show the Andean nation has set a new record for the amount of the drug-producing crop under cultivation, ...
China says United States domestic opioid market the crux of crisis [25.06.2018] China’s drug control agency said the United States should do more to cut its demand for opioids to tackle the use of synthetic drug fentanyl, but it ...
New York moves toward legal marijuana with Health Dept. endorsement [18.06.2018] New York moved a significant step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana, as a study commissioned by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will recommend that th...
7 mayors want pot removed from federal list of illegal drugs [12.06.2018] Mayors from seven U.S. cities in states with legal marijuana have formed a coalition to push for federal marijuana policy reform just days after Pres...
Senators introduce bipartisan bill to protect state laws on marijuana [07.06.2018] Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced a bipartisan bill that would allow states to regulate marijuana without federa...
Origins of an epidemic: Purdue Pharma knew its opioids were widely abused [29.05.2018] Purdue Pharma, the company that planted the seeds of the opioid epidemic through its aggressive marketing of OxyContin, has long claimed it was unawa...
Surge in young Americans using marijuana as first drug [17.05.2018] The proportion of young people using marijuana as their first drug doubled in the 10 years from 2004, a US-based study has found. The government stud...
How do you move mountains of unwanted weed? [09.05.2018] It turns out Oregonians are good at growing cannabis – too good. In February, state officials announced that 1.1m pounds of cannabis flower were logg...
How anti-marijuana Jeff Sessions became the best thing to happen to pot legalization [06.05.2018] Jeff Sessions hates marijuana. He’s made that plain in multiple colorful quotes, from stating that “ good people don’t smoke marijuana ” to arguing t...
Supervised injection facilities are illegal in the United States [30.04.2018] Several major cities are trying to open “ safe injection sites ” for drug abusers — even though they are technically illegal. With recent evidence th...
Liz Warren has high hopes for pot bill [29.04.2018] U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has had “encouraging” conversations with Republican leadership over a bill she and Republican Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner a...
Medicinal cannabis policies and practices around the world [24.04.2018] Although cannabis remains a prohibited substance worldwide, in recent decades a series of political, legislative and judicial processes in various pa...
Legal marijuana’s big moment [24.04.2018] In Washington, evolution on the marijuana issue is proceeding at warp speed in political terms. John Boehner is just the latest in a string of notewo...
Canadian and U.S. pot firms cross borders to raise money in battle for dominance [22.04.2018] As U.S. and Canadian government policies toward marijuana grow more divergent amid Canada's push for legalization, their stock exchanges have seen a ...
An opioid crisis foretold [21.04.2018] Today’s opioid crisis is already the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. Opioid overdoses killed more than 45,000 people in the 12 months th...
Most banks won’t touch America’s legal pot industry [20.04.2018] Providing banking services to pot-sellers is a risky endeavour. Despite being legal in one form or another in 29 states, marijuana is banned under th...
Schumer to introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana [19.04.2018] Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that he would introduce legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, marking a sig...
U.S. has been quietly helping Mexico with new, high-tech ways to fight opium [15.04.2018] In the past few opiate-soaked years, U.S. officials say, nearly all the heroin coursing through American cities has come from one place: Mexico. “The...
U.S. marijuana friends and foes cautious at signs of softer Trump [14.04.2018] Both advocates and opponents of legalized marijuana reacted with caution to signs from the White House that growers in U.S. states where the drug is ...
Mexican states should start legalizing marijuana - tourism minister [12.04.2018] Taking a lead from the United States, Mexico should allow states to begin legalizing marijuana while broader efforts are in limbo, Tourism minister E...
Massachusetts is the new testbed for cannabis legalization [10.04.2018] For the past several years, Colorado, Washington and Oregon have served as the testbeds for policies governing state-legal cannabis markets. But now ...
Senate Foreign Affairs Cmte won’t have time to examine how cannabis bill will affect international treaties [09.04.2018] The Senate committees are under a ‘tight timeline' to review the cannabis bill, and Conservatives say they could save major cannabis amendments for t...
Opioids prescribed less in states where medical marijuana legal, studies find [02.04.2018] In one study, researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens, used data from Medicare Part D, a government-run prescription drug program for people...
Wall Street experiments with marijuana investments [01.04.2018] More adventurous corners of Wall Street are experimenting with marijuana as an investment even though recreational use of the drug is illegal in New ...
The war on drugs breeds crafty traffickers [26.03.2018] Politicians often escalate drug war rhetoric to show voters that they are doing something. But it is rare to ignore generations of lessons as Preside...
Trump calls for death penalties for drug dealers as focus of opioids plan [19.03.2018] Donald Trump called for some drug dealers to receive the death penalty in a new opioids policy rollout. “We’re wasting our time if we don’t get tough...
Feds say 5 NYC doctors took bribes from drug maker to prescribe opioid [16.03.2018] Five Manhattan doctors were paid more than $800,000 by a pharmaceutical company to prescribe a spray version of the highly potent and addictive opioi...
Sessions: US prosecutors won’t take on small-time pot cases [10.03.2018] Federal prosecutors won’t take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department’s decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged ...
FDA is using 'bad science' by claiming kratom is an opioid [09.03.2018] Last month, the Food the plant has been imported for years because of its popularity and safe use in Asia.
Overshadowed by the opioid crisis: A comeback by cocaine [05.03.2018] The opioid epidemic just keeps getting worse, presenting challenges discussed at length at a White House summit last week. But opioids are not Americ...
Poppies, opium, and heroin [01.03.2018] Poppy cultivation in Mexico and Colombia is part of a local economy geared almost exclusively toward the illegal market abroad: it is driven by deman...
Uruguay leads world in cannabis regulation but US law intrudes [28.02.2018] Uruguay was the first country in the world to fully regulate the cannabis market and so break free from a global prohibitionist regime that has preva...
Tribes cut out of California pot market might grow their own [26.02.2018] American Indian tribes that say they have been cut out of California's legal marijuana market have raised the possibility of going their own way by e...
Drugs should not be in the hands of organized crime [25.02.2018] Drug overdoses are one of the leading causes of death in the United States and are contributing to decline in life expectancy. The opioid epidemic ha...
Let cities open safe injection sites [24.02.2018] One of the most consistent patterns in the more than 64,000 deaths attributed to opioid and other drug overdoses in 2016 was that the victims’ last m...
Opioids and methamphetamine: a tale of two crises [24.02.2018] The unchecked acceleration of opioid-related deaths in the USA is, by many measures, the worst of times. Prescriptions peaked in 2012 at more than 25...
Colombia’s two anti-coca strategies are at war with each other [20.02.2018] The government’s “comprehensive programme for illicit crop substitution” (PNIS) aims to replace the coca with a profitable legal crop. The crop-subst...
Big US tobacco company buys stakes in Canadian cannabis growers, American hemp firm [09.02.2018] A publicly traded U.S. tobacco company has bought controlling stakes in two Canadian marijuana producers and invested in a North Carolina hemp grower...

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