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  1. Legal marijuana could be $130 million a year business in D.C., study finds

    29 October 2014
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    If D.C. residents vote to legalize marijuana possession next week, it wouldn’t just mean a sea change in drug policy in the nation’s capital. It could also mean big business. A study by District financial officials shared with lawmakers estimates a legal D.C. cannabis market worth $130 million a year. The ballot initiative voters will see Tuesday does not allow for the legal sale of marijuana — only the possession and home cultivation of small amounts — but D.C. Council members gathered Thursday to hear testimony about what a legal sales regime might look like.

  2. Grow your own marijuana law

    25 October 2014
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    Retail marijuana sales for adults are now legal (at least at the state level) in Colorado and Washington. Next month, voters in Alaska and Oregon may decide to follow suit. It is nearly certain that marijuana legalization will make it onto the California ballot in 2016, during a presidential election season that will generate enormous interest among young voters. Robert MacCoun looks at options for designing a marijuana proposal.

  3. The marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL by 2020

    23 October 2014
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    A report from Greenwave Advisors, a "comprehensive research and financial analysis for the emerging legalized marijuana industry," projects that legal cannabis could be an industry with revenues of $35 billion by 2020 if marijuana is legalized at the federal level. To put that figure in perspective, $35 billion represents more annual revenue than the NFL (currently $10 billion), and is roughly on par with current revenues for the newspaper publishing industry ($38 billion) and the confectionary industry ($34 billion).

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    Brookings: EE.UU. deberá replantear adhesión a tratados internacionales sobre drogas

    19 October 2014
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    La legalización de la marihuana en Washington y Colorado presenta desafíos para el Gobierno federal. Un informe del Instituto Brookings plantea que la legalización ponen a EE.UU. en conflicto con los tratados internacionales antidrogas que “comprometen a castigar y hasta criminalizar actividad relacionada con el uso recreativo de la marihuana”. El informe destaca que el Gobierno federal ha señalado que los tratados le facultan a los firmantes “flexibilidad y discrecionalidad” a la hora de implementar políticas relacionadas con la marihuana.

  5. Pushing treaty limits?

    Wells C. Bennett
    19 October 2014

    Suppose the United States government helps to negotiate, and subsequently champions, certain framework treaties – ones justly viewed as imposing significant constraints on all signatories. Down the road, the United States occasionally even calls out counterparties for their looser policy innovations, when the latter push the outer boundaries of what’s permitted under the treaties; a treaty-created monitoring body does likewise in its annual reporting. This pattern essentially holds year in and year out and from one presidential administration to the next.

  6. How marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington is making the world a better place

    16 October 2014
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    No pressure, Colorado and Washington, but the world is scrutinizing your every move. That was the take-home message of an event today at the Brookings Institution, discussing the international impact of the move toward marijuana legalization at the state-level in the U.S. Laws passed in Colorado and Washington, with other states presumably to come, create a tension with the U.S. obligations toward three major international treaties governing drug control.

  7. International Impacts of the U.S. Trend towards Legal Marijuana

    17 October 2014 - Event

    For decades, the United States has been a champion of the global drug control treaty system, which limits the use of marijuana exclusively to medical and scientific purposes, and obligates governments to punish and even criminalize recreational marijuana activity. But American attitudes toward marijuana policy are shifting: voters in Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives to legalize regulated recreational marijuana in 2012, and recent polls suggest that the majority of Americans think marijuana use should be legalized.

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    Marijuana legalization is an opportunity to modernize international drug treaties

    • Wells Bennett, John Walsh
    14 October 2014

    Two U.S. states have legalized recreational marijuana, and more may follow; the Obama administration has conditionally accepted these experiments. Such actions are in obvious tension with three international treaties that together commit the United States to punish and even criminalize activity related to recreational marijuana. The administration asserts that its policy complies with the treaties because they leave room for flexibility and prosecutorial discretion.

  9. State Department official calls for 'flexibility' on drug control treaties

    13 October 2014
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    Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield called for "flexible" interpretations of international drug control treaties at the United Nations in New York City, citing marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington.

  10. US signals shift in international drug policy

    12 October 2014
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    In a press conference at the United Nations in New York on October 9, US official William Brownfield laid the groundwork for a new US approach to international drug policy, pointing to the changing political landscape on drug regulation in the Americas.

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    EE UU reafirma su "tolerancia" hacia la despenalización de las drogas

    10 October 2014
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    brownfieldWilliam R. Brownfield, zar antidroga de Estados Unidos desde su puesto de subsecretario de Estado para Narcóticos enfatizó ante la Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas la “tolerancia” de Washington hacia las políticas despenalizadoras emprendidas por países como Uruguay o Estados como Washington y Colorado. Por "tolerancia", Washington entiende el compromiso de todos los países con las convenciones de Naciones Unidas y la necesidad de respetar la autonomía de cada país para abordar el problema de la droga en función de sus particulares circunstancias. (Véase también: El control de drogas visto desde Washington y Drogas: giro de EE.UU. en medio del debate sobre la despenalización)

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    Criminales, el Estado y el control del mercado de la marihuana

    09 October 2014
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    colorado-marijuana¿Treinta millones de dólares en impuestos (23.5 millones de euros)? Los cuatro senadores y el Viceministro de Justicia que viajaron desde Colombia a conocer la experiencia de regulación de la marihuana en Colorado, no salen de su asombro. Esta es la suma de dinero que recaudó el Departamento de Hacienda de Colorado en el primer semestre de 2014, gravando la venta del cannabis. A este paso se espera que el año fiscal termine con más de 55 millones de euros, los cuales serán destinados a las escuelas, la prevención, la investigación y a las instituciones encargadas de hacer cumplir la ley.

  13. Yes to marijuana ballot measures

    05 October 2014
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    The decision by California voters in 1996 to legalize medical marijuana produced a wave of similar initiatives around the country. Less than two decades later, over half the states allow at least limited medical use. Now it looks as though recreational use of the drug may follow the same path. In 2012, Washington State and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana. This November, voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia will decide whether to do the same — effectively disregarding the misguided federal ban on a drug that is far less dangerous than alcohol.