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  1. Alaska becomes third US state to legalise recreational marijuana use

    24 February 2015
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    Alaska has made smoking, growing and owning small amounts of marijuana legal, becoming the third US state to decriminalise recreational use.

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    Alaska: tercer estado en legalizar la marihuana

    24 February 2015
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    Alaska se convirtió el martes en el tercer estado de Estados Unidos en legalizar el consumo recreativo de la marihuana, pero los defensores de la reforma no esperaban ninguna celebración pública ya que sigue siendo ilegal fumar la sustancia en público. En la mayor ciudad del estado, Anchorage, los agentes de policía estaban listos para imponer las multas de $100 y asegurar que fumar hierba sigue siendo algo que se hace a puerta cerrada.

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    Washington reclama autonomía para decidir sobre su mercado de marihuana

    10 February 2015
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    El Ayuntamiento de Washington reclamó autonomía para decidir sobre su mercado de la marihuana, después de que su fiscal general advirtiera a las autoridades municipales de que cualquier intento de regularizar la droga es "ilegal", tal y como sostiene el Congreso. La propuesta ciudadana para la legalización del cannabis con usos recreativos se aprobó en las elecciones legislativas de noviembre con el apoyo del 70,1 % de los habitantes del Distrito de Columbia.

  4. Four of the major fear campaigns that helped create America's insane war on drugs

    08 February 2015
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    If moral entrepreneurs and interest groups manage to whip up enough fear and anxiety, they can create a full-blown moral panic, the widespread sense that the moral condition of society is deteriorating at a rapid pace, which can be conveniently used to distract from underlying, status quo-threatening social problems and exert social control over the working class or other rebellious sectors of society.

  5. Federal government set to crack down on drug courts that fail addicts

    04 February 2015
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    The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, said Michael Botticelli, acting director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. 

  6. Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply U.S. heroin boom

    03 February 2015
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    Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero. The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here, with poppy farmers so poor they live in wood-plank, tin-roofed shacks with no indoor plumbing. Once smaller-scale producers of low-grade black tar, Mexican drug traffickers are now refining opium paste into high-grade white heroin and flooding the world’s largest market for illegal drugs, using the distribution routes they built for marijuana and cocaine.

  7. The science of decriminalizing drugs

    02 February 2015
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    The legal landscape for marijuana has never looked this relaxed. Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. voted during the recent election season to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

  8. Obama budget would clear path for legal sales of recreational marijuana in D.C.

    02 February 2015
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    President Obama’s budget would do a lot of things, but one of the most controversial may to be allowing legal sales of marijuana in the nation’s capital.

  9. 18 legal marijuana states by 2020?

    02 February 2015
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    Four states and the District of Columbia have already legalized weed and plans are already afoot in several more for this year or next, either by voter initiative (where that option is available) or through the legislature. But which states will be next, and how fast will the dominoes fall? After all, we're unlikely to see the end of federal pot prohibition until a lot more than four states have legalized it, so how long is it going to take to reach that critical mass? (See also: 7 states that are next in line to legalize marijuana)

  10. US official cautions Jamaica on ganja legalisation

    29 January 2015
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    The U.S. Government has signalled discomfort with Jamaica's move to decriminalise marijuana for specific uses.

  11. Pro-ganja lobby endorses changes on eve of Senate debate

    28 January 2015
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    Professor Archibald McDonald called on the Jamaican Government to continue with the reforms and disregard apparent threats from US Government official William Brownfield cautioning the Government against breaching international drug treaties to which it is a signatory. "He is saying that Colorado, Washington DC and so on can go ahead and legalise ganja, but Jamaica signed those treaties and therefore cannot do the same. What a ridiculous argument," McDonald commented.

  12. Vermont lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana

    28 January 2015
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    Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to become the first state Legislature to legalize marijuana.

  13. The United States rethinks draconian drug sentencing policies

    • Elizabeth Lincoln
    27 January 2015

    Across the Americas, an unprecedented debate on drug policy reform is underway. While a regional consensus on what form those reforms should take remains elusive, there are at least two issues where consensus is growing: the need to address drug use as a public health, rather than criminal, issue and the need to promote alternatives to incarceration for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders and ensure proportionality in sentencing for drug-related crimes. Draconian drug laws were often adopted in Latin American countries with the encouragement – if not outright diplomatic, political and economic pressure – from the U.S. government.

  14. Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch opposes marijuana legalisation

    27 January 2015
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    Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, told senators during her confirmation hearing that she, like her predecessor Eric Holder, would not support marijuana legalization.

  15. Report predicts 18 states will legalize pot by 2020

    25 January 2015
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    A new report predicts that 18 U.S. states will have legalized recreational marijuana in the next five years, a huge increase from the four states that currently have or are in the process of creating legal markets for pot.

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    La venta legal de marihuana genera ingresos millonarios en EU

    25 January 2015
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    La venta de marihuana cambió de estatuto en Estados Unidos: alguna vez desacreditada como un pasatiempo para jóvenes, es actualmente un sector floreciente que cuenta con el ritmo de crecimiento "más elevado" del país, según un informe. "En un año, el mercado de cannabis pasó de un simple tema de conversación en reuniones a algo mucho más serio", resumió Troy Dayton, el jefe del ArcView Group que realizó el estudio. Es sencillamente "la industria que más crece en América del Norte", agregó. El comercio de la cannabis obtuvo 2,700 millones de dólares en 2014 y se espera que en 2015 logre 3,500 millones.

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    En Colorado, la marihuana legal no ha sido ni una bendición ni una maldición

    24 January 2015
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    colorado-marijuanaPoco más de un año después del experimento del estado de autorizar la venta de marihuana a adultos de 21 años o más, ninguna de las predicciones ha resultado ser totalmente acertada. Hasta el momento, la marihuana no ha sido la bendición ni la maldición que muchos auguraban, lo que ofrece lecciones para otros gobiernos que consideran legalizarla. Algunos legisladores que al principio estuvieron en contra de la legalización ahora han ofrecido su apoyo para que esto funcione.

  18. The legalization of marijuana: a good example of flexible policymaking

    21 January 2015
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    Marijuana policy may not seem like the natural setting to model policies that pursue inclusive growth, but the innovative policy-making processes initiated in four US states are actually well worth considering.

  19. Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, October - December 2014

    20 January 2015
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    In November 2014 we saw another historic step towards ending the war on drugs. Two new states, Oregon and  Alaska, and Washington D.C., the capital of the US, voted in favour of legalisation and regulation of cannabis.

  20. A dozen ways to legalize the marijuana supply chain, in Vermont or any state

    16 January 2015
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    After months of research, the RAND corporation released a report for the state of Vermont exploring marijuana legalization and regulation there.

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