Utah’s 2015 drug reforms led to a sharp drop in the state’s prison population, but drug possession arrests are rising, according to an Urban Institute study. Researchers argue that the lesson for state lawmakers is to scrap all felony possession convictions, and invest more funds in counseling and treatment.
A new complaint in Cleveland federal court asserts that pharmacies including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Giant Eagle as well as those operated by Walmart were as complicit in perpetuating the opioid epidemic as were the manufacturers and distributors of the addictive drugs.
Isolation caused by the lockdown will make treatment and counseling harder for persons addicted to opioids, and could account for an additional 85,000 deaths, a webinar organized by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation was told.
The strain on resources caused by the coronavirus and U.S. pressure to curb border-crossers are among the reasons why Mexico’s war against narcoviolence has made little headway. A new report issued by the International Crisis Group says massive corruption continues to allow the cartels to thrive.
Cops have frequently used the odor of pot to justify searching individuals without a warrant — a practice that has disproportionately affected people of color. However, an “odor-plus standard” that balances the interests of drug enforcement with privacy rights could arguably meet the Constitutional “smell test.”
African Americans are 3.6 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession although they have comparable marijuana usage rates, according to a study released Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
With business owners unable to access federal bailouts because the drug remains illegal under U.S. law and popular 4/20 events cancelled because of stay-at-home orders, sellers are pushing for ways to reach customers.