Category results for "Legal"

States Consider Synthetic Drug Bans, Opioid Education for Doctors and Marijuana Laws

A number of state legislatures are considering bills banning synthetic drugs, requiring education for doctors who prescribe opioids, and expanding the use of the drug overdose antidote naloxone this session, explains Sherry Green, CEO of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws.

Monthly Number of Federal Drug Defendants Drops to Lowest Level in 14 Years

Soon after Attorney General Eric Holder began making changes to drug laws, the number of drug defendants charged by the federal government dropped in January to its lowest monthly level in almost 14 years, according to a new report.

Attorney General Holder to Testify in Support of Reduced Drug Sentencing

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify today in favor of changing federal guidelines to reduce the average sentence for drug dealers, The New York Times reports.

U.S. Attorney General and Republicans Join in Opposition to Stiff Drug Sentencing Laws

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is joining with libertarian Republicans, including Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, in opposing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.

Drunk Driving Crashes Reduced Since Drinking Age Was Raised to 21: Study

Raising the minimum drinking age to 21 has been associated with a reduced rate of drunk driving crashes among young Americans, according to a new review of studies.

Florida Congressman Calls Obama Administration Marijuana Policy “Schizophrenic”

A Florida congressman this week called the Obama Administration’s policy on marijuana “schizophrenic,” according to CBS News.

Convicted Low-Level Drug Criminals Should Ask for Early Release: Justice Department

Low-level drug criminals with long mandatory sentences should ask President Obama for early release from prison, the Justice Department advises.

Supreme Court: Heroin Dealer Can’t be Given Longer Sentence Because Client Died

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled a heroin dealer cannot be held liable for a client’s death and given a longer sentence if heroin only contributed to the death, and was not necessarily the only cause.

Growing Number of Localities Oppose Legal Marijuana

While momentum to legalize marijuana at the state level is growing, a number of towns and counties are moving to ban legal sales of the drug, The New York Times reports.

Marijuana Legalization Movement Gains Momentum

As the first legal marijuana stores open in Colorado, and Washington state gets ready to issue licenses for producing, processing and selling marijuana, momentum is building in other states to legalize the drug, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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