A dramatic decline in smoking rates has coincided with the introduction of plain packaging laws. The daily smoking rate plunged from 15.1 per cent to 12.8 per cent between 2010 and 2013, according to the largest and longest running national survey on drug statistics.
When Colorado and Washington state each passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use late last year, one legal challenge was resolved, but another was just beginning Before, marijuana was simply prohibited. Now it has to be regulated. With their new legal standards for possession and use, Colorado and Washington now have to draw hard lines on a rather hazy landscape, creating legal standards not just for for taxation and licensing, but also some far more nebulous questions, like how much marijuana is reasonable for a single person to possess, and even what constitutes legal intoxication. Meanwhile, forty-eight other states are watching closely to see exactly how they do it.
SENIOR police are again calling for debate on reducing the legal drink-driving limit to .02. Currently first offenders who are just over the limit of 0.05 are fined and lose points but are often keep their licence and continue to drive.
"JAMAICA, Uruguay, Colorado, Washington—more and more places are rebelling against the UN conventions that established the criminalisation of narcotics half a century ago. But the latest organisation to weigh in against the UN’s line is rather surprising. It is a branch of the UN itself."
Woman in Tennessee is charged under controversial law that criminalizes drug use during pregnancy.
Criminalising problematic drug and alcohol use does nothing to help families. Evidence shows that becoming a parent is a powerful agent of change for many drug users, and for those who aren't able to change their behaviour, treatment and support will be far more useful for both the parent and the child.