But others are criticizing the Liberal government for not legalizing marijuana as soon as they took office, and pushed them to decriminalize the drug as soon as possible and address regulations surrounding production afterwards.
The international treaties that keep weed outlawed won't change after the UN’s drug summit, but the US, Uruguay, and others will still be able to legalize.
As world leaders meet to consider the future of global drug policy at UNGASS, the UN's special session on drugs, they will look to Portugal as an example of what decriminalization can accomplish.
The French Federation for the Study of Addiction has unveiled recommendations to help reduce risks associated with regular substance use, including allowing more people to administer the anti-opioid drug naloxone.
By Troy Farah
Hawaii's legislature is considering a proposal to look at Portugal's drug laws as a solution to the state's problems with meth and prison overcrowding.
The remarks come just a week before the UN General Assembly is due to hold a special session on global drug policy, where international leaders are expected to discuss decriminalization.
The United Nations is drafting a document that will shape global drug policy in the coming years, but critics say it's insufficiently supportive of policies like harm reduction and decriminalization.
Ahead of the UN General Assembly's special session on drugs in April, the US assistant secretary of state for international narcotics indicated openness to the "pragmatic reform" of drug policy.
The move puts Colombia at the forefront of a wave of moves to decriminalize marijuana use, and in some cases production, that is gaining momentum in Latin America.
Police insist the timing of the charges is not related to the fact that cannabis is set to become legalized under Trudeau’s Liberal government.
By Liz Fields
Advocates have hailed the Vermont senator's proposal as the most significant policy step that has been proposed to date from the field of candidates vying for the US presidency.
Justin Trudeau hasn’t even been officially sworn in as prime minister yet, but as far as marijuana advocates are concerned, his promise to fully legalize it is as good as fulfilled.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime authored a paper advocating the decriminalization of drug use, then apparently tried to bury it — but Branson wasn't having that.
By John Dyer
The downward trend of pot prices is great for cannabis aficionados, but it’s reason to worry for those concerned about the ill health effects of toking.
French lawmakers rejected a proposed law Tuesday that would have fined people caught paying for sex, voting instead to crack down on the country’s prostitutes.
By Max Cherney
A new law in the City of Brotherly Love will make possession less than 30 grams of pot equivalent to a $25 jaywalking ticket.
By Liam Turbett
The UK has been cracking down on drugs. Scotland, though, might not be part of the UK for much longer.
An influx of wealthy "ganjapreneurs" is causing real estate prices to skyrocket in Denver, which is not good news for everyone.
In order to lower HIV rates worldwide, countries should make improving the circumstances of sex workers a top priority.
The US House voted to effectively bar the Treasury Department from penalizing banks working with state-legal marijuana businesses.