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is the USA afraid of Venezuela? [closed]

According to Wikipedia: Venezuela has the largest oil reserves, and the eighth largest natural gas reserves in the world, and consistently ranks among the top ten world crude oil producers. ...
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After stopping production of opium, how does Afghanistan's government plan to offset the lost inflow of money going forward?

Thought some of the sources it cites are ten years old or more, Wikipedia's Afghanistan; Economy; Agriculture says Agricultural production is the backbone of Afghanistan's economy and has ...
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How many people are in favor of legalizing marijuana, but have no intention of ever smoking it?

I know someone (an American) who supports legalization of marijuana, but he has no intention of ever smoking it. (He mildly disapproves of it, but doesn't think its consequences are severe enough to ...
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How effective are ports of entry in detecting smuggled drugs?

It is commonly publicized about the amount of illegal drugs that are seized at the ports of entry to the US. However, illegal drugs that are NOT seized, cannot be directly counted. So it is difficult ...
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Why must Canadian cannabis be packaged in child-proof containers, but not Alcohol/Tobacco?

The Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Regulations lay out a set of guidelines that regulate the packaging requirements for Cannabis distribution in the country. Among the more basic and expected ...
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Why did the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan fail to ban opium production?

Why did the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (1996-2001), despite claiming to be an Islamic state, fail to ban opium production? Can it solely be explained in terms of economical difficulties like not ...
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Why does decriminalisation/legalisation not reduce the cost of drugs?

It is conventional wisdom that the criminalisation of the supply of recreational psychoactive drugs causes an increase in the cost to supply and therefore to the user. In an unreferenced but somewhat ...
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Can the president decriminalize marijuana without congressional action?

I've heard this many times before, I assume it's true and can't find any rejection of it. However, asking here for a second opinion. The Attorney General serves at the "pleasure of president&...
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What is the status of drug decriminalization in Indonesia?

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https://bnn.go.id/ipwl-dekriminalisasi-ala-indonesia/ This says Regarding the optimization of IPWL, the Head of BNN said that in ...
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Why was the prohibition of intoxicating liquor enacted through a constitutional amendment?

It seems to me that a constitutional amendment is a rather heavy-handed tool to outlaw alcohol. Why wasn't it outlawed through an act of Congress? It seems to me that this is perfectly possible, ...
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What caused the political interest in recreational substance control in the 1930s?

The 1930s featured an interest in Washington of controlling recreational drugs. Before the 1930s recreational drugs were only outlawed sporadically and by individual states. In the 1930s this changed ...
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Have there been any referendums on legalizing the recreational sale of drugs other than marijuana?

Oregon Measure 110 was recently voted in, decriminalizing the possession of any controlled substances: A "yes" vote supported making personal non-commercial possession of a controlled ...
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What's the point of legalising dangerous drugs in some states in the US? [closed]

4 American states - New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana- recently agreed to lift their ban on marijuana. And Oregon became the first state in the history of the USA to descriminalize ...
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Why are there laws for victimless 'crimes'

Shouldn't laws only stop one from harming other (socially, physically etc)? What is the purpose of other laws? For example, if an individual takes drugs without causing harm to others - what gives ...
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Is Mexico winning its war on drug cartels? (2019)

In 2006, Mexico's president Felipe Calderon declared a war on drugs. This was in response to the growing power of Mexico's cartels, who had acquired vast wealth from the proceeds of drug trafficking. ...
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Have any governments proposed relaxing drug/vaccine development requirements for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Given that a vaccine or an effective treatment for COVID-19 is the best way out of the current crisis, it seems logical that governments would take a "no holds barred" approach to making it happen as ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

In a general sense, it seems that proponents of marijuana legalization tend to come from left-wing political parties, or at least, from the left-leaning factions within right-wing parties. I am ...
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What are efficient approaches to counter drug trafficking?

I recently heard that for a City/State it might be better to educate people and help them get away from drugs rather than fighting the drug dealers with more and more police force. Based on the ...
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Is there any evidence that Filipino president Duterte's war on drugs has been successful?

Is there any evidence to suggest that the war on drugs in the Philippines by president Duterte has proven to be successful, with regards to the reduction of drug-related crimes?
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Why can't the U.S. stop drug production in Afghanistan?

Since the U.S. invasion in 2001 opium fields have grown rapidly. Why has the U.S. not done anything about it? In previous times the U.S. rather successfully suppressed traffic in Latin America. But in ...
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Is the War on Drugs a declared war?

Wikipedia says: ”However, two years prior to this, Nixon had formally declared a "war on drugs" that would be directed toward eradication, interdiction, and incarceration.” I understand that only ...
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Do municipal and state police have to cooperate with federal police?

To what level do local/state police have to cooperate with federal police when state law differs from national law, especially regarding the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington ...
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What is the death toll of war on drugs compared to death toll from drugs? [closed]

It is not obvious how successful the war on drugs is, in part because it is not clear what success is. Drugs cause deaths, and the war on drugs causes deaths. One possible metric is how many people ...
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How did states react to the DEA?

The Trump White House intends to step up the war on drugs including certain substances that individual states have made legal for recreational use (marijuana). Bearing in mind that Nixon, who signed ...
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How has India become the primary source for Hydroxychloroquine?

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, suddenly India seems to have become relied upon as the world's primary producer of the drug Hydroxychloroquine, promoted by Donald Trump as a potential means of ...
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Would legalization of drugs increase the power of the FARC?

Libertarians have very compelling arguments in favor of drug legalization. I have been convinced by these (and similar) arguments. But recently I heard one counter-argument that seems very compelling ...
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Does the FDA regulate off-label use of pharmaceuticals?

In today's press conference (3/19/2020) the President is touting the FDA's approval of using (for example) an anti-malarial as a treatment for COVID-19. This drug has been in widespread use and has ...
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Why didn't Canada leave the UN conventions on illicit drugs before legalizing marijuana?

According to this article, Canada would be breaking at least three UN treaties once it legalized marijuana in October. But why didn't the Canadian government just leave the treaties beforehand? It ...
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How much money would legalizing marijuana (both state and federally) save the US goverment on average?

One of the arguments for legalizing of marijuana is that it is suppose to save a significant amount of money spent in enforcing laws against the crime. Some of the cited supposed savings are: Not ...
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If drug prices are much higher in US, and the US government prohibits import, why not just import online for all personal uses? [closed]

If medication prices in the US are higher than in other countries, why not import from there? This is a natural extension of this question. Basically Drug prices in US are high A Free market could ...
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Does US have a national strategy to reduce Rx drugs consumption?

According to this article, Rx drug usage has greatly increased in the last 20 years: The total number of prescriptions has increased by 85% while the total population has increased by only 21%. ...
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Why are many safe narcotics illegal?

Ganja, LSD, Salvia, MDMA. Those are not dangerous at all. What about coffee? Why coffee is legal and MDMA isn't? I suspected that it has a lot to do with the market value of those substance. The ...
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Why did the US prohibit alcohol (instead of some other substance) during Prohibition

In the 1920s, why did the United States decide to prohibit alcohol instead of some other substance? There were many other substances available, presumably any of them could have been banned. Why was ...
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Why do laws prohibit possession and usage of narcotics separately?

In Indonesia there is article 112 that prohibits the possession of narcotics, this carries a minimum sentence of 4 years. Then there is article 127 which prohibits using narcotics, which carries a ...
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Does the US "coerce" other countries to criminalize many drugs?

A comment on a question about taxing and legalizing soft drugs explains that the US may have used its political and economic clouts to force other countries to ban narcotics. I find that hard to ...
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What political barriers prevent the legalization of Marihuana on the federal level in the United States?

Multiple US states have legalized the recreational use of Marihuana. Why is US federal law still anti-marijuana? A Democratic president, Barack Obama, was in office for 8 years and could have started ...
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Why doesn't Colorado legalize other drugs?

I've heard that Colorado is quite a libertarian state. So why does Colorado legalize only marijuana? Why doesn't it legalize other soft drugs? I understand that in Colorado more people use (or abuse) ...
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Will brexit affect (and if so, how?) orphan drugs?

(Not 100% sure about this being the right place to ask) According to here, orphan drugs have a market exclusivity of 10 years in Europe. UK is now (...sooner or later) getting out of Europe, so will ...
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Why did cannabis get legalized first?

The number of drug "addicts" are about 5% of users. So most users are not even addicts. This one says 10% of users become addicts. I am sure it means 10% of illegal drug users. First, medical ...
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Why very few countries/states try taxing and legalizing safe soft drugs? [closed]

Perhaps a better title of this question would be, why competition among states and different cultural preferences among people in many states do not make more states try legalizing safe soft drugs? ...
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Why is Medicare/Medicaid prohibited from bargaining for price in US?

The other driver of high US drug prices is a lack of bargaining power. Other countries have centralized/universal health care organizations that can and do negotiate with pharma companies on price....
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What are the negative consequences of stricter opioid prescription policies?

Several states and the DEA have spent the past few years “cracking down” on doctors who prescribe opioids such as OxyContin. However, we are now experiencing a heroin epidemic and the opioid problem ...
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Now that marijuana is legal in several countries, do any states plan to legalize further drugs?

While marijuana is still illegal in the US due to federal law, several US states and Uruguay have passed laws unbanning it. Canada would also legalize it soon and I assume most of the world would make ...
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Why did the Dutch government put XTC/MDMA as a hard drug?

https://www.government.nl/topics/drugs/difference-between-hard-and-soft-drugs Schedule I lists the substances classified as hard drugs, for example heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy and GHB. ...
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What policy arguments do people make in favor of legalizing marijuana?

I am not asking why people want marijuana legal, I am asking what arguments people make that legalizing marijuana would be beneficial to a society?
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Do police really care about drug dealers? [closed]

If we are to believe the statistics, a lot of young people take drugs or have "experimented in college" with or without inhaling. Now some of these people will end up in the police force tasked with ...
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Why will Canada prevent selling marijuana "in the same location as alcohol or tobacco"?

According to CNN, Canada has approved a law to legalize marijuana, but will require sellers a licence and will forbid sales to minors. One point of the article is that Marijuana will also not be ...
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Does the DEA have authority to prohibit any substance?

According to the DEA’s Denial of Petition To Initiate Proceedings To Reschedule Marijuana from 2011, one reason for the cannabis plant’s Schedule I status is because it has “no currently accepted ...
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Has anyone attempted to quantify the effects of a full legalization of all drugs?

Many thought leaders (such as Richard Branson) believe that a full legalization of all drugs is the best approach for global drug policy. But has anyone ever attempted to calculate the effects of how ...
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Why are medicine and certain medical procedures so expensive? [closed]

In countries such as the United States many prescription medicines are really expensive, and it seems like those medicines wouldn’t be that expensive to make. Also many medical procedures seem to be ...