More than 550 Argentine magistrates, judges and lawyers will call for wholesale reforms based on human rightsBuenos Aires Herald (Argentina)
Monday, August 29, 2016
Introducing a declaration endorsed by 250 magistrates and 300 legal experts, an Argentine civil society organization dealing with criminal law (Asociación Pensamiento Penal) asks for a modification to the national drugs law 23.737, which still allows for the criminalization of possession for personal consumption. The new push coincides with the 30-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark "Bazterrica" ruling. They call on the government are seeking a fresh approach, which includes decriminalization, the end of forced anti-drug treatment and the creation of policies focused on harm reduction.
Under the 2006 law many users have simply been prosecuted as traffickersHuman Rights Watch (US)
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Ten years ago this week, Brazil passed a law intended to distinguish dangerous drug traffickers from simple drug users. By replacing jail sentences for users of any illegal drug with penalties such as community service, and increasing penalties for drug trafficking, the new law aimed to reduce the number of people detained for drug possession and weaken criminal organizations that smuggle and sell drugs. None of that happened. In 2005, 9 percent of those in prison were detained on drug charges -- now it’s 28 percent, and among women, 64 percent.
Most politicians are positively inclined to holding the trialThe Local (Denmark)
Tuesday, August 24, 2016
The Region of Southern Denmark agreed to move forward on a plan that could see the region become the first in the nation to prescribe cannabis for medicinal use. Despite ongoing debates about legalizing cannabis use – and Danes’ overwhelming support of legalizing it for medicinal use – Denmark has historically taken an official hard-line stance on cannabis for both recreational and medicinal use. Parliament is currently considering loosening the national laws on medicinal cannabis. (See also: Danish politicians positive over medicinal cannabis trial)
The law needs to catch upVice (UK)
Monday, August 23, 2016
Arrests for cannabis possession in England and Wales have fallen by 46 percent since 2010. Cautions have dropped by 48 percent and charges by 33 percent. Durham's police chief said cannabis growers will only be targeted if they're growing commercially, and that users wouldn't be targeted unless they smoke it in a "blatant" way. Sara Thornton, Leader of the National Police Chiefs Council, said policing weed has "never been a top priority", and that police are more likely to simply "record" reports of small-scale cannabis farms, rather than investigating them. Only one in four people caught with weed are actually charged, and 40 percent are let off with a caution.
Two UN experts earlier urged the Philippine government to put an end to the wave of extrajudicial executionsThe Inquirer (Philippines)
Monday, August 22, 2016
President Duterte dared United Nations (UN) experts to come to the Philippines and face him in a public meeting where he would answer all their questions on drug-related extrajudicial killings. Two UN human rights experts urged the Philippine government to stop the unlawful killings of people suspected of drug-related crimes, as the number of suspects killed during police operations climbed to over 850 between May 10 and August 11, this year, 650 of them killed in the last six weeks alone. (See also: Duterte threatens to pull Philippines out of UN | Philippine senators investigate hundreds of drugs killings)
'I only caused harm'Huffington Post (UK)
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Neil Woods insists nothing good came of his 14 years as one of the UK’s most successful undercover cops, fighting the war on drugs. His painstaking, months-long investigations put people guilty of sickening violence in prison for a combined total of more than a 1,000 years, so, surely, there must be something he is proud of? "No. No. I did not good at all, absolutely no good at all," he says with disdain. "I did nothing of any benefit whatsoever, I only caused harm." Woods' new memoir Good Cop, Bad War argues that the way we fight the drugs war is worse than fruitless, it escalates the violence it is meant to prevent.
The latest polls show that more than 60% of likely voters favor legalizationLos Angeles Times (US)
Friday, August 19, 2016
California's Proposition 64 would legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. No disrespect to Colorado or Washington or Alaska, but California’s pot business would totally dwarf those already legal markets. Colorado, for instance, collected more than $135 million in pot-related revenues last year. California could collect up to $1 billion annually within a few years of legalization. And if California votes to legalize, other states will follow. (See also: Despite liberal pot laws, California has seen nearly a half-million weed arrests | Why marijuana legalization campaigns could fail in 2016)
The NDPS act has failed and the only solution to the problem is for the government to start regulated supply of soft drugs to addictsThe Hindustan Times (India)
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP from Patiala Dr Dharamvira Gandhi wants the Centre to legalise the use of drugs like opium and marijuana to discourage the use of stronger, synthetic narcotics and end drug mafia in Punjab which is currently in the grip of what is perceived to be a widespread drug abuse problem. “Punjab is in severe crisis. Many young people have died,” Gandhi said. He believes the problem started with the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1985 which prescribes harsh punishment for possession and distribution of all categories of drugs.
The November elections are shaping up to be a big test for marijuanaMother Jones (US)
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
This November, voters in five states will decide whether to authorize recreational use: Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Another four states, Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota, will vote on legalizing medical marijuana. Michigan, Missouri, and Oklahoma may also vote on medical marijuana. With the presidential election likely to boost voter turnout and polls showing as many as 54 percent of Americans in favor of legalization, pot supporters are feeling confident. (It's Official: These 5 States Will Vote on Marijuana Legalization in November)
The “Kill List” showed that a total of 601 drug suspects were killed since Duterte was installed last JuneAsian Correspondent
Monday, August 15, 2016
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could face charges for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the spate of killings that followed his declared war on drugs, Senator Leila de Lima said. According to the Inquirer, De Lima told a media interview that her claim was not meant to threaten the president but was based on fact. Hundreds have been killed since the Duterte administration took over, and this can trigger greater international concern. Should charges be brought against Duterte at the ICC, the president would not be protected by immunity.