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  • How America overdosed on drug courts

    Drug courts embolden judges to practice medicine without a license—and they put lives in danger
    Pacific Standard (US)
    Monday, May 18, 2015

    drug-courtDrug courts celebrated their 25th anniversary last year. Hailed as the most compassionate way for the criminal justice system to deal with addicts, drug courts were designed to balance punishment with rehabilitation. Many drug court judges oppose opioid maintenance and require patients to become completely abstinent as a condition of participation or graduation. They believe that maintenance simply amounts to swapping one drug addiction for another. This critique betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of opioid pharmacology and addictive behavior.

  • Drug experts plead for a better way

    The group is hoping to influence public opinion in advance of the release of the second yearly drugs report from the federal government
    The Local (Germany)
    Monday, May 18, 2015

    In an Alternative Drugs and Addiction Report, experts have warned politicians that current laws on dangerous drugs are doing more harm than good in Germany. "Since 1971 [the year the Drugs Law was passed] drug consumption and dependency have increased in a way unimaginable back then," the experts wrote in the report. The researchers and activists write that bans and legal punishments are not enough to deal with the problem of drugs. "The law has not only failed in its objective, but prevented further measures that would have limited the damage."

  • Jamaica hoping to be world leader in medical marijuana

    A licence permits the university to grow the herb for the purposes of research and development
    The Gleaner (Jamaica)
    Friday, May 15, 2015

    The Government intends to make Jamaica a world leader on the medical uses of marijuana. Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell said marijuana is one of the most researched herbs, and evidence is pointing to a number of medical benefits. "There is now convincing data and evidence to support beneficial effects in relation to glaucoma, epilepsy, eating disorders and several more conditions, especially those affecting the nervous system," Paulwell said while handing over a marijuana research licence to the University of Technology (UTech).

  • Defying U.S., Colombia halts aerial spraying of crops used to make cocaine

    The United States had pressed the Colombian government to continue the spraying program
    The New York Times (US)
    Thursday, May 14, 2015

    Fumigation_Colombia_NYTThe government of Colombia rejected a major tool in the American-backed antidrug campaign — ordering a halt to the aerial spraying of the country’s vast illegal plantings of coca, the crop used to make cocaine, citing concerns that the spray causes cancer. The decision ends a program that has continued for more than two decades, raising questions about the viability of long-accepted strategies in the war on drugs in the region.

  • German Green, CDU politicians launch cannabis legalization initiative

    A pair of German politicians - one conservative, one green - is promoting legalizing marijuana. One of the arguments is the potential for a tax windfall
    Deutsche Welle (Germany)
    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    In a proposal for parliament which was obtained by German public broadcaster ARD, Christian Democrat Joachim Pfeiffer and Green party member Dieter Janecek put forward their plan for the liberalization of cannabis, questioning whether making criminals out of people for posession and purchase of the drug for recreational purposes made sense. Janecek and Pfeiffer estimated a state-regulated market for cannabis would bring in up to two billion euros in tax revenue. (See also: Greens, conservatives want weed legalized | Pot decriminalization proposal criticized by German drug commissioner)

  • Zehn Gründe, warum Berlin von einer Cannabis-Legalisierung profitiert

    Soll Marihuana nun endlich freigegeben werden?
    Berliner Zeitung (Germany)
    Mittwoch, 13. Ma1 2015

    Erstmals hat sogar ein Sprecher der CDU die Legalisierung von Cannabis ins Spiel gebracht. Ist das das erste Anzeichen eines Tauwetters für die Freigabe von Marihuana? Nützt eine kontrollierte Abgabe von Cannabis? Und wenn ja, wem? Diese Fragen wabern durch die Stadt wie Jointschwaden durch die Hasenheide. Hier sind zehn Gründe, warum eine Freigabe gut für Berlin wäre. (Mehr dazu: Cannabis befeuert Wahlkampf)

  • Cannabis in the Caribbean

    Presentation by Junior "Spirit" Cottle
    Alonzo Stephen, videographer
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    JunioSpiritCottlePatrick Junior Leon Cottle, co-founder of the St.Vincent and the Grenadines Cannabis Revivial Committee (SVGCRC), adresses in this video the group attending the 13th Informal Drug Policy Dialogue, organised by TNI, WOLA and Intercambios-Puerto Rico in San Juan (Puerto Rico) between 23 and 25 of April. Since he was unable to attend the Dialogue, he spoke with this video-message on the issue of cannabis cultivation in the region, and the importance to take into account the farmers perspective in the debate about cannabis regulation.

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  • Kiffen unter städtischer Aufsicht

    Cannabis-Konsum in München
    Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)
    Dienstag, 12. Mai 2015

    Die Grünen wollen nach Angaben von Stadträtin Lydia Dietrich einen Antrag stellen, dass die Stadt München zumindest versuchsweise den legalen Konsum von Cannabis ermöglicht. Ähnliche Pläne verfolgt Piraten-Stadtrat Thomas Ranft. Hintergrund ist eine Expertise von Gesundheits- und Umweltreferent Joachim Lorenz (Grüne). Der sieht durchaus Erfolgsaussichten für einen Modellversuch zum legalen Konsum von Cannabis. (Frankfurt: Cannabis nur für Kranke | Berlin: SPD auf THC)

  • Legalise cannabis in Luxembourg?

    Parliamentary debate planned
    Luxemburger Wort (Luxembourg)
    Monday, May 11, 2015

    Luxembourg's Parliament is to debate the decriminalisation of consumption of cannabis, the health minister said while outlining a new drug prevention programme. The minister said she hoped to raise awareness among young people of the risks surrounding cannabis consumption as well as the use of other, legal drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco. Among other proposals a drug consumption centre is set to open. A new initiative will enable consumers of synthetic drugs at major events and festivals to have pills checked for purity.

  • Revised ganja law fundamental and far reaching — Bunting

    Jamaica Observer (Jamaica)
    Monday, May 11, 2015

    peter-buntingNational Security Minister Bunting says amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, resulting in decriminalisation of specified quantities of ganja, are "most fundamental and far-reaching". He noted that for "decades", the possession of small quantities of ganja has caused "friction" between the police and residents. "Since about September last year, when those new guidelines [were initiated], we have had over 1,000 fewer persons arrested and charged for ganja every single month since [then]."

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