Drugs in the news

See also news items on Facebook ...
  • Majority of Spaniards oppose new "gag law"

    The law has brought in a series of fines for public order offences
    The Local (Spain)
    Monday, July 6, 2015

    Three quarters of Spaniards oppose the country's new "gag law", which has brought in a series of measures opponents say hark back to the dark days of dictator Francisco Franco. It puts an end to the laissez faire attitude that has seen Spain become a nation with one of the largest potsmoking populations in Europe. But from now on lighting up a joint in bars or on public transport could result in a fine of between €600 and €30,000.

  • None but ourselves can 'free' the weed

    The issue of landownership is intimately tied to the ability of farmers to participate in the supply chain for the burgeoning medical ganja sector
    Vicky Hanson
    Jamaica Observer (Jamaica)
    Sunday, July 5, 2015

    jamaica-ganjaTraditional small ganja farmers in Jamaica, accustomed to clandestinely working their fields, will now have to adhere to strict regulations in order to supply research institutions that have been granted licences. They will be required to invest heavily in the technology necessary such as for tracking outputs. This will require substantial financial outlay and is likely to prevent farmers from taking advantage. Powerful private sector interests are hovering in the background to displace the potential development of the small traditional ganja businesses.

  • EU report: Oslo lacks drug strategy

    Oslo has a serious drug problem, with an open and visible drug scene
    The Local (Norway)
    Saturday, July 4, 2015

    A new EU report has found that Oslo, a city that for many years has topped the heroin overdose ranking, still lacks a comprehensive strategy to combat drug use. The report also reveals that Oslo has a very high number of addicts who inject rather than smoke heroine, a fact that may explain the number of drug related deaths. The Oslo needle exchange programme gives out 1.9 million needles a year, compared to 600,000 in Madrid and 145,000 in Amsterdam.

  • London is now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

    London’s inflated property prices are fuelled by dirty money
    The Independent (UK)
    Saturday, July 4, 2015

    The City of London is the money-laundering centre of the world's drug trade. UK banks and financial services have ignored so-called "know your customer" rules designed to curb criminals’ abilities to launder the proceeds of crime. A National Crime Agency (NCA) threat assessment stated: "We assess that hundreds of billions of US dollars of criminal money almost certainly continue to be laundered through UK banks, including their subsidiaries, each year."

  • Public to have say on legality of drugs

    The creation of a medically supervised injecting centre is also considered
    Irish Examiner (Ireland)
    Saturday, July 4, 2015

    The Irish public is being invited to have a say in what is thought to be the country’s first official examination of the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use. The Justice Committee is seeking submissions from people and organisations on alternatives to the current model of criminalisation. It comes on the back of a committee trip to Portugal, where a delegation studied its model of decriminalisation of the possession of drugs.

  • Silicon Valley meets Bob Marley

    The rise of cannabis capitalism
    The Economist (UK)
    Saturday, July 4, 2015

    us-legal-cannabis-salesMen in suits swarmed everywhere, but no spliff or bong could be seen. Any doubts that the legal marijuana (or cannabis) industry is now a serious business soon disappeared after a few hours at the Arcview Investor Network forum in Denver on June 26th. PhDs and Harvard MBAs networked with investment bankers and hedge-fund managers to raise money for businesses covering every aspect of marijuana commerce, from consumer guides to insurance.

  • Colombia says rise in coca cultivation shows why it was right to stop spraying

    UN study finds area under crop rose 44% in 2014 during herbicide programme
    The Guardian (UK)
    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    fumigationcolombiaA new UN study showing a steep rise in the cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine offers fresh support to Colombia’s recent decision to end the aerial spraying of drug crops with herbicides. Justice minister, Yesid Reyes, said the report showed that the aerial aspersion strategy was ineffective. After spraying 1.5m hectares in the past 12 years, the total reduction of coca crops was just 12,000 hectares, Reyes said. Paraphrasing Albert Einstein, he added: “Insanity is to continue doing the same thing and expect different results.”

  • No to the cultivation of cannabis in Morocco: Interior Minister

    Authorities in the region will ensure the law concerning the cultivation of kif is properly enforced
    Morocco World News (Morocco)
    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    The Moroccan Minister of Interior, Mohamed Hassad said that the Moroccan government will not authorize the cultivation of cannabis in the country. "The cultivation of kif and its commercialization are and will remain illegal," he said, when a representative from the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) called for the legalization of kif cultivation. The representative said that cultivating kif will compensate for the lack of government investment in northern Morocco. (See also: Légalisation du kif : Le ministre de l’Intérieur s’oppose à la requête du PAM)

  • Vancouver’s pot bylaw ignores major concerns

    There is no legal supply for any of the 100 or so shops in the city — none
    The Vancouver Sun (Canada)
    Monday, June 29, 2015

    Vancouver City Council and the police department have clouded the national debate on cannabis with their approach to pot and are pumping money into the pockets of organized crime. Every intelligent person who has studied marijuana and the laws that criminalize it has concluded the century-old prohibition should end and the easily cultivated weed more appropriately regulated to help the sick and stop the imprisonment of our kids. (See also: For-profit pot shops look to skirt Vancouver’s new rules)

  • So you want to legalize weed?

    The ten P's of cannabis regulation
    Newsweek (US)
    Sunday, June 28, 2015

    Up and down the Western Hemisphere, marijuana policy is a growing topic of discussion, and laws are starting to change. In 2014, retail marijuana stores opened in the states of Colorado and Washington, where anyone over 21 years old can purchase a wide variety of marijuana products. Similar stores are expected to open in Oregon and Alaska in the upcoming year. While marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law, the Obama administration has decided not to block these efforts. Uruguay became the first country in the world to remove its prohibition on marijuana in late 2013.

Page 1 of 160


The Rise and Decline of Cannabis Prohibtion


The History of Cannabis in the UN Drug Control System and Options For Reform

The question facing the international community today is no longer whether or not there is a need to reassess and modernize the UN drug control system, but rather when and how to do it.




This website


Other projects

TNI Drug Law Reform Project

Drug Law Reform in Latin America is a project of the TNI Drugs & Democracy programme

"Promoting a more effective and humane drug policy in Latin America"

UN Drug Control

In 2011 the 1961 UN Single Convention on drugs will be in place for 50 years. In 2012 the international drug control system will exist 100 years since the International Opium Convention was signed in 1912 in The Hague. Does it still serve its purpose or is a reform of the UN Drug Conventions needed? This site provides critical background.