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  • Huge majority thinks 'war on drugs' has failed, new poll finds

    Observer survey shows an increasing number of Britons want illegal drugs decriminalised
    The Observer (UK)
    Sunday, October 5, 2014

    An increasing proportion of Britons favours a more liberal approach to drugs and would support decriminalisation strategies, according to a comprehensive survey commissioned by the Observer. An overwhelming majority believes that the so-called "war on drugs" is futile, with 84% saying that the decades-long campaign by law enforcement agencies against the global narcotics trade can never be won. The proportion of Britons who believe certain drugs should be decriminalised has risen from 27% to 39% since 2008. (See also: Britain divided: how we really feel about drugs)

  • Cabinet approves changes to ganja law

    The Gleaner (Jamaica)
    Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

    JamaicaJusticeMinAccepting that aspects of the Dangerous Drugs Act prohibit Jamaica from enjoying the economic benefits of medical marijuana and industrial hemp, the Government has made a number of changes to the act. Justice Minister Mark Golding announced that among the amendments to the act that Cabinet has approved are provisions for permits to cultivate, possess, import, export, transport, manufacture, sell, and distribute ganja for medical and scientific purposes under licence.

  • Law to be amended to facilitate medical ganja industry

    Jamaica Observer (Jamaica)
    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Mark-Golding_JamaicaThe Government of Jamaica has drafted legislation to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act as it moves to establish medical ganja and industrial hemp industries, where the cultivation and other activities involved in the production and supply of the plants will be legal under a controlled regime. Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding emphasized that the objective is to lay the foundations for the establishment of regulatory regimes to govern the cultivation and use of ganja for medical and scientific purposes, as well as non-medical industrial hemp.

  • Cannabis-Klubs als Lösung?

    Gastkommentar zur Drogenpolitik
    Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland)
    Donnerstag, 25 September 2014

    Derzeit werden im Kanton Genf konkrete Projekte für Cannabis-Klubs erörtert. Es stellt sich die Frage, wie solche Konzepte unter dem geltenden Betäubungsmittel gesetz (BetmG) realisiert werden können. Heute gibt es in der Schweiz einen mehr oder weniger breiten politischen Konsens, dass die Verfolgung von Cannabis-Konsumenten nicht zu viele Ressourcen kosten darf, die anderweitig sinnvoller eingesetzt werden könnten. Das Parlament hat darum das Bussensystem beim Cannabis-Konsum eingeführt: eine halbherzige und bürokratische Lösung, die nicht wirklich befriedigt und wiederum zu einer ungleichen Verfolgung in den Kantonen führen kann.

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