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  • Danes want legal cannabis, but govt vows crackdown

    Health Minister Sophie Løhde said the government has no plans to follow the wishes of a majority of Danes
    The Local (Denmark)
    Monday, June 27, 2016

    Amidst a new debate on cannabis, spurred by a massive police action at Christiania, a majority of Danes are in favour of legalization. Berlingske newspaper published a Gallup poll showing that 45 percent think it should be legal to use cannabis, while 41 percent think it should continue to be forbidden. A full 88 percent supported legalizing cannabis for medical use and of those who support legalization, 72 percent said the state should control the sales. The government not only continues its strict prohibition approach but is also suggesting new measures to further the crackdown. (See also: Most Danes want to legalise weed)

  • Pot legalization added to Democratic Party platform

    The new plank goes to a full Committee and the Democratic Convention in July
    SFGate (US)
    Monday, June 27, 2016

    marijuana-palm-trees-usDemocratic Party leaders agreed to a new party plank calling for cannabis law reform in the U.S. The plank calls for states to be labs of democracy, with those decriminalizing pot shielded from federal prohibition, and also calls for more weed research, marijuana business law reform, and recognition that “our current marijuana laws have had an unacceptable disparate impact, with arrest rates for marijuana possession among African-Americans far outstripping arrest rates among whites despite similar usage rates.”

  • Marijuana use rises in Iran, with little interference

    Marijuana is mentioned only vaguely in the Islamic penal code, and the police pay it little heed
    The New York Times (US)
    Saturday, June 25, 2016

    iran-cannabisIran is notorious for its harsh code of conduct enforced by an extensive intelligence apparatus, and it has waged a long and painful war on heroin and opium trafficking, with security forces dying by the thousands over the past two decades in fights with Afghan cartels. But the same government that executes hundreds of drug dealers every year — and cracks down periodically on alcohol, which is also illegal — seems curiously oblivious to the growing popularity of marijuana. (See also: Could Iran be the next country to legalise cannabis and opium?)

  • Is the global cocaine trade in decline?

    One thing is constant -- the ability of organized crime networks to adapt to new realities and hunt down new opportunities
    InSight Crime
    Friday, June 24, 2016

    The latest United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2016 World Drug Report presents a long-term analysis of cocaine production, seizures and consumption that comes to a startling conclusion: the cocaine trade appears to be in decline. The report poses a question with major implications for Latin American organized crime: is the global cocaine market shrinking? Both supply and demand of cocaine are likely to always be in some state of flux as the trade responds to an array of influences that range from public policy to mafia wars.

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