Items tagged with decriminalization

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Argentina [31.12.2019] Overview of drug laws and legislative trends in Argentina Trend Following the Supreme Court judgement known as the Arriola Ruling, the progressive tr...
Colombia [31.12.2019] Overview of drug laws, legislative trends and drug policies in Colombia Colombia is in the midst of a peace process with the guerrilla groups, which ...
Comparing models of drug decriminalisation [31.12.2019] Decriminalisation refers to the repeal of laws and policies that define drug use and/or the possession of drugs for personal use as a criminal offenc...
The UN Drug Control Conventions [31.12.2019] For more than ten years, TNI’s Drugs & Democracy programme has been studying the UN drug control conventions and the institutional architecture of th...
Calls for drug law reform in Sweden as drug deaths continue unabated [18.04.2019] The debate around Sweden’s zero-tolerance drug policy has been reignited in recent months, due to the approach’s failure to reduce drug deaths. Swede...
Jamaica’s cannabis gamble [17.04.2019] Jamaica is starting to think of cannabis as an opportunity. Uruguay, Canada and ten American states have legalised it for recreational use. Ganja, as...
Partial decriminalization of public cannabis use takes effect Sunday night [31.03.2019] Marijuana possession will be partially decriminalized at midnight Sunday night when a plan two years in the making goes into effect, replacing crimin...
Majority of parties support re-evaluating Sweden's strict drug policies [30.03.2019] Drug laws in Sweden have not been evaluated in decades, even as the country’s harsh approach has left it increasingly isolated from its neighbours. A...
Portugal rejects recreational cannabis, as medical becomes legal [26.02.2019] The Portuguese parliament has rejected two proposals to legalise the cultivation and sale of cannabis for recreational purposes. The first proposal, ...
St Kitts-Nevis joins 'ganja train' Gov't accepts recommendations on use of marijuana in federation [22.02.2019] The St Kitts-Nevis Government says it will consider and consult further on creating the framework for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes aft...
Slowing the legal weed freight train [12.02.2019] Sabet's strategy for sabotaging legalization is to offer legislators what he calls "a true decriminalization and justice" bill, which would do away w...
History, not harm, dictates why some drugs are legal and others aren’t [30.01.2019] Drug-related offences take up a lot of the resources within Australia’s criminal justice system. In 2016–17 law enforcement made 113,533 illicit drug...
Luxembourg in talks with Canada over how to legalise recreational cannabis [16.01.2019] Discussions between Luxembourg and Canada are under way to establish how the Grand Duchy will legalise cannabis and sell the drug for recreational us...
AG: Marijuana consultations to start this month [14.01.2019] Public consultations on the decriminalisation of marijuana in Trinidad and Tobago will begin on January 23. Despite calls for the drug to be legalise...
AMOR: Legalise marijuana [10.01.2019] All Mansions Of Rastafari (AMOR) said it was not enough to decriminalise marijuana in Trinidad and Tobago, but it should also be legalised. Attorney ...
Decriminalisation of marijuana in T&T by June 2019 says Rowley [22.12.2018] Marijuana should decriminalised in Trinidad and Tobago by mid-2019. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley made the revelation while speaking with reporters...
New Zealand to hold referendum on legalising recreational cannabis [18.12.2018] New Zealand will hold a referendum on whether to legalise cannabis for recreational use at the general election in 2020, a week after legalising cann...
Thames Valley Police 'won't arrest drug users' in pilot [17.12.2018] People found with "small quantities of illegal drugs" will not be arrested and instead urged to engage with support services, as part of a police pil...
Government likely to reject proposal on growing, possessing marihuana [15.12.2018] The government is likely to reject a proposal from a group of MPs from six parties to further legalise marihuana, the Czech news agency ČTK reports. ...
St Vincent Parliament approves legislation decriminalising marijuana [14.12.2018] St Vincent and the Grenadines has become the first Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member to pass legislation allowing for the decrim...
Safer opioids actively being reviewed for epidemic: chief public health officer [12.12.2018] Public health officials across Canada are seriously considering increasing the supply of safer opioids to quell a crisis that newly released data sho...
There will be no household limit on number of legal cannabis plants [10.12.2018] Sharehouses in Canberra could be teeming with pot plants when cannabis is legalised next year, with no household limits on the number of plants permi...
Barbados PM comments on decriminalisation of marijuana [08.12.2018] The Barbados government says it will soon develop a framework for medical cannabis, even as it noted that decriminalisation of marijuana for recreati...
France introduces fixed fine for drug use [25.11.2018] The French Assemblée Nationale has voted to introduce a fixed €200 fine for the use of narcotics - and cannabis in particular - in an effort to step ...
Cannabis : l’Assemblée adopte la création d’une amende forfaitaire [24.11.2018] L’Assemblée nationale a voté la création d’une amende forfaitaire de 200 euros pour sanctionner l’usage illicite de stupéfiants, jusqu’alors réprimé ...
Harm reduction is the right way to treat drug abuse [24.11.2018] Portugal’s policies are based on “ harm reduction ” approaches pioneered in countries such as Switzerland in the 1980s. The idea is to emphasise trea...
Marijuana bill due before Antigua-Barbuda parliament before Christmas [24.11.2018] A bill that will allow residents to possess and use small quantities of marijuana will go before parliament on 12 December for the first time. Accord...
Drug law reform comes to Mexico [15.11.2018] Last month, Mexico’s Supreme Court handed down two decisions that effectively overturned Mexico’s longstanding ban on the personal use of marijuana. ...
Des associations étrillent le projet d’amende pour usage de stupéfiants [14.11.2018] Réforme « inutile et injuste », « combat d’arrière-garde », « échec annoncé » … Les représentants de huit organisations ont étrillé le projet de créa...
Police drugs lead 'impressed' by cannabis clubs [13.11.2018] Hardyal Dhindsa, who is the lead on substance abuse for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, has said the war on drugs is not working. ...
Majority of British public support legalisation of cannabis, survey reveals [29.10.2018] The British public strongly supports the legalisation of cannabis, according to a new poll. Fifty-nine per cent of people surveyed strongly support o...
What the Dutch can teach the world about cannabis [26.10.2018] On October 17, Canada became the first large economy to legalise recreational weed. ( Uruguay blazed the trail in 2013.) From November 1, doctors can...
Egypt MP pushes for cannabis decriminalisation, faces backlash [16.10.2018] An Egyptian MP has proposed a draft law that would see users of drugs such as cannabis and tramadol receive therapeutic treatment rather than face pr...
Support grows for marijuana decriminalisation across region [16.10.2018] The chairperson of the Caricom Regional Commission on Marijuana Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine says there's much support across the region for th...
Should Punjab government legalise opium? Here's what leaders have to say [03.10.2018] Consuming opium and poppy husk is not considered bad in Punjab. It is called 'kali nagini ' (black female serpent) and people from all walks of life ...
History of dagga in SA shows its decriminalisation is overdue [25.09.2018] The Constitutional Court's decision that citizens are permitted to use dagga in private turned the clock back 96 years. Before it was declared a proh...
South African court frees cannabis from colonial and apartheid past [23.09.2018] A ruling by the South African Constitutional Court opens the way for decriminalising private use of cannabis, locally known as “dagga”. It marks a de...
Let’s cultivate laws for a cannabis industry centred on uplifting the rural poor [19.09.2018] The Constitutional Court judgment on cannabis probably made a lot of people happy because, across all sectors of society, people smoke weed and have,...
ConCourt Cannabis Judgment: What was the reasoning and what does it mean? [18.09.2018] The Constitutional Court decriminalised the possession and cultivation of cannabis in private by adults for personal private consumption in Minister ...
Dagga: ConCourt says yes to getting high in private [18.09.2018] In a unanimous judgment, the Constitutional Court ordered that the private consumption and cultivation of cannabis be decriminalised. Deputy Chief Ju...
Former Nigerian leader Obasanjo urges West African govts to decriminalise drugs [11.09.2018] West African governments should overhaul their drug laws to decriminalise personal use and prioritise treatment as a response to rising substance abu...
PM: Government to review marijuana legislation in 2019 [09.09.2018] Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says Government will examine marijuana legislation in 2019 with a view toward possibly decriminalising the plant. Rowl...
'Decriminalise consumption of drugs to cure Udta Punjab' [23.08.2018] As Punjab, Manipur, Mizoram and Assam battle rampant drug abuse among its populace, a leading independent think-tank involved in legal research stron...
Ganja: Discovering the future [22.08.2018] Despite cannabis being an integral part of the Jamaican identity, just five years ago local laws did not reflect the realities of its use in the coun...
Health Minister David Clark in favour of liberalising drug laws [31.07.2018] Health Minister David Clark is personally in favour of more liberal drug laws because prohibition has not worked in the past. But Clark would not com...
NACOB calls for decriminalisation of narcotic drug use [31.07.2018] The Deputy Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) of Ghana, Mr Michael Addo, has called for the decriminalisation of narcotic dru...
Constitutional court outlaws all punishment for cannabis consumption in Georgia [30.07.2018] The Constitutional Court of Georgia ruled that people can no longer face administrative punishments, such as fines, for consuming cannabis. The decis...
Legalising recreational ganja still off the table in SVG [26.07.2018] The Ralph Gonsalves government will amend the laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to decriminalise marijuana use for medicinal and religious purpo...
Weeks: we need to talk about cannabis [25.07.2018] More changes to the law on cannabis could be in the works, the Minister of Social Development and Sport in Bermuda has signalled. Michael Weeks said ...
Public consultations on decriminalising marijuana [24.07.2018] Government and the Caribbean Collective For Justice (CCFJ) have agreed there should be public consultations about the decriminalising of marijuana. A...

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