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...
Berlin: Görlitzer Park cannabis possession once again legal [09.11.2017] Berlin has quietly ended a ban on cannabis possession in the notorious Görlitzer Park, admitting it was ineffective in addressing flagrant criminalit...
NPA bids to have dagga ruling repealed [08.11.2017] Tough questions are being asked about the dynamics of legalising cannabis as the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) seeks to repeal the ruling that...
Belize GG assents to legislation allowing for decriminalisation of marijuana [03.11.2017] One week after the Belize Senate gave the green light to the passage of legislation decriminalising 10 grams or less of marijuana, Governor General S...
Überprüfung der Drogengesetze wird gefordert [28.10.2017] Strafrechtler und die Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen (DHS) fordern von den Bundestagsfraktionen die Einsetzung einer Enquete-Kommission Cannabi...
Belize gives nod to amend legislation regarding marijuana use [21.10.2017] The Belize Parliament has given the green light to the amendment of the Misuse of Drugs Act with bipartisan support. The Dean Barrow government had i...
Ghana’s bold step away from the ‘war on drugs’ [13.10.2017] Ghana is poised to become the first African country, and the first country outside of Europe and the Americas, to decriminalise the personal possessi...
Recognized for controversy, Vancouver's former drug czar says the fentanyl crisis requires legalizing heroin [11.10.2017] “Heroin at your corner store.” That was the title of a speech that Donald MacPherson delivered in acceptance of the 2017 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize ...
The green gold rush: Could Africa be on the verge of a weed race? [09.10.2017] Several African governments are considering tapping a lucrative natural resource. More than 10,000 tons of cannabis are produced on the continent eac...
Commission makes recommendations for tackling opioid crisis in North America [03.10.2017] The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of har...
More people were arrested last year over pot than for murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery — combined [26.09.2017] In 2016 more people were arrested for marijuana possession than for all crimes the FBI classifies as violent, according to 2016 crime data. Marijuana...
How to win a war on drugs [22.09.2017] Decades ago, the United States and Portugal both struggled with illicit drugs and took decisive action — in diametrically opposite directions. The U....
A Zurich, posséder jusqu’à 10 grammes de cannabis n’est plus illégal [21.09.2017] A Zurich, la possession de cannabis en petite quantité à partir de l’âge de 18 ans est désormais légale. Jusqu’ici, un adulte contrôlé avec sur lui j...
Cannabis, l’envers de la réforme [18.09.2017] La réforme de la politique pénale voulue par le président de la République en matière d’usage de stupéfiants a trouvé ses soutiens. Et fait des déçus...
Marijuana decriminalization law inches toward approval [13.09.2017] Nine months after Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan initiated legislation to decriminalize, but not legalize, recreational cannabis use, his propo...
Bermuda to decriminalise small amounts of ganja [08.09.2017] The new Progressive Labour Party (PLP) government says it will introduce legislation to decriminalise cannabis possession if the amount is under seve...
Ottawa rejects expert calls to decriminalize illegal opioids [28.08.2017] Ottawa says it has no plans to consider decriminalizing hard drugs, such as heroin, despite calls from local politicians, health officials and expert...
Schützt die Jugend – legalisiert Cannabis! [24.08.2017] Dass eine grosse Mehrheit des Stimmvolks vor bald zehn Jahren nichts von einer Legalisierung wissen wollte, darf kein Grund sein für eine Arbeitsverw...
Decriminalise kratom, make it an energy drink: doctor [22.08.2017] A leading traditional medicine practitioner has renewed calls for kratom to be removed from the list of banned narcotics and said it could be used to...
Belize introduces legislation to decriminalize marijuana [18.08.2017] Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs, Wilfred "Sedi" Elrington, introduced an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act, chapter 103 of the Laws o...
Iran plans to decriminalise drug use allowing government to give diluted drugs to addicts [27.07.2017] Iran could be on the verge of decriminalising some forms of drug use to allow the government to distribute drugs to addicts. By allowing the governme...
Why the South African state needs to lose its fight against marijuana policy reform [27.07.2017] South Africa is among many countries facing challenges to their drug control policies, particularly around marijuana, known locally as dagga. The Med...
Where there’s smoke, there’s political fire [16.07.2017] The rising popularity of marijuana that doesn’t make you high – a product known as “ cannabis light ” or “CBD cannabis” – is causing a headache for S...
Oregon bill decriminalizes possession of heroin, cocaine and other drugs [11.07.2017] The Oregon legislature passed a bill that reclassifies possession of several drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor, reducing the punishments and expan...
Bundesrat lehnt Cannabis-Antrag ab [08.07.2017] Der Bundesrat hat den Antrag Bremens und Thüringens zur Einführung von Cannabis-Modellprojekten mit großer Mehrheit abgelehnt. Somit ist das Vorhaben...
United Nations and World Health Organisation call for drugs to be decriminalised [01.07.2017] The United Nations and World Health Organisation have issued a call for drugs to be decriminalised. Buried in a joint release on ending healthcare di...
What’s the deal with cannabis in Hong Kong? [01.07.2017] The use or sale of cannabis is banned in Hong Kong under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, which came into effect in 1969. Any person who cultivates any...
It's time to end SA's war on drugs [29.06.2017] Bluetooth nyaope, dagga, dealers and associated rhetoric often dominate the headlines on the issue of drug use. The supply and consumption of drugs —...
Bremen will Cannabis ohne Rezept [26.06.2017] Die Länder Bremen und Thüringen haben im Bundesrat einen Antrag zu einem liberaleren Umgang mit Cannabis eingereicht. Darin wird die Bundesregierung ...
Support users, don't punish them: Ex-AFP boss' radical ideas to beat the drug trade [13.06.2017] For over half a century governments in Australia have relied heavily on law enforcement to curb the drug trade and reduce drug use. But despite huge ...
Could Thailand, which gave world the bong, legalise cannabis for medicinal use? [11.06.2017] Thaksin Shinawatra considered legalising marijuana, and recently a justice minister aired same idea, amid mounting evidence of its medicinal benefits...
Toronto's public health chief wants pot possession decriminalized now [05.06.2017] Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health wants Ottawa to immediately decriminalize possession of recreational pot until legislation to legalize and regula...
The push to decriminalise drug use in Myanmar [31.05.2017] The amendments provide for police to be able to send drug users to receive treatment at medical facilities before being sent to rehabilitation centre...
France to decriminalise cannabis possession within months, interior minister says [25.05.2017] France’s newly-appointed Minister of the Interior, Gérard Collomb, has said that personal cannabis possession may no longer be prosecuted from as soo...
Police time and money go to pot [19.05.2017] In 2015-2016, 259 165 people were arrested for drug-related crimes, according to the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) crime statistics. The poli...
Dagga Judgment: There are less drastic ways to deal with its harmful effects [04.05.2017] Until 1921 dagga was sold openly by mine storekeepers in the towns and grew wild in much of South Africa. It was banned partly because it was feared ...
Swiss group launches new initiative to legalize cannabis [24.04.2017] The Swiss public could have another chance to decide if cannabis consumption should be legalized after the group Legalize It launched a popular initi...
Charge Rodrigo Duterte with mass murder, lawyer tells The Hague [24.04.2017] Filipino lawyer Jude Josue Sabio asked the International Criminal Court in The Hague to charge President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 other Philippine offi...
Six things to know about weed in Germany [20.04.2017] There's long been talk of fully legalizing cannabis in Germany, especially in the capital of Berlin. But how close is Deutschland actually to making ...
While waiting to legalize pot, why not decriminalize it in the meantime? [19.04.2017] The Trudeau government has put itself and many Canadians in a bind with the announcement that it will legalize marijuana by July of next year. Canada...
Decriminalisation of all drugs for personal use considered [18.04.2017] The decriminalisation of all drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use is one of the policy options outlined in the forthcoming...
Get high on own supply? [15.04.2017] For years much of South Africa’s dagga has been grown on the green rolling hills of the east coast, often as what economist Vladislav Lakcevic calls ...
Swiss oasis for legal cannabis, without the high [14.04.2017] Posters of bright green cannabis plants advertise its wares, which, like those sold openly in a growing number of shops across Switzerland, are compl...
Doctors want focus on benefits of ganja instead of profits [12.04.2017] The Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) has slammed the focus on profits instead of studying the benefits of marijuana since its decriminalisation t...
Drug reform push stalls [10.04.2017] While there has been some progress in modernising drug laws, there is almost no good news in Thailand or the region. Despite Gen Paiboon's pioneering...
Dagga ruling leaves authorities in a haze [09.04.2017] There is uncertainty among various government institutions around the Western Cape High Court’s ruling which allows for the possession, cultivation a...
St Kitts-Nevis to establish national commission on marijuana [08.04.2017] St Kitts and Nevis prime minister, Timothy Harris, announced the establishment of a National Commission on Marijuana, to be headed by acting chief me...
Understanding Judge Davis' dope judgment [02.04.2017] On 31 March 2017, Justice Dennis Davis handed down a judgment in the Western Cape High Court that declared sections of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking...

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