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...
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...
Police ‘decriminalising cannabis’ as prosecutions fall away [14.07.2018] Police forces are in effect decriminalising cannabis, campaigners say, after uncovering figures that show a substantial fall in the number of prosecu...
CARICOM report says legalize marijuana use [09.07.2018] The CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana has recommended the declassification of marijuana as a dangerous drug in all legislation and the reclass...
Toronto’s chief medical officer calls for decriminalization of all drugs for personal use [09.07.2018] Toronto’s chief medical officer is calling for the decriminalization – and potential legalization – of all drugs for personal use as a way to curb ri...
Incoming Mexican president to seek negotiated peace in drug war [06.07.2018] Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s transition team unveiled a plan to shake up the fight against crime, including reduced jail tim...
CARICOM heads to consider dismantling marijuana prohibition [02.07.2018] The dismantling of the prohibition of marijuana in its totality across member states is a key recommendation contained in the report of the CARICOM R...
Grenada PM contemplates decriminalising marijuana [25.06.2018] Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell believes the time has come for Grenada to reconsider decriminalising the use of marijuana and other forms of recreat...
Reform of drug laws begins as bill passes first reading [17.06.2018] The National Legislative Assembly passed by a landslide vote the three narcotics control policy bills, which are an effort by authorities to reform o...
Better to Ask Forgiveness Than Permission [15.06.2018] In recent years, the international debate on drug policy reform has intensified, and with it has come a productive exchange of information between ac...
Sweden's zero-tolerance drug policy should be reviewed: narcotics officer [14.06.2018] Sweden's current policy is based on the goal of a " drug-free society" and makes no distinction between "hard" and "soft" drugs. Those found guilty o...
Five Danish political parties support legalisation of cannabis [11.06.2018] A string of parties on both sides of the political aisle have declared their support for decriminalising the sale of cannabis. Police are wasting the...
Dominica minister wants debate on decriminalisation of marijuana [01.06.2018] A senior government minister says he remains baffled as to why Dominicans are afraid of debating the issue of decriminalisation of marijuana whether ...
Danish MP calls for decriminalisation of both cannabis and hard drugs [17.05.2018] Henrik Sass Larsen minces no words in his new book ‘Exodus: The Way to the Centre-Left’ in which he offers up his opinion on the Danish government’s ...
Is Sweden's zero-tolerance approach to drugs a failing model? [17.05.2018] Sweden is accustomed to being praised for its forward-thinking approach, but there's one area where many feel it lies behind the curve. The country's...
CARPHA executive director urges caution on decriminalisation of marijuana [24.04.2018] The executive director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr James Hosepdales, is urging regional countries to “proceed w...
T&T petition for decriminalisation of marijuana gathers momentum [20.04.2018] As other Caribbean countries continue to decriminalise marijuana, several groups in Trinidad and Tobago are calling on government to reassess legisla...
Schumer to introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana [19.04.2018] Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that he would introduce legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, marking a sig...
Cannabis : le gouvernement souhaite mettre en place une amende de 300 euros pour les usagers [04.04.2018] Le gouvernement avait annoncé, en janvier, vouloir mettre en place un système d’amende forfaitaire pour usage de stupéfiants, et en particulier de ca...
The new Italian Parliament must act on drug policy reform [28.03.2018] After the March 4 general elections in Italy, the 18th Legislature is starting its session facing an array of urgent problems – including a national ...

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