Items tagged with decriminalization

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Roadmaps for Reforming the UN Drug Conventions [30.12.2012] The three UN Drug Conventions of 1961, 1971 and 1988 currently impose a ‘one-size-fits-all’ prohibitionist approach to drug policy throughout the wor ...
Les coopératives de cannabis sans but lucratif aspirent à la légalité [25.12.2012] L'autoculture de cannabis croît et se multiplie. C'est la tendance observée par l'Observatoire français des drogues et des toxicomanies (OFDT) qui dé ...
How to do drugs right [24.12.2012] Recently, two states in the US, Washington and Colorado, liberalised their narcotics laws and decriminalised recreational marijuana. India though, is ...
For medicinal use only? [17.12.2012] The Czech Republic already has one of the world’s most liberal approach to recreational drug possession. And it will get more liberal still: beginnin ...
Nick Clegg and David Cameron clash over drug law reforms [14.12.2012] Divisions between David Cameron and Nick Clegg over Britain's "war on drugs" emerged on Friday after the Liberal Democrat leader said that current po ...
David Cameron urged to take 'now or never' step on drugs reform [09.12.2012] David Cameron should urgently set up a royal commission to consider all the alternatives to Britain's failing drug laws, including decriminalisation ...
Portuguese drug policy shows that decriminalisation can work [09.12.2012] The Home Affairs Select Committee in the United Kingdom report on drug policy draws on lessons from Portugal’s decriminalisation of drug possession a ...
Portugal: Ten years after decriminalization [26.11.2012] In 2001, a small European country, Portugal, took a brave step, changing its drug policies and refocussing its efforts away from arresting and crimin ...
Marijuana decriminalization law brings down juvenile arrests in California [25.11.2012] Marijuana is one of the primary reasons why California experienced a stunning 20 percent drop in juvenile arrests in just one year, between 2010 and ...
Victims of the Latin American war on drugs make the case for reform [09.11.2012] Latin American drug policies have made no dent in the drug trade; instead they have taken a tremendous toll on human lives. In 2009, the Washington O ...
Taking the initiative on legal marijuana [05.11.2012] Two years ago, California’s bid to legalize marijuana—Proposition 19—achieved great notoriety in Latin America, but ultimately fell short at the ball ...
Bogotá’s medical care centres for drug addicts (CAMAD) [31.10.2012] In September 2012, the mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro, launched the first centre for drug addicts in the Bronx, a marginalised city-centre neighbourh ...
Portugal progresses toward integrated cannabis regulation [25.10.2012] In recent years there has been much talk of the so-called “Portuguese model,” based on an initiative that led to the use of illicit drugs being decri ...
Could drug decriminalization save Brazil’s slums? [24.10.2012] Brazil has been struggling with drug violence for years. The problem got so bad that the country passed a law in 2006 to distinguish between dealers ...
It's drugs politics, not drugs policy, that needs an inquiry [16.10.2012] What should be researched is not drugs policy but drugs politics, the hold that taboo has on those in power, and the thrall that rightwing newspapers ...
France’s Minister of Education favours cannabis decriminalisation [15.10.2012] Speaking on radio France Inter, Vincent Peillon said, "This is a major issue. I now see almost every night on television reports of illicit trafficki ...
Decriminalise drug use, say experts after six-year study [15.10.2012] A six-year study of Britain's drug laws by leading scientists, police officers, academics and experts has concluded it is time to introduce decrimina ...
B.C. favours sensible marijuana policy [05.10.2012] Last week, delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention voted in support of the decriminalization and taxation of marijuana. This vote wa ...
Amidst deep concern for Thailand's drug policies, some space for open debate [27.09.2012] On 17th September, 2012, IDPC together with the Transnational Institute (TNI) held a high-level seminar in Bangkok co-hosted with the Thai Ministry o ...
B.C. municipal leaders vote to work toward decriminalizing marijuana [26.09.2012] British Columbia’s municipal politicians, sensing shifting emotional attitudes towards marijuana and a possible major new revenue source, voted to lo ...
Pot decriminalization debated by B.C.'s municipal leaders [23.09.2012] Former B.C. attorney general Geoff Plant said the debate comes as Washington looks at a tax and regulation plan, and this is an opportunity for a coo ...
Cannabis consumption to be liberalised [20.09.2012] Despite dogged opposition by conservatives, parliament has approved a proposal to impose a fine on consumers of small amounts of cannabis instead of ...
Fix to B.C.’s ‘drug problem’ is easy: legalize marijuana [20.09.2012] With three western American states mulling legalized marijuana and the Union of B.C. Municipalities set to debate it, a new group wants the province ...
Drug use is an issue for society, not the criminal justice system [10.09.2012] There is no reliable evidence that tougher criminal sanctions deter drug use or offending. On the contrary, criminalisation worsens the health and we ...
Legal use of cannabis, ecstasy for over-15s backed by state medical body [10.09.2012] A report by a group of prominent Australians that recommends Australia rethink its criminalisation of illicit drugs has been backed by the Victorian ...
Once a model, crisis imperils Portugal's drug programme [13.08.2012] Portugal's famously liberal drug policy has been held up as a model for other countries - Norway is considering adopting parts of it and countries as ...
Chilean president signs drug prevention law into effect [12.08.2012] President Sebastián Piñera signed the new Drug and Alcohol Prevention Act into law on Monday, which sets up an educational program to warn schoolchil ...
“In Portugal, We Fight the Illness, Not the People Who Suffer from It” [30.07.2012] Portugal’s anti-drug policies have been gaining international visibility since this country's 2001 decision to eliminate all criminal penalties for p ...
Conservatives seek punishment for drug-using politicians in Chile [29.07.2012] In the face of a renewed discussion on the possible decriminalization of marijuana in Chile, conservative politicians called for the revival of a con ...
Chilean senator's confession heats debate on legalising marijuana [26.07.2012] Marijuana remains an illegal substance in Chile, but there are a growing number of shops in the country which sell cannabis products. A recent admiss ...
Is the war on drugs in the Caribbean going up in smoke? [26.07.2012] With the decimation of St Lucia’s banana industry due to the collapse of preferential trade agreements with Europe, land which was once used to culti ...
Experts debate what to do about cannabis [22.07.2012] Should pot be outlawed, controlled, or just legalised? For anti-addiction experts, regulating consumption would counter a drug market associated with ...
Legal marijuana debated as Belize joins regional push on drugs [16.07.2012] Marijuana possession may be decriminalized in Belize as the Central American nation joins a list of countries from Mexico to Uruguay whose leaders ha ...
Brazil Launches Campaign to Decriminalise Drug Use [12.07.2012] A host of academic, legal, health, political and social figures are joining together to back a campaign to decriminalise drug use in Brazil, as tens ...
A Quiet Revolution [04.07.2012] 'A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Policies in Practice Across the Globe' is the first report to support Release's campaign 'Drugs - It’s Ti ...
Czech Republic exemplifies smart and humane drug policy [02.07.2012] There is nothing politically easier in most countries than scapegoating drugs and drug users as the source of all social problems. Politicians can ex ...
Most Canadians firmly in favour of decriminalizing marijuana: poll [02.07.2012] Two-thirds of Canadians think the law should be changed so that people caught with small amounts of marijuana no longer face criminal penalties or fi ...
Colombia Decriminalizes Cocaine and Marijuana [02.07.2012] Colombia's Constitutional Court approved the government's proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cocaine and marijuana for pers ...
Will reducing or removing the criminal penalties for drug possession lead to greater use? [29.06.2012] We should decriminalise the possession of drugs for personal use for the following simple reasons: (1) If users are addicted then they are ill, and c ...
Colombia court upholds no jail time for drug use [28.06.2012] Colombia's Constitutional Court has ruled that people cannot be jailed for possessing cocaine and marijuana for personal use. The decision ratifies a ...
Chicago decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana [26.06.2012] People caught with small amounts of marijuana in Chicago will be ticketed instead of arrested under a new ordinance passed by the city council on Wed ...
A breakthrough in the making? [25.06.2012] Remarkable drug policy developments are taking place in Latin America. This is not only at the level of political debate, but is also reflected in ac ...
Uruguay mulls government marijuana sales [21.06.2012] Uruguay is planning a novel approach to fighting its rising crime: having its government sell marijuana to take drug profits out of the hands of deal ...
Drugs, crime and punishment [19.06.2012] Proportionality is one of the key principles of the rule of law aiming to protect people from cruel or inhumane treatment. The principle has been est ...
Les “cannabis social clubs” arrivent en France [18.06.2012] Si PS et UMP pensaient avoir enterré le débat sur le cannabis avec la fin de la campagne des législatives, ils se sont trompés. Des militants viennen ...
Chicago Mayor Emanuel backs marijuana decriminalization [14.06.2012] Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he would back a proposal that would decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana, the latest major U.S. politi ...
Next year we hope to evaluate the implementation of a new Drug Law [14.06.2012] “Next year we hope to evaluate the implementation of a new Drug Law”. Graciela Touzé, president of Intercambios, expressed this in the closing remark ...
Pure ecstasy can be 'safe' if consumed responsibly: B.C. health officer [13.06.2012] B.C.'s top health official says taking pure ecstasy can be "safe" when consumed responsibly by adults, despite warnings by police in Alberta and Brit ...
Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized [07.06.2012] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to change New York’s laws to decriminalize marijuana. New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner ...
French Socialists kill pro-cannabis call pre-election [07.06.2012] Three days before round one of a French parliamentary election, President François Hollande's Socialists have crossed swords over pot-smoking with th ...

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