Items tagged with decriminalization

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The punishment must fit the crime, even for drug users [02.11.2011] The case of the Australian boy arrested on drug charges in Bali offers the opportunity to review our nation's own response to drug use, both here and ...
Chicago’s pot dilemma: Should marijuana users just be ticketed? [01.11.2011] Last year, Chicago Police officers arrested more than 23,000 people on misdemeanor marijuana charges, and most of those cases were dropped. From 2006 ...
Justice Dept. memo writer is mum on pot crackdown [26.10.2011] A high-ranking U.S. Justice Department official who wrote a memo saying state medical marijuana laws do not provide immunity from federal prosecution ...
Ecuador to Debate Decriminalization [24.10.2011] Proposed changes to Ecuador's penal code would decriminalize possession of drugs for personal use, including up to 10 grams of marijuana and hashish, ...
Editorial: Feds' pot crackdown bad medicine [21.10.2011] In the design of America's founders, the states are supposed to be centers of democratic experiment. They're not supposed to be uniform. For example, ...
It's Time For A New Approach To Policies Involving Illegal Drugs [19.10.2011] Should drugs be decriminalized? That this question is still being kicked around after decades of debate through the war on drugs is indicative of how ...
California's Coming Crackdown on Pot: What Do You Do if You Need It? [19.10.2011] Four California-based U.S. attorneys have announced their intent to prosecute the medical-marijuana dispensaries, growers and delivery services that ...
Home Office rejects decriminalising possession of drugs for personal use [14.10.2011] The Home Office has quickly rejected a call from the government's official drug advisers to decriminalise the personal possession of all illegal drug ...
Drug law reform in Greece [06.10.2011] On August 2, 2011 the Minister of Justice presented to the Committee on Social Affairs of the Greek Parliament the changes proposed by the legislativ ...
Counting the Costs of Archaic Drug Policies and Strategies in Southern Africa [27.09.2011] In June 2011, fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and forty years after former US President Nixon launched ...
Lib Dems vote overwhelmingly to set up panel to consider decriminalising drugs [18.09.2011] The Liberal Democrat party conference have voted to establish a panel to consider decriminalising the use of all drugs. The panel would also consider ...
Czech Health Ministry signals steps to legalize medical marijuana [14.09.2011] The Czech Ministry of Health has indicated that it will take marijuana off the list of banned substances and allow it to be prescribed by doctors for ...
Experts back Liberal Democrat calls for drugs decriminalisation [13.09.2011] Experts have backed calls to be made at the Liberal Democrats conference this weekend for the decriminalisation of all drugs, saying it would not lea ...
Possession of drugs for personal use to be decriminalized [07.09.2011] Criminal charges will only be brought against individuals caught growing or manufacturing drugs or using them in public, according to a draft law pre ...
Drug Policy in Portugal [31.08.2011] ?In 2000, the Portuguese government responded to widespread public concern over drugs by rejecting a "war on drugs" approach and instead decriminaliz ...
Imprisonment for drugs related offenses in Argentina [29.08.2011] Intercambios Civil Association and the Social Sciences School of the University of Buenos Aires launched the book “Encarcelamientos por delitos relac ...
Colombia Takes Step Towards Drug Decriminalization [25.08.2011] Colombia's Supreme Court ruled against harsh punishments for small-time drug offenders, in a move towards easing up Colombia's zero-tolerance drug la ...
How to determine personal use in drug legislation [23.08.2011] Distinguishing between drug possession for personal use and supply and trafficking is widely acknowledged as one of the most difficult and controvers ...
Medical marijuana advocates seek PM's support [23.08.2011] The organisers of a Czech petition for the legalisation of cannabis in medical treatment have asked Prime Minister Petr Necas to support the relevant ...
Liberal Democrats want inquiry into decriminalising drug possession [04.08.2011] Liberal Democrats are expected to call for an independent inquiry into the decriminalisation of possession of all drugs. A motion to be put at the pa ...
Government set to decriminalize drug use [03.08.2011] The government is preparing a bill that would decriminalize drug use, although the possession and supply of drugs and the cultivation of cannabis are ...
Let states enact their own marijuana policies [06.07.2011] Let's be clear: HR 2306, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011, proposed by Reps. Barney Frank and Ron Paul, does not "legalize drugs" ...
California medical marijuana growers face pressure [02.07.2011] A new Obama administration memo approves federal prosecution of anyone in the business of growing or supplying marijuana for medical patients even if ...
Portugal drug law show results ten years on, experts say [01.07.2011] Health experts in Portugal say that Portugal's decision 10 years ago to decriminalise drug use and treat addicts rather than punishing them is an expe ...
Drug death 'capital' Brighton to put treatment ahead of punishment [26.06.2011] Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, has called for a new approach, having identified an unlikely ally. She wants to exploit the localism agenda ...
Dug Policy Profile Portugal [23.06.2011] This profile describes the national drug policy of Portugal, a policy that has attracted significant attention recently in the media and in policy de ...
Fear and loathing surrounds decriminalisation [18.06.2011] "The war on drugs has failed," said a recent report compiled by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which comprised a former UN secretary-general, ...
The Global Commission: breaking the Vienna Consensus [07.06.2011] TNI has been closely involved with the Global Commission on Drug Policy which presented its report in New York on June 2. Some years ago we published ...
Supply and demand [02.06.2011] Narcotics liberalisation was once the cause of freethinkers and hippies. Now a more sober bunch is criticising the “war on drugs”. On June 2nd the Glo ...
War on drugs not working, says global commission [02.06.2011] The global war on drugs has failed and governments should explore legalising marijuana and other controlled substances, according to a commission tha ...
Decriminalise possession of drugs, celebrities urge government [02.06.2011] Dame Judi Dench, Sir Richard Branson, and Sting have joined an ex-drugs minister and three former chief constables in calling for the decriminalisati ...
Panel Calls War on Drugs a Failure [02.06.2011] As spiraling drug violence kills thousands in Mexico and police battle gangs for control of Brazil's drug-infested slums, an international panel has c ...
Global Commission on Drug Policy Report [02.06.2011] The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. Fifty years after the initiation of ...
High-profile panel urges non-criminal approach to world drug policy [01.06.2011] Calling the global war on drugs a costly failure, a group of high-profile world leaders is urging the Obama administration and other governments to en ...
Response from IDPC to the Sentencing Council for England and Wales Consultation on the Drug Offences Guideline [01.06.2011] The Sentencing Council for England and Wales initiated a consultation process in order to produce definitive sentencing guidelines for drugs offences ...
Pot Penalties May Be Modernized [18.05.2011] Sponsored by San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, AB 1017 aims to give prosecutors more discretion in how they charge weed growers and processors, ...
Delaware governor signs bill making it the 16th state to legalize medical marijuana [13.05.2011] Gov. Jack Markell has signed legislation making Delaware the 16th state to allow the use of medical marijuana. The new law allows people 18 and older ...
Controlling and Regulating Drugs [03.05.2011] The New Zealand Law Commission was asked to address the efficacy of the Misuse of Drugs Act in reducing the demand for, and supply of, drugs prohibit ...
Review drags drug law into 21st Century [03.05.2011] New Zealand’s 35-year-old Misuse of Drugs Act should be consigned to the rubbish heap of history and replaced with a modern, flexible, health-focusse ...
Federal prosecutors step into debate over medical marijuana, warn of potential criminal cases [03.05.2011] Several states have started reassessing their medical marijuana laws after stern warnings from the federal government that everyone from licensed gro ...
The Obama Administration’s drug control policy on auto-pilot [29.04.2011] In a widely watched You Tube video, U.S. President Barack Obama is asked whether or not the drug war may in fact be counterproductive. Instead of the ...
It's Time for Drug Policy Reform in Poland! [21.04.2011] In the year 2000, Poland amended its criminal legislation on drug possession. As a result, any person possessing even the smallest amount of an illeg ...
Jamaica panel to review pot decriminalization [13.04.2011] Top government officials will review recommendations to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal and religious use in Jama ...
Drug sentencing public consultation launched [28.03.2011] A public consultation on the sentencing of drugs offenders in England and Wales has been launched. The consultation, launched by the Sentencing Counc ...
A sensible approach to marijuana legalization that protects young people [27.03.2011] The marijuana-legalization debate can too quickly become polarized. Guest columnist Roger Roffman argues that both sides need to tone down the rhetor ...
The future of Dutch cannabis policy [14.03.2011] The municipality of the Dutch city of Utrecht recently announced two scientific experiments on cannabis policy. One experiment will be to set up a cl ...
INCB Report: mixed thoughts [02.03.2011] Today the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) released its annual report. I’ve been following the Board for many, many years now, have often ...
The Prospects for Drug Reform: California [09.02.2011] The West Coast is a different world when it comes to progress on drug policy reform. Three of the four states most likely to see strong pushes for ma ...
The development of international drug control [01.02.2011] The emergence of more pragmatic and less punitive approaches to the drugs issue may represent the beginning of change in the current global drug cont ...
Time to decriminalise drugs? [01.02.2011] The drug trade has increased globally in intensity and reach, and substance abuse in South Africa has escalated rapidly. Drug misuse is a major socia ...

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