Items tagged with decriminalization

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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 ...
Wash. politician proposes selling pot in liquor stores [29.01.2011] A Washington State Democrat has introduced a bill to legalize marijuana and sell it in liquor stores. Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson filed House Bill 1550 o ...
Obama: Drugs Should Be Treated as "Public Health Problem" [28.01.2011] In an online town hall session yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama suggested that, while he is not in favor of drug legalization, he does believe ...
Latin American statesmen question drugs war strategy [27.01.2011] Three former Latin American presidents have declared the US-led “war on drugs” a failure and called for new strategies focusing on treatment to repla ...
Personalities urge new ways to tackle drug abuse [25.01.2011] A group set up by former Latin American leaders and personalities including Virgin chief Richard Branson on Monday recommended that consumers of illi ...
Towards a new drug policy [25.01.2011] What are the benefits and risks of eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana possession for personal use? What are the risks and benefits of disti ...
TNI-EMCDDA Expert Seminar on Threshold Quantities [20.01.2011] A wider trend for drug law reform is arising out of a felt need to make legislation more effective and more humane. Within this trend, a number of co ...
Drug experiment [16.01.2011] Faced with both a public health crisis and a public relations disaster, Portugal’s elected officials took a bold step. They decided to decriminalize ...
Ending the futile war on drugs [27.12.2010] The war on drugs is a lost war, and 2011 is the time to move away from a punitive approach in order to pursue a new set of policies based on public h ...
Portugal's drug policy pays off; US eyes lessons [26.12.2010] The United States, which has waged a 40-year, $1 trillion war on drugs, is looking for answers in tiny Portugal, which is reaping the benefits of wha ...
Juries are giving pot defendants a pass [24.12.2010] Prosecutors say they are increasingly mindful of as marijuana use wins growing legal and public tolerance: Some jurors may be reluctant to convict fo ...
All parties must see that the drugs war has failed [19.12.2010] It is clearly expecting too much of Westminster that, when a recently retired cabinet minister calls for mature debate on drugs policy, a mature deba ...
What Can We Learn From The Portuguese Decriminalization of Illicit Drugs? [30.11.2010] The issue of decriminalizing illicit drugs is hotly debated, but is rarely subject to evidence-based analysis. This paper examines the case of Portug ...
Portugal's Drug Experience: New Study Confirms Decriminalization Was a Success [23.11.2010] From the perspective of drug warriors, the criminal laws against drug possession are all that protect Americans from a deluge of drugs, an orgy of ma ...
Proposition 19 Is a Vote Heard 'Round the World' [01.11.2010] The world will be watching as Californians go to the polls on Tuesday and vote on Proposition 19, which would legalize and regulate marijuana in that ...
UN expert calls for a fundamental shift in global drug control policy [26.10.2010] At a press conference in New York on Tuesday 26 October, 2010, at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly, one of the UN’s key human ...
The drug legalization debate [17.10.2010] Foreign minister Maria Angela Holguín’s statement of last Sunday 10 October is of great importance. According to this statement, Colombia should take ...
Portuguese priorities [11.10.2010] In July 2001, the Portuguese government introduced Law 30, setting in train a radical new approach to illicit drug use. In practice, it decriminalise ...
Pot possession in Calif now like speeding ticket [01.10.2010] A new law makes possessing up to an ounce of marijuana in California no more serious than getting a speeding ticket - a development both sides battli ...
Schwarzenegger signs bill reducing offense for marijuana possession [01.10.2010] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opposes Proposition 19, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but he offered a consolation Thursday by s ...
Cuts prompt police to call for debate on drugs and redirect resources [18.09.2010] One of Britain's most senior police officers has said youngsters caught carrying personal amounts of drugs such as cannabis should "not be criminalis ...
Weary of drug war, Mexico debates legalization [12.09.2010] A debate about legalizing marijuana and possibly other drugs — once a taboo suggestion — is percolating in Mexico, a nation exhausted by runaway viol ...
Calif. to vote on legalizing marijuana [09.09.2010] For those who have long argued that smoking marijuana should not be a crime, a potentially historic turning point is just weeks away. Voters in Calif ...
Can California's Legalization Battle Kick-Start a Movement for Change? [05.09.2010] Drug prohibition is remarkably ineffective, costly and counter-productive -- it has cost people their lives, and put millions behind bars. Is the tid ...
What Britain could learn from Portugal's drugs policy [05.09.2010] In the midst of the recently resurgent debate in Britain about whether our drug laws are working – or require a major overhaul – the experience of Po ...
Cannabis in Mexico [27.08.2010] In August 2010, Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared that he would support a national debate on the issue of legalisation, reversing his previo ...
Prague high [24.08.2010] Although the partial decriminalization of cannabis at the beginning of this year didn't transform the capital into the new Amsterdam, as some headlin ...
Leading doctor urges decriminalisation of drugs [16.08.2010] One of the UK's leading doctors said today the government should consider decriminalising drugs because the blanket ban has failed to cut crime or im ...
Mexico rethinks drugs strategy as violence escalates [11.08.2010] Mexico's president, Felipe Calderón, launched his presidency three and a half years ago with an unprecedented military-led offensive against the coun ...
Ex-Mexico president calls for legalizing drugs [09.08.2010] Former President Vicente Fox is joining with those urging his successor to legalize drugs in Mexico, saying that could break the economic power of th ...
Permitir uso inhibe adicciones [09.08.2010] La legalización del consumo y venta de drogas “blandas” (mariguana y hachís) en Holanda resultó un éxito para el sistema de salud de ese país, al dis ...
The problem is more than just the substances, it's the prohibition itself [09.08.2010] Maria Lucia Karam, a retired Brazilian judge, argues that drugs should be legalised - but regulated. Every country that has provided a glimpse of wha ...
Right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health [06.08.2010] The current international system of drug control has focused on creating a drug-free world, almost exclusively through use of law enforcement policie ...
En la hora de la legalización de las drogas [05.08.2010] El discurso del presidente Calderón el 3 de agosto es de una importancia histórica. Por primera vez un jefe de Estado en funciones en México había ac ...

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