Items tagged with decriminalization

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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 ...
FCH: Que se debata legalizar las drogas [04.08.2010] El presidente Felipe Calderón aceptó el debate sobre la legalización de las drogas en el país. El lunes, Eduardo Gallo, presidente de México Unido Co ...
Insistir en el enfoque represivo en la lucha contra el narco, inefectivo [01.08.2010] Mientras la estrategia para combatir el narcotráfico se centre en las acciones bélicas, la guerra en contra de este ilícito continuará por décadas si ...
Ten years of decriminalization in Portugal [29.07.2010] Ten years ago, in July 2001, Portugal decriminalized the use and possession of all illicit drugs including cocaine and heroin. Under the new legal fr ...
At 10, Portugal's Drug Law Draws New Scrutiny [20.07.2010] Portugal's move to decriminalize illicit substances—Europe's most liberal drug legislation—turns 10 years old this month amid new scrutiny and plaudi ...
Argentina: Reform on the way? [15.07.2010] In August 2009, the Argentina Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional legislation that criminalized drug possession for personal consumption. This ...
El nuevo paradigma sobre las drogas [17.06.2010] Rodeada de expertos, colegas y políticos, ayer la fiscal Mónica Cuñarro, encargada de la comisión gubernamental que impulsa la reforma de las polític ...
Berlin set to relax cannabis laws [18.05.2010] A new marijuana policy could make it legal for individuals to posses up to 15 grams (0.5 ounces) of the drug in the German capital. The regulation wo ...
Drug Law Reform in Ecuador [01.05.2010] In Ecuador, the Correa government’s comprehensive justice sector reform project includes significant changes in drug legislation. The country has one ...
Review of methodologies of evaluating effects of drug-related legal changes [01.04.2010] This paper analyses scientific and grey literature that examines the consequences of drug law changes, and describes their approach and methodologies ...
Argentina and Mexico clash with the INCB [31.03.2010] The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna in March 2010 was a rather uneventful event. One of the most controversial issues were the comments ...
IDPC Drug Policy Guide [01.03.2010] This is the second edition of the IDPC Drug Policy Guide aimed at national government policy makers. This publication is a collaborative effort by a ...
In drug war, failed old ideas never die [26.02.2010] WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Here's a stern warning to the U.S. states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, N ...
Latin America distances itself from U.S. on drug war [09.02.2010] Latin America is shifting focus in counter-drug strategies, moving away from a U.S. strategy of a "war on drugs" that is widely seen as having failed ...
Latin America Rejects Old U.S. Approach In Drugs War [29.01.2010] As an increasingly violent and costly drugs war clogs up prisons with small-time users, some Latin American countries are abandoning hardline U.S. po ...
Trends in Drug Law Reform in Europe and Latin America [26.01.2010] This presentation gives a short overview of legislative reforms in Europe and Latin America that provide lessons learned in practice about less punit ...
Prohibition, a backwards step [01.01.2010] In December 2009, the Congress in Colombia passed a reform to the 1991 Constitution, which considered the possession and consumption of certain quant ...
New drug guidelines are Europe's most liberal [23.12.2009] Long known for a liberal policy on drugs, the Czech Republic is now officially quantifying its status as one of European Union's most lenient member ...
Penalisation of drug possession [01.12.2009] Polish law provides punishment for possession of narcotic drugs. It is a controversial issue whether punishing for possession of any amount of drugs ...
Legislative Innovation in Drug Policy [01.11.2009] This briefing summarizes good practices in legislative reforms around the world, representing steps away from a repressive zero-tolerance model towar ...
Mexico: The Law Against Small-Scale Drug Dealing [01.10.2009] In August 2009, Mexico adopted a new law against small-scale drug dealing, which introduces some significant advances in key subjects, such as the re ...
Latin America breaks ranks in US war on drugs [24.09.2009] Many countries in the region – most recently Mexico – have decriminalized small amounts of drugs for personal use. The moves have followed decisions ...
Drug Decriminalization: A Trend Takes Shape [21.09.2009] The trend of "drug decriminalization" is quickly taking shape in Latin America. Increasingly, many countries are leaning toward decriminalization as ...
Argentina’s supreme court “Arriola” ruling on the possession of drugs for personal consumption [01.09.2009] Intercambios Asociación Civil applauds the attempt of the Supreme Court Judges to distance the criminal law from drug users, but warns that attention ...
Stepping away from the darkness [01.09.2009] The experiences of countries that have decriminalised drugs show that fears of explosions in drugs use are unfounded.
The "Arriola" Ruling of the Supreme Court of Argentina on the Possession of Drugs for Personal Consumption [01.09.2009] On August 25, 2009, Argentina’s Supreme Court of Justice of Argentina unanimously declared to be unconstitutional the second paragraph of Article 14 ...

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