Items tagged with decriminalization

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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 ...
Mexico decriminalizes small amounts of drugs [27.08.2009] Last week, the Mexican government announced that it will no longer jail users of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Other countries in t ...
Argentina’s Supreme Court Rules Sanctions for the Possession of Marijuana Unconstitutional [26.08.2009] The Argentine Supreme court ruling that declares unconstitutional the imposition of criminal sanctions for the possession of small quantities of mari ...
Too many in jail for drugs offenses in Brazil [13.08.2009] The Ministry of Justice in Brazil announced the results of research that show that there are too many people behind bars in Brazil for drug trafficki ...
Setting sights on future of drug policy [05.08.2009] Participants of the Seminar "Drugs Policies: Progresses and Retrocessions", held in Rio de Janeiro by Viva Rio and the Federal University of Rio de J ...
Drug Policy and the Courts: A Brazilian experience [01.08.2009] This report is a personal response from the author on the issue of Drug Policy and The Courts. A year ago, in the author’s professional practice, he ...
City trying to ‘hash out’ pot issue [07.07.2009] A new Social Affairs Committee report on cannabis has recommended that the City Council seriously consider decriminalisation of the substance’s as be ...
Drug Policy Reform in Practice [01.07.2009] The academic journal Nueva Sociedad recently released an issue to promote the debate in Latin America on drug policy reform. TNI contributed with the ...
5 Years After: Portugal's Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results [07.04.2009] In the face of a growing number of deaths and cases of HIV linked to drug abuse, the Portuguese government in 2001 tried a new tack to get a handle o ...
Drug Decriminalization in Portugal [01.04.2009] On July 1, 2001, a nationwide law in Portugal took effect that decriminalized all drugs, including cocaine and heroin. Under the new legal framework, ...
Tráfico de drogas e Constituição [01.03.2009] This study commissioned by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice underlines the disparity that exists between the depenalization of drug use and the incr ...
Ecstasy 'no more dangerous than horse riding' [07.02.2009] Writing in an academic journal, Professor David Nutt said taking ecstasy was no worse than the risks of "equasy", a term he invented to describe peop ...
Drugs and Democracy: Toward a Paradigm Shift [01.02.2009] The statement presents the main findings of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy. Prohibitionist policies based on the eradication of ...
Pardon for Mules in Ecuador [01.02.2009] At the end of 2008, about 1,500 persons were released who were in Ecuadorian prisons sentenced for drug trafficking. The measure, known as “pardon fo ...
On the threshold [01.12.2008] This paper offers a critique of the UK Government’s decision to abandon its former plans to introduce thresholds into drugs legislation via section 2 ...
Voters agree heroin scheme, but throw out dope [30.11.2008] The Swiss look set to approve the government's drugs policy, including the prescription of heroin to addicts, but will reject a plan to decriminalise ...
Fate of drug laws hazy but voters will decide [23.10.2008] A first opinion poll found that the prescription of heroin for addicts stands a good chance of passing on November 30. However, a proposal to decrimi ...
Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate [01.09.2008] Despite cannabis being the most widely used illegal drug, and therefore the mainstay of the ‘war on drugs’, it has only ever held a relatively margin ...
The current state of drug policy debate [30.04.2008] Martin Jelsma, from the Transnational Institute, prepared an analysis for the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, explaining the drug p ...
Cannabis dreams drift away [07.04.2008] Following decades of rising cannabis use and talk of liberalisation, Switzerland had appeared poised to become the marijuana capital of Europe. The c ...
Decriminalization of cannabis [01.03.2008] This paper discusses the case for decriminalization of cannabis use, based on a careful weighting of the currently available evidence regarding advan ...
Beyond Punitive Prohibition [01.03.2006] The primary objective of this paper is to evaluate whether the drug conventions permit states to experiment with alternatives to the punitive prohibi ...
"Achterdeur open U" [09.02.2006] Het Nederlandse cannabisbeleid verkeert al decennia in een internationaalrechtelijke schemerzone, stelt Martin Jelsma van het Transnational Institute ...
What Does It Mean to Decriminalize Marijuana? [01.09.2004] This paper provides a framework for understanding what decriminalization means within the broader context of depenalization. To illustrate these conc ...
Pot, politics and the press—reflections on cannabis law reform in Western Australia [31.05.2004] Windows of opportunity for changing drug laws open infrequently and they often close without legislative change being affected. In this paper the aut ...
The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy [01.05.2004] Decriminalizing cannabis doesn't lead to more widespread use, according to a study comparing cannabis users in two similar cities with opposing canna ...
Global Trends. Lessons from Vienna [20.06.2003] Martin Jelsma analysed the 2003 UNGASS mid-term review and drew some important conclusions for the 10-year review in 2008: "Alliances have to be cons ...
Drugs in the UN system [01.04.2003] The "international community" presented an apparent unanimity in its endorsement of prohibitive drug control at the United Nations General Assembly S ...
The role of the quantity in the prosecution of drug offences [01.04.2003] All countries use legal or judicial means to grade the severity of the offence of drug possession and related actions. Frequently this is done by ref ...
Decriminalization of Drug Use in Portugal [01.07.2002] Drug use is an increasing problem in Portugal. In response, following the advice of a select committee, the Portuguese government has recently issued ...
Drug users and the law in the EU [01.03.2002] Drug laws in the European Union (EU) seek continuously to strike a balance between punishment and treatment. The three United Nations (UN) convention ...
Decriminalisation in Europe? [01.11.2001] This brief report analyses the similarities and differences in legal attitudes to drug use and possession across Europe in light of the recent change ...
Evaluating alternative cannabis regimes [31.01.2001] Cannabis is the cutting-edge drug for reform, the only politically plausible candidate for major legal change, at least decriminalisation (re ...
Drug Use Criminalization v. Decriminalization [01.01.2001] The present paper focuses on the pros & cons of the main dichotomy in the field of drug control policy: that between criminalization and decriminaliz ...
The Dutch example shows that liberal drug laws can be beneficial [01.02.2000] U.S. drug control officials have denounced Dutch drug policy as if it were the devil himself. One former U.S. Drug Czar said "you can't walk down the ...

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