Items tagged with prohibition

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How legalization caused the price of marijuana to collapse [05.09.2017] All the diverse effects of legalizing recreational marijuana may not be clear for a number of years, but one consequence has become evident almost im...
Anti-legalization group urges feds to “systematically shut down” cannabis industry [30.08.2017] This month, governors from Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana, each sent letters to th...
How the war on drugs fueled the fentanyl crisis [29.08.2017] A staggering 59,000 people died of drug overdose in 2016 according to a recent New York Times analysis. Annual overdose deaths in the US have already...
Dagga laws are ‘racist and irrational’‚ court told [14.08.2017] The South African law banning the smoking and cultivation of dagga is racist‚ unscientific and not rational or based on good law making. This was the...
It's time to end SA's war on drugs [29.06.2017] Bluetooth nyaope, dagga, dealers and associated rhetoric often dominate the headlines on the issue of drug use. The supply and consumption of drugs —...
A 1930s California story shows why the war on drugs is a failure [16.06.2017] For one bright and flickering moment last year, it looked like the global war on drugs was about to die. California – the sixth largest economy in th...
Recreational drugs market should be managed by 'governments not gangsters', says expert [01.06.2017] Over the 50-odd years the global war on drugs has been fought, it’s been a catalogue of failure on pretty much every level you’d care to examine – ba...
We have waged war on drugs for a century. So who won? [29.05.2017] W hile Rodrigo Duterte was campaigning to be elected president of the Philippines last year, he said on many occasions that he would arrange, if elec...
Asia is still just saying no to drugs [14.01.2017] Harsh penalties for drug offences are common across Asia. The sorts of alternatives now favoured in the West, such as diverting addicts to effective ...
The war on drugs has failed: doctors should lead calls for drug policy reform [13.11.2016] Three United Nations treaties, the oldest from 1961, seek to "advance the health and welfare of mankind" by prohibiting the non-medical use of some d...
Time to put ‘skunk’ out of business [21.06.2016] In the scientific literature, 'skunk' has come to mean something more specific: cannabis that contains a high percentage of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC...
Punjab’s war on drugs is more a war on drug addicts [08.06.2016] In May 2014, stung by allegations of inaction over the rampant abuse and trafficking of drugs, the Punjab government launched an aggressive crackdown...
Rethinking drug prohibition on a global scale [01.05.2016] Last month, the United Nations General Assembly met for the first time in history to reconsider international drug prohibition with an eye toward pol...
Rethinking the global war on drugs [25.04.2016] The U.S. is in the untenable position of violating the existing treaties — now that four states have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. Th...
Global Commission slams UNGASS 2016 outcome that strains the credibility of international law [20.04.2016] At a packed press conference in Manhattan, a formidable panel – including former presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Switzerland, a former chairman of...
UN backs prohibitionist drug policies despite call for more 'humane solution' [19.04.2016] The 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) has approved an agreement that leaves in place the prohibitionist policies banning narcotics us...
Illicit drugs are not the only problem [10.04.2016] Next week the United Nations is convening the largest gathering on drug policy that the world has seen in two decades. It was the brainchild of three...
The old global consensus on the war on drugs is crumbling [09.04.2016] Once a decade, the United Nations organizes a meeting where every country in the world comes together to figure out what to do about drugs — and up t...
Opponents of the War on Drugs are not satisfied with the UN's plan to end it [13.03.2016] After decades of prohibition, 2016 could be the year governments around the world admit that the war on drugs has failed. Or, just as easily, they co...
Campaign group led by police officials calls for rethink on war on drugs [28.02.2016] Former and serving police officers and officials from Britain, Europe and the US have told politicians that the “war on drugs” is lost and they must ...
A war on drugs? We'd be better off paying for a war on hunger [20.01.2016] Global drug control policies, much like tax or climate change, impact heavily on many areas of development and inevitably on efforts to meet many of ...
Fatal drug overdoses hit record high in US, government figures show [18.12.2015] Deaths from drug overdoses have surged across the US to record levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationwide, overd...
New UN think-tank report: What comes after the War on Drugs? [02.11.2015] The UN's own thinktank, the United Nations University (UNU), published a report entitled What Comes After the War on Drugs? that argues that UNGASS 2...
Marseille : ce n’est pas le cannabis qui tue, c’est la prohibition [25.10.2015] Est-il acceptable de mourir sous les balles, dans une cité en France, quand on a 15 ans ? Non. Il est temps de réfléchir autrement. Ce qui tue, ce n’...
Marijuana prohibition can do more harm than good, doctors tell federal parties [20.09.2015] If Canada's new government chooses to legalize marijuana beyond medical use then it should get into the business of controlling its supply and sale t...
Drug warriors are still crying 'reefer madness.' The facts don't support them [14.06.2015] In their op-ed article against cannabis legalization, former drug czar William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn yearn for a time when fear-mongering, not...
The new drug warriors [01.05.2015] The war on drugs is edging towards a truce. Half of Americans want to lift the ban on cannabis. America’s change of heart has led many to wonder if t...
The wars don’t work [01.05.2015] In the West few politicians have been ready to admit the drug war’s failure —even as they quietly moderate their policy. They need to be honest with ...
Plan to send Russian drug addicts to labor camps slammed by experts [14.04.2015] Russia's Federal Drug Control Service's proposal to revive Soviet-era work camps in order to treat drug addicts was met with skepticism by leading he...
The UN’s prohibitionism impedes drug policy reform [16.03.2015] The U.N. commission on drugs insists that the ultimate goal of its prohibitionist drug policy is to ensure “the mental and physical health and welfar...
Two headlines perfectly sum up everything wrong with American drug policy [02.03.2015] Two stories published last week perfectly sum up the state of American drug policy. On Friday, Colorado released its first annual report on the state...
Despite U.N. treaties, war against drugs a losing battle [25.02.2015] As the call for the decriminalisation of drugs steadily picks up steam worldwide, a new study by the London-based charity Health Poverty Action concl...
Four of the major fear campaigns that helped create America's insane war on drugs [08.02.2015] If moral entrepreneurs and interest groups manage to whip up enough fear and anxiety, they can create a full-blown moral panic, the widespread sense ...
German Green Party leader Cem Özdemir stripped of immunity over cannabis plant [16.01.2015] Like countless people around the world, German politician Cem Özdemir took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge last summer. But now, according to German...
Mexico: Challenging drug prohibition from below [13.01.2015] The horrific forced disappearance of 43 students in Iguala reveals how organised crime and corruption thrive in conditions of institutional or democr...
Does your politician have a drug policy problem? [07.01.2015] "Your politician is showing all the symptoms of 'Drug Policy Abuse,'" reads the CDPC website. "They refuse to engage in an open and honest discussion...
Superman ‘ecstasy’ pill deaths are result of ‘illogical and punitive drugs policy’ [05.01.2015] The deaths of four men who had taken pills they thought were ecstasy are the result of the government’s "illogical and punitive drug policy", says Dr...
France plans to stub out e-joints [15.12.2014] France has sought to stamp out a new electronic cigarette containing cannabis, launched with the claim that it provides all of the relaxation but non...
Does tougher enforcement make drugs more expensive? [30.11.2014] Although the fact of prohibition itself raises prices far above those likely to pertain in legal markets, there is little evidence that raising the r...
The 'Fifth Stage' of Drug Control [30.11.2014] Writing in 1996, Norbert Gilmore noted that ‘little has been written about drug use and human rights. Human rights are rarely mentioned expressly in ...
Drug possession arrests double in past six years across NSW [27.11.2014] The number of people arrested for possessing drugs in New South Wales ( Australia ) has doubled over the past six years, with NSW leading a national ...
Spice overdoses on the rise in Sweden [18.11.2014] The statistics were released after six teenagers in Gothenburg were rushed to hospital after taking the drug in excessive quantities. Police have ope...
Is prohibition worth the cost? [06.11.2014] In Denmark there is little movement on drug policy. We know that we are just months from the next general election, but no political party has a poli...
Prohibition is not working: the case for sanity in the war on drugs [29.10.2014] The House of Commons will today debate whether to rethink the war on drugs. While it is only a backbench business debate, and is therefore not bindin...
Improving global drug policy: Comparative perspectives on counternarcotics regimes and UNGASS 2016 [15.10.2014] The approaching 2016 UNGASS and the meetings that will follow provide an important opportunity to reexamine the existing regime and improve global dr...
Leading anti-marijuana academics are paid by painkiller drug companies [26.08.2014] As Americans continue to embrace pot—as medicine and for recreational use—opponents are turning to a set of academic researchers to claim that policy...
It’s time to talk about MDMA [10.08.2014] Another summer festival season, another slate of tragic overdoses and a few overwrought reactions about the need to ban electronic music parties. “Pa...
The federal marijuana ban is rooted in myth and xenophobia [28.07.2014] The federal law that makes possession of marijuana a crime has its origins in legislation that was passed in an atmosphere of hysteria during the 193...
Repeal Prohibition, Again [27.07.2014] It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citiz...
The Guardian view on overdue overhauling of US and global drug laws [27.07.2014] The war on drugs has been a losing fight for 40 years. The response to unending failure has always been to demand more law enforcement and more priso...

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