Items tagged with law enforcement

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Human Rights and drug policy [01.01.2020] The Transnational Institute (TNI) has always believed in the need to find global answers to global problems, been a strong defender of multilateralis...
Senators defy Jeff Sessions and vote to extend medical marijuana protections [27.07.2017] A congressional committee voted to extend protections of state medical marijuana programs against federal interference, in defiance of a request from...
Why João Doria’s war on drugs is doomed [12.07.2017] When São Paulo Mayor João Doria set out to fulfil a campaign promise and rid the city of its cracolândia (crackland), an area that was home to a grou...
Toronto marijuana arrests reveal ‘startling’ racial divide [06.07.2017] Black people with no history of criminal convictions have been three times more likely to be arrested by Toronto police for possession of small amoun...
What’s the deal with cannabis in Hong Kong? [01.07.2017] The use or sale of cannabis is banned in Hong Kong under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, which came into effect in 1969. Any person who cultivates any...
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 —...
Wrecking to ‘revitalise’: São Paulo expels drug users and razes buildings, claiming public safety [16.06.2017] On May 21, 500 civil and military police descended on the downtown neighbourhood where, since the late 1990s, hundreds to thousands of crack-cocaine ...
Jeff Sessions personally asked Congress to let him prosecute medical marijuana providers [13.06.2017] Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asking congressional leaders to undo federal medical marijuana protections that have been in place since 2014, acco...
Support users, don't punish them: Ex-AFP boss' radical ideas to beat the drug trade [13.06.2017] For over half a century governments in Australia have relied heavily on law enforcement to curb the drug trade and reduce drug use. But despite huge ...
Pot legislation does not fail Canada’s youth. A criminal record does [10.06.2017] The Canadian Medical Association Journal released an editorial criticizing the government’s approach to the protection of youth in the proposed Canna...
Police time and money go to pot [19.05.2017] In 2015-2016, 259 165 people were arrested for drug-related crimes, according to the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) crime statistics. The poli...
Baltimore homicide detectives to begin investigating drug overdoses [02.05.2017] Baltimore Police have begun investigating overdoses in an effort to trace drugs back to dealers, joining a wave of Maryland law enforcement agencies ...
It’s time to kick our addiction to the war on drugs [25.04.2017] As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie takes the lead in crafting the Trump administration’s response to the opioid crisis, he and his colleagues need...
Tough marijuana position from national prosecutors could influence Trump policy [25.04.2017] A federal group of prosecutors in the United States has criticized efforts at the US state level to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational...
Canada and eight US states have done it. Why can't NSW legalise cannabis? [24.04.2017] In Australia the long arm of the law still has a long reach, waging a war on drugs. Last year, there were more than 26,000 criminal incidents of cann...
Charge Rodrigo Duterte with mass murder, lawyer tells The Hague [24.04.2017] Filipino lawyer Jude Josue Sabio asked the International Criminal Court in The Hague to charge President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 other Philippine offi...
Officers rue the return of US 'war on drugs' [18.04.2017] Attorney General Jeff Sessions likes to reminisce about the aggressive law enforcement of the 80s and 90s and recently labelled cannabis " only sligh...
Police describe kill rewards, staged crime scenes in Duterte's drug war [18.04.2017] The Philippine police have received cash payments for executing drug suspects, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried out most of the killings ...
Legalization plan doesn’t include amnesty for past marijuana-convictions: Liberals [17.04.2017] The federal plan to legalize recreational marijuana does not include the general amnesty for past pot convictions some would like to see, says Public...
Some Arab governments are rethinking harsh cannabis laws [12.04.2017] The Moroccan authorities look at the issue from the other direction. Though the government bans the production of cannabis, its growth is tolerated i...
The DEA chief will ‘have to check’ whether DEA lets drugs into communities on purpose. (It does) [11.04.2017] Federal law allows informants, like those employed by the DEA, to engage in “ otherwise illegal activity ” as part of an investigation. Those activit...
How Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs [08.04.2017] When the Obama administration reduced harsh prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, rave reviews came from across the political spectrum. Civ...
Toronto pot shop raids: Huge success or costly attack? [07.04.2017] Shut down, Mayor John Tory told marijuana shop owners, or face “whatever enforcement mechanisms” the city can muster to extinguish the “wildfire” spr...
Thousands dead: the Philippine president, the death squad allegations and a brutal drugs war [02.04.2017] “Throw them in the ocean or the quarry. Make it clean. Make sure there are no traces of the bodies.” The words are shocking. That they allegedly came...
How British weed growers are avoiding prosecution [15.03.2017] The United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs (UKCSC) have recently launched a system that, in theory, would help you battle a court case if your grow was...
Philippines police plant evidence to justify killings in drug war, says report [02.03.2017] Human Rights Watch has accused Philippines police of falsifying evidence to justify unlawful killings in the government’s war on drugs that has cause...
Advocacy group calls for reform of Burma’s drug laws and policies [17.02.2017] The Drug Policy Advocacy Group (DPAG) has called for a reform of Burma’s drug laws, demanding new policies focusing on the rehabilitation of drug use...
A rare survivor of a Philippine drug raid takes the police to court [10.02.2017] As the only known survivor of a so-called buy-bust operation, Mr. Morillo has provided a chilling first-person account that challenges the government...
In Duterte’s footsteps, Hun Sen launches a drug war [09.02.2017] Cambodia’s newly launched war on drugs is in full swing, with nearly 3,000 people arrested in the campaign’s first month of crime-busting. Authoritie...
Marijuana legalization must include justice reform [31.01.2017] Across the US, we routinely take a pledge that ends in “with liberty and justice for all.” Yet that fundamental promise has been broken in six of the...
Boulder DA Stan Garnett named to group that will advise Trump administration on pot [30.01.2017] The National District Attorney's Association created a policy group featuring 14 district attorneys from across the country who will issue advisement...
Families of slain Filipinos file Supreme Court challenge to Rodrigo Duterte’s drugs war [26.01.2017] Families of alleged drugs suspects killed by Philippine police petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday to force police to disclose evidence linking ...
The growing movement for marijuana amnesty [22.12.2016] With an estimated $7 billion in sales in 2016 and potentially exponential growth due to recent ballot initiatives on recreational use, the legal mari...
'They are slaughtering us like animals' [06.12.2016] I had come to document the bloody and chaotic cam­paign against drugs that President Rodrigo Duterte began when he took office on June 30: since then...
Medical marijuana is legal in California. Except when it’s not [21.11.2016] California’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry, by far the nation’s largest, is crawling out from the underbrush after voters opted to legalize ...
Donald Trump’s attorney general pick could destroy the recreational pot industry [21.11.2016] Attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is a fervent foe of marijuana legalization. But if he were confirmed as President-elect Trump’s ...
Obama: Federal prohibition not ‘tenable’ after state marijuana votes [04.11.2016] President Obama says that federal laws banning marijuana will likely have to change if new states vote to legalize the drug on Tuesday. “The good new...
Found in the dark [20.10.2016] Some 400 people were charged with being “found in the dark” in Yangon, Myanmar in the first five months of 2015 alone. The charge carries a prison te...
How our tax dollars are used to fund opposition to marijuana legalization, in a clear violation of ethics [19.10.2016] This year the pharmaceutical, alcohol and prison food industries have all weighed in to oppose marijuana legalization initiatives across the country....
These British police forces have stopped arresting drug users [18.10.2016] People caught carrying personal amounts of drugs, including cocaine and heroin, are being diverted away from the criminal justice system in what coul...
Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes — combined [12.10.2016] On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 people sit behind bars on simple drug-possession charges, according to a report released by t...
Duterte’s war on drugs: bitter lessons from Thailand’s failed campaign [28.09.2016] The body count from Philippine President Duterte’s “war on drugs” is growing by the day; more than 3,000 casualties leading to broad international co...
Marijuana arrests fall to lowest level since 1996 [25.09.2016] Arrests for simple marijuana possession in the United States fell to nearly a two-decade low last year, according to new statistics released Monday b...
Paradise lost: does Copenhagen’s Christiania commune still have a future? [22.09.2016] In recent years the cannabis in Christiania trade has evolved. Once led by small-time dealers, it is now controlled by large, multinational organisat...
Review ganja laws [22.09.2016] The Government of Barbados will have to face the fact that more and more Barbadians, particularly young people, are open to the decriminalization of ...
Stop and search still targets black people, police watchdog says [20.09.2016] Police stops of black people are still at an “eye-watering” level compared with white people, the official police watchdog said and promised a fresh ...
Duterte’s fiercest critic booted from committee investigating killings [19.09.2016] Accused of bias after she allowed a self-confessed hitman to link Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to over a thousand murders, Senator Leila De L...
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to extend drug war as 'cannot kill them all' [18.09.2016] Rodrigo Duterte has asked for a six-month extension for his war on drugs, saying there are too many people involved in the narcotics trade and he "ca...
'Found in the Dark' [14.09.2016] To address its serious drug use problems, Myanmar should change its drug policy towards a harm reduction approach. Instead of a repressive approach, ...
Christiania residents shut down Pusher Street [01.09.2016] After a meeting that stretched across several hours, residents of the largely self-governing commune of Christiania said they would try to shut down ...

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