Items tagged with law enforcement

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No, legal US drugs aren’t being trafficked into Mexico en masse [02.12.2014] The US Drug Enforcement Agency has now walked back statements it made about the trafficking of marijuana grown in the US to buyers in Mexico, after b ...
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 ...
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 tr ...
Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study [30.10.2014] There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the UK government ...
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 ...
Colombia, more than three decades of toxic sprayings. Enough! [26.09.2014] It is unfortunate that 35 years after the first chemical spraying in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, we are still writing about aerial sprayings in ...
Latin America’s Anti-drug Policies Feed on the Poor [04.09.2014] Poor young men, slumdwellers and single mothers are hurt the most by anti-drug policies in Latin America, according to representatives of governments ...
Nonsense to arrest for a spliff [11.08.2014] The attorney general, Patrick Atkinson, must move with dispatch to determine, as the justice minister, Mark Golding, suggests, whether the police can ...
Ganja growers demand amnesty on weed arrests [09.08.2014] A call has been made for the government to declare an amnesty on all arrests for the possession of under one pound of marijuana. The plea from the Ga ...
The injustice of marijuana arrests [27.07.2014] America’s four-decade war on drugs is responsible for many casualties, but the criminalization of marijuana has been perhaps the most destructive par ...
DEA may be losing the war on marijuana politics [11.07.2014] The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has found itself under attack in Congress as it holds its ground against marijuana legalization while the r ...
Albania cracks down on marijuana production in key southern village [18.06.2014] With the fruits of its labor turning up in Italy, Greece and, last year, Germany, Albania has come under increasing pressure from the European Union ...
Limburg marijuana growers turn over €240m a year: local paper [30.05.2014] Despite efforts to clamp down on marijuana plantations, growers in the southern province of Limburg turn over some €240m a year, according to calcula ...
L'émergence d'un cannabis made in France [12.05.2014] Les consommateurs du cannabis en France préférant de plus en plus l'herbe, facile à cultiver en France, à la résine marocaine, le marché s'adapte, re ...
Study: Marijuana legalization doesn’t increase crime [14.04.2014] After Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use this year, violent and property crime rates in the city are actually falling. According to da ...
America’s new drug policy landscape [01.04.2014] Public opinion in the US appears ready for a truce in the war on drugs. A national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that support for the legal ...
DEA chief: Marijuana legalization just 'makes us fight harder' [01.04.2014] Far from being discouraged by shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of marijuana, federal ...
Drug busts push teens towards hard drugs in Lebanon [29.01.2014] The relentless crackdown by security forces on the mainly cannabis-smoking youth in Beirut has had several negative repercussions on the Lebanese soc ...
Why do Brazilian police kill? [20.11.2013] An average of five people were killed by police every day in Brazil last year, according to an annual security report, revealing an entrenched cultur ...
Whither Rio de Janeiro’s Police Pacification Units? [18.11.2013] Rio de Janeiro’s Pacification Police Units (UPP) are celebrating their fifth year in 2013. They do so with generally positive approval ratings from t ...
Let the gangs wither and the state turn a profit [04.11.2013] As a law enforcement professional, I was waiting impatiently for the government’s recommendations for fighting gang crime. I’ve been especially impat ...
Drugs as war economy and the peace process in Colombia: dilemmas and challenges [28.10.2013] The fourth item on the agenda of talks “to end the conflict,” on the issue of drugs, seems to reflect rather a flat and simplistic view of the classi ...
Weed: Decriminalise to stabilise [26.10.2013] Jamaica's current volatile security environment and its economic malaise are reasons enough to seriously consider joining their Latin American counte ...
Human rights and drug control: an irreconcilable contradiction? [15.10.2013] This week both the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna and the UN General Assembly 3rd Committee in New York discuss new drug control res ...
Rio police charged over torture and death of missing favela man [02.10.2013] Ten police in Rio de Janeiro have been charged with the torture and killing of a resident of the city's biggest favela in a case that has highlighted ...
War on illegal drugs failing, medical researchers warn [01.10.2013] The global “war on drugs” has been such a failure that illegal substances are now cheaper and purer than at any period over the past two decades, war ...
Police targeting cannabis users [24.09.2013] Police in Copenhagen have cannabis users in their crosshairs as they struggle to close the illegal drug trade in Copenhagen commune Christiania. Task ...
Analysis: Colombia’s fight against the coca trade [05.09.2013] EL TARRA, 28 August 2013 (IRIN) - The Colombian government believes people should just say no to growing coca: those that do not, risk aerial sprayin ...
Drug law enforcement and financial investigation strategies [31.08.2013] Since the 1980s, there has been a major push in rhetoric and institution-building, emphasizing the centrality of attacking the financial lifeblood of ...
Online activists take on police in Christiania [01.08.2013] In response to the increased police presence in and around Christiania, a number of citizens are fighting back online. Fans of Christiania have long ...
The most embarrassing graph in American drug policy [28.05.2013] Law enforcement strategies have utterly failed to even maintain street prices of the key illicit substances. This figure shows that street drug price ...
Deficiencies in financial oversight enable money laundering [15.05.2013] In July 1989, the leaders of the economic powers assembled at the G7 Paris summit decided to establish a Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to counte ...
Green green grass of home: police crack down on cottage industry of cannabis [10.04.2013] Across the UK, 7,865 cannabis farms were discovered in 2011-12, an increase of 15% on the previous year's figures and over double the number for 2007 ...
Is the war on drugs nearing an end? [07.04.2013] For four decades, libertarians, civil rights activists and drug treatment experts have stood outside of the political mainstream in arguing that the ...
'They stole our dreams': blogger reveals cost of reporting Mexico's drug wars [02.04.2013] For three years it has chronicled Mexico's drug war with graphic images and shocking stories that few others dare show, drawing millions of readers, ...
UN concerned by arbitrary arrests in Brazil [27.03.2013] The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention voiced concern about the rising number of arbitrary arrests in Brazil, which has one of the h ...
Christiania task force netting arrests but locals call it harassment [11.02.2013] Copenhagen Police said that the number of people being charged with possession of cannabis is up 23 percent since the creation of Task Force Pusher S ...
Guatemala's president: 'My country bears the scars from the war on drugs' [18.01.2013] This is at the heart of the awakening in Latin America, a feeling that drugs prohibition has allowed rich and powerful cartels to rise to such promin ...
Federal government should allow states to sanction marijuana businesses [14.12.2012] President Obama’s statement of tolerance toward legalized marijuana is welcome. The real question is not whether federal agents will go after users. ...
The Northern Triangle’s drugs-violence nexus [28.11.2012] Mexico has occupied the limelight when it comes to media attention focusing on drug-related violence in Latin America. However, it is actually Centra ...
Mexico's drug war bright spot hides dark underbelly [27.11.2012] For four years, Ciudad Juárez on the border with Texas was convulsed by daily slaughter, becoming the murder capital of the world and a shocking illu ...
Marijuana decriminalization law brings down juvenile arrests in California [25.11.2012] Marijuana is one of the primary reasons why California experienced a stunning 20 percent drop in juvenile arrests in just one year, between 2010 and ...
"Impossible" to end drug trade, says Calderón [23.11.2012] Ending the consumption and the trafficking of illegal drugs is “impossible”, according to Felipe Calderón, Mexico’s outgoing president. In an intervi ...
Britain's drug policies could be wasting billions [15.10.2012] Despite the successes of recent years, there are still approximately 2,000 drug-related deaths in the UK every year. Nearly 400,000 people have serio ...
Study: Pot arrests cost state $300 million in past 25 years [10.10.2012] A new crime-data analysis has found that 241,000 people in Washington were arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession over the last quarter-centur ...
How International Aid for Drug Enforcement Fuels Human Rights Abuses [02.10.2012] It is increasingly clear that there is a fundamental lack of oversight of how international aid – provided by the US, Europe and the United Nations t ...
Fix to B.C.’s ‘drug problem’ is easy: legalize marijuana [20.09.2012] With three western American states mulling legalized marijuana and the Union of B.C. Municipalities set to debate it, a new group wants the province ...
Q&A: “Pacification of favelas not a real public policy yet” [17.09.2012] The "pacification" of the favelas in this Brazilian city, aimed at driving out armed groups and fighting drug trafficking, has not yet become a fully ...
Mayor and police at odds over cannabis approach [10.09.2012] While Copenhagen's mayor, Frank Jensen, continues to be a vocal advocate for legalising cannabis in the city, arguing that a "paradigm shift" is in o ...
Police to crack down on Pusher Street [20.08.2012] Starting September 1, the police will be stepping up efforts to cull Pusher Street’s estimated one billion kroner organised cannabis trade through th ...

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