• Weed all about it

    Uruguay's cannabis law
    The Economist (UK)
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    TheEconomist“A critical turning point in the failed war against drugs,” is the verdict of Martin Jelsma of the Drugs and Democracy Programme at the Transnational Institute, an Amsterdam-based think-tank. On December 10th Uruguay’s Senate approved a law that not only legalised marijuana use but also regulated its production and sale. Others have gone down this route before: the American states of Colorado and Washington legalised marijuana for recreational use in 2012. But Uruguay is the first country to do so.

  • More U.N. states quietly say no to drug war

    Inter Press Service (IPS)
    Saturday, December 7, 2013

    An internal United Nations draft document leaked last weekend has offered outsiders a rare look at longstanding disagreements between member states over the course of U.N. drug policy. The document, first publicised by The Guardian and obtained by IPS, contains over 100 specific policy recommendations and proposals from member states, many at odds with the status quo on illicit drug eradication and prohibition.

  • Thailand’s cure for meth addiction? A leafy jungle stimulant

    Seen as an emerging threat in the US, 'Kratom' could wean addicts off meth, Thailand’s justice minister argues
    Global Post
    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    4x100users-thailandThe legal status of kratom is under review in Thailand. Options include making kratom available only by prescription, decriminalizing small amounts and total legalization. “There’s never been a single death associated with kratom,” said Pascal Tanguay, who investigated kratom use for the Transnational Institute. “People have been chewing this for thousands of years with no cases of overdose, psychosis, murder, violent crime. Never in all of recorded history.”

  • Analysis: Colombia’s fight against the coca trade

    Obinna Anyadike
    IRIN (UN)
    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    ElTarraEL TARRA, 28 August 2013 (IRIN) - The Colombian government believes people should just say no to growing coca: those that do not, risk aerial spraying of their illicit crop with powerful pesticides, or manual destruction by work teams hired by private firms and supported by the security forces.

  • Uruguay poised to legalize marijuana: Is this the right way forward?

    Vatican Radio
    Friday, August 2, 2013

    cannabis-leafUruguay is poised to become the first nation in the world to create a legal, regulated marijuana market. .. but is this the right way forward? Martin Jelsma is a leading expert on Latin America and international drugs policies. He told Vatican Radio's Susy Hodges that he's in favour of the new law in Uruguay and says it is not intended to liberalize the cannabis market but instead regulate it.


  • Legalization of marijuana seeks to protect teens and minor addicts from addiction - expert

    Roman Kozarev
    The Voice of Russia (Russia)
    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    Voice-of-RussiaUruguay's House of Representatives has passed a bill to legalize marijuana by 50 of the 96 MPs following 13 hours of tough debates. Now the bill is to be approved by the Senate to make Uruguay the first country to regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. President Jose Mujica believes that the measure will remove profits from drug dealers and divert users from harder drugs. Martin Jelsma, the Coordinator of Drugs & Democracy program at Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, shared his thoughts on the new legislation with the Voice of Russia.

  • Nederland wietland ingehaald door Uruguay

    NOS Op 3 (The Netherlands)
    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    CannabisSativaWij hebben het er al jaren over, Uruguay doet 't gewoon: wiet wordt er legaal. Niet alleen de verkoop, ook de productie. Daarmee is Uruguay het eerste land ter wereld waar wiet legaal is, en zijn wij onze koppositie een beetje kwijt...

  • In Mexico, guilty till proven innocent

    Maureen Meyer
    CNN (US)
    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

    meyer-mexico-prison-story-top-1The case of Yanira Maldonado brought international attention once more to the innocent people getting caught in Mexico's drug war. Maldonado, a U.S. citizen and mother of seven children, was released late last week after spending more than a week in a prison in Nogales, Mexico, accused of trying to transport marijuana aboard a bus.

  • De wankele 'Weense consensus' over drugsbeleid

    Internationale Spectator
    April 2013

    ??20130400_is_art_jelsmaNederland is met zijn drugsbeleid in de achterhoede terecht gekomen, zo stelt Martin Jelsma. Zo zijn Uruguay en de Amerikaanse staten Washington en Colorado met hun besluit om de cannabismarkt van teelt tot gebruik te legaliseren, Nederland voorbijgestreefd. Ze schenden daarbij de VN-verdragen en lijken daarmee hervorming van het wereldwijde drugsbeleid af te dwingen. Ook vanuit het door drugsgeweld geteisterde Latijns-Amerika wordt de roep om legalisering van de drugsmarkt steeds groter.

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  • Towards a ceasefire

    Winding down the war on drugs. Experiments in legalisation are showing what a post-war approach to drug control could look like
    The Economist (UK)
    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    economist230213Partial reforms have their limits. Most drug crime is not cannabis-related. Moving from punishment to harm reduction may help drug users, but it leaves gangsters in control of supplies and revenues. Many countries still stick to prohibition. The votes in Colorado and Washington were hardly imaginable ten years ago and make deeper change likely. They weaken the Single Convention, the illegal trade, and the prohibition industry that feeds on it.


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