Items tagged with decriminalization

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Marijuana reforms flood state legislatures [13.01.2017] Legislators in more than a dozen states have introduced measures to loosen laws restricting access to or criminalizing marijuana, a rush of legislati...
Ship sails 450 kg of cannabis to Tel Aviv to fight drug ban [20.12.2016] A ship carrying 450 kilograms of cannabis set sail for Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Activists aboard claimed they were protesting the government’s refusal to...
Top anti-drug body recommends pot decriminalization [13.12.2016] Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan is expected to deliver a formal dressing down to the heads of Israel ’s leading anti-drug organization after ...
Ganja debate gone up in smoke [09.12.2016] Why, after all the excitement occasioned by the forthrightness of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the one who first broached the issue at a regio...
Trudeau’s bait and switch on legalization? [04.12.2016] Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently expressed frustration around the current cannabis landscape, explaining, “Until we have brought in the propose...
Five things to know about weed in Germany [24.11.2016] The debate about legalizing cannabis continues in Germany - court cases in recent years have granted permission to use the drug for medical purposes,...
It's time to decriminalize drugs, commission report says [21.11.2016] In a report released by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, that includes the former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and former presidents of Colom...
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...
Berlin likely to semi-legalize marijuana [11.11.2016] A coalition of political parties in the German capital agreed to push for partial decriminalization of cannabis. The initial effects will be limited....
Why the Parliament must carefully consider a private members’ bill to decriminalise natural drugs [03.11.2016] In the coming session of the Parliament of India, Dharam Vira Gandhi, a member of parliament from Patiala, will table a private member’s bill to amen...
Bill for legalised supply of opium, marijuana cleared for Parliament [01.11.2016] A proposed legislation to legalise and start regulated supply of traditional intoxicants such as opium and marijuana (cannabis) is likely to be place...
A lot has happened and a lot has not happened [20.10.2016] At the recently concluded 6th Latin American and 1st Caribbean Conference on Drug Policy , held in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, I started a dis...
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...
Caribbean urged to rethink hard stance on marijuana [22.09.2016] Chairman of the CARICOM Commission on Marijuana, Professor Wendel Abel, believes the Caribbean can benefit greatly from the decriminalisation of smal...
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 ...
Cannabis in Latin America and the Caribbean [15.09.2016] Cannabis (or marihuana) is one of the most widely consumed psychoactive substances in the world. According to the United Nations World Drug Report, 1...
'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, ...
Section 44 to ease ya ba ban [29.08.2016] The Justice Ministry will seek the use of Section 44 under the interim charter to remove methamphetamine, or ya ba, from the dangerous narcotics list...
Legal minds demand new drugs policy respectful of human rights [29.08.2016] Introducing a declaration endorsed by 250 magistrates and 300 legal experts, an Argentine civil society organization dealing with criminal law (Asoci...
Ten years of drug policy failure in Brazil [27.08.2016] Ten years ago this week, Brazil passed a law intended to distinguish dangerous drug traffickers from simple drug users. By replacing jail sentences f...
Weed is effectively legal in the UK [22.08.2016] Arrests for cannabis possession in England and Wales have fallen by 46 percent since 2010. Cautions have dropped by 48 percent and charges by 33 perc...
Legalise soft drugs like marijuana, opium to wean away addicts: Punjab MP [17.08.2016] Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP from Patiala Dr Dharamvira Gandhi wants the Centre to legalise the use of drugs like opium and marijuana to discou...
It is time for a new CARICOM policy on marijuana [17.08.2016] In April 2016 the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs ended without any significant change to the the UN Drug Control Conventions, despite s...
Wide support for decriminalisation of cannabis for personal use, poll suggests [15.08.2016] A new poll by the New Zealand Drug Foundation shows almost 65 per cent of New Zealanders want personal possession of cannabis decriminalised or made ...
Un rapport interministériel préconise le recours à l’amende pour l’usage de cannabis [10.08.2016] Réunis sous l’égide de la mission interministérielle de lutte contre les drogues et les conduites addictives (Mildeca), des représentants des ministè...
Thailand’s novel approach to drugs could offer lesson to neighbors [07.08.2016] Forward thinking is not what one has come to expect from the conservative military regime running Thailand for the past two years. But a government w...
Marijuana users must be rehabilitated not jailed – NACOB boss [06.08.2016] The Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), Yaw Akrasi Sarpong believes a lenient paradigm shift is needed in the approach of law...
How legalizing marijuana might stave off 'Spice' epidemics [04.08.2016] K2 overdoses in Brooklyn sent 33 people to hospital. The rise of K2 could be fueled by a twist on the "gateway drug" theory: it’s not marijuana use, ...
Italy's plan to legalize weed could help fight the Islamic State and the mafia [14.07.2016] Italy is about to begin a national debate about legalizing marijuana. Should the country forge ahead in regulating and taxing pot, it could be a blow...
High hopes: Punjab's Swaraj Party wants to decriminalise opium & cannabis [01.07.2016] The Swaraj Party has advocated decriminalisation of organic drugs, such as poppy husk, opium and cannabis, by bringing out a suitable amendment in th...
How and why Italy's cannabis laws could soon change [29.06.2016] Italian citizens will be able to hold up to 15 grams of herb at home and take up to five grams with them when they go out. People will be free to cul...
The journey to decriminalization [24.06.2016] There is a significant academic debate about decriminalization of marijuana in Ghana, and this has received some degree of political and public suppo...
Caricom decriminalisation of marijuana report expected next month [20.06.2016] St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Hon Dr Ralph Gonsalves believes another year of consultations is possible before a regional decision is ...
Holy herb or illegal drug? [19.06.2016] The Regional Commission on Marijuana, chaired by Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, the dean of the Faculty of Law at the St Augustine campus of the...
Mexico's president may have been bluffing about his support for weed decriminalization [19.06.2016] The sudden derailing of much-anticipated reforms to legalize medical marijuana in Mexico, as well as raise the possession threshold, has raised doubt...
Drugs in Europe: Not mind-stretching enough [17.06.2016] European countries’ reforms have lost momentum, or even slipped backwards. Most drug-policy experts consider this a shame. The reformist countries’ e...
Justice Ministry seeking to remove ‘ya ba’ from ‘most-dangerous drugs’ list [17.06.2016] Thailand's Justice Ministry is looking into a proposal to exclude ‘ya ba’, or pills containing a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine, from the li...
Health bodies call for drugs to be decriminalised [16.06.2016] Two leading public health organisations have called for the possession and personal use of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised in the UK. The Roya...
Thousands of Jamaicans see ganja records wiped clean [15.06.2016] Almost 4,000 Jamaicans who had criminal records for minor ganja offenses have so far been issued with clean Police certificates under the Rehabilitat...
NDP demands immediate decriminalization of marijuana [12.06.2016] The federal New Democrats are putting forward a motion in Parliament to pressure the Liberal government to decriminalize pot before it is legalized. ...
Decriminalise dagga, says Central Drug Authority in 'bold step' [01.06.2016] The Central Drug Authority has taken a definitive position on the use of dagga, and has called for it to be decriminalised. CDA Head researcher Profe...
Israel mulls decriminalizing cannabis [31.05.2016] The Justice Ministry is exploring the possibility of Israel decriminalizing the use of soft drugs such as cannabis, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked sa...
Weed sellers worry - Ganja vendors not sure how to interpret new rules [28.05.2016] For years, one of the most open secrets was that the section of the Coronation Market ‘Grass Yard’ was the place to get ‘high-grade’ ganja in whateve...
T&T mulling decriminalising ganja [02.05.2016] The Trinidad and Tobago government is examining the possibility of decriminalising marijuana and is reviewing existing legislation as well as plannin...
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...
Lack of progress and transparency at the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs [26.04.2016] The first meeting of UNGASS since 1998 was supposed to be a game changer in prodding the lumbering and often draconian UN drug policy regime into ser...
New agreement brings no end to war on drugs in ASEAN [26.04.2016] The outcome of the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs in New York resulted in an outcome document that brings little new to the table. Nang...
Mexico's president proposes legalising medical marijuana [21.04.2016] Following his statement at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) in which he called for more prevention, partial decriminaliza...
The movement to legalize pot gains speed in the Americas [21.04.2016] In the shift toward legalization of marijuana, the Americas have emerged as a leader. This is a remarkable shift for a region that includes some of t...

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