Items tagged with decriminalization

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Shafer Commission Report on Marijuana and Drugs, issued 40 years ago, was ahead of its time [22-03-13] Forty years ago, the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse said in its final report: "A coherent social policy requires a fundamental ...
Drop charges over ecstasy, police urged [21-03-13] Ecstasy users should not be charged by police, former Labor health minister Neal Blewett said during a provocative keynote address to the peak police ...
Duped by dope [21-03-13] Germany's law-enforcement and legal apparatus devotes enormous resources to fighting illegal narcotics. But users are always a step ahead, and la...
A case for use of resources [17-03-13] High Court Judge Randall Worrell shocked Barbadians when he suggested laws here should be reviewed to decriminalize drug use and possession for person...
Norway mulls decriminalising heroin smoking [01-03-13] The Norwegian government it wants to decriminalise the inhalation of heroin, a method considered less dangerous than injecting it, to reduce the numbe...
Marijuana legalization may be unstoppable [28-02-13] US Attorney General Eric Holder told America to expect a decision "soon" on how he'll respond to the recent legalization of pot by Colo...
Towards a ceasefire [23-02-13] Partial reforms have their limits. Most drug crime is not cannabis-related. Moving from punishment to harm reduction may help drug users, but it leave...
Mayor Bloomberg makes a small step toward a rational policy on marijuana [20-02-13] In his final state of the city address as Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, announced that anyone caught in possession of marijuana would no longe...
How does a Cannabis Social Club work? [18-02-13] What was originally a small group of friends, has become a feasible alternative to the cannabis black market in the north of Belgium. Our guest author...
Les Cannabis Social Clubs forcent la loi [16-02-13] Ils sont chefs d’entreprises, éducateurs spécialisés, universitaires, produisent eux-mêmes le cannabis qu’ils fument, et entendent «renverser la prohi...
New York City plans to stop booking, arraigning many low-level marijuana suspects [15-02-13] Many people arrested on low-level marijuana-possession charges in the nation’s largest city will no longer be booked and held hours for arraignment, M...
New drug bill 'to decriminalise ecstasy' in Colombia [30-01-13] Colombia's Justice Minister, Ruth Stella Correa, has said a new drugs bill would decriminalise personal use of synthetic drugs, such as ecstasy. ...
Davos 2013: Soros calls for new strategy on drugs [23-01-13] George Soros has called for an end to the West's "war on drugs". Soros has thrown his weight behind a push by Guatemalan President Pere...
Towards a Safer Drug Policy [14-01-13] For forty years the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 has formed the corner stone of drug policy in Britain. The emergence of new psychoactive substances (‘leg...
Make legal highs available for sale, government urged [14-01-13] The least harmful new "legal highs" should be made readily available for sale under strictly regulated conditions rather than being immediat...
Decriminalise drugs – it would reduce the level of harm in Britain [14-01-13] The all-party parliamentary group on drug policy reform undertook an inquiry into the implications of the arrival of "legal highs" – a new s...
Roadmaps for Reforming the UN Drug Conventions [31-12-12] The three UN Drug Conventions of 1961, 1971 and 1988 currently impose a ‘one-size-fits-all’ prohibitionist approach to drug policy throughout the wo...
Les coopératives de cannabis sans but lucratif aspirent à la légalité [26-12-12] L'autoculture de cannabis croît et se multiplie. C'est la tendance observée par l'Observatoire français des drogues et des toxicomanies...
For medicinal use only? [18-12-12] The Czech Republic already has one of the world’s most liberal approach to recreational drug possession. And it will get more liberal still: beginni...
Nick Clegg and David Cameron clash over drug law reforms [14-12-12] Divisions between David Cameron and Nick Clegg over Britain's "war on drugs" emerged on Friday after the Liberal Democrat leader said t...

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Chewing over Khat prohibition

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Where strict bans on khat have been introduced they have had severe unintended negative consequences and failed to further the integration, social incusion and economic prosperity of Somali communities in particular, which chew khat most widely.

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