Items tagged with decriminalization

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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...
Remarks Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [19.04.2016] "When drugs are decriminalised and health care, including harm reduction, is available, which is the case in a number of Member States, drug dependen...
Trouble in Europe's pot paradise [18.04.2016] Though the Dutch have struck a compromise with international treaties that shows great results for reducing harm for drug users, the approach has lar...
‘Addicted to punishment' [13.04.2016] Latin American leaders may be patting themselves on the back for engineering next week’s Special Session of the UN General Assembly in New York to re...
Ahead of a key meeting, Russia is driving global drug policy into the ground [13.04.2016] As the first major global meeting on drug policy in two decades approaches, Russia is quietly emerging as a powerful force working to perpetuate the ...
Call for legalisation reignites cannabis debate in France [12.04.2016] French politicians slammed a Socialist minister's call to legalise marijuana, re-igniting the debate in a country where cannabis use is common. A day...
UNGASS 2016: Watershed event or wasted opportunity? [12.04.2016] At about two o'clock in the morning on March 23rd, after tense negotiations in Vienna, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) reached a disappoint...
The old global consensus on the war on drugs is crumbling [09.04.2016] Once a decade, the United Nations organizes a meeting where every country in the world comes together to figure out what to do about drugs — and up t...
Medical experts call for global drug decriminalisation [24.03.2016] An international commission of medical experts is calling for global drug decriminalisation, arguing that current policies lead to violence, deaths a...
This UN summit could finally end the war on drugs [23.03.2016] Next month, the 193 member states of the United Nations will meet to talk about drugs. The last time this happened, in 1998, the summit ended with a ...
Will UNGASS 2016 be the beginning of the end for the ‘war on drugs’? [16.03.2016] In April 2016, the UN will dedicate, for the third time in its history, a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) to discuss global ...
The United Nations is supposed to be negotiating a solution to the ‘world drug problem’, and it’s not going well [15.03.2016] This April, the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs will convene in New York – seen by many as a possible breaking point for the global drug...
A Quiet Revolution [14.03.2016] This is the second edition of ‘A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Across the Globe’. The first edition was released in July 2012 and has sinc...
Colombia’s Supreme Court removes cap on legal amount of drugs [14.03.2016] Colombia’s Supreme Court has overruled a previous ruling in which it had set a maximum amount of marijuana a person can carry. The latest sentence ma...
Bremen plant Modellprojekt zur Legalisierung von Cannabis [13.03.2016] Die Fraktionen von SPD und Grünen in Bremen wollen den Konsum von Cannabis legalisieren. Dazu soll der rot-grüne Senat ein wissenschaftlich begleitet...
Three leaders from Latin America call for decriminalizing drug use [11.03.2016] Outdated drug policies around the world have resulted in soaring drug-related violence, overstretched criminal justice systems, runaway corruption an...
Striving for system-wide coherence [11.03.2016] In April 2016, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) will convene its 30th Special Session (or ‘UNGASS’) – and the third to focus on the ‘w...
Ghana to decriminalize narcotics? [10.03.2016] The United Nations is due to hold a special session on drug policy in April and one of Ghana's most famous sons, Kofi Annan, has already weighed into...
Top US international drug official signals green light for countries to decriminalize [09.03.2016] William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, gave a qualified go-ahead for countries to ...
Voters are doing what politicians won’t on marijuana reform [08.03.2016] Massachusetts' top politicians just came out swinging against legal marijuana. Voters there are on track to decide whether to legalize marijuana at t...
Parliamentary drug summit to hear case in favour of decriminalising possession [29.02.2016] Senior doctors and researchers will tell an annual parliamentary drug policy summit in Australia it is “time to be courageous” and remove all crimina...
Experten sehen kaum Chancen für Koalitionsplan [25.02.2016] Das Bremer Modellprojekt für eine kontrollierte Abgabe von Cannabis hat nach Einschätzung von Experten kaum Erfolgschancen. Sie plädierten für eine R...
Lift the Ban! [22.02.2016] In my experience, good public policy is best shaped by the dispassionate analysis of what in practice has worked, or not. Policy based on common assu...
Laws in the works for marijuana decriminalization [19.02.2016] Laws for the decriminalization of marijuana, for possession of up to 10 grams, are in the works in Belize. After Cabinet gave its nod for the legal d...
Ex-NSW DPP boss pushes to legalise drugs [18.02.2016] Former NSW director of public prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery joined federal Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale to call on Australian governmen...
Norway to sentence some drug addicts to treatment rather than prison [14.02.2016] Norway's courts will now be able to sentence drug-addicted convicts to treatment programmes instead of sending them to jail. Following trials in Berg...
Scholars, politicians kick off debate on legalising drug sale [05.02.2016] With less than a year before the Assembly elections, several civil society activists, scholars and politicians — for the first time — have joined han...

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