Items tagged with decriminalization

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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Three leaders from Latin America call for decriminalizing drug use [11.03.2016] Outdated drug policies around the world have resulted in soaring drug-related violence, overstretched criminal justice systems, runaway corruption an...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...
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...
West Africa: Forging a West African consensus on UNGASS [31.01.2016] A news story cited Ghana's Deputy Superintendent of Police, David Selom Hukportie, as bemoaning the formidable challenges he faces trying to destroy ...
2015 the Year of Ganja in Jamaica [29.01.2016] The issue of ganja played very prominently in Jamaica in 2015 with some advocates trumpeting the dawn of a “new green golden kingdom”, while some opp...
14,000 fewer persons arrested on ganja charges since changes to law [25.01.2016] National Security Minister Peter Bunting says the police have arrested 14,000 fewer persons for possession of marijuana. The announcement comes month...
Likud MK's bill urges cannabis decriminalization [24.01.2016] MK Sharren Haskel says more than a million Israelis occasionally use cannabis and that decriminalization for personal use over the age of 21 will fre...
Cannabis in Indonesia [14.01.2016] Cannabis use has never posed major problems in Indonesia, yet prohibitionist policies prevail. Despite the high prevalence of cannabis use, local or ...
Cannabis regulation is coming to Canada — here are five things to know [15.12.2015] Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promises to regulate recreational cannabis use in Canada. From the inclusion of cannabis policy reform in the speech fr...
Make cannabis consumption legal; ban is turning people alcoholic [10.12.2015] Tathagata Satpathy, the BJD’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha, called for legalisation of cannabis consumption. It was not the first time the four-time M...
Cannabis users to be given on-the-spot warnings to free up police time [10.12.2015] People caught with small quantities of cannabis will face on-the-spot warnings from police rather than prosecution. Scottish officers will next month...
Decriminalise drugs to meet users' right to good health, says UN official [09.12.2015] All drug use should be decriminalised and possession made free from the threat of lengthy prison terms, the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to h...
As UNGASS approaches, yet another devastating UN critique of the drug war is published [08.12.2015] A significant positive outcome has already emerged from next year’s UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in the form of much more di...
Decriminalizing drugs: When treatment replaces prison [07.12.2015] Cities all over the US are copying Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, in which police officers put low-level drug offenders into t...
Latin America’s crackdown on drugs defies its progressive rhetoric [12.11.2015] “We were having dinner—my daughter, grandchild, and me,” says Ramona, a 67-year-old Mexican woman who is serving a sentence of four-and-a-half years ...
Surge in imprisonment for drug offenses raises questions over decriminalization law [11.11.2015] A report by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho - CEDD), reveals that the number of people imprisone...
Ruling in Mexico sets into motion legal marijuana [04.11.2015] The Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing marijuana, delivering a pointed challenge to Mexico ’s strict substance abuse laws and adding its wei...
UN agency urged to publish leaked paper backing drug legalisation [21.10.2015] Delegates at the 2015 Harm Reduction Conference in Malaysia called on the United Nations drugs agency to officially release a leaked paper detailing ...
The truth behind the UNODC's leaked decriminalisation paper [20.10.2015] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has responded to the 'leak' of its paper calling for the decriminalisation of drug possession for personal use. The ...
UN attempt to decriminalise drugs foiled [19.10.2015] A paper from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been withdrawn after pressure from at least one country. The document, which was leaked, re...
UN poised to call for decriminalisation of drugs, says Richard Branson [19.10.2015] The United Nations is on the verge of issuing a call for all governments to decriminalise the possession and use of all drugs, according to businessm...
Steep fall in cannabis offences points to silent relaxation of drugs policy [17.10.2015] The number of cannabis possession offences in England and Wales has plummeted since 2011 as forces divert shrinking budgets into tackling more seriou...
La consommation de cannabis désormais passible d'une simple amende [16.10.2015] Le décret d'application de la transaction pénale ouvre la possibilité aux policiers de proposer une amende aux auteurs de petits délits, comme la con...
Why did Ecuador toughen up drug laws? [02.10.2015] Ecuador's Congress approved tougher penalties for small-time drug traffickers, an about-face from a more liberal policy which may have been prompted ...
Cannabis policy in the Czech Republic [31.08.2015] The Czech drug related legislation is quite extensive and includes laws as well as various by-laws. The most important feature of the Czech legislati...
Landmark case in Brazil to test hard-line 'war on drugs' [21.08.2015] Brazil’s Supreme Court began hearing a landmark drug case that could change how drug users are punished. Conviction as a "user" in Brazil leads to a ...
Brazil Supreme Court debates decriminalization of drugs [18.08.2015] Brazil's Supreme Court began debating a drug case that could lead to the decriminalization of possession for personal use in the South American count...
Majority of Canadians support decriminalizing marijuana: poll [18.08.2015] More Canadians than ever support decriminalizing marijuana, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Global News. Ipsos found 65 per cent...
Chile considers cannabis decriminalization [17.08.2015] With its proposed changes to Ley 20.000 (Law 20,000), Chile joins a growing list of Latin American countries decriminalizing marijuana. The initiativ...
Case of prisoner caught with 3 grams of marijuana guides definition of drug possession in Brazil [11.08.2015] A marijuana case from July 2009 inside the provisional detention center of Diadema (SP) will guide the STF's (Supreme Court) verdict which will decid...
Colombia decriminalizes marijuana cultivation up to 20 plants [11.08.2015] Colombia’s Supreme Court ruled that growing up to 20 plants of marijuana is not a crime. The possession of small amounts of the drug had already been...
Tories' false claims about pot laws put youth at risk: drug policy centre [11.08.2015] Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has made Canada’s approach to marijuana laws an election issue, contrasting his government’s tough approach agains...
Brazil may decriminalize drug possession [10.08.2015] Brazil can match to other countries in South America that decriminalized the illegal drugs possession and show more tolerance for the consumption and...
Cannabis in Berlin: Illegal...or not? [07.08.2015] In Germany the possession of cannabis is illegal. Even small amounts are prosecuted, but charges are usually dropped. The definition of this " small ...
State of the Evidence: Cannabis Use and Regulation [31.07.2015] As more and more jurisdictions reconsider their cannabis policies, the public discourse is filled with conflicting evidence about the impacts of cann...
Decriminalise cannabis; consider its commercial benefits - Akrasi-Sarpong [28.07.2015] Yaw Akrasi-Sarpong, Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board, called for an open debate with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), to join in...
IDPC recommendations for the "ZERO DRAFT" of the UNGASS outcome document [22.07.2015] Preparations are gathering pace for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs, to be held on the 19th to 21st April 2016 ...

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