Items tagged with decriminalization

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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...
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...

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