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Drug Courts Are Not the Answer [21-03-11] Drug Courts are Not the Answer finds that drug courts are an ineffective and inappropriate response to drug law violations. Many, all the way up to ...
Supreme Court decision on sentencing guidelines gives judges more leeway [14-03-11] Jason Pepper, a former meth addict and drug dealer from the heartland, says he got lucky when he was finally arrested. A sympathetic judge gave him ...
The development of international drug control [01-02-11] The emergence of more pragmatic and less punitive approaches to the drugs issue may represent the beginning of change in the current global drug contr...
Human Rights and Drug Policy [01-12-10] In many countries around the world, drug control efforts result in serious human rights abuses: torture and ill treatment by police, mass incarceratio...
Bigger welfare state 'reduces hard drug use' [02-11-10] Reducing the use of drugs would be better tackled by having a bigger welfare state, rather than criminalising addicts, according to research. The wor...
Black people six times more likely to face drug arrest [31-10-10] Black people are six times more likely to be arrested than white people for drug offences and 11 times more likely to be imprisoned, according to ne...
UN expert calls for a fundamental shift in global drug control policy [26-10-10] At a press conference in New York on Tuesday 26 October, at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly, one of the UN’s key human rights ...
Drug Law Reform: Lessons from the New Zealand Experience [19-08-10] In 2007, the Government of New Zealand entrusted an independent agency, the National Law Commission, to review the country’s drug law. The Commission ...
Right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health [06-08-10] The current international system of drug control has focused on creating a drug-free world, almost exclusively through use of law enforcement policies...
Obama Signs Drug Parity Law [04-08-10] President Obama signed legislation on Tuesday reducing sentencing disparities between those caught with crack and those arrested with powder cocaine...
A Matter of Substance [26-07-10] This paper discusses the “substance-oriented approach” Dutch authorities implemented to to scare off potential small-scale cocaine smugglers. The fo...
Sentencing for Drug Offences in England and Wales [09-06-10] Sentencing for drug offences in England and Wales has recently undergone a wide-sweeping review and public consultation. The purpose of this report is...
IDPC Drug Policy Guide [01-03-10] This is the second edition ofthe IDPCDrug Policy Guideaimed atnational government policy makers. This publication is a collaborative effort by a numbe...
Sentencing for Drug Offences [01-03-10] In determining the seriousness of a drug offence the courts should focus on the quantity of the drug involved (or the scale of the operation) and the ...
Trends in Drug Law Reform in Europe and Latin America [26-01-10] This presentation gives a short overview of legislative reforms in Europe and Latin America that provide lessons learned in practice about less puniti...
Drug offences: sentencing and other outcomes [01-11-09] The sentences that offenders receive for drug law violations across the European Union are examined for the first time in this ‘Selected issue’. By an...
Legislative Innovation in Drug Policy [01-11-09] This briefing summarizes good practices in legislative reforms around the world, representing steps away from a repressive zero-tolerance model toward...
Drug Decriminalization: A Trend Takes Shape [21-09-09] The trend of "drug decriminalization" is quickly taking shape in Latin America. Increasingly, many countries are leaning toward decriminaliz...
Setting sights on future of drug policy [05-08-09] Participants of the Seminar "Drugs Policies: Progresses and Retrocessions", held in Rio de Janeiro by Viva Rio and the Federal University of...
Drug Policy Reform in Practice [01-07-09] The academic journal Nueva Sociedad recently released an issue to promote the debate in Latin America on drug policy reform. TNI contributed with th...

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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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