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  • Uruguay’s pioneering cannabis regulation marks the tipping point in the failed war on drugs

    Press release by TNI
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    Uruguay’s senate voted today (10 December) to approve the world’s first national legal framework regulating the cultivation, trade and consumption of cannabis for medical, industrial as well as recreational purposes. The historical vote is expected to inspire and spread cannabis reform initiatives around the world and to have a major impact on upcoming UN-level drug policy evaluations.

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  • Harvard: Marijuana doesn’t cause schizophrenia

    While cannabis may have an effect on the age of onset of schizophrenia it is unlikely to be the cause of illness
    Psych Central (US)
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    New research from Harvard Medical School, in a comparison between families with a history of schizophrenia and those without, finds little support for marijuana use as a cause of schizophrenia. “The results of the current study suggest that having an increased familial morbid risk for schizophrenia may be the underlying basis for schizophrenia in cannabis users and not cannabis use by itself,” note the researchers.

  • ‘Het Nederlandse systeem heeft gaten’

    Uruguay stemt vandaag over de meest liberale wietwetgeving ter wereld. Verkoop én teelt worden legaal
    NRC (Netherlands)
    Dinsdag, 10 december, 2013

    SabiniInterview Sebastián Sabini: "Het gaat ons om een totaalaanpak. Legalisering moet samengaan met preventie, met voorlichting en een sterke naleving van de regels. Wiet moet geen commercieel product worden als Coca-Cola, waarvan de reclames je vertrellen dat je er mooi en gelukkig van wordt terwijl het ongezond is. Nederland is een voorbeeld, vooral vanwege de voorlichting. Maar jullie systeem heeft gaten. Omdat de teelt illegaal is."

  • Women of the Colombian Drug Wars

    Zoraida Lopez
    World Policy Institute (US)
    Monday, December 9, 2013

    WomenColombiaDrugWarBetween 1998 and 2008, approximately one million acres of Colombian land was used for the cultivation of coca leaves, the main ingredient used to produce cocaine... This has led to a loss of land, forced displacement, kidnappings, massacres, and countless disappearances, which in turn have left thousands of children, including many girls, without homes or parents. The cocaine market has also produced the “mule,” a term to describe individuals at the lowest level of the drug trading hierarchy.

  • More U.N. states quietly say no to drug war

    Inter Press Service (IPS)
    Saturday, December 7, 2013

    An internal United Nations draft document leaked last weekend has offered outsiders a rare look at longstanding disagreements between member states over the course of U.N. drug policy. The document, first publicised by The Guardian and obtained by IPS, contains over 100 specific policy recommendations and proposals from member states, many at odds with the status quo on illicit drug eradication and prohibition.

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  • Le débat sur la légalisation du cannabis refait surface à Genève

    Un comité interpartis soutient la création de cercles de consommateurs
    Le Temps (Suisse)
    Vendredi, 6 décembre 2013

    rolling-joint2Cultiver, vendre et autoriser la consommation de cannabis au sein d’associations contrôlées par l’Etat sur une période de trois ans, voilà le projet pilote dévoilé à Genève par un comité interpartis. Singularité de l’événement: toutes les forces politiques représentées au parlement ont participé à cette réflexion. Pour ses auteurs, le constat est clair. La politique répressive menée actuellement contre les dealers ne fonctionne pas, coûte cher aux collectivités – 200 millions de francs par année en Suisse, estiment ces derniers – et «pourrit la vie des Genevois». (A voir: Cannabis : vers une libéralisation?)

  • Moroccan party holds hearing for legalizing marijuana crops

    Associated Press
    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    cannabis-morocco-eradicationOne of Morocco’s main political parties, the Party for Authenticity and Modernity (PAM), established by a close adviser to the king, started the process of legalizing marijuana cultivation with a hearing in parliament over its industrial and medical uses. The hearing is the first step in eventually introducing a draft law, aiming to help small farmers who survive on the crop but live at the mercy of drug lords and eradication by police. "We are not seeking to legalize the production of drugs, but to search for possible medical and industrial uses of this plant and create an alternative economy in the region," said Milouda Hazib. (See also: Morocco lawmakers stoke cannabis debate)

  • Réglementer le marché du cannabis dans des clubs sociaux

    L'Hebdo (Suiza)
    Jeudi, 5 decembre 2013

    cannabis-plantUn groupe de députés genevois interpartis propose une expérience pilote: autoriser pendant trois ans dans le canton la culture, la distribution et la consommation de cannabis dans le cadre d'associations contrôlées, les "Cannabis Social Club". Le projet pourrait être étendu à d'autres grandes villes suisses. Combinée à une répression accrue du commerce, cette solution vise à limiter les effets du marché ouvert. (Lire aussi: Des députés genevois favorables à une fumette légalisée)

  • Israel seeks to tighten medical marijuana regulations

    Health Ministry includes distribution via pharmacies, authorizing another 10 doctors to prescribe the drug
    Haaretz (Israel)
    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    medical-marijuana-israelIsrael's Health Ministry has expressed opposition to granting general practitioners the right to prescribe medical marijuana. Instead, the ministry will certify 10 doctors during the first half of 2014, allowing them to prescribe medicinal marijuana to the growing number of patients who currently use it. These 10, newly certified doctors will join the 20 doctors currently permitted by the Health Ministry to prescribe the drug.

  • Leaked paper reveals UN split over war on drugs

    Latin American nations call for treatment strategy, claiming UN's prohibition stance plays into hands of paramilitary groups
    The Observer (UK)
    Sunday, December 1, 2013

    Major divisions over the global "war on drugs" have been revealed in a leaked draft of a UN document setting out the organisation's long-term strategy. The draft, written in September shows there are serious divisions over the longstanding US-led policy promoting prohibition as an solution to the problem. Instead, a number of countries are pushing for the "war on drugs" to be seen in a different light, placing greater emphasis on treating drug consumption as a public health problem, rather than a criminal justice matter. (See also: Drug control policies are changing: Why? And why has it taken so long?)

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