Keen to boost the economy and pacify a restive nation, politicians want to decriminalise cultivation of marijuanaThe Independent (UK)
Monday, July 29, 2013
Legalisation of cannabis would allow farmers in Morocco to sell to the government for medicinal and industrial purposes rather than to drug traffickers. That could boost exports and help reduce a trade deficit that widened to a record 197 billion dirhams last year, about 23 per cent of gross domestic product. It could also help pacify inhabitants of a historically restive region.
Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale and distribution of marijuanaGeoffrey RamseyIn Sight Crime
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Uruguay is pushing to legalize marijuana. If Uruguay's proposal to regulate the production, sale and distribution of marijuana is properly implemented and overcomes political and economic hurdles, it could be the most important drug regulation experiment in decades. The marijuana bill, which faces a lower house vote on July 31, could provide a model for countries looking for alternatives to the world’s dominant drug policy paradigm.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Mexico could legalize marijuana within the next five years, stripping brutal drug cartels of a major source of income, former President Vicente Fox said on Friday. Fox, who battled the powerful cartels while president between 2000 and 2006, has since become a staunch advocate of reforming Mexico's drug laws, arguing that prohibition has helped create the criminal market that sustains the gangs.
Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso publicly announced his support for Uruguay’s marijuana regulation billJuly 13-19, 2013
In an op-ed first published in Mexico’s El Universal and Brazil’s O Globo on Tuesday, Cardoso praised the proposal’s potential to take away profits which fuel illcit drug trafficking networks, saying it was “worthy of serious consideration.”
BBC News (UK)
Friday, July 12, 2013
A decision by the UK government to ban the stimulant khat later this year is facing fierce resistance in Kenya from those farming the mildly narcotic leaves for export. Local leaders are not happy with the UK's decision to reclassify khat as a class C drug. The local MP, Kubai Kiringo, tells me Kenya could reconsider its ties to Britain if the UK does not drop the ban. "We feel bitter and short-changed. We want the home secretary to revise her decision," he says. (See also: Harmless habit or dangerous drug?)
Guatemala Minister of Foreign Affairs presents results of OAS General Assembly meeting, focused on drug policy, to full house at UN Headquarters in New YorkInternational Drug Policy Consortium IDPC
Thursday, July 4, 2013
It was nearly standing room only Monday at UN Headquarters in New York, for a presentation of the Organization of American States’ reports on “The Drug Problem in the Americas” and the Declaration of Antigua Guatemala, “For a Comprehensive Policy against the World Drug Problem in the Americas,” adopted during the 43rd Regular Session of the Organization of American States General Assembly in La Antigua, Guatemala from 4 to 6 June 2013.
Joseph WattsLondon Evening Standard (UK)
Saturday, June 21, 2013
A coalition split opened up today after Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Ed Davey suggested crime barons were “making billions” due to failing drug laws. He is unconvinced the “war on drugs” has been won and ministers should debate whether certain substances could be decriminalised, he said.
Dépénalisation. La justice a prononcé la dissolution de la structure fédérant les coopératives de producteursLibération (France)
Mercredi, 20 juin 2013
Les Cannabis Social Clubs (CSC) sont en plein bad trip. Ces coopératives d’autoproducteurs avaient lancé en mars une vaste opération de désobéissance civile, sommant le gouvernement «de prendre ses responsabilités» sur la dépénalisation de la marijuana. Le tribunal de grande instance de Tours a prononcé, hier, la dissolution de la structure fédérant l’ensemble des Cannabis Social Clubs français. Ses membres ont désormais l’interdiction de se réunir.
Two decades into my sentence and one decade clean, I'm embarking on a drug program with 130 other men who are close to release. No one wants to come back here. But the route to recovery is harder behind bars.Seth FerrantiThe Fix (US)
Sunday, June 16, 2013
I am near the end of a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. I’m currently spending my 20th consecutive summer away from my loving wife and family.
Cameron DouglasThe Huffington Post (US)
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Well, let me start by saying that I appreciate the opportunity to share some of my thoughts and feelings with you. I hope maybe in some way, this gives you a little window into my reality and more importantly, into my heart. So, here I sit at my little table in the belly of the beast, writing to you. I have spent close to two of my four years of incarceration in solitary confinement.