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  • Colorado task force ponders how to tax legal pot

    The Seattle Times (US)
    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    colorado-400millionThe Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force regulators are working out the details of exactly how to tax legalized marijuana, so the benefits are shared statewide in the form of increased revenue. The task force meets Thursday to draft final recommendations based on the voter-approved marijuana legalization question that asked for excise taxes up to 15 percent to fund school construction. Besides schools, the taxes must fund marijuana safety enforcement and drug education measures. (See also: Tax, legal issues on tap at last Colorado marijuana task force meeting)

  • Kiwis on drugs: a blueprint for the future?

    Want to know what the future for global drug control looks like?
    BBC News (UK)
    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    This week New Zealand publishes its Psychoactive Substances Bill, legislation which some believe will transform the international debate on drugs policy when it comes into force in August. The new law is a response to the problem of "legal highs", but is being seized upon by reformers because it crosses a Rubicon - designing a legislative framework built upon regulation rather than prohibition. Unlike Britain, they have concluded that a "long-term and more effective solution" is to license the importation, manufacture and sale of all new psychoactive products. (See also: Party pill bill likely to pass easily)

  • Majority of California voters support legalizing pot, poll finds

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    pot-selling-handA record but still narrow majority of California voters, or 54 percent, favor legalizing marijuana for personal, recreational use with age limits and other restrictions like those placed on alcohol, a new Field Poll showed. The support was the highest since the FieldPoll first asked about pot legalization in 1969, when 13 percent of California voters were in favor. In 2010, the last time Field Poll asked voters about the issue, 50 percent favored legalization.

  • US drugs prosecutors switch sides to defend accused Colombian traffickers

    After working to take down cartels, former officials say America's 'war on drugs' is misguided and the human cost too high
    The Guardian (UK)
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    cocaine-seizedUS prosecutors and other senior officials who spearheaded the war against drug cartels have quit their jobs to defend Colombian cocaine traffickers, saying their clients are not bad people and that United States drug policy is wrong. The US system punishes traffickers not according to their importance but the quantity of drugs, meaning a truck driver nabbed with a big consignment could face a longer stretch than a capo caught with a lesser amount.

  • Forced treatment for Brazil crack addicts

    The Rio Times (Brazil)
    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    The city of Rio de Janeiro has begun a program of involuntary hospitalization for crack users, one month after Brazil’s biggest city São Paulo began a similar program. Critics say that forcing addicts into rehabilitation treatment is ineffective. “When an addict is interned unwillingly, he can remain abstinent as long as he remains hospitalized,” Psychiatrist Dartiu Xavier da Silveira said. “When he returns to his normal life (and his usual problems), the vast majority of users go back to using the drug as before.”

  • No one is safe from Argentina's drug war

    The Independent (UK)
    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    argentina-drugwarFor years the country was largely untouched by the brutal cartels that control the drug trade in Latin America. But an eight-year-old boy is proof those days are over. As little more than a transit-route, Argentina had escaped the worst of drug-related violence that has plagued many South American countries for decades. Now, the effects of the drug trade are increasingly visible – particularly in Rosario, which is acquiring the inauspicious title of Argentina’s “narco” capital.

  • More Danes grow their own cannabis

    While it is illegal to grow cannabis plants in Denmark, it is legal to buy and sell cannabis seeds
    The Copenhagen Post (Denmark)
    Monday, February 25, 2013

    denmark-flag-cannabisA large number of Danes are growing their own cannabis plants at home, according to a new investigation by drug researcher Helle Dahl, a researcher at the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research at Aarhus University. Her investigation suggested that there were at least 1,200 Danes who grew cannabis plants in their homes. “There are too many Danes who smoke cannabis for them to be part of a marginalised group, and we are not surprised over how widespread growing cannabis actually is.”

  • Dominique Broc des Cannabis Social Clubs jugé prochainement

    Rue 89 (Blog du Nouvel Observateur - France)
    Lundi, 25 fevrier 2013

    L’intense campagne médiatique du porte-parole des Cannabis Social Clubs (CSC), dont le point d’orgue a été le dossier de Libération, a fini par faire réagir les autorités. Dominique Broc a été placé en garde à vue du 19 au 22 février, et il devra comparaître devant le tribunal correctionnel de Tours le 8 avril prochain. Le procureur de Tours avait annoncé son intention de ne pas laisser faire les CSC dans une interview récente au journal local.

  • Guatemala proposes "alternative strategies for combating drugs"

    As the central theme of the 43rd OAS General Assembly
    Organization of American States - Press Release
    Monday, February 25, 2013

    perez-molina-insulzaThe Secretary General of the OAS highlighted the assignment received during the Sixth Summit of the Americas in 2012, which urged the OAS to analyze the results of drug policies in the Americas and to explore new approaches to strengthen these efforts and make them more effective. The Foreign Minister of Guatemala emphasized that, 50 years after signing the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, "the world starts the task of reflection and evaluation of what we have been doing and how we can achieve more effective results."

  • Mexico goes after the narcos

    Before they join the gangs
    Time Magazine (US)
    Monday, February 25, 2013

    pena-nieto2Gang-outreach schemes, community centers, employment projects and construction programs aimed at transforming chaotic urban jungles. “There is a complete lack of focus,” says Alejandro Hope, a security analyst and former member of Mexico’s intelligence agency. “It is such a mishmash of different programs that we will not know what works and what doesn’t. It is setting up itself for being a major waste of money.”

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