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  • Morocco considers the legalisation of marijuana cultivation

    Keen to boost the economy and pacify a restive nation, politicians want to decriminalise cultivation of marijuana
    The 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's marijuana bill faces olitical, economic obstacles

    Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale and distribution of marijuana
    Geoffrey Ramsey
    In Sight Crime
    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    Legalizar2013Uruguay 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.

  • Mexico could legalize marijuana in five years: former president

    Reuters (US)
    Friday, July 19, 2013

    VFoxMexico 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.

  • Cardoso Endorses Uruguay’s ‘Regulacion Responsable’

    Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso publicly announced his support for Uruguay’s marijuana regulation bill
    July 13-19, 2013

    CardosoIn 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.” 

     

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  • Kenyan farmers fear UK khat ban

    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 York

    International Drug Policy Consortium IDPC
    Thursday, July 4, 2013

    24_June_NY_event_1It 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.

  • Lib-Dem minister Ed Davey reignites Coalition row over drug laws

    Joseph Watts
    London Evening Standard (UK)
    Saturday, June 21, 2013

    EdDavey-1A 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.

  • Les Cannabis Social Clubs partent en fumée

    Dépénalisation. La justice a prononcé la dissolution de la structure fédérant les coopératives de producteurs
    Libération (France)
    Mercredi, 20 juin 2013

    dominique-broc-trialLes 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.

  • What Long-Term Recovery Looks Like From Prison

    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 Ferranti
    The Fix (US)
    Sunday, June 16, 2013

    prison-recove-1I 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.

  • Words Behind Walls

    Cameron Douglas
    The Huffington Post (US)
    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    CameronDouglasWell, 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.

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