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  • Why did Ecuador toughen up drug laws?

    Correa's government previously had a more progressive stance towards drug policy
    InSight Crime
    Saturday, October 3, 2015

    Ecuador's Congress approved tougher penalties for small-time drug traffickers, an about-face from a more liberal policy which may have been prompted by the president's stated "zero tolerance" approach to heroin use. The new drug law will increase penalties for those caught trafficking small quantities of drugs, the Associated Press reported. The law follows a prior set of reforms approved by Ecuador's drug agency.

  • Nick Clegg launches campaign to persuade EU leaders to back reform of drug laws

    Former Lib Dem leader hopes to build support for new approach at 2016 UN meeting
    The Independent (UK)
    Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Nick Clegg is launching a campaign to persuade EU leaders to back global reform of drugs laws, warning that the current punitive approach has failed to curb the multibillion trade in illicit substances and has criminalised millions of young people. Writing in The Independent, the former Deputy Prime Minister says: “We are, without doubt, losing the war on drugs.” Mr Clegg is to urge European leaders to make the case for a new global approach to drug use at a United Nations meeting next year.

  • Oregon becomes third U.S. state to allow recreational marijuana sales

    In Oregon, possessing and growing pot became legal in July
    Reuters (UK)
    Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Marijuana sales for recreational use began in Oregon on October 1 as it joined Washington state and Colorado in allowing the sale of a drug that remains illegal under U.S. federal law. Oregon residents 21 years and older can buy up to a quarter-ounce (seven grams) of dried pot at roughly 200 existing medical-use marijuana dispensaries as a new law took effect. (Recreational Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions)

  • Cannabis legalisation bill tabled in House

    Ansa (Italy)
    Thursday, October 1, 2015

    italy-cannabis2A bill calling for the legalisation of cannabis for personal use in Italy has for the first time been tabled in the Lower House. The bill, calling for the legal possession of a small amount of the subsatnce for recreational use and the cultivation of up to five marijuana plants, was put on the three-month House roster of business. Opposition has been mounting among conservatives since the bill was presented in mid-July.

  • Bolivia stands up to US with coca-control policy

    Thumbing its nose at the 'war on drugs', help for farmers has spurred a major drop in cocaine production since 2011
    Al Jazeera
    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    The Habeas Coca report, published by Open Society Foundations in July, found that Bolivia slashed its illicit coca production by 34 percent over the past four years. According to UN data, coca production was about 27,500 hectares at the time of Morales' election. In fact, coca production in the country is now the lowest it has been since 2003, when the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) started using satellite imaging to monitor crops.

  • World drug problem violates human rights in five key areas, says UN official

    UN News Centre (UN)
    Monday, September 28, 2015

    hr-declaration-smallThe global drug problem violates human rights in five key areas – the right to health, the rights relating to criminal justice and discrimination, the rights of the child and the rights of indigenous peoples, a senior United Nations official said. “It is clear that the world’s drug problem impacts the enjoyment of a wide range of human rights, often resulting in serious violations,” said Flavia Pansieri, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. (See also: The impact of the world drug problem on the enjoyment of human rights | HRC holds panel discussion on the impact of the world drug problem on the enjoyment of human rights)

  • Perspective: Be clear about the real risks

    The assertion that cannabis use can cause schizophrenia is not borne out by the evidence
    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    reefer-madnessThe 1936 film Reefer Madness depicted cannabis as a drug that provoked uncontrollable insanity, leading to manslaughter, suicide and attempted rape. This was a ridiculous characterization of the effects of cannabis, but there is a long history of associating the drug with psychotic disorders. It is important to ensure we do not confuse correlation with causation and incite another Reefer Madness-style panic. By offering careful, evidence-based interpretations of the data, scientists can effectively contribute to policy decisions related to cannabis use and mental health.

  • Cannabis Social Club jetzt auch in Hamburg

    Der Verein will Hanf anbauen und konsumieren – vor allem aber Lobbyarbeit für die Legalisierung der Droge machen
    Die Welt (Germany)
    Dienstag, 22. September 2015

    Eine Hanfpflanze ist ihr Vereinslogo, der Kampf für die Legalisierung von Cannabis ihr größtes Ziel: Der erste Cannabis Social Club (CSC) hat in Hamburg Wurzeln geschlagen. Doch ganz so reibungslos funktionierte die Gründung nicht: Das Amtsgericht erklärte die Satzung für unzulässig.

  • Colorado's marijuana tax revenues nearly double last year's figures

    Colorado on pace to take in $125m, compared to just $44m last year
    The Guardian (UK)
    Monday, September 21, 2015

    colorado-marijuanaLegal marijuana tax revenues have been breaking records in Colorado, nearly doubling monthly numbers from last year and on pace to exceed projections of legal sales that bring revenue back to the state. Through the first seven months of this year, Colorado has brought in nearly $73.5m, putting the state on pace to collect over $125m for the year. In 2014, experts predicted legal cannabis would bring in upwards of $70m to the state’s tax coffers. In reality, the state collected just $44m in marijuana taxes.

  • Marijuana prohibition can do more harm than good, doctors tell federal parties

    Put public health 1st in pot policies, addiction doctors suggest
    CBC (Canada)
    Monday, September 21, 2015

    canada-pot-flag3If Canada's new government chooses to legalize marijuana beyond medical use then it should get into the business of controlling its supply and sale to prevent the rise of a "Big Cannabis," addiction specialists say. Cannabis policy could be an issue ahead of October's federal election. The governing Conservative party favours the status quo, the competing Liberals seek to legalize, regulate and tax, and the New Democrats support decriminalization. (See also: State of the Evidence: Cannabis Use and Regulation)

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