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  • A puff of logic

    Genes, cannabis and schizophrenia. Correlation is not necessarily causation
    The Economist (UK)
    Saturday, June 28, 2014

    That cannabis and schizophrenia are linked is widely accepted. Several studies suggest the drug can set off short-term psychotic episodes in those already suffering from the condition. Other research, though, does more than this. It shows that people with schizophrenia are twice as likely as others to use cannabis. This leads some to argue that the drug is actually a cause of schizophrenia rather than just a trigger—a line of evidence sometimes employed by those who wish to keep it illegal.

  • Labour senators won't cooperate with tough line on marijuana

    Dutch News (Netherlands)
    Friday, June 27, 2014

    Labour senators are refusing to cooperate with the Dutch government's tough line on marijuana and want to sanction regulated production trials. Senator Guusje ter Horst told television show Nieuwsuur that the entire soft drugs strategy needs to be overhauled. In particular, efforts need to be made to remove marijuana from organised crime. Justice minister Ivo Opstelten has said he will not give in to pressure to allow controlled marijuana growing, despite calls for change from dozens of mayors.

  • Débat sur le kif: le coup de gueule des cultivateurs

    Une association de cultivateurs de kif dénonce l'hypocrisie des politiciens sur la légalisation de la culture de cannabis
    H24info (Maroc)
    Vendredi, 27 juin 2014

    Avec les élections municipales qui approchent (2015), le débat sur le kif s'en trouve plus "sexy" que jamais. Un collectif de familles de cultivateurs de cannabis, réunis au sein de l'association Amazighs Senhaja du Rif est monté au front pour dénoncer la tendance de séduire par tous les moyens possibles les potentiels électeurs. "Non pas qu'on soit contre la légalisation, mais on demande seulement que la question ne soit pas abordée lors des campagnes et autres meetings électoraux, pour éviter tout abus et autres fausses promesses", explique Mounir Agueznay, secrétaire général de l'association.

  • Légalisation du cannabis: un projet de loi et des critiques

    Les 6 remarques du collectif marocain pour l'usage médical et industriel de kif sur le projet de loi du groupe parlementaire istiqlalien
    H24info (Maroc)
    Vendredi, 27 juin 2014

    Si le Collectif marocain pour l'usage médical et industriel du kif (CMUMIK) voit d'un bon oeil la proposition de loi du parti de l'Istiqlal sur la légalisation partielle du cannabis, il n'en approuve pas toutes les dispositions, loin de là. "Le projet de loi a été formulé et écrit hativement c'est pour cela qu'on a décidé de formuler nos remarques dans une correspondance envoyée le 23 juin au groupe parlementaire istiqlalien de la première chambre" explique Chakib El Khyari, figure de proue du mouvement pro-légalisation du cannabis.

  • Bolivia charts its own path on coca

    A very small country challenged the basic premises of U.S. domination and policy implications, and it succeeded
    InterPress Service (IPS)
    Thursday, June 26, 2014

    coca-dryingThe U.N. reported that coca cultivation in Bolivia fell nine percent last year, and a massive 26 percent in the past three years. The nationwide decrease, to an area of only 23,00 hectares, or 12 miles, is widely regarded as a laudable achievement, but overlooked is the fact that Bolivia’s success has come on its own terms – not Washington’s – and with vital cooperation from many of the country’s small coca farmers.

  • The war on drugs is lost – legalise the heroin trade

    I did not believe it before I went to Afghanistan. But it's now clear that prohibition is no answer to this deadly scourge
    William Patey, British ambassador to Afghanistan from 2010-2012
    The Guardian (UK)
    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    When Tony Blair deployed British troops in Afghanistan, ending the illicit production and supply of opium was cited as a key objective. In 2001 the prime minister linked heroin use in the UK with opium cultivation in Afghanistan. Yet after 10 years of effort with tens of thousands of troops in the country, and having spent billions trying to reduce poppy cultivation, Afghans are growing more opium than ever before. For the sake of both Afghans and British citizens, politicians must take responsibility for the failings of global prohibition, and take control of the drug trade through legal regulation.

  • Let's look again at Sweden's 'successful' drug policies

    On the UN international day against drugs (Thursday, 26th June), some reality checking is needed
    The Huffington Post (UK)
    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Sweden is often portrayed as a success story in relation to drugs policy, not least by its own diplomats on the international stage and by the UN. But the evidence warns of urgent public health problems that Swedish politicians are currently failing to address. In the face of urgent concerns about communicable diseases and drug-related deaths, none of the main Swedish political parties have called for a proper assessment of where drug policies are working and where they need to change.

  • Pourquoi la légalisation du cannabis bloque

    Tel Quel (Morocco)
    Mercredi, 25 juin 2014

    Deux projets de loi légalisant la culture du cannabis ont été déposés par le PAM et l’Istiqlal. Depuis, ces deux partis se sont montrés étrangement silencieux malgré des critiques émanant de la société civile. Les détracteurs de la légalisation prennent les devants alors que les voix favorables à l’usage thérapeutique et médicinal du « kif » se font discrets. Pour l’instant donc, les 48 000 cultivateurs du Rif continueront de cultiver le cannabis dans l’illégalité.

  • CARICOM did not consult us on ganja law reform - US

    The Gleaner (Jamaica)
    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    william-brownfieldWilliam Brownfield, assistant secretary at the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, has charged that Jamaica and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states that are now moving to change their marijuana laws did not consult the United States (US) government. He conceded that he has had informal talks with some CARICOM states but said those discussions were "not structured as formal dialogue between governments or between international partners".

  • Banning Khat is another pointless drug law that will do more harm than good

    It raises millions in taxes, has been chewed on for centuries, and is harmless. So why is Khat now illegal?
    The Independent (UK)
    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    Today, khat joined the range of prohibited substances that fall under the UK Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Those who distribute this Class C drug can now face 14 years imprisonment – the same maximum sentence that applies to individuals who cause death by dangerous driving, and four years more than the maximum penalty for sexual assault. So what exactly is khat, and why has it attracted such harsh legislation? (See also: Khat: Update - Ban to be implemented on the 24th of June)

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