If the bill is approved by legislators Chile will become the second country in Latin America to legalize marijuanaLatin Correspondent
Monday, April 20, 2015
Chile’s Congressional Health Committee approved a bill that would modify the country’s current drug law, known as Law 20,000. The bill would allow up to six marijuana plants for cultivation per household, medicinal marijuana use of with prior medical authorization and possession of up to 10 grams for personal consumption. The public health authorities, such as the Agricultural and Livestock Service (Servicio Agrícola Ganadero), would be in charge of overseeing consumption and cultivation of cannabis in the country.
Tales of superhuman strength have been associated with various drugs over the yearsForbes (US)
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Recent news reports about "the dangerous new drug sweeping Florida," told you two things about flakka: It gives you "superhuman strength," and you should avoid it because it will turn you into a raving lunatic running naked through the streets, chased by invisible enemies, until you drop dead of hyperthermia or a heart attack. Flakka’s dangers are not imaginary, but the hype illustrates once again how yellow journalists collaborate with drug warriors to keep the public in a constant state of panic about the latest chemical menace, which is always worse than the last one.
Despite having some of the world's most stringent anti-narcotics legislation, Russia is home to more than eight million drug usersThe Moscow Times (Russia)
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Russia's Federal Drug Control Service's proposal to revive Soviet-era work camps in order to treat drug addicts was met with skepticism by leading health researchers and activists, who said that the state's insistence in linking addiction with criminality perpetuates inefficient drug control practices. Viktor Ivanov, head of the Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN), said that 400,000 "ordinary" drug addicts serving prison terms had cost the justice and penitentiary systems more than 500 billion rubles ($10 million) during the last five years.
The current centre-left coalition is not in favour of changing the country's approach to cannabisThe Local (Sweden)
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Hanna Wagenius, chair of Sweden's Centre Party's youth wing, thinks that Sweden should take its lead from several places around the world which have legalized cannabis, such as the Netherlands and a number of US states. Sweden has a highly regulated sale of liquor, with government-owned chain Systembolaget (literally translated as 'the System Company') being the only retail store allowed to sell alcoholic beverages that contain more than 3.5 percent alcohol. Wagenius has something similar in mind for cannabis. (See also: Center Party youth vote to legalize marijuana)
Politicians may not like it, but evidence shows that giving heroin to some users reduces harmBMJ (UK)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
No fewer than six randomised controlled trials – in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Canada, and England – concluded that heroin assisted treatment is more effective than conventional treatments in a subgroup of heroin users. The most recent Cochrane Collaboration review concurred, stating, "Available evidence suggests an added value of heroin prescribed alongside flexible doses of methadone for long term, treatment refractory, opioid users, to reach a decrease in the use of illicit substances, involvement in criminal activity and incarceration, a possible reduction in mortality, and an increase in retention in treatment."
In their own words: Supporters and opponents of legalizationPew Research Center (US)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Public opinion about legalizing marijuana in the US, while little changed in the past few years, has undergone a dramatic long-term shift. A new survey finds that 53% favor the legal use of marijuana, while 44% are opposed. As recently as 2006, just 32% supported marijuana legalization, while nearly twice as many (60%) were opposed. Millennials (currently 18-34) have been in the forefront of this change: 68% favor legalizing marijuana use.
Nicht ausgeschlossen ist, dass eine der Städte im Falle einer Blockade ohne Zustimmung des Bundes vorangehtNeue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland)
Samstag, 11. April 2015
In den Schweizer Städten wird Cannabis ungehemmt konsumiert. Die Städte möchten deshalb Pilotversuche für einen kontrollierten Konsum in Klubs. Doch die juristischen und politischen Hürden sind hoch. Seit in Genf vor zwei Jahren die drogenpolitische Debatte mit einem Vorstoss für legale Cannabis-Klubs wiederbelebt wurde, flammt die Diskussion nach und nach auch in der übrigen Schweiz auf. Für Druck sorgen dieses Mal die Städte, in denen der Cannabis-Konsum für viele selbstverständlich geworden ist. (Mehr dazu: Cannabis-Bussen: Kiffer werden häufiger bestraft)
Big multinational companies will come in and try to market and control and profit from the tradeThe Jamaica Observer (Jamaica)
Friday, April 10, 2015
President Barack Obama cautioned persons who have hopes of marijuana being legalised, as he explained the difference between legalisation and decriminalisation. "We had some discussion with Caricom countries about this. I know ... that a lot of folks think that if we just legalise marijuana then it will reduce the money flowing into the transnational drug trade, [bringing in] more revenues and jobs created," Obama said. He expressed reservation about the methods that some countries continued to use in their war on drugs with a lot of emphasis being placed on incarceration.
Null-Toleranz-Regelung in KreuzbergBerliner Zeitung (Germany)
Donnerstag, 9. April 2015
Seit dem 31. März gilt im Görlitzer Park die Null- Toleranz-Regelung. Wer mit kleinsten Mengen Marihuana oder Haschisch erwischt wird, muss mit einer strafrechtlichen Verfolgung rechnen. Die Toleranzregel für zehn bis maximal 15 Gramm Marihuana und Haschisch zum Eigenbedarf ist im Park aufgehoben. Rund anderthalb Wochen nach der Einführung der Null-Toleranz-Regelung am Görlitzer Park verkaufen Dealer dort nach wie vor Drogen. Kreuzbergs Bezirksbürgermeisterin Monika Herrmann hält an der Idee des kontrolliertem Verkaufs fest. (Mehr dazu: Görli: Mehr als 2000 Anzeigen)
Drug addicts would be allowed to take illegal drugs, up to a limit, without being arrestedThe Local (France)
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
France's National Assembly voted this week to legalize drug consumption rooms - safe places for addicts to consume drugs - in the hope of keeping users off the street. The move has already proved controversial, with opponents calling the galleries "death rows". After four hours of animated debate, French MPs approved a six-year testing of so-called shooting galleries ("salle de shoot") for drug addicts in Paris and in at least two other cities. (See also: Addressing opposition to France’s Safer Consumption Rooms)