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  • Latin America’s Anti-drug Policies Feed on the Poor

    International Press Service (IPS)
    Friday, September 5, 2014

    VConferencePoor young men, slumdwellers and single mothers are hurt the most by anti-drug policies in Latin America, according to representatives of governments, social organisations and multilateral bodies meeting at the Fifth Latin American Conference on Drug Policies held in San José, Costa Rica. Activists, experts and decision-makers from throughout the region demanded reforms of these policies, to ease the pressure on vulnerable groups and shift the focus of law enforcement measures to those who benefit the most from the drug trade.

  • Bundesrat zweifelt an rechtlicher Grundlage

    Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland)
    Donnerstag 4. September 2014

    In Genf wird derzeit darüber nachgedacht, ob Lokale für eine kontrollierte Cannabis-Abgabe für den Eigenkonsum eingerichtet werden sollen. Auch andere Städten spielen mit dem Gedanken. Der Bundesrat geht aber davon aus, dass solche Lokale mit dem Betäubungsmittelgesetz nicht vereinbar wären. Der Bundesrat erinnert auch an die Hanfinitiative, die 2008 von Volk uns Ständen deutlich verworfen wurde. Vor diesem Hintergrund sieht er aktuell keinen Anlass, eine Cannabislegalisierung voranzutreiben.

  • Costa Rica: A new model for prison standards in Latin America?

    Costa Rica has slowly started to implement politically sensitive, but needed, reforms
    Christian Science Monitor and Washington Office on Latin America (US)
    Friday, August 29, 2014

    prisonsPrison overcrowding is a widespread problem in Latin America, primarily because of harsh drug-sentencing laws and inadequate budgets, but Costa Rica may be setting a useful example for dealing with it. In most countries, guards control the perimeter, but groups of prisoners or criminal gangs organize and control life inside the prison compound. Rehabilitation and re-integration programs are limited.

  • Washington judge upholds small city’s pot shop ban

    Washington Post (US)
    Friday, August 29, 2014

    A state judge said that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington’s experiment in legal pot. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling after extensive arguments over whether Initiative 502, the voter-approved state law that legalizes adults’ recreational use of marijuana, left any room for such local bans.

  • Catalonia set to legalize medical marijuana

    Will help the region to crack down on its booming cannabis club scene
    The Local (Spain)
    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Catalonia is drawing up rules to allow the use of marijuana for the treatment of patients suffering from conditions with symptoms such as pain and loss of appetite, the region's health minister Boi Ruiz has said. The move would open the way for the drug to be prescribed to cancer and AIDS patients, among others. The plan was partly designed to stop Barcelona's increasingly popular cannabis clubs from controlling the supply of medical marijuana, Ruiz said.

  • This is your federalism on drugs

    Washington Post (US)
    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    legal-patchwork-usConservative Republicans often talk about the need to constrain the power of the federal government. On everything from environmental regulation to education policy, Republican officeholders argue that individual states should be able to adopt their own policy priorities, free from federal interference. Yet many of these same people are silent when the question turns to marijuana. In 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize marijuana possession within their states. This November, voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia will get the chance to follow suit. (See also: Let states decide on marijuana)

  • Leading anti-marijuana academics are paid by painkiller drug companies

    What does it say about medical academia today that many of that painkiller-funded researchers are now standing in the way of a safer alternative: smoking a joint
    Vice (US)
    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    herbertkleberAs Americans continue to embrace pot—as medicine and for recreational use—opponents are turning to a set of academic researchers to claim that policymakers should avoid relaxing restrictions around marijuana. It's too dangerous, risky, and untested, they say. Just as drug company-funded research has become incredibly controversial in recent years, forcing major medical schools and journals to institute strict disclosure requirements, could there be a conflict of interest issue in the pot debate? (See also: The real reason pot is still illegal)

  • Black market boom lays bare a social divide in Colorado’s marijuana market

    Nascent cannabis industry splits between wealthy with clean criminal records and those who turn to less than legal methods
    Guardian Weekly (UK)/Washington Post (US)
    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    That the black market in Colorado bustles in the emerging days of legalisation is not unexpected. By some reckonings, it will continue as long as residents of other states look to Colorado as the nation’s cannabis cookie jar. And as long as its legal retail competition keeps prices high and is taxed at rates surpassing 30%. “I don’t know who is buying for recreational use at dispensaries unless it’s white, middle-class people and out-of-towners,” said a longtime community activist. “Everyone I know still has the guy on the street that they hook up with.”

  • Les clubs de cannabis passent un nouveau cap

    L’Exécutif genevois a lancé une étude de faisabilité des Associations de consommateurs de cannabis, prônées depuis deux ans par un groupe interpartis
    Le Matin (Suisse)
    Samedi, 16 aout 2014

    suisse-cannabis-flatLe chemin qui mène à la régularisation du cannabis se poursuit malgré les récentes réserves de l’Office fédéral de la santé publique (OFSP). «Le Conseil d’Etat est conscient de la réalité quotidienne de nos villes. Il ne s’interdit pas de réfléchir à de nouvelles pistes», explique le magistrat genevois MCG Mauro Poggia. Ce dernier a mandaté une commission présidée par l’ex-conseillère fédérale Ruth Dreifuss pour étudier la faisabilité des Associations de consommateurs de cannabis (ACC).

  • Canada's doctors decline to join anti-marijuana campaign

    Doctor groups say they do not support any 'political messaging' on anti-drug issue
    CBC News (Canada)
    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    The main groups representing Canadian doctors have declared they will not participate in Health Canada's upcoming anti-drug campaign targeting young people. “The educational campaign has now become a political football on Canada's marijuana policy,” said a joint statement by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. “We did not, and do not, support or endorse any political messaging or political advertising on this issue.” (See also: Government working on new pot legislation)

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