• Legal Marijuana: Obama Administration Gives Green Light to Colorado and Washington

    New Guidance from the U.S. Justice Department Will Bolster Hemisphere’s Consideration of Alternatives to Marijuana Prohibition
    Press release by WOLA
    August 30, 2013

    The U.S. Justice Department’s new guidance on federal marijuana enforcement priorities clears the way for Colorado and Washington state to pursue the legalized, regulatory approaches to marijuana that voters approved by wide margins in November 2012 ballot initiatives. This is a welcome step that provides an enormous opportunity for learning about how to improve our drug policies, according to the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).

  • Uruguay steps forward with Marijuana legalisation vote

    The vote by Uruguay’s House of Representatives to legalize and regulate the country’s marijuana market represents a major step forward for the landmark reform effort
    Press release by TNI and WOLA
    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    tni_wola2The bill will now be taken up in Uruguay’s Senate—where the governing Frente Amplio coalition also holds a majority—and could soon arrive on the desk of President José Mujica, who has supported the proposal since its introduction in 2012.

  • Colombian President Santos, OAS Chief Insulza to present new study on drug policy alternatives

    Review was mandated by heads of state at 2012 Summit of the Americas
    Media Advisory
    Monday, May 13, 2013

    tni-wola-idpcThis Friday, May 17, in Bogotá, Colombia, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General José Miguel Insulza will present Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos with the outcomes of the hemispheric drug policy review that was mandated by the heads of state at the 2012 Summit of the Americas in Cartagena.

  • Bolivia wins a rightful victory on the coca leaf

    Creates a positive example for modernizing the UN drug conventions
    TNI/WOLA press release
    Friday, January 11, 2013

    Today the Plurinational State of Bolivia can celebrate a rightful victory, as the country can become formally a party again to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, but without being bound by its unjust and unrealistic requirement that “coca leaf chewing must be abolished.” This represents the successful conclusion of an arduous process in which Bolivia has sought to reconcile its international treaty obligations with its 2009 Constitution, which obliges upholding the coca leaf as part of Bolivia’s cultural patrimony.


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