Items tagged with decriminalization

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Argentina [31.12.2019] Overview of drug laws and legislative trends in Argentina Trend Following the Supreme Court judgement known as the Arriola Ruling, the progressive tr...
Colombia [31.12.2019] Overview of drug laws, legislative trends and drug policies in Colombia Colombia is in the midst of a peace process with the guerrilla groups, which ...
Comparing models of drug decriminalisation [31.12.2019] Decriminalisation refers to the repeal of laws and policies that define drug use and/or the possession of drugs for personal use as a criminal offenc...
The UN Drug Control Conventions [31.12.2019] For more than ten years, TNI’s Drugs & Democracy programme has been studying the UN drug control conventions and the institutional architecture of th...
Should Punjab government legalise opium? Here's what leaders have to say [03.10.2018] Consuming opium and poppy husk is not considered bad in Punjab. It is called 'kali nagini ' (black female serpent) and people from all walks of life ...
History of dagga in SA shows its decriminalisation is overdue [25.09.2018] The Constitutional Court's decision that citizens are permitted to use dagga in private turned the clock back 96 years. Before it was declared a proh...
South African court frees cannabis from colonial and apartheid past [23.09.2018] A ruling by the South African Constitutional Court opens the way for decriminalising private use of cannabis, locally known as “dagga”. It marks a de...
Let’s cultivate laws for a cannabis industry centred on uplifting the rural poor [19.09.2018] The Constitutional Court judgment on cannabis probably made a lot of people happy because, across all sectors of society, people smoke weed and have,...
ConCourt Cannabis Judgment: What was the reasoning and what does it mean? [18.09.2018] The Constitutional Court decriminalised the possession and cultivation of cannabis in private by adults for personal private consumption in Minister ...
Dagga: ConCourt says yes to getting high in private [18.09.2018] In a unanimous judgment, the Constitutional Court ordered that the private consumption and cultivation of cannabis be decriminalised. Deputy Chief Ju...
Former Nigerian leader Obasanjo urges West African govts to decriminalise drugs [11.09.2018] West African governments should overhaul their drug laws to decriminalise personal use and prioritise treatment as a response to rising substance abu...
'Decriminalise consumption of drugs to cure Udta Punjab' [23.08.2018] As Punjab, Manipur, Mizoram and Assam battle rampant drug abuse among its populace, a leading independent think-tank involved in legal research stron...
Ganja: Discovering the future [22.08.2018] Despite cannabis being an integral part of the Jamaican identity, just five years ago local laws did not reflect the realities of its use in the coun...
Health Minister David Clark in favour of liberalising drug laws [31.07.2018] Health Minister David Clark is personally in favour of more liberal drug laws because prohibition has not worked in the past. But Clark would not com...
NACOB calls for decriminalisation of narcotic drug use [31.07.2018] The Deputy Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) of Ghana, Mr Michael Addo, has called for the decriminalisation of narcotic dru...
Constitutional court outlaws all punishment for cannabis consumption in Georgia [30.07.2018] The Constitutional Court of Georgia ruled that people can no longer face administrative punishments, such as fines, for consuming cannabis. The decis...
Legalising recreational ganja still off the table in SVG [26.07.2018] The Ralph Gonsalves government will amend the laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to decriminalise marijuana use for medicinal and religious purpo...
Weeks: we need to talk about cannabis [25.07.2018] More changes to the law on cannabis could be in the works, the Minister of Social Development and Sport in Bermuda has signalled. Michael Weeks said ...
Police ‘decriminalising cannabis’ as prosecutions fall away [14.07.2018] Police forces are in effect decriminalising cannabis, campaigners say, after uncovering figures that show a substantial fall in the number of prosecu...
CARICOM report says legalize marijuana use [09.07.2018] The CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana has recommended the declassification of marijuana as a dangerous drug in all legislation and the reclass...
Toronto’s chief medical officer calls for decriminalization of all drugs for personal use [09.07.2018] Toronto’s chief medical officer is calling for the decriminalization – and potential legalization – of all drugs for personal use as a way to curb ri...
Incoming Mexican president to seek negotiated peace in drug war [06.07.2018] Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s transition team unveiled a plan to shake up the fight against crime, including reduced jail tim...
CARICOM heads to consider dismantling marijuana prohibition [02.07.2018] The dismantling of the prohibition of marijuana in its totality across member states is a key recommendation contained in the report of the CARICOM R...
Grenada PM contemplates decriminalising marijuana [25.06.2018] Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell believes the time has come for Grenada to reconsider decriminalising the use of marijuana and other forms of recreat...
Reform of drug laws begins as bill passes first reading [17.06.2018] The National Legislative Assembly passed by a landslide vote the three narcotics control policy bills, which are an effort by authorities to reform o...
Better to Ask Forgiveness Than Permission [15.06.2018] In recent years, the international debate on drug policy reform has intensified, and with it has come a productive exchange of information between ac...
Five Danish political parties support legalisation of cannabis [11.06.2018] A string of parties on both sides of the political aisle have declared their support for decriminalising the sale of cannabis. Police are wasting the...
Dominica minister wants debate on decriminalisation of marijuana [01.06.2018] A senior government minister says he remains baffled as to why Dominicans are afraid of debating the issue of decriminalisation of marijuana whether ...
Danish MP calls for decriminalisation of both cannabis and hard drugs [17.05.2018] Henrik Sass Larsen minces no words in his new book ‘Exodus: The Way to the Centre-Left’ in which he offers up his opinion on the Danish government’s ...
Is Sweden's zero-tolerance approach to drugs a failing model? [17.05.2018] Sweden is accustomed to being praised for its forward-thinking approach, but there's one area where many feel it lies behind the curve. The country's...
CARPHA executive director urges caution on decriminalisation of marijuana [24.04.2018] The executive director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr James Hosepdales, is urging regional countries to “proceed w...
T&T petition for decriminalisation of marijuana gathers momentum [20.04.2018] As other Caribbean countries continue to decriminalise marijuana, several groups in Trinidad and Tobago are calling on government to reassess legisla...
Schumer to introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana [19.04.2018] Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that he would introduce legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, marking a sig...
Cannabis : le gouvernement souhaite mettre en place une amende de 300 euros pour les usagers [04.04.2018] Le gouvernement avait annoncé, en janvier, vouloir mettre en place un système d’amende forfaitaire pour usage de stupéfiants, et en particulier de ca...
The new Italian Parliament must act on drug policy reform [28.03.2018] After the March 4 general elections in Italy, the 18th Legislature is starting its session facing an array of urgent problems – including a national ...
Vancouver mayor calls for drug decriminalization after record year for opioid overdoses [28.03.2018] Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is calling for the decriminalization of personal drug use and possession following the release of new numbers that s...
Norway's drug policies 'could set example for rest of the world' [22.03.2018] Norway ’s drug laws could be an example for the rest of the world, leading healthcare and police figures from around the world have said. Drug policy...
Why is carrying or holding under 50g of marijuana not a criminal offence in the ACT? [18.03.2018] If you're caught with less than 50 grams of cannabis in Canberra, it's unlikely you'll end up with a criminal record. But just a few kilometres away ...
Marijuana decriminalization leaps first legislative hurdle [08.03.2018] Lawmakers advanced a proposal to decriminalize personal recreational marijuana use, imposing fines rather than criminal penalties for first and secon...
Federal NDP, Liberals considering decriminalization of all drugs [27.02.2018] Two of Canada's three major political parties are considering removing criminal penalties for the personal possession and use of all drugs – a step t...
Drugs should not be in the hands of organized crime [25.02.2018] Drug overdoses are one of the leading causes of death in the United States and are contributing to decline in life expectancy. The opioid epidemic ha...
Cannabis group discusses medical marijuana sector [22.02.2018] More than 25 persons representing cannabis growers and consumers from several communities throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines met at Victoria P...
Entkriminalisierung von Cannabis: Theoretische Mehrheit im Bundestag [22.02.2018] Im Deutschen Bundestag besteht eine theoretische Mehrheit, die die Entkriminalisierung des Cannabiskonsums vorantreiben will. Die Bundestagsfraktione...
Lower House passes “ganja bill” [07.02.2018] A bill to decriminalise up to 15 grammes of cannabis for personal use passed in the House of Representatives of Antigua and Barbuda. The Misuse of Dr...
St Vincent gov't not yet prepared to 'free up the weed' [07.02.2018] The St Vincent and the Grenadines government will not heed, at this time, calls for the decriminalisation of marijuana for recreational use. Finance ...
German police association calls for complete legalization of cannabis [05.02.2018] The Association of German Criminal Officers (BDK) is in favour of ending the ban on cannabis and has called for the decriminalization of all use. "Th...
Cannabis : l’étonnant conservatisme des autorités françaises [25.01.2018] Depuis trente ans, les rapports de parlementaires ou d’experts se sont succédé avec une belle régularité. Tous ont fait le même constat, qui confine ...
France to issue on-the-spot fines for cannabis use [25.01.2018] The French government will start handing out smaller, on-the-spot fines as part of a new policy on cannabis use, ruling out a decriminalisation of th...
Vermont becomes first state to legalize marijuana through legislature [23.01.2018] Vermont, the "Green Mountain State," has become the first state to legalize marijuana by passing a law in the legislature rather than by use of a bal...
France looks to soften laws against cannabis use [22.01.2018] In France, the most recent figures available show that 17 million people have tried cannabis, 1.4 million people use it regularly - 700 000 on a dail...

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