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 ...
Personal drug use and possession should be decriminalised, former Supreme Court justice argues [02.12.2019] The criminalisation of illicit drugs is causing more harm than good, a prominent former judge has said, calling for criminal offences relating to per ...
Consider decriminalisation to tackle drug death ‘crisis’, say treatment providers in unprecedented plea [01.12.2019] The future UK government has been urged to consider every available measure to curb the current drug death “crisis”, including decriminalisation, in ...
UN Common Position on drug policy [01.12.2019] In November 2018, the UN System CEB adopted the ‘UN system common position supporting the implementation of the international drug control policy thr ...
Drug law failing its purpose as undeserving people get jailed [11.11.2019] A “draconian” drug law in Malta has forced a magistrate to jail a 39-year-old woman for six months for cultivating six small cannabis plants for her ...
Decriminalization of personal use is a responsible pathway to controlling drugs [06.11.2019] Similar to other countries in the region, Ghana is experiencing growing drug availability, trafficking and consumption. This phenomenon, more and mor ...
SNP formally backs decriminalisation of drugs [13.10.2019] The SNP has backed decriminalising the possession and consumption of drugs. At its conference in Aberdeen, a resolution was unanimously passed by del ...
Canada’s drug crisis has a solution. Politicians don’t like it [29.09.2019] A recent study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Addiction, found that a trio of policies adopted to combat the opioid overdose epidemic saved, ...
Laws to legalise cannabis for personal use in the ACT could pass next week [20.09.2019] Laws that would legalise cannabis for personal use could be passed next week but the government has warned possessing and growing the drug could stil ...
Malaysia's Government looks to decriminalise drug use in bid to stem disadvantage [14.09.2019] The non-descript white van parked at the mosque entrance went mostly unnoticed. In conservative Malaysia, very few of the Muslim faithful on their wa ...
Marijuana Commission holds first meeting [07.09.2019] The newly formed Marijuana Commission held its first meeting to plan the way forward for activities. In a March interview, Prime Minister Allen Chast ...
Mexico court allows recreational cocaine in landmark decision [21.08.2019] A judge in Mexico City has ruled in favor of two people requesting permission to use cocaine recreationally, marking the "first ruling of its kind,"  ...
A step change in the approach to addiction [07.08.2019] The passing of the Misuse of Drugs Amendment marks a significant shift in how the Government deals with the possession and use of controlled substanc ...
French cannabis legalization debate ignores race, religion and the mass incarceration of Muslims [07.08.2019] Last summer in France, dozens of “CBD cafés” suddenly opened across the country. Exploiting a legal loophole originally created for hemp farmers, the ...
Those caught with drugs won't face criminal conviction until third offence under radical 'three-strike' plan [02.08.2019] A 'three-strike' plan that will see people caught with small amounts of illegal drugs avoid criminal conviction on the first and second occasion but ...
Drug laws on possession: several countries are revisiting them and these are their options [02.08.2019] Many countries are changing the way they approach people who use drugs. The Irish government has just announced possible alternatives to criminalisat ...
New York governor signs bill decriminalizing marijuana use [29.07.2019] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill decriminalizing the use of marijuana in the state and expunge the records of some people convicted on ca ...
St Kitts Gov't tables legislation to allow for marijuana use [29.07.2019] The St Kitts-Nevis government said it would table legislation in the Parliament allowing for the regulated and controlled use of marijuana for medici ...
St Vincent hops onto ganja train [27.07.2019] The St Vincent and the Grenadines Parliament has amended legislation that would make smoking two ounces (56 grammes) or less of marijuana a ticketabl ...
No punishment for minors with small amounts of cannabis [18.07.2019] Possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis is not a punishable offence in Switzerland, regardless of whether you are a minor or an adult, the Feder ...
Congressional committee discusses how to legalize cannabis [10.07.2019] In a first-of-its-kind hearing, a key congressional committee met to discuss how to finally put an end to federal cannabis prohibition. Titled Mariju ...
Bar Council welcomes Govt move to decriminalise drugs [08.07.2019] The Malaysian Bar has welcomed the government's decision to decriminalise drugs, saying that these reforms are essential to a holistic drug policy. M ...
Majority of Dutch councils ban drug use in public [03.07.2019] A new survey shows that almost two-thirds of Dutch towns ban drug use in public. Despite the national policy of ‘tolerance’ to certain soft drug use, ...
INCB stronger than ever before on decriminalisation, capital punishment & extrajudicial killings [28.06.2019] The INCB dedicated one of its latest series of Alerts, from June 2019, to the issue of ‘State responses to drug-related criminality’, covering decrim ...
Push to decriminalise ice use as bar backs public health approach [26.06.2019] The personal use and possession of ice and other illicit drugs would be decriminalised in NSW under a public health-driven plan backed by the Bar Ass ...
Global marijuana use rose by 60 percent over the past decade [26.06.2019] The global story about cannabis — the most-used recreational drug in the world — is about as fuzzy as your body feels after taking your first hit. Wh ...
Swiss police want more clarity on cannabis [15.06.2019] The number of fines related to cannabis dropped from 18,000 in 2017 to barely more than 7,000 last year. French-speaking cantons and Zurich especiall ...
No charges for personal drug possession: Seattle’s bold gamble to bring ‘peace’ after the war on drugs [11.06.2019] Late last year, prosecutors in King County, which encompasses Seattle, became the first in the nation to stop charging people for possessing small am ...
'These are healing plants': Oakland decriminalizes magic mushrooms [05.06.2019] Oakland has become the second city in the US to decriminalize magic mushrooms and other psychedelics, with a policy that activists hope will spark a ...
Oakland council may board magic bus by decriminalizing natural psychedelics [27.05.2019] Oakland could become the second city in the country to decriminalize certain natural psychedelics — including “magic mushrooms” — if elected leaders ...
How to legalize every drug [22.05.2019] As Canada continues to work out the kinks of legalizing cannabis—and jurisdictions around the world follow suit—harm reduction advocates and drug pol ...
Proposals to liberalise cannabis laws expected before Cabinet [21.05.2019] The plans envisage a move to providing drug counselling, addiction treatment and other health interventions for many users found in possession of sma ...
Mexico's president wants to change how the drug war is fought, and he may be heading for a showdown with Trump [16.05.2019] Mexico's drug policies could be in for some sweeping changes, and with them the country's relations with the United States. President Andres Manuel L ...
High expectations for ganja in St Kitts, Dominica and Antigua [10.05.2019] American businessman, Chase Ergen and Greek billionaire, Alki David, have formed a consortium aimed at developing the cannabis business in the Easter ...
Is it possible the decriminalization of drugs in Mexico? [10.05.2019] The presentation of the National Development Plan (NDP) by the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has put on the table again the issue ...
Mexico wants to decriminalize all drugs and negotiate with the U.S. to do the same [09.05.2019] Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrado released a new plan that called for radical reform to the nation’s drug laws and negotiating with the U ...
Denver voters approve measure to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms [08.05.2019] Voters in Denver, Colorado, made their city the first in the U.S. to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms by approving a ballot measure on the issue. ...
Swiss health commission calls for legalisation of cannabis [30.04.2019] The Federal Commission for Addiction Issues said that cannabis use in Switzerland had not changed significantly in the past ten years. Despite its po ...
Legalising cannabis could generate up to 144 million euros for Belgium [29.04.2019] Legalising cannabis could generate up to 144 million euros for the Belgian State, reports Le Soir, citing a study by the Groupe du Vendredi. The thin ...
Cannabis being decriminalised by back door, MPs warn [27.04.2019] Police have been accused of decriminalising cannabis by stealth as forces recorded a drop in possession offences of up to 75 per cent in a decade. Mo ...
‘You can’t arrest your way out of record drug-related deaths,’ say police [24.04.2019] In what is effectively de facto drug decriminalisation, people caught in possession of personal amounts of controlled substances in a number of polic ...
B.C.’s chief health officer calls for decriminalization of illicit drugs [24.04.2019] British Columbia’s top public health officer is urging the province to decriminalize people who use and possess small amounts of illicit drugs in the ...
Calls for drug law reform in Sweden as drug deaths continue unabated [18.04.2019] The debate around Sweden’s zero-tolerance drug policy has been reignited in recent months, due to the approach’s failure to reduce drug deaths. Swede ...
Jamaica’s cannabis gamble [17.04.2019] Jamaica is starting to think of cannabis as an opportunity. Uruguay, Canada and ten American states have legalised it for recreational use. Ganja, as ...
Cannabis regulation and local authorities in Europe [31.03.2019] Local and regional authorities across Europe are confronted with the negative consequences of a persisting illicit cannabis market. Increasingly, loc ...
Partial decriminalization of public cannabis use takes effect Sunday night [31.03.2019] Marijuana possession will be partially decriminalized at midnight Sunday night when a plan two years in the making goes into effect, replacing crimin ...
Majority of parties support re-evaluating Sweden's strict drug policies [30.03.2019] Drug laws in Sweden have not been evaluated in decades, even as the country’s harsh approach has left it increasingly isolated from its neighbours. A ...

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