Items tagged with law enforcement

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Street dealers dealt with in Amsterdam anti-drug campaign [23.04.2022] As tourists return in full force to the Amsterdam red light district, Amsterdam city council has met them with police action and a campaign warning v ...
Amsterdam to ban coffeeshops selling weed to tourists [12.04.2022] Mayor Femke Halsema plans to go through with a ban on coffeeshops selling weed to tourists in Amsterdam, she said in a letter to the city council. Ac ...
Dutch police busted fewer cannabis plantations, drug labs last year [04.04.2022] The police busted and dismantled fewer synthetic drug labs and cannabis plantations last year, latest figures show. The number of discovered drug lab ...
The Tenderloin suffers under another inhumane crackdown [30.03.2022] In December, San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared a state of emergency in the Tenderloin (TL), a neighborhood which has long been home to some o ...
In Malta, confusion over cannabis law after doctor arrested for drug dealing [24.03.2022] Malta has been rocked by the arrest of a local doctor, Andrew Agius, for distributing cannabis mere months after the island became the first in Europ ...
Cannabis law still reflects discriminatory practices: Andrew Bonello [17.03.2022] The reform enacted by the Maltese government in 2021 Act No. LXVI to establish the Authority on the Responsible Use of Cannabis and to amend various ...
Sadiq Khan drug ‘decriminalisation’ plan ‘does not go far enough’, say experts [05.01.2022] Sadiq Khan’s proposed plan to end the prosecution of young people caught with cannabis in three London boroughs “does not go far enough”, according t ...
D.A. Chesa Boudin joins critics of Breed’s Tenderloin crackdown to protest plan [20.12.2021] District Attorney Chesa Boudin joined other elected officials and activists to criticize Mayor London Breed’s plan to flood San Francisco’s Tenderloi ...
S.F. Mayor Breed declares state of emergency in the Tenderloin [18.12.2021] San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared a state of emergency in the Tenderloin, allowing city officials to bypass some bureaucratic hurdles as they ...
‘We will give up ganja cultivation if MSP is guaranteed for agriculture produce,’ say Odisha villagers [23.11.2021] Despite knowing that they could be penalised under provisions of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, for growing cannabis, vil ...
Germany moves to legalise cannabis in economy-boosting bid after Merkel departure [18.11.2021] The political parties known as the "traffic light" coalition are pushing for a change in legislation meaning the sale of cannabis will be legal for c ...
Radical relook at drug policies puts human rights into equation [09.11.2021] A “radically innovative” new analysis of global drug policies has laid bare the full impact repressive drug laws and their implementation have on mil ...
You’ll never have a drug-free society, expert warns UK [07.11.2021] The Home Office should climb off its “high horse of oppression and prohibition” and stop pursuing the “fantasy” of a drug-free society, the chair of ...
The pros, cons and unknowns of legal cannabis in Canada 3 years later [24.10.2021] The legalization of cannabis in Canada just had its third anniversary, which means it's time for the federal government to review and possibly tweak ...
Graft, drug trafficking threaten Albania's chances of joining EU [04.10.2021] Researcher Fatjona Mejdini states that the drug problem had its roots in 1991, when Albania went from an isolated communist dictatorship straight to ...
UK drug laws used as tool of systemic racism, says ex-No 10 adviser [29.09.2021] Britain’s drug laws are racist and cause “high levels of mental health harm” among black people, a former No 10 race adviser has said. Simon Woolley ...
Autistic man set out of home ‘after growing single cannabis plant’ [18.06.2021] The mayor of a town in North Brabant has been accused of acting too harshly after allegedly setting an autistic man out of his home when he was disco ...
Tough local drug law enforcement ‘making innocent people homeless’ [14.05.2021] Tough anti-drug enforcement is making innocent citizens and children homeless, according to ombudsmen in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. Each yea ...
Generations of Albanians lived off cannabis production. Can they stop? [12.04.2021] Large-scale cannabis cultivation in Albania dates to the early 1990s, not long after the fall of the country’s Communist dictatorship, when the parlo ...
Colombia’s cartels target Europe with cocaine, corruption and torture [11.04.2021] At 5am on a chilly Tuesday morning last month, 1,600 police officers and balaclava-wearing special forces, bristling with arms and battering rams, we ...
Christiania residence ban an abuse of power, contends Danish Institute for Human Rights [31.03.2021] Christoffer Badse, the head of the Danish Institute for Human Rights, has accused the government of abusing its power with the continuance of its res ...
Met may change stop and search tactics on cannabis possession [18.03.2021] The Metropolitan police could change how it deals with cannabis possession amid concerns stop and search powers damage community relations, and yield ...
Tunisia slashes 30-year jail terms for pot-smoking trio [10.03.2021] A court significantly reduced 30-year jail terms for three Tunisians convicted of smoking cannabis, in a case that sparked debate in the country abou ...
House OKs bill that presumes drug suspects guilty until proven innocent [02.03.2021] The House of Representatives passed a bill providing for legal presumption on who is considered an importer, financier, or protector of illegal drugs ...
What has changed in the year since cannabis possession was legalised in the ACT? [31.01.2021] Dire warnings of legal loopholes, a mental health crisis and drug driving fears accompanied the legalisation of cannabis in the ACT last year. But on ...
'The capital of crack' - Why can't Paris deal with its drug problem? [17.12.2020] For 30 years, crack has been the bane of this part of the capital, near Place Stalingrad, in the less glamorous northeast of the city. Since last yea ...
Legalization advocates hope to end Mexico’s drug war [12.12.2020] A determined political movement to end the war on drugs has taken shape across Europe and North America. Harm reduction advocates say lives can be sa ...
U.S. 'war on drugs' in Latin America needs overhaul amid COVID-19 challenges, report says [01.12.2020] The United States’ anti-drug policy in Latin America needs to change if Washington is to effectively combat a problem worsened by the COVID-19 pandem ...
Crime commissioner says its "ludicrous" to chase drug addicts who need help [06.11.2020] The man running the UK’s most progressive drug diversion scheme believes it’s “totally ludicrous” for officers to seek to arrest drug users at a mobi ...
Legalising cocaine is ‘something to consider,’ says Antwerp mayor [10.10.2020] Legalising cocaine is “an option that people need to dare to consider,” according to the mayor of Antwerp, Bart De Wever (N-VA). De Wever, whose port ...
Revealed: Drug law change sees sharp fall in drug users prosecuted; bias against Māori remains [01.10.2020] A "watershed" change to drug laws last year has seen a significant drop in police prosecutions for drug use and an increase in warnings and alternati ...
Controversial new EU drug agenda puts Europe, Morocco at risk [12.09.2020] The EU is planning to combine migration, counter-terrorism, and security in its new repressive anti-drug agenda that could have far-reaching conseque ...
In 2017-18, 97% drugs cases in Mumbai courts over possession: study [09.09.2020] Over 97 per cent of drug-related cases decided by Mumbai courts in 2017 and 2018 involved possession for personal consumption, according to a study b ...
Let's decriminalise casual cannabis use [08.09.2020] The number of drug offences continue to increase in Germany – a very real issue for the country. Drug Commissioner Daniela Ludwig is of course on the ...
Police routinely use drug powers to 'bully people', says former Chief Inspector [04.09.2020] A former chief inspector has said he believes that over a third of drug stop-and-searches by UK police are used “as an excuse to harass people”, afte ...
Where calling the police isn’t the only option [03.09.2020] Skeptics of the movement to defund or abolish police departments often invoke the threat of a 911 call in the middle of the night that goes unanswere ...
Where vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris stands on marijuana [12.08.2020] Joe Biden has selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his vice presidential running mate. She has evolved significantly on marijuana policy over her ca ...
The EU should not fight drugs but reduce harms [05.08.2020] The European Commission has published its new EU drug strategy (now called the Drugs Agenda), which is part of a wider Security Union strategy entitl ...
Campaigners demand reform as official figures show one in five found guilty of cannabis possession is black [03.08.2020] One in five of those found guilty of cannabis possession in England and Wales last year was black, official figures show, prompting accusations of ra ...
Poor IT skills mean investigations into money laundering rarely bear fruit [27.07.2020] Only a handful of the tens of thousands of annual reports of suspected money laundering end up in court case because watchdog staff lack IT expertise ...
France extends police powers in crackdown on drugs trade [25.07.2020] France’s new prime minister Jean Castex announced plans to introduce on-the-spot fines for some drug offences amid mounting concern about over-stretc ...
Police chiefs call on federal government to decriminalize possession of illicit drugs for personal use [09.07.2020] The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is calling on federal lawmakers to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs for pe ...
‘War on drugs’ blamed for deaths of at least 122 children in Philippines [30.06.2020] At least 122 children, including a one-year-old, have been killed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” in the Philippines, according to ...
‘If the police aren’t needed, let’s leave them out completely’ [23.06.2020] Every weekday morning, mental health clinician Carleigh Sailon turns on her police radio in downtown Denver and finds out who she can help next. She, ...
Coca leaf: Myths and Reality [16.06.2020] Many myths surround coca. Every day press accounts around the world use the word coca in their headlines, when they refer in fact to cocaine. TNI's D ...
Criminalization that never should have been: Cannabis [12.06.2020] As the House debates ways to reform policing in the United States, it’s critical that we not only analyze the structures under which law enforcement ...
Police uncovers 'wee' enclave in Volta Region [11.06.2020] The Drug Law Enforcement Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service has recently uncovered hundreds of acres of farmla ...
NSW police pursue 80% of Indigenous people caught with cannabis through courts [10.06.2020] Police in New South Wales pursue more than 80% of Indigenous people found with small amounts of cannabis through the courts while letting others off ...
A massive Asian drug bust has stirred a fentanyl mystery [10.06.2020] As the UNODC put it, this was “one of the largest and most successful counternarcotics operations” in Asia’s history. Myanmar’s army and police, whic ...
Philippines police may have killed tens of thousands with 'near impunity' in drug war – UN [04.06.2020] Tens of thousands of people may have been killed in the war on drugs since mid-2016 in the Philippines, amid “near impunity” for police and incitemen ...

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