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Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, April - June 2015

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UNGASS
Cannabis
2016 UNGASS
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Drug Law Reform
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Meanwhile, in Belize,  a governmental committee produced a report recommended “That it not be a criminal offence for anyone to be found in possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana.”In Chile, the Congressional Health Committee approved a bill that would modify the country’s current drug law – Law 20,000 – that would allow up to six cannabis plants for cultivation per household, and medicinal c... Read more

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Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, January - March 2015

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Drug Law Reform
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But although some battles are won, the majority of countries do not openly call for change. However, the 58th CND did show a change of discourse: the use of harm reduction and human rights language was no longer a taboo and several delegations emphasized the need for more focus on health and development. Another positive development at the CND was the unprecedented amount of time allocated to ... Read more

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Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, October - December 2014

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Drug Law Reform
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Today in the US, 13 states have decriminalised possession, 23 have legalised its medical use, and four have legalised production, sales and consumption. Which means that  half of the country no longer treat simple possession of marijuana as a criminal offence. Although these are highly positive changes, the rapid shift towards regulation in the US has drawn attention to the incompatibility of ... Read more

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Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, July - September 2014

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Cannabis
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Drug Law Reform
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  The report has been highly praised by both media and also by the Spanish cannabis federations, who argue that the contents could mean a turning point in the local debate.   Spain is currently one of the lead countries in the world on drug policy reform. Cannabis clubs in Spain are an innovative model of drug regulation that also complies with current international drug treaties. Spanish club... Read more

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Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, April - June 2014

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Cannabis
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Drug Law Reform
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According to the Jamaica Gleaner, the country “went a step further in June approving proposed changes to the country's drug laws that would decriminalise possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and remove the smoking of ganja, as well as the possession of pipes and other items used in the practice as criminal offences.” The reaction of the U.S. government to this measure is interesting bec... Read more

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Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, January - March 2014

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Drug Law Reform
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Despite more and more countries opting to prioritize the protection of human rights, health and safety over the drug law enforcement approach of the last decades, the CND concluded with a bland statement that merely reflects the broken consensus.  "... The International Conventions for Drug Control, as any other outcome of human civilisation, face the daily challenge of how they work in practi... Read more

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Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities October-December 2013

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Drug Law Reform
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Meanwhile, the states of Colorado and Washington in the United States developed their cannabis regulations that will come into effect on 1 January 2014 and will allow the cultivation, sale and consumption of cannabis for recreational purpose. 2013 will be remembered as the year that the world, having experienced the failure of punitive drug strategies, wisely began to try new approaches. TNI i... Read more

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Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities

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Drug Law Reform
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In place of the straitjacket of universal prohibition imposed by the UN drugs conventions, the Americas are inching towards experiments with alternative policies.That, they hope, will encourage drug policy based on evidence, rather than dogma. (The Economist, Aug 3rd, 2013) Summary Report PDF EVENTS   TNI was present at a closed meeting of the Global Commission on Drug Policy in Geneva, 30 Sep... Read more

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Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities

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Drug Law Reform
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The reports were the main input for the political debate during the OAS General Assembly, June 4-6, 2013, in Antigua (Guatemala). The OAS study and scenarios have been generally well received by governments, media and NGOs for providing an innovative new orientation for the drugs policy debate in the hemisphere and the world. Sometimes we all feel that we have been pedaling on a stationary bic... Read more

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