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Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, July - September 2015

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The seminar “Drug Policies in Latin America in the discussion process towards UNGASS 2016: Possible Convergences” organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, held in July 2015 in Quito was undoubtedly another significant step in the international drug policy debate in the run-up to UNGASS 2016. This high level meeting revealed the level of commitment and interest in a drug policy reform agenda... Read more

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Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, April - June 2015

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UNGASS
Cannabis
UNGASS 2016
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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.”... Read more

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Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, January - March 2015

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Commission on Narcotic Drugs
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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.... Read more

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Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, April - June 2014

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Cannabis
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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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Commission on Narcotic Drugs
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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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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.... 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)... Read more

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