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  1. Pot, politics and the press—reflections on cannabis law reform in Western Australia

    • Simon Lenton
    31 May 2004

    Windows of opportunity for changing drug laws open infrequently and they often close without legislative change being affected. In this paper the author, who has been intimately involved in the process, describes how evidence-based recommendations to ‘decriminalize’ cannabis have recently been progressed through public debate and the political process to become law in Western Australia (WA). This paper describes some of the background to the scheme, the process by which it has become law, the main provisions of the scheme and its evaluation. It includes reflections on the role of politics and the press in the process.

     

  2. A Pointless War

    • Tom Blickman, Jorge Atilio Silva Iulianelli, Luiz Paulo Guanabara, Paulo Cesar Pontes Fraga
    09 November 2004
    Policy briefing

    In this issue of Drugs & Conflict, the background to the drugs-related violence in the Brazilian North-East marijuana cultivation area, as well as in the favelas in Rio, is described.

  3. What Does It Mean to Decriminalize Marijuana?

    • Pacula et.al.
    01 September 2004

    This paper provides a framework for understanding what decriminalization means within the broader context of depenalization. To illustrate these concepts, it provides a detailed discussion of a range of depenalization policies observed in developed countries, highlighting for each country a distinct issue that influences how the policy is implemented and its potential impact.

     

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    The Vanishing Corporate Profits Tax

    Howard Wachtel
    01 July 2004
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    Is European Division Really Over?

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    11 October 2004
    Article
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    Now Europe must lead

    Susan George
    03 November 2004
    Article
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    Assessing the Latin American Left (part 2)

    Patrick Bond
    23 June 2004
    Article
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  10. Displacement of Canada’s largest public illicit drug market in response to a police crackdown

    • Evan Wood, Patricia M. Spittal, Will Small, Thomas Kerr, Kathy Li, Robert S. Hogg, Mark W. Tyndall, Julio S.G. Montaner, Martin T. Schechter
    10 May 2004

    Law enforcement is often used in an effort to reduce the social, community and health-related harms of illicit drug use by injection drug users (IDUs). There are, however, few data on the benefits of such enforcement or on the potential harms. A large-scale police “crackdown” to control illicit drug use in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside provided us with an opportunity to evaluate the effect.

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    People's Dialogue

    10 September 2004
    Article
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    Let's face up to it - we are torturers too

    Kamil Mahdi
    01 June 2004
    Article
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    De uitdaging voor Nederland

    Susan George
    23 November 2004
    Article
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    Those they can't co-opt, they destroy

    Kamil Mahdi
    14 August 2004
    Article
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    Assessing the Latin American Left (part 1)

    Patrick Bond
    01 May 2004
    Article
  16. Informal Drug Policy Dialogue 2004 Crete

    04 June 2004 - Event

    The meeting is hosted by the Orthodox Academy in Kolymbari (Crete). The thirty participants include ministerial officials from several countries, representatives from UN and European institutions, and non-governmental drug policy experts. The two-day dialogue was focused on three themes: (1) explore common ground within a set of general parameters by which 'best practice' or effective drug policy is judged not on dogma or on moral principle but on scientifically evaluated, empirical evidence; (2) the policy debate on cannabis; (3) harm reduction developments at the regional and UN level; and (4) supply reduction.

     

     

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    India Hosts the World

    Praful Bidwai
    16 February 2004
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    Coca or death?

    • Allison Spedding Pallet, Hugo Cabieses Cubas
    01 April 2004

    debate10Following Bolivia's 2002 parliamentary elections, the success of the political party headed by cocalero leader Evo Morales, rekindled debate regarding cocalero organisations in the Andes and their vindications. Disinformation around these organisations has contributed to a rise in terms like narcoguerrilleros and narcoterroristas, etc. being applied to the various cocalero peasant movements.

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    Informal Drug Policy Dialogue 2004, Crete

    04 June 2004
    Article

    The meeting is hosted by the Orthodox Academy in Kolymbari. The thirty participants include ministerial officials from several countries, representatives from UN and European institutions, and non-governmental drug policy experts.

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    The shame of it

    Kamil Mahdi
    06 May 2004
    Article

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