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  1. The 2010 World Drug Report

    26 October 2010

    The aim of this review is to provide an overview and analysis of the contents of the 2010 UNODC World Drug Report and highlight a number of key issues of interest and concern. The authors begin with a critique of Mr. Costa’s contribution to the publication and often the only part of the 300-page document that receives significant attention: the Executive Director’s Foreword. They also reflect briefly upon his tenure at the UNODC between 2002 and 2010.

     

  2. The drug legalization debate

    Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes
    17 October 2010
    Article

    Foreign minister Maria Angela Holguín’s statement of last Sunday 10 October is of great importance. According to this statement, Colombia should take the discussion about the drugs policy to a global level and to the UN’s Security Council. According to her criteria it doesn’t make sense that whilst certain developed countries decriminalize and legalize certain use, we continue to “imprison peasants who own half a hectare of coca leaf cultivation”.

  3. The international debate on drug policy

    01 January 2010
    Article

    In all the important international forums – the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, CICAD, UNASUR, MERCOSUR, the EU-LAC Co-operation Mechanism – Uruguay has maintained an unwavering position, arguing for the need and the democratic right to launch a debate that should lead to the current war on drugs model being consigned to the past.

  4. Annual Reports

    17 July 2010
  5. Civil society in the debate on drugs

    01 January 2010
    Article

    Several civil soeity initiatives take part in the drug legislation process in Uruguay

  6. Annual Report 2009

    12 July 2010
    Annual report

    The economic, social and environmental crises have exposed the current dominant economic model as unsustainable. Now is the time to be proposing alternatives and demonstrating in practice how they could work.

  7. TNI-WOLA report: Latin America drug laws 'worsen prison overcrowding'

    13 December 2010
    In the media

    Drug laws in eight Latin American countries have exacerbated their prison overcrowding problems and failed to curb trafficking.

     
  8. Civil society's role in the debate on drugs in Chile

    01 January 2010
    Article

    In the context of recent regional and hemispheric developments, also in Chile the issue of legalizing marijuana has become prominent at the level of the media, academia and civil society organizations in general.

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    Debating Europe Series

    10 February 2010
    Article

    Debating Europe', is a debate series organised in Brussels by the Transnational Institute with policy makers, MEPs and representatives of civil society.

  10. This cocaine report gets it so wrong

    Niamh Eastwood
    11 March 2010
    In the media

    The new parliamentary report on the cocaine trade lacks evidence and contradicts current expert thinking on the drug.

  11. Reclaiming public water seminar report

    15 March 2010
    Article

    The Reclaiming Public Water (RPW) Network held its first global strategy seminar since the network was launched in autumn 2005. See the inspiring and informative video debate amongst global social movement leaders as they assess progress and challenges in the dynamic international movement to reclaim Public Water.

  12. An economic perspective on the legalisation debate: the Dutch case

    • Martijn Adriaan Boermans
    26 October 2010

    Understanding the consequences of drug legalisation versus prohibition is important for policy. Most recently this subject has gained much political attention not only globally, but specifically in the Netherlands. This study will provide a contribution to the legalisation debate based on a microeconomic analysis of the effects of illegal markets. The research question is how to design a coherent soft drugs policy framework that maximizes social welfare within the Netherlands that precludes most historical, sociological and political debates. In particular, attention is restricted to ‘soft drugs’ better known as cannabis derived products like hashish and marijuana.

     

  13. Drug Law Reform: Publications

    16 February 2010
    Article

    Publications produced by the project Drug Law Reform in Latin America.

  14. The Global Land Grab Debate

    15 June 2010
    Article

    Global land grabbing has hit the media headlines and sparked fierce debate about how to both analyse the problem and possible solutions for preventing further dispossession.

  15. Cannabis policy: Time to move beyond the psychosis debate

    • Icaria Editorial
    11 March 2010

    Researchers, research funders and policymakers should give greater voice to the risks and harms associated with particular cannabis policies and to the evaluation of alternative regulatory frameworks. Given the decades of research and experience with cannabis prohibition, it seems reasonable to reorient the cannabis policy debate based on known policy-attributable harms rather than to continue to speculate on questions of causality between cannabis use and mental illnesses such as psychosis, depression, and related disorders, that will not be definitively answered any time soon

     

  16. Drug laws and policy documents

    01 January 2010
    Article

    Useful documents regarding drugs legislation in Uruguay

  17. Effect of Drug Law Enforcement on Drug-Related Violence

    • Dan Werb, Greg Rowell, Gordon Guyatt, Thomas Kerr, Julio Montaner, Evan Wood
    01 April 2010

    This report consists of a scientific review that illustrates the relationship between drug law enforcement and drug-related violence. Violence is among the primary concerns of communities around the world, and research from many settings has demonstrated clear links between violence and the illicit drug trade, particularly in urban settings. While violence has traditionally been framed as resulting from the effects of drugs on individual users (e.g., drug-induced psychosis), violence in drug markets and in drug-producing areas such as Mexico is increasingly understood as a means for drug gangs to gain or maintain a share of the lucrative illicit drug market.

     

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    California's Proposition 19 Falls Short, but Moves the Marijuana Policy Debate Forward

    John Walsh
    03 November 2010
    Article

    say_yes_prop19The California ballot initiative that would have legalized marijuana under state law was defeated at the polls Tuesday, garnering about 46 percent of the vote.  Over the course of the campaign, the measure achieved notoriety in Latin America , and provoked anxiety on the part of the Colombian and Mexican governments in particular.  WOLA has long promoted more effective and humane drug policies in the Americas, and in recent years we have seen the debate begin to open, not least in response to Prop 19.  So what does Prop 19's defeat foretell for the debate over alternatives to marijuana prohibition?

  19. The 2010 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    30 April 2010

    The 53rd Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was a rather uneventful event. After the High Level Segment in 2009, the final agreement on the new Political Declaration and the unprecedented addition of an Interpretative Statement on harm reduction, this year’s CND would be a generally low-key affair. One of the most controversial issues were the comments of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) on the trend to decriminalize possession for personal use in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Both Argentina and Mexico voiced strong objections. This CND also was marked by the imminent departure of Mr. Costa as Executive Director of the nited Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

     

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    UN’s International Narcotics Control Board’s Annual Report oversteps mandate and interferes with countries’ sovereignty

    Transnational Institute, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
    24 February 2010
    Press release

    The UN's International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) annual report released today, which criticizes Argentina, Brazil and Mexico for moving to decriminalize the possession of drugs for personal consumption, clearly oversteps the INCB's mandate and constitutes unwarranted intrusions into these countries' sovereign decision-making.

     

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