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  1. generic-legislation-nps

    Generic legislation of new psychoactive drugs

    • Jan van Amsterdam, David Nutt, Wim van den Brink
    28 February 2013

    New psychoactive drugs (NPDs, new psychoactive substances) enter the market all the time. However, it takes several months to ban these NPDs and immediate action is generally not possible. Several European countries and drug enforcement officers insist on a faster procedure to ban NPDs. Introduction of generic legislation, in which clusters of psychotropic drugs are banned in advance, has been mentioned as a possible solution. Here we discuss the pros and cons of such an approach.

  2. pri-war-on-drugs

    The unintended negative consequences of the 'war on drugs'

    28 February 2013

    Criminalisation of drug users, excessive levels of imprisonment, and punitive sentencing practices, including mandatory sentencing, the death penalty and enforced ‘drug detention centres’, are some of the unintended negative consequences of the 50 year ‘war on drugs’, a policy with direct impact on the vulnerable, poor and socially excluded groups, including ethnic minorities and women. This PRI briefing paper discusses these consequences in detail and sets out what parliamentarians can do about it.

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    Draining Development?

    • Peter Reuter (ed.)
    28 February 2013

    The book provides the first collection of analytic contributions, as opposed to advocacy essays and black box estimates, on illicit financial flows (IFFs). Some of the chapter presents new empirical findings; others, new conceptual insights. All of them enrich the understanding of the dynamics of the illicit flows phenomenon. The book does not offer a new estimate of the global total of these flows because the phenomenon is too poorly understood.

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    Noruega quiere despenalizar la inhalación de heroína

    28 February 2013
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    El gobierno noruego anunció su intención de despenalizar la inhalación de heroína, un método menos peligroso que la inyección, para reducir el número de sobredosis. "Las cifras de sobredosis mortales son demasiado elevadas y diría que es una vergüenza para Noruega", declaró el ministro de Salud. Con 262 sobredosis mortales en 2011, de las cuales un 30% de heroína, Noruega es uno de los países de Europa con mayor número de muertes a causa de la droga, según el organismo público de investigación sobre toxicomanía y alcoholismo Sirus.

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    Norway mulls decriminalising heroin smoking

    28 February 2013
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    The Norwegian government it wants to decriminalise the inhalation of heroin, a method considered less dangerous than injecting it, to reduce the number of overdoses in the country. The move would make smoking heroin an offense on par with injecting, which is illegal in Norway but tolerated. Oslo's municipality operates a site where heroin addicts can inject drugs under safer, more hygienic circumstances.

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    Marijuana legalization may be unstoppable

    28 February 2013
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    US Attorney General Eric Holder told America to expect a decision "soon" on how he'll respond to the recent legalization of pot by Colorado and Washington state. Legislative committees in New Mexico and Hawaii approved bills to decriminalize marijuana possession and Oregon lawmakers introduced a legalization bill. Rhode Island legislators held a hearing on a bill to legalize and tax marijuana. In California, where Holder's Justice Department has spent months trying to shut down respected medical-pot dispensaries, a Field Poll showed that 67 percent of state voters oppose the move.

  7. Colorado pot task force recommends special sales and excise taxes

    28 February 2013
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    What Colorado will look like with legal marijuana became significantly clearer when the state task force proposing rules for that new world finished its work. Under proposals endorsed by the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, recreational marijuana in Colorado would be heavily taxed. It would be grown only indoors. It would not be allowed to be smoked at bars, restaurants or even social clubs.

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    Colorado task force ponders how to tax legal pot

    28 February 2013
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    The Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force regulators are working out the details of exactly how to tax legalized marijuana, so the benefits are shared statewide in the form of increased revenue. The task force meets Thursday to draft final recommendations based on the voter-approved marijuana legalization question that asked for excise taxes up to 15 percent to fund school construction. Besides schools, the taxes must fund marijuana safety enforcement and drug education measures. (See also: Tax, legal issues on tap at last Colorado marijuana task force meeting)

  9. Poder transformador: La organización política en transición

    • Hilary Wainwright
    28 February 2013
    Paper

    ¿Nos ofrece la experiencia del partido griego Syriza alguna lección sobre cómo estructurar los partidos y el Estado para desafiar la austeridad neoliberal y generar una transformación social duradera?

  10. Austeridad para siempre

    • Kenneth Haar, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
    28 February 2013
    Policy briefing

    El nuevo modelo de gobernanza económica de la UE, incluido el Pacto del Euro, es un modelo de austeridad prolongada.

  11. Kiwis on drugs: a blueprint for the future?

    27 February 2013
    Other news

    This week New Zealand publishes its Psychoactive Substances Bill, legislation which some believe will transform the international debate on drugs policy when it comes into force in August. The new law is a response to the problem of "legal highs", but is being seized upon by reformers because it crosses a Rubicon - designing a legislative framework built upon regulation rather than prohibition. Unlike Britain, they have concluded that a "long-term and more effective solution" is to license the importation, manufacture and sale of all new psychoactive products. (See also: Party pill bill likely to pass easily)

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    Gallardón, partidario del debate sobre el cannabis pero desde la perspectiva sanitaria

    27 February 2013
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    El ministro de Justicia de España, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, se ha mostrado partidario de abrir el debate sobre la legalización del cannabis, "pero en el terreno de cuáles son los efectos de la salud pública y no exclusivamente sobre cuáles son los beneficios de las arcas públicas", según ha señalado en respuesta a una interpelación en la Cámara baja formulada por ERC.

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    Majority of California voters support legalizing pot, poll finds

    27 February 2013
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    A record but still narrow majority of California voters, or 54 percent, favor legalizing marijuana for personal, recreational use with age limits and other restrictions like those placed on alcohol, a new Field Poll showed. The support was the highest since the FieldPoll first asked about pot legalization in 1969, when 13 percent of California voters were in favor. In 2010, the last time Field Poll asked voters about the issue, 50 percent favored legalization.

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    US drugs prosecutors switch sides to defend accused Colombian traffickers

    27 February 2013
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    US prosecutors and other senior officials who spearheaded the war against drug cartels have quit their jobs to defend Colombian cocaine traffickers, saying their clients are not bad people and that United States drug policy is wrong. The US system punishes traffickers not according to their importance but the quantity of drugs, meaning a truck driver nabbed with a big consignment could face a longer stretch than a capo caught with a lesser amount.

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    ERC pide al Gobierno aplicar el "sentido común" y legalizar el cannabis

    27 February 2013
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    Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) pidió al Gobierno la legalización de la producción y el consumo de cannabis en España en una interpelación urgente al ministro de Justicia. La regularización de la producción y consumo de esta práctica contribuiría a combatir la crisis y crear empleos. La iniciativa de ERC tiene pocas posibilidades de prosperar ya que el Partido Popular tiene mayoría absoluta en el Congreso de los Diputados. (Véase también: Gallardón: 'Nunca, nunca he probado el cannabis')

  16. argentina-drugwar

    No one is safe from Argentina's drug war

    25 February 2013
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    For years the country was largely untouched by the brutal cartels that control the drug trade in Latin America. But an eight-year-old boy is proof those days are over. As little more than a transit-route, Argentina had escaped the worst of drug-related violence that has plagued many South American countries for decades. Now, the effects of the drug trade are increasingly visible – particularly in Rosario, which is acquiring the inauspicious title of Argentina’s “narco” capital.

  17. Forced treatment for Brazil crack addicts

    25 February 2013
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    The city of Rio de Janeiro has begun a program of involuntary hospitalization for crack users, one month after Brazil’s biggest city São Paulo began a similar program. Critics say that forcing addicts into rehabilitation treatment is ineffective. “When an addict is interned unwillingly, he can remain abstinent as long as he remains hospitalized,” Psychiatrist Dartiu Xavier da Silveira said. “When he returns to his normal life (and his usual problems), the vast majority of users go back to using the drug as before.”

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    More Danes grow their own cannabis

    25 February 2013
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    A large number of Danes are growing their own cannabis plants at home, according to a new investigation by drug researcher Helle Dahl, a researcher at the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research at Aarhus University. Her investigation suggested that there were at least 1,200 Danes who grew cannabis plants in their homes. “There are too many Danes who smoke cannabis for them to be part of a marginalised group, and we are not surprised over how widespread growing cannabis actually is.”

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    ERC planteará el miércoles en el Congreso las ventajas económicas de despenalizar el cannabis

    25 February 2013
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    Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) planteará el próximo miércoles al Gobierno en el Pleno del Congreso los beneficios económicos y fiscales que supondría a su juicio despenalizar en España la producción y el consumo de cannabis, más allá de las propiedades medicinales de esta droga. En concreto, quería saber si el Gobierno tenía previsto despenalizar el consumo de cannabis.

  20. ¿Qué cobrás?

    Andrés Prieto
    25 February 2013
    In the media

    Un pequeño grupo de estudios jurídicos, árbitros y especuladores financieros internacionales alimenta un auge del arbitraje de inversiones que cuesta a los ciudadanos miles de millones de dólares e impide que se adopten leyes en beneficio del interés público.

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