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    The drug policy reform agenda in the Americas

    • Coletta Youngers
    30 April 2013

    Latin America has emerged at the vanguard of efforts to promote debate on drug policy reform. For decades, Latin American governments largely followed the drug control policies and programs of Washington’s so-called war on drugs. Yet two parallel trends have resulted in a dramatic change in course: the emergence of left-wing governments that have challenged Washington’s historic patterns of unilateralism and interventionism and growing frustration with the failure of the prohibitionist drug control model put forward by the US government.

  2. DEA: Warning letters to 11 pot dispensaries don’t signal war on state law

    30 April 2013
    Other news

    The Drug Enforcement Administration sent cease-and-desist letters to 11 medical-marijuana dispensaries because they are within 1,000 feet of schools or other prohibited areas. The DEA maintains that the crackdown does not signal a federal war on Washington state’s new legal-pot law. Despite Washington state’s new legal recreational-pot law, enacted by voter-approved Initiative 502, all forms of marijuana remain illegal under federal law.

  3. A rising marijuana reform tide at the Statehouses

    30 April 2013
    Other news

    In the wake of the marijuana legalization victories in Colorado and Washington last November, and buoyed by a series of national public opinion polls showing support for pot legalization going over the tipping point, marijuana reform legislation is being introduced at state houses across the land at levels never seen before. According to a legislative activity web page maintained by the Marijuana Policy Project, decriminalization bills have been introduced in 10 states.

  4. Una ‘verdadera revolución’

    • Moritz Tenthoff, Ross Eventon
    30 April 2013
    Policy briefing

    Este informe analiza la nueva Ley de Restitución de Tierras, descrita por Santos como una parte esencial de la ‘verdadera revolución’ colombiana, en el marco histórico de la política agraria en Colombia.

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    Un siglo de políticas de drogas en Uruguay

    • Guillermo Garat
    29 April 2013

    „siglo-uruguayEste brief enumera las políticas de drogas que se implementaron en Uruguay durante más de un siglo. Repasa las reglamentaciones y su impacto en la arena política y social, así como los cambios en la regulación, su comercio, prohibición y consumo hasta el presente.

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    Asociaciones cannábicas catalanas impulsan un modelo de buenas prácticas y autoregulación

    29 April 2013
    Other news

    La Federación de asociaciones cannábicas autoreguladas de Catalunya (Fedcac) ha presentado un modelo de buenas prácticas y autorregulación que prevé el control de los socios de los clubes de fumadores y de las ventas y producción, además de fijar unas normas para el transporte y almacenaje de la marihuana. En una rueda de prensa el presidente de la Fedcac, Luis Ignacio Ruiz, ha explicado que este manual ofrece un modelo a seguir para las 18 asociaciones que forman parte de la federación.

  7. Colorado House gives initial approval to marijuana tax measure

    28 April 2013
    Other news

    Colorado lawmakers tried to find the Goldilocks level for recreational marijuana taxes — an amount neither too high to discourage voters from approving it nor too low to pay the costs of pot legalization. At the end of the debate, the state House gave initial approval to a bill that proposes a 15 percent excise tax and an initial 10 percent special sales tax on recreational marijuana, over the objection of Republicans who said the tax rates are too much.

  8. comunidade-terapeutica

    Comunidades terapêuticas mantidas por parlamentares podem ganhar verba federal

    28 April 2013
    Other news

    A manutenção de comunidades terapêuticas se tornou importante filão eleitoral para as bancadas evangélica e católica no Congresso. Pelo menos três deputados federais e um senador mantêm essas entidades em funcionamento, com ganhos eleitorais nas bases onde atuam. O Conselho Federal de Psicologia também critica o funcionamento das comunidades. Em 2011, inspeção do conselho em 68 entidades detectou “como regra” ausência de recursos terapêuticos.

  9. Clubbers mix former legal high mephedrone with ecstasy, despite ban

    27 April 2013
    Other news

    Clubbers are regularly taking the former legal high mephedrone alongside ecstasy and cocaine, a trend that experts warn could have grave health implications. Research found that polydrug use was now the norm among clubbers, who are happy to mix legal, newly banned and established illegal club drugs. It indicates that criminalising drugs has little effect on consumption other than to provide new revenue streams for dealers selling established illicit substances. Experts say the findings are important because what happens on the club scene is often copied by wider society later on.

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    Autocultivar o no, ¿esa es la cuestión?

    27 April 2013
    Other news

    Hay que descriminalizar y regular la comercialización de la marihuana. Eso no debería estar en discusión, más aún considerando que el consumo está despenalizado, y que nadie que no esté en contra del consumo tiene una forma lógica de estar en contra de la regularización del acceso a la marihuana. Lo que llama mucho la atención del debate sobre la regularización de la marihuana es la debilidad argumentativa -tanto de la derecha como de la izquierda- en su esfuerzo para moldear la opinión pública.

  11. Councils increase pressure for legal cannabis production

    26 April 2013
    Other news

    At least 10 of the Netherlands’ local councils have already or will soon submit plans to the justice ministry asking to be allowed to approve commercial marijuana growing. Newspaper Trouw showed councils are highly critical of official government policy on marijuana and say legalised production would remove organised crime from the equation. ‘Marijuana does not fall from the sky,’ said Heerlen mayor Paul Depla. (See also: Plan to ban strong marijuana unworkable, experts say)

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    La cucaracha, la cucaracha ...

    Héctor Abad Faciolince
    26 April 2013
    Other news

    ... Han pasado 20 años y desde entonces Cami ... no ha dejado de meter marihuana, lo cual no le ha impedido ser Ph.D. en matemáticas, resolver problemas y dar clases en las más prestigiosas universidades... Resulta que la mitad del problema de la marihuana es el escándalo, el moralismo ridículo de los republicanos gringos y los godos locales.

  13. The hidden dangers of legal highs

    26 April 2013
    Other news

    It's never been easier, or cheaper, to buy drugs online – but no one knows what's in them, or how dangerous they are. For most of the last decade, an average of four or five new legal drugs came on to the market each year. Then mephedrone appeared on the scene: cheap, legal and available online. By 2010, the drug had become the fourth most popular drug, after marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy. It was banned in April of that year, but not before a new market had emerged for online legal highs. In 2011, EU researchers found 49 new legal drugs for sale online. In 2012, 73 were identified; hundreds more were banned.

  14. Colorado lawmakers discussing marijuana-legalization repeal effort

    26 April 2013
    Other news

    A proposal that could lead to the repeal of marijuana legalization in Colorado has gained momentum at the state Capitol. The repeal would be linked to a measure on marijuana taxes that is expected to go before voters in November, according to legislators and advocacy groups involved in the discussions. The premise is that, if voters do not approve the taxes, then Amendment 64, the initiative passed just months ago to legalize marijuana, would be repealed.

  15. Political Reform in Burma/Myanmar and Consequences for Ethnic Conflict

    • Burma Centrum Netherlands
    26 April 2013
    Policy briefing

    While there have been undeniably positive trends in Burma over the past year, these have not yet been translated into ethnic peace and justice. 

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    Stem voor een betere wereld, stem bij de Europese verkiezingen

    26 April 2013
    In the media

    De EU verkiezingen komen eraan. En wat je standpunt ook is, dit is het moment om je stem te laten horen. Natuurlijk willen wij allemaal een groenere, eerlijkere en duurzamere toekomst, maar op wie kan je dan het beste stemmen? Op 23 april debatteerden 10 kandidaat Europarlementariërs over biobrandstof, schone kleren en eerlijke handel (-sverdragen).

  17. zilio

    ‘Brasil não está maduro para a descriminalização’, diz novo secretário nacional de drogas

    25 April 2013
    Other news

    Vitore defende que a regulamentação das comunidades terapêuticas pode ser feita pelo próprio Executivo, sem a necessidade de uma alteração da lei. Ele também discorda da internação involuntária de dependentes nos moldes previstos no projeto. Diz que vai dar continuidade à discussão sobre a descriminalização. Mas, para ele, o Brasil não tem condições por agora de alterar a lei e descriminalizar o usuário, como ocorreu em Portugal. “Sou antipático à repressão. No campo das drogas, acho que o usuário não deve ser tratado com repressão”.

  18. The Next Step in Drug Treatment

    Icaria Editorial
    25 April 2013
    Other news

    The mandatory-sentencing craze that drove up the prison population tenfold, pushing state corrections costs to bankrupting levels, was rooted in New York’s infamous Rockefeller drug laws. These laws, which mandated lengthy sentences for nonviolent, first-time offenders, were approved 40 years ago next month. They did little to curtail drug use in New York or in other states that mimicked them, while they filled prisons to bursting with nonviolent addicts.

  19. Marijuana legalization in Colorado may not pay for itself, study finds

    25 April 2013
    Other news

    Legal marijuana in Colorado may not bring in enough money to cover the societal costs of legalization, a study from a Colorado State University think tank concludes. The analysis also argues that revenue from marijuana taxes won't do much to help Colorado's budget and that money generated for new school construction won't reach the $40 million annual target that supporters of marijuana legalization set when campaigning for Amendment 64, the measure that legalized use, limited possession and commercial sale of marijuana for adults in Colorado.

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    Climate change, energy security and arms trade

    25 April 2013
    In the media

    While it is increasingly clear that climate change is an irreversible processes that will hit people and the environment hard, the defence industry sees new profit opportunities.

     

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