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  1. ¿Y quién es el pirata de las drogas?

    Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes
    23 December 2013
    Article

    El presidente de la Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes (JIFE), Raymond Yans, acusó a Uruguay de actuar como un "pirata", por haber aprobado el autocultivo y suministro legal pero estrictamente regulado de marihuana.

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    La JIFE contra Uruguay: el arte de la diplomacia

    Martin Jelsma
    18 December 2013
    Article

    Las tensiones internacionales en torno a la decisión de Uruguay de regular el mercado del cannabis alcanzaron nuevas cotas cuando Raymond Yans, presidente de la Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes (JIFE), acusó al Gobierno uruguayo de negligencia con respecto a preocupaciones en materia de salud pública, de bloquear todo intento de diálogo y de mostrar una actitud "de piratas" frente a las convenciones de la ONU.

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    INCB vs Uruguay: the art of diplomacy

    Martin Jelsma
    17 December 2013
    Article

    International tensions over Uruguay’s decision to regulate the cannabis market reached new levels when Raymond Yans, president of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), accused Uruguay of negligence with regard to public health concerns, deliberately blocking dialogue attempts and having a "pirate attitude" towards the UN conventions. President Mujica reacted angrily, declaring that someone should "tell that guy to stop lying," while Milton Romani, ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS), said that Yans "should consider resigning because this is not how you treat sovereign states."

  4. 'Stop lying': Uruguay president chides UN official over marijuana law

    14 December 2013
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    Uruguay’s president has accused the head of the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Raymond Yans, of lying and double standards, after the official claimed the country did not consult the anti-drug body before legalizing marijuana.

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    Mujica sobre críticas de la ONU: "Dígale a ese viejo que no mienta"

    13 December 2013
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    El presidente José Mujica criticó con dureza las declaraciones realizadas a EFE por el responsable de la Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes (JIFE) de la ONU, Raymond Yans, que dijo que la postura uruguaya es propia de "piratas" por no respetar las convenciones internacionales. Quien además dijo que intentó pero no pudo hablar con Mujica. (Véase también: Mujica y Vázquez defendieron ley sobre marihuana)

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    Uruguay's Prez rips into UN official over marijuana law: 'Stop lying'

    12 December 2013
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    Uruguay's President Mujica shot back at the president of the International Narcotics Control Board, a U.N. agency, for saying that his administration refused to meet with the agency’s officials before legalizing marijuana. Mujica batted down the criticism, insisting that his administration is open to discussing the law and accusing the INCB President Raymond Yans of applying a double standard by criticizing Uruguay, even as U.S. states pass laws to legalize recreational marijuana consumption. "Tell this old guy not to lie," Mujica said.

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    Senador uruguayo descarta que advertencia de ONU afecte ley sobre marihuana

    20 November 2013
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    El proyecto de regulación de la compraventa y cultivo de la marihuana en Uruguay, que se tramita en el Senado, “no se verá afectado” por las advertencias de la JIFE de que la ley violaría el tratado internacional sobre estupefacientes, afirmó hoy el senador oficialista Luis Gallo. El senador argumentó que las convenciones internacionales sobre drogas “deben actualizarse para dar respuesta a las realidades presentes”, en las que “se demuestra que los anteriores criterios prohibicionistas han ido fracasando”.

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    La ONU advierte a Uruguay de que ley sobre marihuana viola tratados internacionales

    20 November 2013
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    Un organismo de la ONU, la Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes (JIFE), muestra su "preocupación" por la iniciativa legal y lamenta que ningún representante uruguayo haya participado en su última reunión para informar "del cumplimiento por el país de los tratados de fiscalización internacional de estupefacientes". Se preocupa por el proyecto de ley uruguayo para regular el mercado de la marihuana y llamó al país a reanudar el diálogo con el organismo "antes de que avance el proyecto".

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    The US incapacity to enforce federal drug laws - and the global consequences

    Francisco Thoumi
    31 October 2013
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    The US drug policy is changing, pitting states against federal law. This essay explores this inner friction of contradictory drug legislation, and what it may mean for the international drug control regime, itself a result of US drug policy. (4,400 words)

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    Expert Seminar: Costs and benefits of cannabis regulation models in Europe

    30 October 2013

    The Transnational Institute (TNI) organized an expert seminar on Costs and Benefits of Cannabis Regulation Models in Europe in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on October 31/November 1, 2013. The objective of the seminar was to identify and map existing and possible future cannabis regulation models in Europe, looking at the local, provincial and national levels and the po­tential impact of such models on the illicit cannabis market.

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    Human rights and drug control: an irreconcilable contradiction?

    Ernestien Jensema
    15 October 2013
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    This week both the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna and the UN General Assembly 3rd Committee in New York discuss new drug control resolutions related to upcoming reviews of global drug policy. The high-level CND review in March 2014 and the Special Session of the General Assembly (UNGASS) on drugs in 2016 provide opportunities to change course and to ensure drug policy fully respects human rights.

  12. Coca leaf: A Political Dilemma

    • Sophie Ostler
    07 October 2013
    Report

    For fifty years the World’s attitude to and treatment of the coca leaf and coca farmers has been controlled by the UN Drugs Conventions beginning with the Convention of 1961 which prohibited the production, possession and purchase of the coca leaf as well as cocaine. The assertion of this report is that the illegal status of the coca leaf is based upon a misinterpretation of science, first of all in 1950 with the publication of the misleading study of the Commission of Enquiry on the Coca Leaf; and much later with the blocking of the publication of a report in 1995 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which made abundantly clear that the coca leaf itself has “no negative health effects”.

     

  13. Coca leaf: A Political Dilemma

    • Sophie Ostler
    07 October 2013
    Policy issue

    For fifty years the World’s attitude to and treatment of the coca leaf and coca farmers has been controlled by the UN Drugs Conventions beginning with the Convention of 1961 which prohibited the production, possession and purchase of the coca leaf as well as cocaine. The assertion of this report is that the illegal status of the coca leaf is based upon a misinterpretation of science, first of all in 1950 with the publication of the misleading study of the Commission of Enquiry on the Coca Leaf; and much later with the blocking of the publication of a report in 1995 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which made abundantly clear that the coca leaf itself has “no negative health effects”.

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    The 2013 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    31 May 2013
    Report

    Reflections upon this year’s CND are mixed. On the one hand, some states went further than ever before in openly challenging the current regime on the grounds that, after a century, it needs modernising. That the government of Uruguay is currently considering a domestic policy on cannabis that would put it in breach of the Single Convention shows that, in one instance at least, we have moved beyond rhetoric and posturing.

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    El complot contra ‘El doctor verde’

    05 May 2013
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    Leopoldo Salazar Viniegra, un médico mexicano, director de Salubridad Pública en 1938-1940, realizó experimentos con mariguana y solicitó oficialmente su legalización; en respuesta, las autoridades estado-unidenses orquestaron una campaña que culminó con su destitución. Hoy, este hombre es recordado entre los simpatizantes de la mariguana como una especie de gurú, todo un personaje adelantado a su tiempo por varias décadas.

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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.

  17. Drug policy must return to focus on public health, SPP panelists say

    11 April 2013
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    Global drug policy must move away from stigmatizing and criminalizing users and focus on the public health issues at stake, panelists concluded at the third drug policy debate hosted by CEU’s School of Public Policy and the Open Society Foundations’ Global Drug Policy Program on April 11. Panelists expressed hope that the current momentum in this direction will result in significant changes at the United Nations drug policy summit slated for 2016.

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    El día que México legalizó

    06 April 2013
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    Para enfrentar el aumento de las adicciones, el gobierno del presidente Lázaro Cárdenas se deshizo del modelo policiaco que las combatía y decretó una “revolucionaria” medida para su época: legalizó las drogas en el último año de su mandato en febrero de 1940. El nuevo Reglamento Federal de Toxicomanía pretendía crear un monopolio para la venta de fármacos prohibidos, los cuales serían distribuidos a los adictos a su costo para evitar que los compraran a los narcotraficantes. El cerebro detrás de esa medida fue el doctor Leopoldo Salazar Viniegra, un respetado investigador médico que se desempeñaba como director del Departamento de Salubridad Pública. (Véase también: El año en que la droga se legalizó)

  19. De wankele 'Weense consensus' over drugsbeleid

    31 March 2013
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    Nederland is met zijn drugsbeleid in de achterhoede terecht gekomen, zo stelt Martin Jelsma. Zo zijn Uruguay en de Amerikaanse staten Washington en Colorado met hun besluit om de cannabismarkt van teelt tot gebruik te legaliseren, Nederland voorbijgestreefd. Ze schenden daarbij de VN-verdragen en lijken daarmee hervorming van het wereldwijde drugsbeleid af te dwingen. Ook vanuit het door drugsgeweld geteisterde Latijns-Amerika wordt de roep om legalisering van de drugsmarkt steeds groter.

     

    De PDF van dit artikel is met toestemming van de redactie overgenomen uit de Internationale Spectator, maandblad voor internationale politiek, uitgegeven door de Koninklijke Van Gorcum te Assen namens het Nederlands Instituut voor Internationale Betrekkingen ‘Clingendael’ te Den Haag.

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    Presidente recomienda a la JIFE consumir coca

    19 March 2013
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    El presidente Evo Morales recomendó a la Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes (JIFE) consumir la hoja de coca para que sean “más inteligentes” y “para que su trabajo sea más eficientes”. El Mandatario dijo que la lucha contra las drogas en Bolivia es más eficiente, por lo que no necesita de bases militares ni el control de la Agencia Antinarcóticos de Estados Unidos (DEA) para reducir las plantaciones de coca, principal elemento para la elaboración de cocaína.

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