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    Filtración de la ONU: Muchos quieren acabar con la guerra mundial contra la droga

    01 December 2013
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    El texto, con fecha de septiembre de este año y filtrado por el periódico británico 'The Observer', es un borrador de un documento que intenta establecer una estrategia internacional de largo plazo contra el narcotráfico. El texto muestra que no todos los países están de acuerdo con promover la prohibición como única solución al problema. En cambio, son muchos los que están a favor de tratar el consumo de drogas más bien como un problema de salud pública y no como una cuestión de justicia criminal.

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    Kofi Annan: Stop 'war on drugs'

    Kofi Annan Secretary General of the United Nations, Fernando Henrique Cardoso
    05 November 2013
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    Each year, hundreds of thousands of people around the world die from preventable drug-related disease and violence. Millions of users are arrested and thrown in jail. Globally, communities are blighted by drug-related crime. Citizens see huge amounts of their taxes spent on harsh policies that are not working. But despite this clear evidence of failure, there is a damaging reluctance worldwide to consider a fresh approach. The Global Commission on Drug Policy is determined to help break this century-old taboo. See IDPC Press Release.

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    Drugs legislation is hampering clinical research, warns David Nutt

    03 November 2013
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    The UK's drug laws are preventing scientists from carrying out vital research to unlock our understanding of the brain and find new treatments for conditions such as depression and Parkinson's disease, according to Professor David Nutt, a leading neuroscientist and former government drug adviser. "Things are actually getting worse," said Nutt, referring to the restrictions placed on research.

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    Droga más barata y más pura

    01 October 2013
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    Si la finalidad de los esfuerzos de las autoridades de EE UU, Europa o Australia –los principales mercados mundiales- frente al tráfico de drogas consiste en dificultar el acceso a las sustancias estupefacientes, el resultado es un claro fracaso. Con ligeras excepciones y, a pesar de los esfuerzos destinados a combatir la oferta, el precio de la heroína, cocaína y cannabis se ha reducido sensiblemente mientras la pureza de estas sustancias ha sido cada vez mayor, según un estudio que publica la revista British Medical Journal.

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    War on illegal drugs failing, medical researchers warn

    01 October 2013
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    The global “war on drugs” has been such a failure that illegal substances are now cheaper and purer than at any period over the past two decades, warns a new report by the Vancouver-based International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. Data from seven international government-funded drug surveillance systems show that drug use should be considered a public health rather than a criminal justice issue.

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    ¿El fin de la prohibición?

    08 August 2013
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    La semana pasada el Congreso de Uruguay dio un paso importante al convertir a ese país en el primero que legaliza el cultivo, la venta y la posesión del cannabis. En noviembre pasado, los estados de Washington y Colorado, en Estados Unidos, aprobaron leyes similares. Las medidas son una señal de cómo la monolítica política de drogas, basada en la prohibición, está siendo reexaminada y cambiando.

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    "Sin prohibición, habría menos muertes"

    02 May 2013
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    El juez de la Corte Suprema propuso discutir las políticas prohibicionistas y las consecuencias que conllevan. Lo hizo en el marco de unas jornadas en las que por primera vez se debatió sobre políticas de drogas en un ámbito universitario. Basta imaginar el cálculo que propuso Zaffaroni: “¿Cuántos años se hubieran necesitado para que se mueran por sobredosis de cocaína las 50 mil personas que murieron en las guerras a las drogas que en los últimos seis años en México?”. (Véase también: Los clubes de cultivo)

  8. Is the war on drugs nearing an end?

    07 April 2013
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    For four decades, libertarians, civil rights activists and drug treatment experts have stood outside of the political mainstream in arguing that the war on drugs was sending too many people to prison, wasting too much money, wrenching apart too many families -- and all for little or no public benefit. They were always in the minority. But a sign of a new reality emerged: for the first time in four decades of polling, the Pew Research Center found that more than half of Americans support legalizing marijuana.

  9. Brad Pitt: America's war on drugs is a charade, and a failure

    Brad Pitt
    31 March 2013
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    "Since declaring a war on drugs 40 years ago, the United States has spent more than a trillion dollars, arrested more than 45 million people, and racked up the highest incarceration rate in the world. Yet it remains laughably easy to obtain illegal drugs. So why do we continue down this same path? Why do we talk about the drug war as if it's a success? It's a charade." (See: The house I live in)

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    "Los lobbies prohibicionistas exageran los riesgos de las drogas"

    14 March 2013
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    Jeffrey Miron se considera un liberal acérrimo. Ha estudiado los efectos de la criminalización de las drogas durante 15 años, piensa que estos se han exagerado siempre y que todos los tipos de drogas deberían legalizarse. "La prohibición de las drogas es la peor solución para prevenir su consumo. En primer lugar, trae consigo un mercado negro corrupto y que cuesta vidas humanas. En segundo lugar, impone limitaciones a personas que no consumirían drogas. En tercer lugar, prohibir las drogas es caro."

  11. Our Right to Poison

    21 February 2013
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    German officials take a decidedly cool stance toward drug policy reform. No top politician with a major German party is about to call for a new drug policy or even the legalization of marijuana. Drugs are not a winning issue, because it's too easy to get burned. Germany lacks the political pressure to change. There were 986 drug-related deaths in Germany in 2011, the smallest number since 1988. Drug use is declining in all age groups. So why change anything?

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    The DEA's marijuana mistake

    Icaria Editorial
    24 January 2013
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    A pro-marijuana group lost its legal battle when a federal appellate court ruled that marijuana would remain a Schedule I drug, defined as having no accepted medical value and a high potential for abuse. For years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Institute for Drug Abuse have made it all but impossible to develop a robust body of research on the medical uses of marijuana. For a muscular agency that combats vicious drug criminals, the DEA acts like a terrified and obstinate toddler when it comes to basic science.

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    Doctors say UK drug policy should focus more on health

    15 January 2013
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    Although illicit drug use has been declining in the UK, long-term problem drug use and drug-related deaths are not decreasing, says the British Medical Association. Its Board of Science says evidence shows the current prohibitive approach to drug use is not working. It says doctors should inform drugs policy to put patients' needs first.

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    The 1971 Misuse of Drugs act was the stupidest and most ineffective ever passed

    Simon Jenkins
    14 January 2013
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    Yet another parliamentary group has pronounced in favour of drugs decriminalisation. It still won’t happen. What is baffling is the intransigence of British politicians on the subject. Plenty are individually reasonable. Some three-quarters of MPs agree individually. They read the surveys, reports and opinion polls — all unanswerable. Yet the mere mention of the subject sends most politicians screaming down the road with bags over their heads.

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    ¿Ha perdido Estados Unidos la guerra contra las drogas?

    Gary S. Becker, Kevin M. Murphy
    06 January 2013
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    El entonces presidente de Estados Unidos Richard Nixon declaró en 1971 "la guerra contra las drogas". La expectativa era que el narcotráfico en el país podría reducirse drásticamente en poco tiempo mediante operaciones policiales. Sin embargo, la lucha continúa. El costo ha sido grande en términos de vidas, dinero y el bienestar de muchos estadounidenses, especialmente los pobres y los de menor nivel educativo. Según la mayoría de los recuentos, los beneficios de la guerra han sido modestos en el mejor de los casos.