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    El cannabis pelea por un espacio legal

    09 December 2008
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    En España, más de 2,2 millones de personas fuman marihuana o hachís al menos una vez al mes. Algunos cultivan, otros tiran de amigos, muchos tienen camello y una minoría están asociados en organizaciones de usuarios o clubes de consumidores. Clubes se encargan de su cultivo colectivo y están dados de alta en la Seguridad Social como administrativos agrónomos. En total, hay una docena de clubes repartidos por España. Martin Barriuso explica los beneficios de pertenecer a uno de estos clubes: "Evitas el mercado negro y te aseguras de que el cannabis es de calidad".

  2. On the threshold

    • Charlotte Walsh
    01 December 2008

    This paper offers a critique of the UK Government’s decision to abandon its former plans to introduce thresholds into drugs legislation via section 2 of the Drugs Act 2005. This provision had been enacted with a view to enhancing the significance of the amount of drugs an individual is caught with in prosecutions for the offence of possession with intent to supply.

     

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    On the threshold

    • Charlotte Walsh
    01 December 2008

    publicationThis paper offers a critique of the UK Government’s decision to abandon its former plans to introduce thresholds into drugs legislation via section 2 of the Drugs Act 2005. This provision had been enacted with a view to enhancing the significance of the amount of drugs an individual is caught with in prosecutions for the offence of possession with intent to supply.

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  4. Voters agree heroin scheme, but throw out dope

    30 November 2008
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    The Swiss look set to approve the government's drugs policy, including the prescription of heroin to addicts, but will reject a plan to decriminalise cannabis. More than two-thirds of voters approved a plan to enshrine the government's four-pillar drugs policy in law. The official drugs strategy is based on prevention, harm reduction, therapy and repression. It was devised in response to the open drugs scene in Zurich and other Swiss cities during the 1990s.

  5. Fate of drug laws hazy but voters will decide

    23 October 2008
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    A first opinion poll found that the prescription of heroin for addicts stands a good chance of passing on November 30. However, a proposal to decriminalise cannabis attracts neither a clear majority of supporters nor opponents six weeks before the ballot. Interior Minister Pascal Couchepin said decriminalising pot smoking could pose problems for Switzerland as a signatory state of international drug control conventions. In its campaign the government cautioned against rushing through legislation for which there was no majority in parliament four years ago.

  6. Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate

    • Robin Room, Peter Reuter (RAND), Wayne Hall, Benedikt Fischer, Simon Lenton, Amanda Fielding
    01 September 2008

    Despite cannabis being the most widely used illegal drug, and therefore the mainstay of the ‘war on drugs’, it has only ever held a relatively marginal position in international drug policy discussions. Amanda Fielding of the Beckley Foundation decided to convene a team of the world’s leading drug policy analysts to prepare an overview of the latest scientific evidence surrounding cannabis and the policies that control its use. The report of the Beckley Foundation's Global Cannabis Commission is aimed at bringing cannabis to the attention of policymakers and guide decision making.

     

     

     

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    Política sobre cannabis: más allá del callejón sin salida

    • Robin Room, Peter Reuter (RAND), Wayne Hall, Benedikt Fischer, Simon Lenton, Amanda Fielding
    01 September 2008

    cannabis-commission-reportA pesar de que el cannabis es la droga ilegal más consumida y, por tanto, uno de los pilares de la ‘guerra contra las drogas’, se trata de una sustancia que sólo ha ocupado un lugar relativamente marginal en los debates internacionales sobre políticas de drogas. Amanda Fielding, de Beckley Foundation, decidió convocar un grupo de importantes analistas de todo el mundo especializados en políticas sobre cannabis para preparar una panorámica de las últimas evidencias científicas en torno al cannabis y las políticas que regulan su consumo. El informe de la Comisión Mundial sobre Cannabis de la Beckley Foundation pretende llamar la atención de los encargados de políticas sobre el cannabis.

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    El estado actual del debate sobre políticas de drogas

    • Martin Jelsma
    30 April 2008

    MartinJelsmaMartin Jelsma, del Transnational Institute, preparó un análisis para la Comisión Latinoamericana sobre Drogas y Democracia en que explica la situación de las políticas de drogas en la Unión Europea y el estado actual del debate en la agenda de las Naciones Unidas. La comisión es una iniciativa de los ex presidentes Fernando Henrique Cardoso de Brasil, César Gaviria de Colombia y Ernesto Zedillo de México en respuesta a las preocupaciones relacionadas con la problemática del consumo y tráfico de drogas en América Latina.

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  9. The current state of drug policy debate

    • Martin Jelsma
    30 April 2008

    Martin Jelsma, from the Transnational Institute, prepared an analysis for the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, explaining the drug policy situation in the European Union and the current state of debate in the United Nations agenda. The commission is an initiative born of former presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso, from Brazil, César Gaviria, from Colombia and Ernesto Zedillo, from Mexico, to respond to concerns related to the problems of drug consumption and traffic in Latin America. The idea to constitute a commission capable of consolidating a debate concerning this problematic also responds to the necessity of reviewing the world drug policies in the scope of the United Nations, which began in March 2008.

  10. Cannabis dreams drift away

    07 April 2008
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    Following decades of rising cannabis use and talk of liberalisation, Switzerland had appeared poised to become the marijuana capital of Europe. The country still boasts some of the highest rates of cannabis use in Europe, but Switzerland's pot movement has taken a hit in the past few years: proposed liberalisation did not come to pass and enforcement has been on the rise.

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    Una propuesta inspiradora desde Ecuador

    Martin Jelsma
    03 March 2008

    Entre el 21 y el 23 de febrero organizamos el que ya es nuestro séptimo ‘diálogo informal sobre políticas de drogas’, esta vez en colaboración con el Gobierno ecuatoriano y la Oficina en Washington para Asuntos Latinoamericanos (WOLA). La reunión contó con la participación de unas 45 personas y con funcionarios gubernamentales de siete países latinoamericanos. Gran parte de la agenda se centró en los preparativos del próximo proceso de revisión de la UNGASS que tendrá lugar en Viena, aunque uno de los temas más inspiradores del encuentro fue la propuesta ecuatoriana de indultar a los mensajeros.

  12. Decriminalization of cannabis

    • Wim van den Brink
    01 March 2008

    This paper discusses the case for decriminalization of cannabis use, based on a careful weighting of the currently available evidence regarding advantages and risks of such a policy change. The issue of decriminalization is a response to the widespread use of cannabis in spite of its current illegal status; that is, as a consequence of the perceived ineffectiveness of the traditional prohibition of cannabis use.

     

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    Decriminalization of cannabis

    • Wim van den Brink
    01 March 2008

    Este ensayo analiza los argumentos a favor y en contra de la despenalización del cannabis. El psiquiatra neerlandés Wim van den Brink, del Instituto de Amsterdam para la Investigación sobre Adicciones (AIAR), sopesa detenidamente las actuales pruebas sobre las ventajas y los riesgos que entrañaría tal cambio en las políticas de drogas.

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