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  1. Marijuana activists push legalization of medical cannabis in Costa Rica

    Robert Isenberg
    25 February 2015
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    Pien Metaal, who follows Latin American drug law reform ... told The Tico Times ... that legalizing medical marijuana in Costa Rica “would clearly send  a message that can spark a debate in the region... Of course, the debate should not just be about medicinal use,” Metaal wrote, “since in fact recreational use is the largest actually existing phenomena, [for] which simple possession and use are being criminalized and prosecuted.”

  2. Ganja law gets green light

    24 February 2015
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    The much anticipated amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act, often referred to as the ganja law, has been passed in the House of Representatives of Jamaica.

  3. 'Misperception is very dangerous'

    16 February 2015
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    Executive director of the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), Michael Tucker, has warned that the misinformation circulating among Jamaicans about marijuana could be dangerous.

  4. The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs in 2016

    Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch
    16 February 2015
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    In April 2016, representatives of the world’s nations will gather to evaluate drug policy in a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS). While prohibitionist policies are still the norm, a rising tide of voices are demanding evidence based responses that respect human rights, promote public health, and reduce crime.

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    Es muy probable que en pocos años más países legalicen marihuana, según experto

    11 February 2015
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    jelsman_Montevideo_feb2015Martin Jelsma es un politólogo holandés, especializado en políticas internacionales sobre drogas y coordinador del programa Drogas y Democracia del Transnational Institute. En Uruguay, presentó un análisis de la legislación internacional y sostuvo que los países están encontrando la manera de evadir el tratado internacional prohibicionista de 1961.

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    Washington reclama autonomía para decidir sobre su mercado de marihuana

    10 February 2015
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    El Ayuntamiento de Washington reclamó autonomía para decidir sobre su mercado de la marihuana, después de que su fiscal general advirtiera a las autoridades municipales de que cualquier intento de regularizar la droga es "ilegal", tal y como sostiene el Congreso. La propuesta ciudadana para la legalización del cannabis con usos recreativos se aprobó en las elecciones legislativas de noviembre con el apoyo del 70,1 % de los habitantes del Distrito de Columbia.

  7. Justice minister calls for light drug legalisation, PM pulls rug

    08 February 2015
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    The Portuguese justice minister, Paula Teixeira da Cruz, said she agreed with decriminalizing the use of soft drugs, in an interview to TSF radio, so “there is no highly organised crime or money laundering”. The prime minister has said that the decriminalisation of light drugs “is not on the government programme” and said that the comments made by the justice minister about this matter were made “personally”.

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    Ministra da Justiça defende legalização da venda de drogas leves

    07 February 2015
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    A ministra da Justiça, Paula Teixeira da Cruz, defendeu a legalização da venda de drogas leves em Portugal. “Os negócios da droga são profundamente rentáveis” e “se estiver disponível nas farmácias, se a puder comprar”, há “ganhos para os cidadãos”, graças à diminuição de outros crimes, afirmou a ministra. O primeiro-ministro já veio esclarecer que a legalização da venda das drogas leves não está no programa do Governo e que as declarações de Teixeira da Cruz foram feitas "a título pessoal".

  9. Senate passes ganja law

    06 February 2015
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    The Senate debated for nearly five hours about the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015, which was later passed with five amendments.

  10. The science of decriminalizing drugs

    02 February 2015
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    The legal landscape for marijuana has never looked this relaxed. Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. voted during the recent election season to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

  11. El antimodelo brasileño

    • Luciana Boiteux
    31 January 2015
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    Pese a que la denominada «guerra contra las drogas» ha dado escasos resultados y a menudo resulta contraproducente, Brasil sigue empeñado en esa vía.

  12. Ganja interests wary of internal business rivalry

    31 January 2015
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    Despite strong ministerial and legislative signals, segments of the marijuana lobby are unsure that sufficient protections will be afforded to the persons who currently supply the raw material. The challe

  13. Drugs in the UK: Why we need to talk about regulation and decriminalisation

    30 January 2015
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    Fighting the war on drugs in the UK costs an estimated £13 billion annually.

  14. US official cautions Jamaica on ganja legalisation

    29 January 2015
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    The U.S. Government has signalled discomfort with Jamaica's move to decriminalise marijuana for specific uses.

  15. Pro-ganja lobby endorses changes on eve of Senate debate

    28 January 2015
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    Professor Archibald McDonald called on the Jamaican Government to continue with the reforms and disregard apparent threats from US Government official William Brownfield cautioning the Government against breaching international drug treaties to which it is a signatory. "He is saying that Colorado, Washington DC and so on can go ahead and legalise ganja, but Jamaica signed those treaties and therefore cannot do the same. What a ridiculous argument," McDonald commented.

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    Gobierno de Jamaica aprueba proyecto de ley para legalizar marihuana

    22 January 2015
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    El gobierno de Jamaica aprobó un proyecto de ley que legalizaría la posesión de pequeñas cantidades de marihuana. Por primera vez la comunidad rastafari del país, que usa la hierba con propósitos religiosos, podrá fumarla de manera legal. El proyecto de ley crea un órgano que entregará licencias de cultivo, venta y distribución de marihuana para propósitos médicos y terapéuticos. Sin embargo, fumar en público seguirá estando prohibido. (Véase también: Jamaica legalizará la marihuana medicinal)

  17. Jamaica poised to relax cannabis laws

    22 January 2015
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    The cabinet has approved a bill that would decriminalise possession of small amounts of cannabis and pave the way for a legal medical marijuana industry in Jamaica.

  18. Null Gramm Toleranz im Görlitzer Park

    13 January 2015
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    Kiffer in Berlin dürfen weiterhin bis zu 15 Gramm Cannabis für den Eigenbedarf dabei haben, ohne strafrechtlich verfolgt zu werden – jedoch nicht mehr überall in der Stadt. Vom 1. April an soll der Drogenbesitz an Orten wie dem Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg oder an Schulen auch bei geringeren Mengen unter Strafe gestellt werden, wie das bereits jetzt generell bei Konsum und Handel der Fall ist. (Die Gewerkschaft der Polizei spricht von Aktionismus: Junkie-Jogging um den Görlitzer Park)

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    Drogas: um novo olhar

    Ilona Szabó de Carvalho e Pedro Abramovay
    08 January 2015
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    Não se falou em política de drogas nos debates do segundo turno das eleições presidenciais. O Brasil, de modo atípico, tem ficado para trás. O custo do atraso é claro: temos o mais alto número de homicídios do mundo e somos o terceiro maior encarcerador do planeta. Enquanto isso, drogas estão mais baratas e acessíveis e o consumo só faz aumentar. Essa política fracassou. E é possível mudar. (Governo descarta debater liberação das drogas, diz Cardozo)

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    Tener hasta 30 plantas de marihuana será legal si aprueban proyecto

    28 December 2014
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    El proyecto de ley de despenalización de la marihuana impulsado por el diputado Víctor Ríos plantea la despenalización del consumo y autocultivo de marihuana en Paraguay. Pretende que sea legal tener hasta 30 plantas de marihuana, siempre que sea para consumo personal. Además, hará que se modifique el artículo 29 de la Ley 1340 que obliga a los adictos a someterse a un proceso de desintoxicación y posteriormente los castiga. (Véase también: Jóvenes piden ante el Congreso paraguayo que se legalice la marihuana)

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