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  1. Improving global drug policy: Comparative perspectives and UNGASS 2016

    • Vanda Felbab-Brown, Harold Trinkunas (eds)
    28 April 2015

    As the world prepares for the 2016 Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016), an increasing number of countries around the world now find the regime’s emphasis on punitive approaches to illicit drugs to be problematic and are asking for reform. In this moment of global disagreement, the Brookings project on Improving Global Drug Policy provides a unique comparative evaluation of the effectiveness and costs of international counternarcotics policies and best approaches to reform.

  2. Marijuana’s big-money Marley Brand makes a splash

    24 November 2014
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    Last week, NBC’s Today Show giddily announced an exclusive: Privateer Holdings, the Seattle marijuana company long acclaimed locally for its straight, corporate image and Ivy-League-educated bosses, was launching “the first global pot brand” based on the legacy of Bob Marley. The company is likely to start selling pot overseas, says Privateer public-relations director Zack Hutson, previously a spokesperson for Starbucks. “We’re in discussions with a distributor in Israel” – a country with a federally legal medical-marijuana system. Hutson also cites Uruguay and the Netherlands as potential early markets.

  3. Du Río de la Plata au Lac Léman

    • Frank Zobel, Marc Marthaler
    19 November 2014
    Policy briefing

    La politique vis-à-vis du cannabis est en rapide évolution. Ainsi, les citoyens de l'Alaska et de l'Oregon, comme ceux de Washington DC, la capitale des Etats-Unis, viennent à leur tour de légaliser la possession de cannabis et, pour les deux premiers, d'autoriser un marché régulé pour cette substance. Des expériences de ce type sont depuis peu en cours ailleurs aux Etats-Unis et dans le monde. Quelles leçons peut-on déjà en tirer? Addiction Suisse propose une vue d'ensemble des développements les plus récents dans les Amériques, en Europe et en Suisse.

     

  4. Du Río de la Plata au Lac Léman

    • Frank Zobel, Marc Marthaler
    19 November 2014
    Report

    La politique vis-à-vis du cannabis est en rapide évolution. Ainsi, les citoyens de l'Alaska et de l'Oregon, comme ceux de Washington DC, la capitale des Etats-Unis, viennent à leur tour de légaliser la possession de cannabis et, pour les deux premiers, d'autoriser un marché régulé pour cette substance. Des expériences de ce type sont depuis peu en cours ailleurs aux Etats-Unis et dans le monde. Quelles leçons peut-on déjà en tirer? Addiction Suisse propose une vue d'ensemble des développements les plus récents dans les Amériques, en Europe et en Suisse.

     

  5. Marijuana on the move

    26 January 2014
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    Some 20 years ago, a Spanish official in favor of lifting the ban on drugs such as marijuana mentioned at a UN meeting that there "might be a more humane option" in the fight against trafficking. She was immediately taken aside by a senior diplomat, who told her in no uncertain terms: "Don't say things like that round here, not even in the washroom." Today, the same official says that internal documents are now circulating within the UN that openly admit to the failure of prohibition.

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    Major victory for President Morales: UN accepts “coca leaf chewing” in Bolivia

    14 January 2013
    Article

    Bolivia will again belong to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs after its bid to rejoin with a reservation that it does not accept the treaty’s requirement that “coca leaf chewing must be banned” was successful Friday. Opponents needed one-third of the 184 signatory countries to object, but fell far, far short despite objections by the US and the International Narcotics Control Board.

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    Bolivia retorna desde febrero a la Convención

    12 January 2013
    Article

    La Secretaría General del Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) oficializó ayer el retorno de Bolivia a la Convención Única de Estupefacientes de 1961 con la reserva relativa al masticado tradicional de hoja de coca, debido a que sólo 15 países objetaron el pedido boliviano. La Oficina del Portavoz de Naciones Unidas señala que el número de naciones que se opusieron al reingreso de Bolivia a la Convención es inferior al requerido para bloquear la solicitud. (Véase también: Evo celebra el reingreso de Bolivia en la Convención antidroga de la ONU)

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    Bolivia obtiene una merecida victoria respecto a la hoja de coca

    11 January 2013
    Press release

    Hoy, el Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia puede celebrar una merecida victoria, ya que el país vuelve a integrarse formalmente a la Convención Única de 1961 sobre Estupefacientes, pero sin estar atado a su injusto e irrealista requerimiento de que la “masticación de hoja de coca quedará prohibida”. Ello representa la exitosa conclusión de un arduo proceso en el cual Bolivia ha tratado de reconciliar sus obligaciones correspondientes a tratados internacionales, con su Constitución promulgada en 2009, la cual le obliga a defender la hoja de coca como parte del patrimonio cultural del país.

  9. Bolivia wins a rightful victory on the coca leaf

    11 January 2013
    Press release

    Today the Plurinational State of Bolivia can celebrate a rightful victory, as the country can become formally a party again to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, but without being bound by its unjust and unrealistic requirement that “coca leaf chewing must be abolished.” This represents the successful conclusion of an arduous process in which Bolivia has sought to reconcile its international treaty obligations with its 2009 Constitution, which obliges upholding the coca leaf as part of Bolivia’s cultural patrimony.

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    Inminente retorno de Bolivia a Convención

    10 January 2013
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    Bolivia habría conseguido retornar a la Convención Única de Estupefacientes de Viena de 1961 con la reserva sobre el artículo que penaliza el masticado de la hoja de coca. Hasta ayer, que se cerró el plazo, los países que se oponían al pedido no superaron los 62. Según se conoció extraoficialmente, 14 de los 184 países miembros de las Naciones Unidas se pronunciaron en contra. La Secretaría General de la ONU dará a conocer hoy el informe final de la consulta a los 184 países. (Véase también: "Los países influyentes objetan el acullico")

  11. Rumiando la prohibición del khat

    • Martin Jelsma, Pien Metaal, Axel Klein
    18 January 2012

    En el marco de un mercado de ‘euforizantes legales’ muy dinámico y bien documentado, el caso del khat (también escrito ‘qat’, Catha edulis) ofrece una interesante anomalía. Se trata, en primer lugar, de una sustancia derivada de una planta que se somete a un procesamiento o transformación mínima en el recorrido entre el campo y el mercado. Y en segundo, el khat se ha consumido durante cientos –si no miles– de años en las tierras altas del África oriental y el sur de Arabia. En los países europeos, el consumo de khat se observó por primera vez durante la década de 1980, pero sólo ha suscitado una mayor atención en los últimos años.

     

  12. Chewing over Khat prohibition

    • Martin Jelsma, Pien Metaal, Axel Klein
    10 January 2012

    In the context of a fast changing and well documented market in legal highs, the case of khat (Catha edulis) provides an interesting anomaly. It is first of all a plant-based substance that undergoes minimal transformation or processing in the journey from farm to market. Secondly, khat has been consumed for hundreds if not thousands of years in the highlands of Eastern Africa and Southern Arabia. In European countries, khat use was first observed during the 1980s, but has only attracted wider attention in recent years.

  13. US Teens Smoke More Pot than Dutch

    21 September 2011
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    A new study, What Can We Learn from the Dutch Cannabis Coffeeshop System?, published in the journal Addiction earlier this month challenged the United States' "provincial" drug policy, especially as it relates to youth. The study compared cannabis use among US teens to newly available data on usage rates in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. The results: The Dutch have about 700 adults-only clubs that sell 50 to 150 metric tons of cannabis per year, yet Dutch teens report lower levels of weed usage than youth in the United States.

  14. Fear and loathing surrounds decriminalisation

    18 June 2011
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    "The war on drugs has failed," said a recent report compiled by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which comprised a former UN secretary-general, former presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, a former US Secretary of State and a host of public intellectuals, human rights activists and politicians.

  15. Kerlikowske draws the wrong conclusions

    Martin Jelsma
    16 August 2010
    Article

    In "Has the time come to legalize drugs?" Andres Oppenheimer, the influential opinion maker about Latin American affairs at the Miami Herald, describes how the debate about cannabis regulation "is rapidly moving to the mainstream in Latin America." He quotes White House drug czar Kerlikowske who argues that The Netherlands proves that relaxation of cannabis laws increases consumption, and that the Dutch government is now reversing its strategy. That requires some rectification.

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    Kerlikowske saca las conclusiones equivocadas

    Martin Jelsma
    16 August 2010

    coffeeshoplicenseEn el artículo "La legalización de las drogas", Andrés Oppenheimer, el influyente comentarista y analista sobre asuntos latinoamericanos de los diarios Miami Herald y El Nuevo Herald, explica que el debate sobre la regulación del cannabis "está ganando cada vez más adeptos en el centro del espectro político latinoamericano". Oppenheimer cita en su artículo a Kerlikowske, el zar antidroga de la Casa Blanca, quien afirma que el ejemplo de los Países Bajos demuestra que la relajación de las leyes sobre el cannabis aumenta el consumo y que el Gobierno neerlandés está dando marcha atrás en su estrategia. Estas afirmaciones se deben puntualizar.

  17. The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy

    • Craig Reinarman, Peter Cohen, Sebastian Scholl , Hendrien L. Kaal
    01 May 2004

    Decriminalizing cannabis doesn't lead to more widespread use, according to a study comparing cannabis users in two similar cities with opposing cannabis policies — Amsterdam, the Netherlands (decriminalization), and San Francisco, California (criminalization). The study compared age at onset, regular and maximum use, frequency and quantity of use over time, intensity and duration of intoxication, career use patterns, and other drug use. No evidence was found to support claims that criminalization reduces use or that decriminalization increases use.

     

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    The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy

    • Craig Reinarman, Peter Cohen, Sebastian Scholl , Hendrien L. Kaal
    01 May 2004

    Decriminalizing cannabis doesn't lead to more widespread use, according to a study comparing cannabis users in two similar cities with opposing cannabis policies — Amsterdam, the Netherlands (decriminalization), and San Francisco, California (criminalization). The study compared age at onset, regular and maximum use, frequency and quantity of use over time, intensity and duration of intoxication, career use patterns, and other drug use. No evidence was found to support claims that criminalization reduces use or that decriminalization increases use.

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