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  1. So you want to legalize weed?

    27 June 2015
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    Up and down the Western Hemisphere, marijuana policy is a growing topic of discussion, and laws are starting to change. In 2014, retail marijuana stores opened in the states of Colorado and Washington, where anyone over 21 years old can purchase a wide variety of marijuana products.

  2. 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.

  3. UN drugs body warns US states and Uruguay over cannabis legalisation

    03 March 2015
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    The United Nations has renewed its warnings to Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington that their cannabis legalisation policies fail to comply with the international drug treaties.

  4. The year in drug policy: Movement at a crossroads

    26 December 2014
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    The 43-year-old war on drugs had never seen such a barrage of opposition as it did in 2014, with successful marijuana legalization initiatives in several U.S. states, California’s historic approval of sentencing reform for low level drug offenders and world leaders calling for the legal regulation of all drugs — all of which cement the mainstream appeal of drug policy alternatives and offer unprecedented momentum going into 2015.

  5. 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.

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    EE UU reafirma su "tolerancia" hacia la despenalización de las drogas

    10 October 2014
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    brownfieldWilliam R. Brownfield, zar antidroga de Estados Unidos desde su puesto de subsecretario de Estado para Narcóticos enfatizó ante la Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas la “tolerancia” de Washington hacia las políticas despenalizadoras emprendidas por países como Uruguay o Estados como Washington y Colorado. Por "tolerancia", Washington entiende el compromiso de todos los países con las convenciones de Naciones Unidas y la necesidad de respetar la autonomía de cada país para abordar el problema de la droga en función de sus particulares circunstancias. (Véase también: El control de drogas visto desde Washington y Drogas: giro de EE.UU. en medio del debate sobre la despenalización)

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    De Uruguay para el mundo: 5 lecciones sobre la legalización de la marihuana

    22 September 2014
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    Pepe Mujica, presidente de Uruguay, se llevó las palmas (y un alto grado de escepticismo) al aprobar el año pasado una política pública que legaliza el cultivo, venta y consumo de marihuana en el país. Sin embargo, el responsable del experimento social es Julio Calzada, secretario general de la agencia antinarcóticos de Uruguay. En entrevista con el GlobalPost, Calzada explica cómo se pone en práctica la legalización en Uruguay.

  8. The Guardian view on overdue overhauling of US and global drug laws

    Icaria Editorial
    27 July 2014
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    The war on drugs has been a losing fight for 40 years.

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    Martin Jelsma: "En Washington saben que la legalización del cannabis es irreversible"

    Raquel Mateos
    24 July 2014

    Martin_Jelsma_Barcelona230714b-smallMartin Jelsma, politólogo especializado en políticas internacionales de droga, ha asesorado al gobierno de Uruguay y augura ahora un efecto dominó que ni las restrictivas convenciones internacionales ni los Estados Unidos no podrán parar. "A nivel internacional, después de décadas con políticas alternativas, por primera vez un país y dos estados de Estados Unidos empiezan con la regulación de toda la cadena del cannabis. Nunca había pasado antes, ni siquiera en los Países Bajos, con los coffee shops, donde la producción sigue prohibida. Son los primeros escenarios con una legalización controlada y estoy convencido que es el inicio de cambios que otros países van a seguir."

  10. Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas

    27 June 2014

    Latin America is now at the vanguard of international efforts to promote drug policy reform: Bolivia has rewritten its constitution to recognize the right to use the coca leaf for traditional and legal purposes, Uruguay has become the first nation in the world to adopt a legal, regulated Cannabis market, and Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador are openly critiquing the prevailing international drug control paradigm at the UN. And now with the United States itself relaxing its marijuana laws state by state, the U.S. prohibitionist drug war strategies are losing credibility in the region.

     

  11. Going to pot: legalised cannabis edges nearer in west after US states end ban

    22 May 2014
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    Legalisation of cannabis is making slow but unstoppable progress across much of the developed world, many experts believe, following the end of prohibition in two US states. In Amsterdam, long famous for its coffee shops, international experts gathering to discuss cannabis regulation said the international conventions, once so heavily policed by the US, would now be increasingly flouted. Already many countries, most notably the Netherlands and Spain, have bypassed the rules.

  12. UN: cannabis law changes pose 'very grave danger to public health'

    04 March 2014
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    The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has launched a counter-offensive against moves to liberalise drug laws around the world, warning that cannabis legalisation poses a grave danger to public health. 

  13. Uruguay's neighbors now considering legalization of pot

    24 December 2013
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    Argentina has given the first sign that Uruguay’s groundbreaking cannabis reform just may have started a domino effect across Latin America. Following the momentous vote by its smaller neighbor’s senate this month — making it the first nation in the world to completely legalize the cannabis — Argentina’s anti-drug czar Juan Carlos Molina has called for a public discussion in his country about emulating the measure. His comments are the clearest sign yet that Uruguay’s strategy has kicked off a trend in the region.

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    Multinational overview of cannabis production regimes

    • Beau Kilmer, Kristy Kruithof, Mafalda Pardal, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Jennifer Rubin
    14 December 2013

    This RAND report provides an overview of the changes to laws and policies pertaining to cannabis in different countries. Several jurisdictions have reduced the penalties for possessing cannabis for personal use (and in some places even for home cultivation), while some jurisdictions have taken more dramatic steps and changed their laws and practices with respect to producing and distributing cannabis.

  15. Heroic Uruguay deserves a Nobel peace prize for legalising cannabis

    Simon Jenkins
    11 December 2013
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    The response of the UN's International Narcotics Control Board to Uruguay's new drug regime has been to incant futile bromides. According to its chief Raymond Yans cannabis regulation would "endanger young people and contribute to the earlier onset of addiction". It would also be in breach of a "universally agreed and internationally endorsed treaty". Yet the UN admits that half a century of attempted suppression has led to 162m cannabis users worldwide, or 4% of the total adult population .

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    Marihuana: ¿cómo es el modelo de Colorado y Washington?

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    09 December 2013
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    Apoyados en una sólida aprobación popular, los estados de Colorado y Washington se aprestan a poner formalmente en marcha una experiencia inédita en Estados Unidos, al implementar los primeros mercados legalizados de marihuana. Se trata de un cambio fundamental en un país que hizo de la guerra al narcotráfico una marca en las relaciones con sus vecinos. (Véase también: Así ven en la región la ley de regulación de la marihuana)

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    Estrategia de prohibición “falla” y genera mayor daño

    01 March 2013
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    Expertos en comunicación de las campañas sobre legalización de la marihuana en Washington y Colorado (EEUU), destacaron las experiencias de campañas a favor de la legalización de la marihuana medicinal, donde el texto normativo para la regulación estatal se basó en contactar los diversos actores de la sociedad, abogados, médicos, etc, para elaborar un proyecto que permitiera hacer entender que no se trataba de liberalizar el consumo masivamente, sino regularlo de forma que beneficiara a la sociedad en su conjunto y eliminara el mercado “en negro”.

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    EU y América Latina aguardan el proceso para legalizar la marihuana

    Eloísa Capurro
    09 November 2012

    Colorado y Washington regularizaron el mercado de marihuana y abrieron grandes desafíos para el presidente estadounidense Barack Obama, así como para los gobiernos de América Latina que hasta hoy lideraban la discusión sobre la legalización de la droga.

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    Un proceso en ciernes

    • Amira Armenta, Pien Metaal, Martin Jelsma
    25 June 2012

    dlr21sEl debate político sobre las drogas en Amé­rica Latina está dando pasos notorios. Los cambios legislativos que están introdu­ciendo varios de los países de la región revelan tam­bién una tendencia innegable a alejarse de la “guerra contra las drogas”. Este informe ex­plica los antecedentes de la apertura del de­bate sobre las políticas de drogas en la región, resume los aspectos más relevantes de las reformas a las leyes de drogas que actual­mente cursan en algunos países y propone una serie de recomenda­ciones de políticas que podrían ayudar a avanzar el debate de manera productiva.

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