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  1. A new ‘war on drugs’ is short sighted and naive

    Tom Blickman
    18 September 2019
    Opinion

    When the Dutch government liberalised cannabis policy in 1976, they understood that the legalisation and regulation of cannabis was actually the best solution, or at least the least bad one.

  2. We from the police advise: more money and powers for the police

    Tom Blickman
    08 September 2018
    Opinion

    The recent report ‘The Netherlands and Synthetic Drugs: An Inconvenient Truth’ argues for increasing resources to expand anti-drug efforts in the Netherlands. In a topical opinion piece, Tom Blickman addresses the crucial issues at hand.

  3. Canada’s next steps on cannabis and the UN Drug Treaties

    David Bewley-Taylor, Tom Blickman, Martin Jelsma, John Walsh
    03 April 2018
    Opinion

    Ever since the introduction of Bill C-45, questions have been swirling concerning Canada’s position relative to the UN drug control conventions: conventions to which Canada is a party and that, crucially, prohibit the creation of regulated markets for the recreational use of cannabis.

  4. Yes, legalizing marijuana breaks treaties. We can deal with that.

    John Walsh, Tom Blickman, Martin Jelsma, David Bewley-Taylor
    10 January 2018
    Opinion

    Buzzing in the background of Canada’s debate on cannabis legalization is the issue of the three UN drug control treaties, and what to do with them.

  5. Some Arab governments are rethinking harsh cannabis laws

    12 April 2017
    In the media

    The Economist - In much of the Middle East and north Africa, where the law often lumps pot in with harder drugs, possession of a single joint can lead to jail. But some governments are acknowledging the harmful effects of their policies and thinking about reform.

  6. Drugs and bullets in Myanmar

    08 February 2017
    In the media

    As more people in Kachin fall victim to drug abuse, Christian group Pat Jasan is taking matters into its own hands.

  7. A failing drug war triggers new approach in Thailand and Myanmar

    06 August 2016
    In the media

    The Straits Times

  8. The opium bulbs of Myanmar: drug crop or lifeline for poor farmers?

    22 June 2016
    In the media

    The Guardian - Rural development programmes to wean poppy farmers off their illicit crop contend with lack of roads, water and power in remote areas plagued by militias

  9. rcep-isds

    Solving Myanmar’s drug trade means involving militias in the peace process

    27 May 2016
    In the media

    Myanmar Times  - To unravel Myanmar's drug trade and end the decades-long civil war, Tatmadaw-backed militias will need to be involved in the dialogue, experts say.

     

  10. Region's harsh drug policy slammed by experts

    05 May 2016
    In the media

    The Globe - Southeast Asia - Following a UN conference on drugs last month, countries in the region are being accused of sticking with ineffective and harmful anti-drug policies

  11. ကခ်င္ မူးယစ္ျပႆနာ ႀကီးထြား

    22 April 2016
    In the media

    Voice of America - Burmese- ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေျမာက္ပုိင္း ကခ်င္ျပည္နယ္မွာ လက္နက္ကိုင္ ပဋိပကၡေၾကာင့္ ေသဆုံးရတဲ့ လူဦးေရထက္ မူးယစ္ေဆးဝါးေၾကာင့္ ေသဆုံးရသူ အေရအတြက္က ပိုမ်ားေနတယ္လို႔ အေမရိကန္ျပည္ေထာင္စု အေျခစိုက္ Transnational Institute (TNI) အဖြဲ႔က ထုတ္ျပန္တဲ့ အစီရင္ခံစာ မွာ ေဖၚျပလုိက္ပါတယ္။ ဒီျပႆနာေတြကို ေလ်ာ့က်သြားေအာင္ NLD အရပ္သား အစိုးရသစ္ လက္ထက္မွာ လုပ္ေဆာင္ဖို႔လိုေၾကာင္း TNI အဖြဲ႔က တိုက္တြန္းလိုက္ပါတယ္။ ဆက္သြယ္ေမးျမန္းထားတဲ့ ကိုဉာဏ္ဝင္းေအာင္က တင္ျပပါမယ္။

  12. Eerder Gehoord: War on Drugs

    22 April 2016
    In the media

    NPO Radio 1 - Deze week vond er een grote drugs top plaats in New York. “Fight drugs and protect people”: dat was de boodschap van staatssecretaris Martin van Rijn tegenover de Verenigde Naties. Waar hebben we zo’n boodschap eerder hebben gehoord?

  13. Moeizame veranderingen na de War on Drugs

    20 April 2016
    In the media

    Volkskrant - De Verenigde Naties houden voor het eerst in twintig jaar een conferentie over drugs, op verzoek van drie Latijns-Amerikaanse landen die vinden dat het tijd wordt een alternatief te zoeken voor de War on Drugs.

  14. Advocacy groups call for drug policy reset ahead of UN meeting

    07 April 2016
    In the media

    Myanmar Times - Repressive drug laws and corruption have contributed to Myanmar’s spiralling narcotics problem, according to advocacy groups, who are calling on the new government to launch a change of policy.

  15. A call to reprioritise metrics to evaluate illicit drug policy

    02 April 2016
    In the media

    The Lancet - On April 19–21, 2016, the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) will convene to chart a course for the future to tackle the world's drugs problem. The 2016 UNGASS represents a rare opportunity to reassess the global approach to drugs and to move towards drug policies that more effectively address the three UN pillars of peace and security, human development, and human rights. We believe that we need a new consensus that includes a commitment to revise the range of indicators used to assess and improve drug policy effectiveness.

  16. Will UNGASS 2016 be the beginning of the end for the ‘war on drugs’?

    Ann Fordham, Martin Jelsma
    17 March 2016
    Opinion

    Held this April, will the United Nations General Assembly Special Session be the turning point for the international drug control system?

  17. Is Kratom the New Bath Salts?

    04 March 2016
    In the media

    The Daily Beast - Kratom fans say it’s like a ‘safe opiate,’ but law enforcement paints a picture of addiction and psychosis.

  18. Opium poppy farmers reject crop ban, war on drugs

    25 January 2016
    In the media

    Myanmar Times - Opium poppy farmers from Myanmar attending an international conference on “prohibited plants” have rejected a ban on growing their crops and urged an end to forced eradication.

  19. Ook drugsboeren willen einde aan 'war on drugs'

    22 January 2016
    In the media

    NOS op 3 - Zestig internationale drugsboeren bij elkaar - in het Noord-Hollandse Heemskerk. Allemaal worden ze getroffen door harde maatregelen vanuit hun landelijke overheid, maatregelen uit de internationale war on drugs - ingezet vanuit de VS. 

  20. Drugsboeren komen samen in Heemskerks Kasteel Assumburg

    22 January 2016
    In the media

    RTV NH -  Zo'n veertig drugsboeren uit vijftien landen, goed voor honderden hectares marihuanaplanten, cocaplanten en papaverplanten, zijn vandaag en morgen bij elkaar in het Heemskerkse kasteel Assumburg.

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