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  2. Study: Wash. spent $211M on pot enforcement

    27 August 2012
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    Enforcing marijuana laws cost Washington more than $211 million last decade, according to a new study released as the state's voters consider whether to legalize and tax marijuana for recreational use. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington released the figure Tuesday, accompanied by an interactive map showing the costs by county.

  3. Legalizing marijuana could bring windfall to state, if feds don't object

    10 August 2012
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    The initiative to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Washington, Initiative 502, was estimated on Friday to raise up to $1.9 billion in new tax revenue over five years — or zero. The wild swing, included in an analysis by the state Office of Financial Management, reflects broad uncertainty about the potential federal intervention in an initiative that would set up the nation's first regulated market for recreational marijuana use.

  4. Colombian prosecutor calls for drug legalisation referendum

    20 August 2012
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    Colombia's chief public prosecutor has called for a referendum on whether to legalise drug consumption, in response to plans to set up a network of public centres where users can consume illicit drugs under supervision. The so-called “controlled consumption centres” are part of a drive by Gustavo Petro, the mayor of the capital, Bogotá, to reduce drug-related crime in the city.

  5. Se l'Olanda si tinge di rosso pomodoro

    Fransesco Bogliacino
    24 August 2012
    In the media

    Il 12 Settembre i Paesi Bassi affrontano le elezioni politiche generali. Qui nessuno discute l'euro, ma cresce una certa insoddisfazione verso l'Europa. La crisi come colpa alla periferia che «ha vissuto al di sopra dei propri mezzi» fa parte del discorso politico dell'intero arco dei partiti in lizza, anche se con moltissime sfumature.

  6. Spokesman for pot group fired at news conference

    13 August 2012
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    The marijuana reform community in Washington State has become severely fractured, with various groups running competing initiatives and taking opposing positions on whether the state should be in the dispensary licensing business. The most recent debate is over I-502 by New Approach Washington, which tried to tailor it to receive the most possible support. In addition to setting up a state licensing system for marijuana production and sales, it would criminalize driving with more than 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood in the system. Some medical marijuana patients oppose that, saying it's an arbitrary limit and they'd never be able to drive. (See also: Legalize marijuana? Like this?)

  7. Why marijuana should be legalized

    27 August 2012
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    Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use by adults? That is the question that voters in three states are considering this November. Colorado, Washington and Oregon all have ballot measures that, if passed, would end marijuana prohibition in their state. Colorado's Amendment 64 which seeks the legalization of marijuana for adults age 21 and older appears to be popular among voters. A recent poll from Rasmussen showed that 61 percent of likely Colorado voters are in favor of legalizing marijuana if it is regulated the way that alcohol and cigarettes are currently regulated.

  8. Web-based course on Alternatives to Privatisation

    08 August 2012
    Article

    The Transnational Institute (TNI), in cooperation with the Municipal Services Project (MSP) and the Latin American Programme for Distance Education in Social Sciences (PLED) is offering a free web-based course on Alternatives to Privatisation: Non-Commercial Public Services Options in the Global South. The course will begin on 8 October 2012 and will comprise a series of eight weekly sessions.

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    Ethnic Peace and Political Participation

    23 August 2012
    Report

    Ceasefires have been agreed; the NLD has elected representatives in the national legislatures; Western sanctions are being lifted; and the World Bank and other international agencies are returning to set up office in the country. Such developments are likely to have a defining impact on ethnic politics, which remains one of the central challenges facing the country today.

  10. Gratis Water

    Koen Haegens
    08 August 2012
    In the media

    Hoewel kraanwater steeds populairder lijkt in Nederland, zeker ook met de (her)introductie van watertappunten, is de wereldwijde consumptie van flessenwater nog immer stijgend. 

     
  11. Hard drugs just minutes away for Vancouver users, study finds

    14 August 2012
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    Illicit drugs are easily and quickly accessible to users in Vancouver despite decades of aggressive drug law enforcement efforts aimed at suppressing drug supply, according to a new study from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Researcher Evan Wood said the easy access means current drug policies are not succeeding in stopping the availability and use of illegal drugs. "If supply reduction is the foundation of Canada's drug strategy, we really need to have an impact assessment and evaluation of what we're actually getting from that investment."

  12. Cannabis reduces IQ (and appreciation of context)

    Dean Burnett
    28 August 2012
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    A new study suggests that young cannabis users run the risk of a lower IQ. In what is an impressively long-term cohort study, it was found that "those who started using cannabis below the age of 18 - while their brains were still developing - suffered a drop in IQ". Defending drugs is rarely a good move politically, and anti-drug legislation often occurs without the support of scientific evidence. Contrastingly, any scientific finding that suggests drug use may have detrimental effects is seized upon and often exaggerated, sometimes to ludicrous extents. And you know there'll soon be leaflets going around schools that explicitly state that cannabis makes you stupid.

  13. Seeking a democratic solution to the EU crisis

    Julie de Los Reyes
    23 August 2012

    Syriza party and movement activist outlines the leading Greek opposition party's strategy post-elections and his belief in an alternative vision for European integration rooted in democracy.

  14. Burma’s peace process still fragile

    Karen News
    26 August 2012
    In the media

    Positive political changes in Burma – including the release of 1,500 political prisoners – have unfolded rapidly since a flawed election saw ex-general Thein Sein come into power in 2011. But reform is “still at a tentative and early stage”.

  15. Switzerland’s cocaine hot spots rival Amsterdam

    17 August 2012
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    A recent study that found cocaine use in big Swiss cities is among the highest in Europe comes as no surprise to experts, who say it is easy to find and affordable. The results go along with Switzerland’s reputation for illicit drug use. While many agree cocaine is popular in Swiss cities, there are question marks over the precise figures and sewage analysis methodology. "We have to be careful with these results as they are not really comparable."

  16. Premiere "The Brussels Business"

    02 September 2012 - Event
  17. Officials in Uruguay and Chile Submit Marijuana Legalization Bills

    09 August 2012
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    While the Uruguayan president has endorsed a bill which would create a legal, state-run marijuana industry, congressmen in Chile are pushing a bill to legalize the cultivation of marijuana for personal use. Uruguayan President Mujica sent congress a proposal for a bill that would establish a legal, state-run monopoly on marijuana cultivation and sales. Two Chilean lawmakers submitted bill that would legalize small-scale cultivation of marijuana for personal and therapeutic use.

  18. Uruguay ponders making government legal pot dealer

    Associated Press
    09 August 2012
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    A plan by Uruguay's leaders to turn the government into the nation's marijuana dealer has been presented to Congress, where the idea faces an uncertain fate. President Jose Mujica's entire Cabinet signed onto the proposed law, which aims to take over an illegal marijuana trafficking business estimated to be worth $30 million to $40 million a year. The law would have government control marijuana imports, production, sale and distribution, creating a legal market for people to get pot without turning to riskier illegal drugs.

  19. Inside the Golden Triangle

    29 August 2012
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    After some initial difficulty, Miguel Angel Vega, a writer for the Sinaloa-based Rio Doce newspaper, was able to gain access to the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, Mexico’s key drug producing region. The region, which spans three of Mexico’s 32 states, is known as the epicenter of marijuana and poppy production in the country. As Vega writes, the region’s rough terrain combined with the inherent danger of the job breeds hardy locals.

  20. Common sense must be returned in Danish drug policy

    Icaria Editorial
    30 August 2012
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    Politicians in Denmark have closed their eyes and the cannabis market has gone completely out of control. The criminalization of cannabis has not led to lower consumption. On the contrary. The naive ban caused only more crime and greater use, especially among young people. The cannabis market in Denmark should be legalized, says an editorial in the centre-left Danish newspaper Politiken. And it should be an obvious task for a government that sees itself as both responsible and progressive. (Note: Google translation of OpEd in Danish)

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