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  1. med-marijuana-grower-canada

    Medical marijuana licences no longer a home-grown option

    01 October 2013
    Other news

    Starting next year, thousands of medical marijuana users will have to dig up their gardens and start buying only from suppliers approved and licensed by Ottawa. Health Canada announced the changes in June. Starting Oct. 1, licences will no longer be issued to people who wish to grow their own medical marijuana. As of April 2014, the practice will be outlawed. Anyone using medical marijuana will need to get it from a licensed medical supplier. (See also: Conservative government launching billion-dollar free market)

  2. Seeds of discontent documentary unveils how foreign investors fuel land grabs

    01 October 2013
    Press release

    A powerful new documentary film “Seeds of discontent” was launched today that draws attention to the role of a Swedish investment firm, Dutch pension fund and Norwegian church endowment firm in land grabbing in Mozambique.

  3. drugwar-mexico

    War on illegal drugs failing, medical researchers warn

    01 October 2013
    Other news

    The global “war on drugs” has been such a failure that illegal substances are now cheaper and purer than at any period over the past two decades, warns a new report by the Vancouver-based International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. Data from seven international government-funded drug surveillance systems show that drug use should be considered a public health rather than a criminal justice issue.

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    A legal high is a cheaper high

    01 October 2013
    Other news

    A study by the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies showed that if marijuana were legalized and taxed at a similar rate to cigarettes, it would yield about NIS 950 million (268 million USD) in taxes, while it could save the state the NIS 700 million (198 million USD) on enforcement every year. In a public opinion survey on marijuana legalization whose results are analyzed in the paper, only 26% of Israelis support legalization, while 64% opposes it. A large majority (75%) believe marijuana has legitimate medical uses.

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    Susan George: The Story behind my new Book

    02 October 2013
    Multi-media

    Good news for Susan George fans: Her new political satire, “How to win the Class War”, is about to be published. In part one of this exclusive video interview, Susan George talks about the story behind the sequel to The Lugano Report.

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    Seeds of discontent

    02 October 2013
    Multi-media

    Watch this trailer for a powerful new documentary about how supposedly well-meaning Dutch and Swedish investments can result in land grabbing and human rights abuses in one small community in Mozambique.

     
  7. Rio police charged over torture and death of missing favela man

    02 October 2013
    Other news

    Ten police in Rio de Janeiro have been charged with the torture and killing of a resident of the city's biggest favela in a case that has highlighted anger about extrajudicial killings. For more than two months, Amarildo de Souza was simply classified as "missing", but the suspicious circumstances of his disappearance and the notorious record of Rio's police sparked demonstrations that forced the authorities to respond.

  8. Majority of the Dutch favour cannabis legalisation

    Tom Blickman
    03 October 2013
    Other news

    An opinion poll in the Netherlands in August 2013 showed that 54% of the Dutch are in favour of legalising cannabis, while 38% opposes it. There is now a clear pro-legalisation majority among the voters for the parties that form the current government, the liberal conservative VVD (58% in favour) and the social-democrat labour party PvdA (55% in favour) and in the Dutch Parliament. A range of recent polls indicate that the majority of the Dutch strongly disagree with the government on current cannabis policies.

  9. kratom-bust

    Decision yet to be reached on making 'kratom' legal

    03 October 2013
    Other news

    Public Health Minister Pradit Sintavanarong confirmed yesterday that the narcotics control committee under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has still not reached a decision on whether to remove kratom from the prohibited narcotics list. It could take another two months for the sub-panel, assigned to gather information on the tropical evergreen, to reach its conclusions. (See also: Justice favours legalising krathom and Kratom in Thailand)

  10. A Brave New Transatlantic Partnership

    04 October 2013
    Report

    A report by the Seattle to Brussels Network demystifies the alleged economic benefits of the deal and exposes how it could harm people, the environment and the economy on both sides of the Atlantic.

  11. coverexpertseminar

    Expert Seminar: Where next for Europe on drug policy reform?

    04 October 2013

    The expert seminar “Where next for Europe on drug policy reform?” analysed the new EU strategy on drugs and its action plan and discussed ways to improve and innovate European drug policy. The seminar comprised of four major sessions : the EU Drugs Strategy and Action Plan and its public health implications; the EU Drugs Strategy and Action Plan and its law enforcement implications; regional challenges and the issue of new psychoactive substances; the role of Europe in global drug policy and the European voice in preparation for the 2016 UNGASS. This report also contains the key note speech presented by the former President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio.

  12. EU-US trade deal will lead to a race to the bottom where only big business wins, warns new report

    04 October 2013
    Press release

    A report by the Seattle to Brussels Network demystifies the alleged economic benefits of the deal and exposes how it could harm people, the environment and the economy on both sides of the Atlantic.

  13. coverexpertseminar

    Expert Seminar "Where next for Europe on drug policy reform?"

    04 October 2013
    Report

    Analysis of the new EU strategy on drugs and its action plan and discussion on ways to improve and innovate European drug policy.

  14. La seconde vie du kif marocain

    04 October 2013
    Other news

    Le Parlement à Rabat étude une proposition de loi légalisant la culture du cannabis. Proposition de loi portée par le Parti authenticité et modernité (PAM, proche du Palais royal) et la Coalition marocaine pour l’utilisation du cannabis à des fins médicinales et industrielles. Le texte en question propose entre autres la dépénalisation de la détention, de la production et du façonnement du cannabis pour usage médical. Selon l’hebdomadaire La Vie économique, même les islamistes du PJD (au pouvoir) ont été approché et auraient accueilli favorablement ce projet inédit.

  15. Majority of the Dutch favour cannabis legalisation

    Tom Blickman
    04 October 2013
    Article

    Restrictive government cannabis policies are defied by local initiatives and court rulings.

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    “Landgrabbing” in Europa

    05 October 2013
    In the media

    Europas Jugend wehrt sich gegen die oft fragwürdige Aneignung von Land durch Großkonzerne. Nicht nur in Lateinamerika, Asien oder Afrika kontrollieren Großinvestoren immer mehr Land: Laut einer Studie des Amsterdamer “Transnational Institute” ist Landgrabbing heute auch ein europäisches Problem.

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    Cabinet to consider changes to ganja laws

    06 October 2013
    Other news

    Justice Minister Mark Golding says international events and changes in the United States - the chief opponent of Jamaica's decriminalisation efforts over the years - make this the right time for lawmakers to consider changes. He said the recommendations which Cabinet will be asked to consider are standing on the shoulders of the recommendations of the National Commission on Ganja, chaired by the late Professor Barry Chevannes more than a decade ago.

  18. lapaz_afpgetty

    Lifting ban on cocaine plant can help millions of lives, MPs told

    07 October 2013
    Other news

    An independent report, Coca leaf: A Political Dilemma?, commissioned by the influential All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform has urged that coca’s illegal status be reviewed and research conducted into the possible legal uses of the leaf which, it is claimed, could benefit the lives of millions of the world’s poorest people.

  19. Coca leaf: A Political Dilemma

    • Sophie Ostler
    07 October 2013
    Policy issue

    For fifty years the World’s attitude to and treatment of the coca leaf and coca farmers has been controlled by the UN Drugs Conventions beginning with the Convention of 1961 which prohibited the production, possession and purchase of the coca leaf as well as cocaine. The assertion of this report is that the illegal status of the coca leaf is based upon a misinterpretation of science, first of all in 1950 with the publication of the misleading study of the Commission of Enquiry on the Coca Leaf; and much later with the blocking of the publication of a report in 1995 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which made abundantly clear that the coca leaf itself has “no negative health effects”.

  20. New Zealand’s bold experiment with regulating recreational drugs

    Maia Szalavitz
    07 October 2013
    Other news

    One country is trying a new approach. For the first time in history, New Zealand has created a regulatory body to oversee recreational drugs. Passed by parliament this summer on a vote of 119 to 1, the legislation has already granted interim approval to over 50 products with names like "Dr. Feelgood," "4:20," and "Everest Tibetan Toot." (See also: New Zealand’s psychoactive substances legislation)

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