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  1. TNI year by year

    23 August 2000

    Chronology of highlights of TNI's work year by year: click on the date for a full summary.

     
  2. Relevant drug laws and policy documents

    01 January 2005

    A list of relevant drug laws and policy documents in Uruguay

  3. Drug law and the prison system

    01 January 2005

    How have drug laws impacted the prison situation in Uruguay?

  4. Uruguay in the international debate on drug policy

    01 January 2005

    How does Uruguay positions itself in the international debate on drug policy? - Uruguay and INCB

  5. Study finds no cancer-marijuana connection

    25 May 2006
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    The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer. The new findings "were against our expectations," said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years. Marijuana also contains the chemical THC, which he said may kill aging cells and keep them from becoming cancerous.

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    Narcosalas: ¿una opción sana?

    01 June 2006
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    heroin_syringeLas salas especiales o "narcosalas" donde los usuarios de heroína pueden inyectarse legalmente han desatado un acalorado debate en el Reino Unido. Un grupo independiente de expertos publicó un informe donde apoya la apertura de estas instalaciones, también llamadas salas de consumo higiénico. Sin embargo, sólo ocho países han aceptado el establecimiento de salas de consumo. En total hay 65 salas de consumo en Alemania, Suiza, Holanda, España, Noruega, Luxemburgo, Australia y Canadá.

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    El juez archiva la causa contra la asociación que cultivaba cannabis para uso terapéutico

    03 August 2006
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    La Audiencia Provincial de Vizcaya ha archivado la causa abierta contra los propietarios de una plantación de marihuana, miembros de la Asociación de usuarios de cannabis -Pannagh-, que fueron detenidos en octubre del año pasado durante una operación contra el tráfico de drogas. El auto judicial reconoce que el objetivo de aquel cultivo era abastecer a los miembros de la asociación, algunos de ellos enfermos crónicos, y no su venta en el mercado negro. Ahora, Pannagh quiere que se le devuelvan los 17 kilos de marihuana que le fueron requisados en una actuación «desproporcionada» y «chapucera».

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    La hierba de la discordia

    16 August 2006
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    Una sentencia que permite a una asociación cultivar cannabis para usoterapéutico reabre el debate sobre la legalización de una sustancia cuyas virtudes nohan sido probadas científicamente. La Audiencia Judical de Vizcaya, que archivaba la causa contra la asociación Pannagh por realizar una plantación de cannabis en un caserío de Iurreta, reconoce que el cultivo decomisado -unos 17 kilos de hachís, una vez seco- tenía como destino ser consumido por los 70 miembros de una asociación «legalmente constituida y sin fines comerciales», muchos de ellos enfermos crónicos, y no su venta en el mercado negro, lo que exonera a los acusados. (Véase también: «El cannabis tiene menos efectos secundarios»)

  9. Just Say Coca

    Jimmy Langman
    30 October 2006
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    Bolivian president Evo Morales recently implored the United Nations to give the coca leaf a new life. A former coca farmer himself, Morales asked the General Assembly to focus on coca's possible future as the raw material for a lucrative consumer-goods industry--not its nefarious present, as the source of the international cocaine trade. "This is the coca leaf, it is green, and not white like cocaine," Morales lectured, waving one limp little leaf at the hall of surprised dignitaries. Why, he demanded, is it "legal for Coca-Cola" but not other consumer or medicinal uses?

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    'María' de ida y vuelta

    26 April 2007
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    «Prácticamente inservibles». Así es como han vuelto a Pannagh, una asociación vizcaína de usuarios de cannabis, los 17 kilos de marihuana que le intervino un juez hace dos años. Martín Barriuso, presidente del grupo, reconocía ayer que la 'hierba' no está en condiciones de ser consumida. Es normal. Desde 2005 ha permanecido en la Unidad Exterior de la Subdelegación del Gobierno de Vizcaya. Allí, evidentemente, nadie se ha preocupado de tratar el material como mandan los cánones.

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    Legalizar o no la marihuana: un eterno debate nacional

    14 September 2007
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    El artículo 1o. de la Ley Nº 17.016 de 1998 (que sustituye a un artículo del Decreto-Ley Nº 14.294, de 31 de octubre de 1974) establece que "quedan prohibidos la plantación, el cultivo, la cosecha y la comercialización de cualquier planta de la que puedan extraerse estupefacientes u otras sustancias que determinen dependencia física o psíquica, con excepción -según los casos- de los que se realicen con exclusivos fines de investigación científica o para la elaboración de productos terapéuticos de utilización médica. Las plantaciones o cultivos, en tal caso, deberán ser autorizados previamente por el Ministerio de Salud Pública y quedarán bajo su control directo".

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    Resources

    01 February 2008
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    Other resources on the United Nations and Harm Reduction

  13. The Wire's War on the Drug War

    Ed Burns, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, David Simon
    05 March 2008
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    If asked to serve on a jury deliberating a violation of state or federal drug laws, we will vote to acquit, regardless of the evidence presented. Save for a prosecution in which acts of violence or intended violence are alleged, we will — to borrow Justice Harry Blackmun's manifesto against the death penalty — no longer tinker with the machinery of the drug war. No longer can we collaborate with a government that uses nonviolent drug offenses to fill prisons with its poorest, most damaged and most desperate citizens.

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    UN needs to chew on its drug policy

    Steven Edwards
    06 March 2008
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    We don’t ban beer and spirits because some folk abuse alcohol. Yet as part of its bid to stamp out illicit cocaine consumption, the United Nations drug watchdog is telling millions of indigenous South Americans to ditch their millennia-old coca-chewing and coca tea-making traditions — and calling on their governments to criminalize the activities.

  15. Bolivia to defend coca leaf at UN

    10 March 2008
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    Bolivian officials at a conference on illegal drugs in Vienna are planning to ask the UN to remove the coca plant from its list of dangerous drugs. The UN's International Narcotics Control Board has called on Bolivia to ban coca chewing, and the use of the plant in products such as tea. Bolivia says such a ban would be an attack on its culture.

  16. Fighting for the Right to Chew Coca

    17 March 2008
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    The Bolivian delegation was the first to issue what it called an "energetic protest" against the INCB's recommendations during the agency's annual meeting this week in Vienna. It also put forward a proposal to remove coca from the U.N.'s narcotics list. That's not likely to happen. The big question is whether the U.N. will adopt the INCB proposal — which would essentially leave Bolivia and Peru in breach of international law if they continue to allow coca's non-narcotic use and commercialization. That in turn could result in the U.N. calling for commercial or other embargoes against them.

  17. Coca Leaf Defended by Growers, Scientists… and Taxi Drivers

    Bernarda Claure
    24 March 2008
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    "They will have to kill us to make us stop planting coca," Bolivian coca grower Luis Mamani told IPS in response to a call from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) to prohibit traditional uses of the plant like coca leaf chewing. "It is a historic error to try to ban coca. We are not going to allow it," Mamani vehemently stated.

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