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  1. Israeli medical marijuana creates buzz but no high — will it go global?

    31 January 2015
    Other news

    Israel has become a world leader in science on the medical uses of marijuana, and its producers could become major exporters of medical cannabis.

  2. Ganja interests wary of internal business rivalry

    31 January 2015
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    Despite strong ministerial and legislative signals, segments of the marijuana lobby are unsure that sufficient protections will be afforded to the persons who currently supply the raw material. The challe

  3. Drugs in the UK: Why we need to talk about regulation and decriminalisation

    30 January 2015
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    Fighting the war on drugs in the UK costs an estimated £13 billion annually.

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    Multinationals en hun miljoenenclaims tegen ontwikkelingslanden

    Frank Mulder
    30 January 2015
    In the media

    Mondiaal Nieuws -Nederlandse bilaterale verdragen spelen een sleutelrol in de zaken die multinationals aanspannen tegen ontwikkelingslanden, wanneer ze menen last te hebben van nieuwe regelgeving. Meer dan 10 procent van alle bekende claims zijn gebaseerd op een Nederlands verdrag, en daarvan is driekwart ingediend door firma's die alleen met hun brievenbus in Nederland gevestigd zijn.

  5. US official cautions Jamaica on ganja legalisation

    29 January 2015
    Other news

    The U.S. Government has signalled discomfort with Jamaica's move to decriminalise marijuana for specific uses.

  6. Pro-ganja lobby endorses changes on eve of Senate debate

    28 January 2015
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    Professor Archibald McDonald called on the Jamaican Government to continue with the reforms and disregard apparent threats from US Government official William Brownfield cautioning the Government against breaching international drug treaties to which it is a signatory. "He is saying that Colorado, Washington DC and so on can go ahead and legalise ganja, but Jamaica signed those treaties and therefore cannot do the same. What a ridiculous argument," McDonald commented.

  7. Vermont lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana

    28 January 2015
    Other news

    Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to become the first state Legislature to legalize marijuana.

  8. Public and Community Partnership in the Americas

    28 January 2015
    Multi-media

    A Uruguayan public utility and union has joined up community-based water managers in Bolivia and Colombia in order to strengthen public and communitarian management of water and stop privatisation.

  9. MOntage of media on Davos

    Davos: where journalism is PR and change is consumer choice

    Markus Giesler
    28 January 2015
    Article

    Markus Giesler reports on the media reception to his eight year ethnographic and institutional study on the World Economic Forum that provides empirical evidence that Davos is not "improving the state of the world."

  10. The United States rethinks draconian drug sentencing policies

    • Elizabeth Lincoln
    27 January 2015

    Across the Americas, an unprecedented debate on drug policy reform is underway. While a regional consensus on what form those reforms should take remains elusive, there are at least two issues where consensus is growing: the need to address drug use as a public health, rather than criminal, issue and the need to promote alternatives to incarceration for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders and ensure proportionality in sentencing for drug-related crimes. Draconian drug laws were often adopted in Latin American countries with the encouragement – if not outright diplomatic, political and economic pressure – from the U.S. government.

  11. Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch opposes marijuana legalisation

    27 January 2015
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    Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, told senators during her confirmation hearing that she, like her predecessor Eric Holder, would not support marijuana legalization.

  12. The road to the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs in 2016

    Steve Rolles (Transform)
    27 January 2015
    Other news

    UN forums in recent years have witnessed more and more governments expressing their frustrations with the failing global war on drugs. This failure goes way beyond just the goals of drug control systems to reduce illicit drug production and use. The key driver of calls for change has been the catastrophic negative impacts of the war on drugs on public health, human rights, development and security.

  13. Socialising Losses, Privatising Gains

    • Pietje Vervest, Hilde van der Pas, Roos van Os, Roeline Knottnerus
    27 January 2015
    Report

    Dutch investment treaties (BITs) are frequently used by foreign companies to sue governments in the North and South for policies that might harm their future profits. 75% of these cases were brought by mailbox companies with no real economic substance in the Netherlands, making use of the vast web of Dutch BITs and the rights and protection given to foreign investors.

  14. Illegal drugs laws: Clearing a 50-year-old obstacle to research

    • David Nutt
    26 January 2015

    The United Nations drug control conventions of 1960 and 1971 and later additions have inadvertently resulted in perhaps the greatest restrictions of medical and life sciences research. These conventions now need to be revised to allow neuroscience to progress unimpeded and to assist in the innovation of treatments for brain disorders. In the meantime, local changes, such as the United Kingdom moving cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2, should be implemented to allow medical research to develop appropriately.

  15. Ketamine praised for speedily alleviating depression

    25 January 2015
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    An increasing number of Israeli psychiatrists have started using ketamine as part of the medical treatment for depression and chronic pain.

  16. Report predicts 18 states will legalize pot by 2020

    25 January 2015
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    A new report predicts that 18 U.S. states will have legalized recreational marijuana in the next five years, a huge increase from the four states that currently have or are in the process of creating legal markets for pot.

  17. Architecture of Impunity

    23 January 2015
    Infograph

    Corporate crime is not due to a few´bad apples´ but to an architecture of impunity and a structure of power that puts corporate rights above human rights. An infographic from the State of Power report 2015

  18. Jamaica poised to relax cannabis laws

    22 January 2015
    Other news

    The cabinet has approved a bill that would decriminalise possession of small amounts of cannabis and pave the way for a legal medical marijuana industry in Jamaica.

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    The Davos Oligarchs are right to fear the world they’ve made

    Seumas Milne
    22 January 2015
    In the media

    The Guardian - Escalating inequality is the work of a global elite that will resist every challenge to its vested interests

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