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  1. Labour's 'appalling gutter politics' on drugs

    30 March 2015
    Article

    Campaigners for a more evidence-based drug policy are horrified. "It’s a classic and appalling example of gutter politics,” says Martin Jelsma, Director of the drugs policy programme of the Transnational Institute. “Accusing the Lib Dems of being ‘soft on drugs and thugs’ is a cheap populist slogan that tries to hide the Labour Party's own co-responsibility for destroying the future of thousands of people by giving them a criminal record for no good reason at all."

  2. Governor General gives assent, 'Ganja law' now in effect

    30 March 2015
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    Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has given his assent to the Bill amending the Dangerous Drugs Act, making possession of two or less ounces of ganja a ticketable offence.

  3. An injecting room worked for heroin. Let's have one to help beat ice

    30 March 2015
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    In its report on the methamphetamine market, the Australian Crime Commission identified ice as the illicit drug posing the highest risk to Australia. Perhaps it’s time to establish a safe place for ice users along the lines of the heroin injecting centre: a place where users can be monitored, where adverse physical and mental reactions to the drug can be professionally dealt with.

  4. Cannabis ban is elitist. It should go: Tathagata Satpathy

    28 March 2015
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    BJD chief whip in Lok Sabha (India's lower house in parliament) Tathagata Satpathy recently admitted on social media that he smoked cannabis in his younger days.

  5. Marijuana cultivation in California is sucking streams dry, says new report

    27 March 2015
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    With its dense forests, foggy climate and rugged coastline, California’s Humboldt County has long been synonymous with its biggest cash crop: marijuana. Cannabis has thrived here — both before and since the state legalized it for medical purposes in 1996.

  6. D.C. hosts nation’s biggest legal marijuana giveaway

    26 March 2015
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    With D.C. police officers looking on, hundreds of city residents lined up and then walked away from an Adams Morgan restaurant carrying baggies containing marijuana seeds.

  7. Critical updates needed in state marijuana laws

    25 March 2015
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    Washington's experiment with legal recreational marijuana is "teetering on the brink" of a market failure.

  8. Is marijuana a gateway drug?

    25 March 2015
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    In the past few years, the number of monthly marijuana users in America has steadily risen, from 14.4m in 2007 to 18.9m in 2012.

  9. The Jim Crow Holy Land

    Phyllis Bennis
    25 March 2015
    Article

    Our own progress against racism in the United States remains too recent, too fragile, and too incomplete to go on abetting apartheid in Israel.

  10. The rise of cannabis farms in Switzerland

    24 March 2015
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    The cultivation, trade and consumption of high volumes of cannabis with more then 1% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a prosecutable offence in Switzerland.

  11. State pushes forward to legalize marijuana

    24 March 2015
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    Legislators in Massachusetts are working on a marijuana legalization proposal, in part as an effort to short-circuit an expected 2016 ballot push.

  12. Drug courts: Equivocal evidence on a popular intervention

    Joanne Csete, Denise Tomasini-Joshi
    24 March 2015
    Article

    Some countries have adopted drug treatment courts as a way to reduce drug-related incarceration. Drug treatment courts, also called “drug courts,” are meant to offer court-supervised treatment for drug dependence for some persons who would otherwise go to prison for a drug-related offense.

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  13. Belgium: Allotments for cannabis smokers

    24 March 2015
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    Cannabis is by far the most frequently consumed illegal drug in Europe, although producing it privately is illegal in the EU.

  14. Chabat calls for amnesty for cannabis farmers

    24 March 2015
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    Hamid Chabat, Secretary General of the Istiqlal Party, one of Morocco's major opposition political parties, has again called for amnesty for cannabis growers in the north of the kingdom.

  15. Italy: Motion to legalize cannabis receives bi-partisan support

    23 March 2015
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    Lawmakers in Italy are pushing forward a planned bill to legalize cannabis, according to the ANSA news agency and the International Business Times.

  16. The cannabis question

    23 March 2015
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    Given the dynamics of politics in Lebanon, Jumblatt’s call in and of itself is unlikely to provide the gravitas for an effective change in the legislation.

  17. World Water Day Statement 2015

    23 March 2015
    Article
    We commemorate World Water Day 2015 by celebrating the struggles and victories of the global water justice movements. These achievements are a testament to the strength of our ties of solidarity and the resolve of communities to protect watersheds and maintain control over water services.
  18. Farmers encouraged to make use of ganja opportunities

    18 March 2015
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    Small ganja farmers across the island are being encouraged to make use of the opportunities that will be available in the medicinal ganja industry.

  19. Survey finds strong majority in support of marijuana legalization and decriminalization

    17 March 2015
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    A new national survey of American voters has found a strong majority in support of marijuana legalization and an even larger majority in support of decriminalization of the drug.

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