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  1. The development of international drug control

    • Martin Jelsma
    15 February 2011
    Policy briefing

    The emergence of more pragmatic and less punitive approaches to the drugs issue may represent the beginning of change in the current global drug control regime.

  2. Fifty Years of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs: A Reinterpretation

    • David Bewley-Taylor, Martin Jelsma
    15 March 2011

    Fifty years after its entering into force, it is time for a critical reflection on the validity of the Single Convention today: a reinterpretation of its historical significance and an assessment of its aims, its strengths and its weaknesses.

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    El desarrollo de la fiscalización internacional de estupefacientes

    • Martin Jelsma
    01 February 2011

    dlr10La aparición de enfoques más pragmáticos y menos punitivos con respecto a la cuestión de las drogas podría representar el inicio de una etapa de cambios en el actual régimen mundial de fiscalización de estupefacientes. La propagación del VIH/SIDA entre los consumidores de drogas inyectadas, el hacinamiento en las prisiones, la renuencia del continente sudamericano a seguir siendo el escenario de operaciones militares antidrogas y la ineficacia de las medidas represivas de lucha contra los estupefacientes para reducir el mercado ilícito han contribuido a erosionar el apoyo global a la guerra contra las drogas inspirada por los Estados Unidos.

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    Cincuenta años de la Convención Única de 1961 sobre Estupefacientes: una relectura crítica

    • Martin Jelsma, David Bewley-Taylor
    21 March 2011

    dlr12Este año se cumple el quincuagésimo aniversario de la Convención Única de Estupefacientes de las Naciones Unidas, firmada el 30 de marzo de 1961. Fueron 73 los países representados en la conferencia que tuvo lugar en Nueva York entre el 24 de enero y el 25 de marzo de 1961, y que perseguía establecer unos cimientos sólidos para la fiscalización de los estupefacientes en la era de las Naciones Unidas de la posguerra.

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    Hay que reducir los daños, ya que no podemos reducir el consumo

    • Peter Reuter (RAND)
    01 September 2011

    nexos_septiembre2011Reducir el consumo o la prevalencia no es un buen objetivo de la política antidrogas. Lo que sabemos sobre los efectos reales de esta política obliga a poner como criterio principal la reducción de daños. Debemos concentrarnos sólo en reducir las consecuencias adversas del consumo de drogas, tanto en el aspecto internacional como en los ámbitos nacionales. No es una opción, es lo único que podemos hacer.

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    Argumentos alucinantes

    Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes
    17 January 2011

    kerlikowske2Resultan alucinantes las tres razones invocadas por el llamado zar de las drogas de Estados Unidos, Gil Kerlikowske, para oponerse a cualquier forma de legalización, según la entrevista que concedió el domingo en El Tiempo.

  7. Drug War Anniversary a Time for Reflection and Action

    Ethan Nadelmann
    11 February 2011
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    Some anniversaries provide an occasion for celebration, others a time for reflection, still others a time for action. This June will mark forty years since President Nixon declared a "war on drugs," identifying drug abuse as "public enemy No. 1." As far as I know, no celebrations are planned. What's needed, indeed essential, are reflection -- and action.

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    Duras críticas a las políticas antidrogas

    12 February 2011
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    El ex presidente César Gaviria, el ex canciller mexicano Jorge Castañeda y el columnista Sergio Muñoz Bata debatieron qué hacer con el narcotráfico. Las políticas de lucha contra el narcotráfico seguirán siendo un fracaso mientras el consumo de estupefacientes en Estados Unidos no disminuya.

  9. More Calls For A Drug War Cease-Fire

    Mary Anastasia O'Grady
    06 June 2011
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    Tomorrow marks the 79th anniversary of the beginning of the end of the U.S. prohibition on alcohol. On that day in 1932 John D. Rockefeller Jr., a vociferous advocate of temperance, called for the repeal of the 18th amendment in a letter published in the New York Times. Rockefeller had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying for the constitutional prohibition on alcohol. But his letter did more than admit the error of his investment. Because of his moral authority on the matter, it effectively ended the conservative taboo against admitting that the whole experiment had failed.

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    Mexico's Narco-Epiphany: Is Calderón Suggesting the U.S. Legalize Drugs?

    Tim Padgett
    30 August 2011
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    The central statistic of Mexico's violent drug war – 40,000 gangland murders in the past five years – is repeated so often it almost fails to alarm us anymore. But what happened last Thursday, Aug. 25, in the northern business capital of Monterrey – 52 innocent people massacred after gangsters set fire to a casino, presumably in a drug-cartel extortion operation – left even President Felipe Calderón sounding distressed. So agitated, in fact, that drug-war analysts believe Calderón, in his speech the next day, signaled a change in philosophy and told the U.S. to think about legalizing drugs as a way of weakening vicious drug traffickers.

  11. Four Decades Later, It's Time to Scrap the Dead-End Drug War

    Tim Padgett
    17 June 2011
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    I recently returned from the desert city of Durango, Mexico, where forensic officials are still trying to identify some 240 corpses discovered this year in mass graves. More than 200 other bodies have been found in similar fosas across northern Mexico. All were victims, many of them innocent victims, of the drug-trafficking violence whose barbarity seems bottomless. But it's fueled in large part by the just as endless American appetite for illegal drugs – which itself is due in no small part to the fact that our anti-drug policies are so narrow-mindedly focused on battling supply instead of reducing demand.

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    La guerra a las drogas: una injusticia de 40 años

    Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes
    29 August 2011

    "Estados Unidos siempre termina por hacer lo que es justo, pero después de haber agotado todas las otras alternativas". Esta irónica frase de Winston Churchill puede ser útil para comprender la terquedad de ese país en mantener el prohibicionismo frente a las drogas, que es una estrategia injusta porque no protege la salud pública pero invade la autonomía individual y ocasiona sufrimientos sociales terribles e innecesarios.

  13. Elected Officials, VIPs and Grassroots Slam Drug War on 40th Anniversary

    Tony Newman (Director of Media Relations, Bill Piper (Drug Policy Alliance)
    14 June 2011
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    June 17 will mark forty years since President Richard Nixon, citing drug abuse as "public enemy No. 1," officially declared a "war on drugs." A trillion dollars and millions of ruined lives later, the war on drugs has proven to be a catastrophic failure.

  14. On 40th Anniversary Of War On Drugs, Cops Decry Obama's Drug Policy

    15 June 2011
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    Forty years after President Richard Nixon first declared a war on drugs, the officers who fought in it are calling for a truce. Former law enforcement officials gathered in the District of Columbia on Tuesday to announce their new report. It details the failures of the government's long battle against illegal drugs and denounces the Obama administration's current drug policies. "Since President Nixon declared 'war on drugs' four decades ago, this failed policy has led to millions of arrests, a trillion dollars spent and countless lives lost, yet drugs today are more available than ever," said Norm Stamper, former chief of police in Seattle and a speaker for legalization-advocacy group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

  15. How the Plummeting Price of Cocaine Fueled the Nationwide Drop in Violent Crime

    Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones
    11 November 2011
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    This contradicts one of the central tenets of the War on Drugs, which is that the psychopharmacological effects of drug use lead to criminal behavior. Most studies show that it's in fact the competition of an unregulated market that encourages the majority of violent crime. This concept was evidenced during the prohibition era in the 1920s, a time that coincided with an increase in crime, corruption, and contempt for law.