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    Senado aprobó el proyecto de internación compulsiva de adictos

    23 December 2013
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    El Senado aprobó el proyecto de ley que propone la internación compulsiva a personas adictas. El proyecto pasa a Cámara de Diputados para su aprobación definitiva. La nueva versión prevé la internación de quien presente un estado grave de "alteración psíquica", producida por drogas, en un ámbito privado. "El proyecto analiza la situación de los adictos en situación de riesgo y en estado de alteración mental aguda, que los pone en riesgo hacia sí mismos como también hacia terceros", explicó el senador Luis Gallo. La organización Regulación Responsable cuestionó el proyecto.

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    The technocrats must be voted out at the European elections

    Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala
    23 December 2013
    In the media

    Their austerity programmes have eroded the power and identity of Europe's communities. Political life must prevail once again

  3. What do Israelis want? Pot! When do they want it? Now!

    22 December 2013
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    An estimated 1,000 Israelis attended a rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night to support the legalization of marijuana. As the crowd chanted phrases like "The people demand legal marijuana," the speakers at the rally sought to frame pot smoking as part of Israel’s national culture, as a unifying factor among the country’s disparate groups and even as a security issue. Medical marijuana, which is hard for patients to receive permission to access, was central to the rally. (See also: Cabinet approves Health Ministry rules on medical marijuana)

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    Councils join forces to call for legalised marijuana production

    20 December 2013
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    The mayors of 25 Dutch local authority areas have increased their pressure on the cabinet to allow experiments with regulated marijuana production. The initiative is being powered by the mayors of Eindhoven and Heerlen and a Utrecht alderman, the Volkskrant said. The manifesto is a reaction to justice minister Ivo Opstelten’s decision not to approve experiments with regulated growing. (See also: The Netherlands is ready to regulate cannabis)

  5. Uruguay: Yes we cannabis

    20 December 2013
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    When Uruguay recently became the first country in the world to legalise and regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana, it was a long-time dream realised for marijuana activist Juan Vaz. But it also came with a lot of work and campaigning. Vaz, a co-founder of the Uruguayan Association of Cannabis Studies, is are already looking to the next steps. "The time of fighting, protesting, asking for our rights and campaigning is over," he said. "Now it is about time to build things."

  6. Eyes Wide Shut: Corruption and Drug-Related Violence in Rosario

    • Ross Eventon
    20 December 2013
    Policy briefing

    In Rosario, Argentina, the presence of criminal organisations involved in drug trafficking was a low priority for the government until New Year’s day 2012, when the killing of three innocent civilians by members of a gang sparked press attention.

  7. Video: Tratado transatlántico, la maniobra multinacional

    Susan George
    19 December 2013
    Multi-media

    Susan George explica cómo las multinacionales se están movilizando para imponer el tratado transatlántico con medidas de su interés.

  8. La JIFE contra Uruguay: el arte de la diplomacia

    Martin Jelsma
    19 December 2013
    Article

    Las tensiones internacionales por la decisión de Uruguay de regular el cannabis alcanzaron nuevas cotas cuando Raymond Yans, presidente de la Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes (JIFE), acusó al Gobierno uruguayo de actitud "de piratas" frente a las convenciones de la ONU.

  9. INCB vs Uruguay: the art of diplomacy

    Martin Jelsma
    19 December 2013
    Article

    International tensions over Uruguay’s decision to regulate cannabis reached new levels when Raymond Yans, president of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), accused Uruguay of having a "pirate attitude" towards the UN conventions.

  10. Por una nueva perspectiva frente al comercio

    19 December 2013
    Report

    Para desarrollar sociedades más justas y democráticas, debemos reclamar el control democrático sobre los procesos normativos de la UE en materia de comercio e inversión.

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    The Netherlands is ready to regulate cannabis

    Tom Blickman, Martin Jelsma
    19 December 2013
    Article

    Barely a week after an opinion poll showed that 65% of the Dutch are in favour of regulating cannabis production just as in Uruguay, the minister of Justice and Security of The Netherlands, Ivo Opstelten, told parliament that he will not allow regulated cannabis cultivation to supply the coffeeshops in the country. Two in three large municipal councils back regulated cannabis cultivation, but the minister will probably not allow a single one of the 25 proposals to experiment with regulated cultivation that have been submitted.

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    Burma's Opium Production has hit record levels because Farmers have no Choice

    19 December 2013
    In the media

    Opium production in Southeast Asia has hit record levels, thanks in large part to increased poppy cultivation in Burma’s impoverished, war-torn north.

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    Ministro do STF defende debate público sobre descriminalização da maconha

    18 December 2013
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    O ministro do STF (Supremo Tribunal Federal) Luís Roberto Barroso, disse que um debate sobre a descriminalização da maconha se faz necessário para reduzir o poder do tráfico e evitar que jovens com bons antecedentes sejam presos e saiam dos presídios "pós-graduados em criminalidade". De acordo com o ministro, "boa parte das pessoas" que cumpre pena por tráfico foi apanhada com pequenas quantidades de maconha. (Leia também: Comissão aprova mudanças no Código Penal sem tocar questão da descriminalização das drogas)

  14. A step back in Spanish drug policies

    Inés Giménez
    18 December 2013
    Article

    In the past few weeks, the attention of the international drug policy community has been focused on the cannabis regulation bill in Uruguay. The great significance of this momentum for the drug policy reform has been supported by various civil society organisations and public opinion leaders from all around the world. This contrasts with the steps back undertaken in Spain, where a new bill – the paradoxically so-called citizen security law – was approved last 29th November by the Council of Ministers.

  15. Do Falling Murders in Rio Mean Success for Brazil's UPPs?

    18 December 2013
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    Homicides have fallen 65 percent in the Rio de Janeiro favelas where Police Pacification Units have been installed during four years of the flagship scheme -- an impressive figure, but one that could just indicate a displacement of violence to other regions. A study by Rio's Public Security Institute (ISP) looked at 22 Rio neighborhoods where Police Pacification Units (UPPs) have been in operation for more than a year.

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    If marijuana legalization sends the wrong message to teenagers, why aren't they listening?

    18 December 2013
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    Prohibitionists warn that it’s dangerous even to discuss legalizing marijuana because such talk sends “the wrong message” to the youth of America, encouraging them to smoke pot. If so, you might expect that the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, approved by voters more than a year ago, would have a noticeable impact on marijuana use by teenagers. Yet the latest data from the government-sponsored Monitoring the Future Study indicate that teenagers continued smoking pot at pretty much the same rates as before.

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    Washington residents smoke way more weed than officials thought

    18 December 2013
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    Knowing how much marijuana people consume is now a very important statistic for officials in Washington and Colorado.That number can help them make sound decisions about how to regulatethe supply side of the country’s first recreational marijuana markets.The RAND Corporation, a non-profit think tank, released a report, Before the Grand Opening: Measuring Washington State's Marijuana Market in the Last Year Before Legalized Commercial Sales, showing that Washington residents consume far more weed than the state initiallythought.

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    Marihuana regulada

    18 December 2013
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    Tras la aprobación por parte del Parlamento uruguayo de la ley de regulación estatal de la producción y venta de la marihuana, el titular de la Junta Nacional de Drogas (JND) de Uruguay, Julio Calzada, brindó ayer una conferencia en Buenos Aires acerca de los objetivos y alcances de la normativa. El funcionario aseguró que la ley se propone "avanzar en la regulación de un mercado que ya existe" y "que estaba en manos de organizaciones de narcotraficantes". (Véase también: Uno de los cerebros de la ley que regula el mercado de la marihuana explica la iniciativa)

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    La JIFE contra Uruguay: el arte de la diplomacia

    Martin Jelsma
    18 December 2013
    Article

    Las tensiones internacionales en torno a la decisión de Uruguay de regular el mercado del cannabis alcanzaron nuevas cotas cuando Raymond Yans, presidente de la Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes (JIFE), acusó al Gobierno uruguayo de negligencia con respecto a preocupaciones en materia de salud pública, de bloquear todo intento de diálogo y de mostrar una actitud "de piratas" frente a las convenciones de la ONU.

  20. From Aspirations to Solutions

    • Burma Centrum Netherlands
    18 December 2013
    Report

    Hopes remain that, through political negotiation, democratic reforms will be achieved which lead to just and inclusive solutions. But as the countdown to the 2015 general election begins, concerns are growing that essential reforms will not be delivered.

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