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    Drogas: distorsiones y realidades

    • Rosa Del Olmo
    30 June 1989

    publicationLa preocupación cada vez mayor por regular la producción, el tráfico y el consumo de una serie de sustancias alteradoras de la conciencia, más conocidas como drogas,ha variado a lo largo de los años, no tanto por la peligrosidad de estas sustancias, sino más bien por factores de tipo económico y político.

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    The Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the United Nations International Drug Control Programme

    • Cindy S.J. Fazey
    01 April 2003

    publicationMeetings of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) are no forum for debate and change. The author, a former senior officer of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP), shows how CND meetings are manipulated in the interests of 17 developed countries that largely fund UNDCP – the CND’s ‘civil service’. However, these major donors are not united on policy or on how to apply the UN drug Conventions, so CND decisions reflect the lowest level of disagreement, with major splits on policy ignored.

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  3. Beyond Punitive Prohibition

    • Melissa T. Aoyagi
    01 March 2006

    The primary objective of this paper is to evaluate whether the drug conventions permit states to experiment with alternatives to the punitive prohibitionist policies that have typified the global approach to combating the negative effects of personal drug use. Because harm minimization encompasses most policies providing alternatives to punitive prohibition, the analysis that follows will focus on comparing the two strategies, in an effort to frame the current debate on drug policy.

     

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    Beyond Punitive Prohibition

    • Melissa T. Aoyagi
    01 March 2006

    publicationThe primary objective of this paper is to evaluate whether the drug conventions permit states to experiment with alternatives to the punitive prohibitionist policies that have typified the global approach to combating the negative effects of personal drug use. Because harm minimization encompasses most policies providing alternatives to punitive prohibition, the analysis that follows will focus on comparing the two strategies, in an effort to frame the current debate on drug policy.

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  5. Prohibition versus Legalization

    • Mark Thornton
    01 December 2007

    Economists have been among the leading critics of current drug policies, but this criticism does not mean they have reached a consensus about specific reforms. Although drug-policy researchers and economists in general seem opposed to prohibition, they are timid in their advocacy of decriminalization and even less supportive of legalization.

     

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    Prohibition versus Legalization

    • Mark Thornton
    01 December 2007

    publicationEconomists have been among the leading critics of current drug policies, but this criticism does not mean they have reached a consensus about specific reforms. Although drug-policy researchers and economists in general seem opposed to prohibition, they are timid in their advocacy of decriminalization and even less supportive of legalization.

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  7. The consequences and costs of marijuana prohibition

    • Katherine Beckett, Steve Herbert
    01 March 2009

    This report draws on a wide range of data sources to assess the consequences and costs of enforcing criminal laws that prohibit the use of marijuana. Despite widespread and longstanding disagreement about the continuation of marijuana prohibition, the number and rate of marijuana arrests have increased significantly in the United States since the early 1990s. These arrests are not evenly distributed across the population, but are disproportionately imposed on African Americans. Our findings regarding the costs and consequences of marijuana prohibition, as well as state and local efforts to relax it, are summarized below.

     

  8. US waves white flag in disastrous 'war on drugs'

    Hugh O'Shaughnessy
    16 January 2010
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    After 40 years of defeat and failure, America's "war on drugs" is being buried in the same fashion as it was born – amid bloodshed, confusion, corruption and scandal. US agents are being pulled from South America; Washington is putting its narcotics policy under review, and a newly confident region is no longer prepared to swallow its fatal Prohibition error. Indeed, after the expenditure of billions of dollars and the violent deaths of tens of thousands of people, a suitable epitaph for America's longest "war" may well be the plan, in Bolivia, for every family to be given the right to grow coca in its own backyard.

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    "La guerra contra las drogas no funciona. Hay que cambiar la receta"

    13 July 2010
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    El ex presidente de Brasil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, defiende la despenalización del consumo de drogas. Junto con los ex presidentes de México y Colombia, Ernesto Zedillo y César Gaviria respectivamente, sostiene el proyecto de Declaración de Viena, que exige poner fin a la actual estrategia prohibicionista que está causando estragos sociales y fomentando la epidemia del sida.

  10. The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition

    • Jeffrey A. Miron, Katherine Waldock
    29 September 2010

    The CATO report estimates that legalizing drugs would save roughly $41.3 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. Of these savings, $25.7 billion would accrue to state and local governments, while $15.6 billion would accrue to the federal government. Approximately $8.7 billion of the savings would result from legalization of marijuana and $32.6 billion from legalization of other drugs.

     

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    The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition

    • Jeffrey A. Miron, Katherine Waldock
    29 September 2010

    BudgetaryImpactCoverThe CATO report estimates that legalizing drugs would save roughly $41.3 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. Of these savings, $25.7 billion would accrue to state and local governments, while $15.6 billion would accrue to the federal government. Approximately $8.7 billion of the savings would result from legalization of marijuana and $32.6 billion from legalization of other drugs.

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  12. Drugs are a development issue - which is why we should legalise them

    Jonathan Glennie
    05 October 2010
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    If there is a "war on drugs", this is it. Mexico is undergoing worse violence than has been seen in Latin America in decades. President Felipe Calderon's decision to take the fight to the narcos has been returned with drug gang brutality on a massive scale. If any good is to come out of the tragedy afflicting Mexico, it is that the misguided global approach to drug regulation will be challenged and may, eventually, be changed.

  13. The only winner in the 'war on drugs'

    Juan Gabriel Tokatlian
    02 December 2010
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    The outcome of this militarisation of drugs policy has been overwhelmingly negative. Military involvement in such an irregular war was not only unrealistic, but has also proved counterproductive. Every once in a while, a momentous triumph is announced in one or another country. But within a few years, the proliferation of front lines in the "war on drugs" reveals that such "success" was, at best, a pyrrhic victory. Meanwhile, democracy deteriorates, national insecurity spreads and human rights violations worsen.

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    Drogas y dogmas

    Juan Gabriel Tokatlian
    24 December 2010
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    El objetivo fundamental de la prohibición es lograr la abstinencia frente a determinadas sustancias psicoactivas y así crear una sociedad libre de drogas. Ello implica, en consecuencia, eliminar el cultivo, la producción, el procesamiento, el tráfico, la distribución, la comercialización, la financiación, la venta y el uso de un conjunto específico de sustancias psicoactivas declaradas ilegales.

  15. Ending the futile war on drugs

    Fernando Henrique Cardoso
    27 December 2010
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    The war on drugs is a lost war, and 2011 is the time to move away from a punitive approach in order to pursue a new set of policies based on public health, human rights, and commonsense. These were the core findings of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy that I convened, together with former presidents Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico and Cesar Gaviria of Colombia.

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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.

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    Comisión global usa a México para mostrar errores en política antidrogas

    25 January 2011
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    La Comisión Global de Políticas sobre Drogas, donde participa el ex presidente mexicano Ernesto Zedillo junto con dos ex presidentes latinoamericanos, analizan en Ginebra el fracaso generalizado de la lucha contra las drogas a nivel internacional y abordan la despenalización del consumo como una posible solución al problema. El grupo puso de ejemplo los casos de México y Colombia, "dos países que han hecho esfuerzos muy grandes (en la lucha antidrogas) con efectos y resultados muy limitados", lo que "demuestra que se necesita un cambio de mentalidad", dijo el ex mandatario brasileño Fernando Henrique Cardoso, presidente de la Comisión.

  18. Towards a new drug policy

    25 January 2011
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    What are the benefits and risks of eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana possession for personal use?
    What are the risks and benefits of distinguishing international narco-trafficking from small-scale dealing?
    The war on drugs has failed. What are the alternatives?

    These and other questions will be discussed by the new Global Commission on Drug Policy, to be launched on the 24th and 25th of January, 2011, in Geneva. The Commission will include eminent personalities such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Javier Solana, Ernesto Zedillo, Ruth Dreifuss, Michel Kazatchkine, Cesar Gaviria, Carlos Fuentes and Thorvald Stoltenberg, among others. The Global Commission will be chaired by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, (former president of Brazil).

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    Personalidades fundan una comisión que recomienda despenalizar drogas

    26 January 2011
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    Una comisión de personalidades internacionales, entre las cuales figuran varios ex presidentes latinoamericanos, preconizó el martes en Ginebra la despenalización del uso de las drogas, tras comprobar el fracaso de las políticas meramente represivas. "Hay que descriminalizar el uso de todas las drogas", dijo a la AFP el ex mandatario brasileño Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2002), presidente de la Comisión Global de Políticas sobre Drogas.

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    Comisión global aborda despenalizar la droga tras fracaso para combatirla

    26 January 2011
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    La Comisión Global de políticas sobre Drogas, integrada por tres ex presidentes latinoamericanos y numerosas personalidades de otras partes del mundo, analizan el fracaso generalizado de la lucha contra la droga y abordan la despenalización del consumo como una posible respuesta. Entre los miembros de la Comisión figuran también la política socialista suiza Ruth Dreyfuss. Dreyfuss sostuvo que las ideas en debate tienen el denominador común de buscar reducir el riesgo para los consumidores de drogas y las sociedades afectadas por la inseguridad y la desestabilización generadas por el crimen organizado.

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