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    Cocaine addiction treatments to improve control and reduce harm (CATCH)

    • Mascha Nuijten, Peter Blanken, Wim van den Brink, Vincent Hendriks
    31 July 2011

    cocaine-addiction-treatmentsCocaine, particularly in its base form ('crack'), has become one of the drugs of most concern in the Netherlands, being associated with a wide range of medical, psychiatric and social problems for the individual, and with significant public order consequences for society. Available treatment options for cocaine dependent users are limited, and a substantial part of the cocaine dependent population is not reached by the addiction treatment system.

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  2. IDPC response to the 2010 Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board

    31 July 2011
    Policy briefing

    The Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for 2010 reveals not only the INCB’s continuing habit of exceeding its mandate, but also an enthusiasm for censuring what it regards as moves towards the liberalization of policy practice while preferring to remain silent on other areas that are within its purview and merit attention. This IDPC report concludes that this year’s Report does reflect some positive changes in the INCB’s outlook, but these are still outweighed by familiar negative practices and positions.

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    IDPC response to the 2010 Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board

    31 July 2011

    idpc-incb2010The Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for 2010 reveals not only the INCB’s continuing habit of exceeding its mandate, but also an enthusiasm for censuring what it regards as moves towards the liberalization of policy practice while preferring to remain silent on other areas that are within its purview and merit attention. This IDPC report concludes that this year’s Report does reflect some positive changes in the INCB’s outlook, but these are still outweighed by familiar negative practices and positions.

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    La década de la lata

    Fabián Muro
    30 July 2011
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    A 10 años de la llegada de la pasta base de cocaína, Uruguay siente sus efectos. De las primeras dosis -detectadas en 2001- a hoy, muchas cosas han cambiado: se incrementaron los delitos contra la propiedad, se desintegró un concepto de familia, creció y se complejizó la población carcelaria y se hizo más profunda la brecha entre distintos barrios y clases sociales, por lo menos en la capital.

  5. Federal judge rules Florida drug law unconstitutional

    29 July 2011
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    A federal judge has declared Florida's drug law unconstitutional, potentially throwing thousands of criminal cases into jeopardy. U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven of Orlando issued a ruling Wednesday that struck down the state's Drug Abuse Prevention and Control law, saying it violates due process because it doesn't require that prosecutors prove that a person knew he or she possessed illegal drugs. See also: Attorneys seek dismissal of hundreds of local drug cases

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    Jueza declara inconstitucional ley de drogas de la Florida

    Susan Schaefer
    29 July 2011
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    Una jueza de Florida declaró inconstitucional la ley de drogas que rige en este estado porque carece del elemento de intencionalidad, lo que podría poner en libertad a centenares de personas detenidas por delitos de este tipo. La jueza Mary S. Scriven, de un tribunal de Orlando  dictaminó que este estado es el único de la nación que elimina la "intención" criminal como elemento de su Ley Integral para la Prevención y Control del Consumo de Drogas, que los legisladores suprimieron en 2002.

  7. Obama’s Drug Policy: Yet Another Broken Promise

    Natalia Cote-Muñoz
    28 July 2011
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    When Obama first took office in 2009, he promised a drug policy more focused on public health. However, recent statements from the DEA and raids on medical marijuana providers have proved  otherwise. External pressures are escalating as drug cartel-led violence across the border intensifies. Internal pressures are also becoming more widespread, as the public is seeing few changes affecting drug policy. Obama should seriously consider re-evaluating his approach to drug policy for his 2012 campaign.

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      Former Mexican president urges legalizing drugs

      27 July 2011
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      Part of the solution to end drug violence in Mexico should include legalizing drugs like marijuana for personal use, according to former President Vicente Fox. "In order to get out of this trap (of drug violence caused by organized crime), I'm specifically proposing the legalization of the drug," Fox said. He also said the Mexican government should "retire the army from the task of combating criminal gangs."

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      Isabel Allende: 'Las drogas deberían legalizarse'

      26 July 2011
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      La escritora chilena Isabel Allende, quien ha lanzado recientemente su novela 'El cuaderno de Maya', afirma que "las drogas deberían legalizarse". La escritora señala que la drogadicción es un problema de salud, y debe tratarse como tal. Allende señala que considera equivocadas las políticas con que se ha manejado el problema. "La guerra contra las drogas ha propiciado la creación de carteles, bandas, asesinatos, países quebrados, como en el caso de México, donde la gente se mata por la droga".

    • The Pot Republic

      26 July 2011
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      The bulk of the marijuana consumed in the United States used to come across the border from Mexico, Canada and elsewhere. Now, more than half of it is believed to be home grown in California, where an enormous black market has emerged under the cover of the state’s medical marijuana law. With more than a third of all states now experimenting with some form of legalization and decriminalization — and several California counties attempting to openly regulate pot production — Frontline and the Center for Investigative Reporting team up to investigate the country’s oldest, largest and most wide-open marijuana market. Is the federal government now moving to shut it down?

    • Conflict, poverty and marginalisation

      25 July 2011
      Article

      Since the 1990s, the Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó communities have specifically been the target of violence and subsequent displacement.

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      Abandona Bolivia convención contra drogas; rechaza regla sobre uso de coca

      AFP, DPA, Jochen Hippler
      25 July 2011
      In the media

      Martin Jelsma, estimó que "las restricciones impuestas por la Convención Única sobre la hoja de coca y sus usos tradicionales, en ausencia de cualquier evidencia de peligrosidad, fueron un error histórico y una violación de los derechos de los indígenas".

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      Guerra antidrogas: un fracaso constatado

      25 July 2011
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      Un informe de la Comisión Mundial sobre la Política contra las Drogas, de la que forma parte la ex presidenta de la Confederación, Ruth Dreifuss, genera un vivo debate en Estados Unidos. Critica el enfoque represivo de ese país y preconiza la despenalización del consumo de estupefacientes. Considera que la postura que prevalece en Estados Unidos y que inspira el enfoque internacional "ha fracasado".

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      Gobierno uruguayo apoya debate sobre la legalización del cultivo de marihuana

      25 July 2011
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      El prosecretario de la Presidencia de Uruguay, Diego Cánepa, respaldó este lunes el proceso abierto en el Parlamento para despenalizar el cultivo de marihuana para uso personal y aseguró que el mejor modelo para luchar contra las adicciones es la selección de fútbol campeona de la Copa América. "Debemos caminar a una política de mayor prevención, de mayor educación y también de aceptación de una realidad social que se da en el país", por lo que "hay que adecuar el derecho a la realidad social", agregó.

    • New California marijuana ballot measure starts circulating

      25 July 2011
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      A new marijuana legalization ballot measure was cleared Monday to start seeking petition signatures. But its proponents aren't affiliated with the Oakland-based backers of last year's Proposition 19, who intend to mount a 2012 initiative of their own. The state attorney general's official summary says the measure, named by its proponents as "The Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act of 2012," would decriminalize marijuana sales, distribution, possession, use, cultivation, processing and transportation by people at least 21 years old.

    • Nixon's 'war on drugs' began 40 years ago, and the battle is still raging

      Ed Vulliamy
      24 July 2011
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      Four decades ago, on 17 July 1971, President Richard Nixon declared what has come to be called the "war on drugs". Nixon told Congress that drug addiction had "assumed the dimensions of a national emergency". Drug abuse, said the president, was "public enemy number one". Despite decades of battling against narcotics, the levels of addiction, trafficking and violence continue to rise. The war on drugs has failed. Now, politicians in Latin America are calling to review all options – from full legalisation to a new war.

    • Time for the EU to shut down the casino

      Myriam vander Stichele
      22 July 2011
      Article

      Until the European Commission shows it has learnt the lessons of the 2008 financial crisis and demonstrates the political will to re-regulate the financial sector, it will be unable to resolve the crises in Greece, Ireland and Portugal

    • Legal Marijuana in Arizona, but Not for the Sellers

      22 July 2011
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      Voters narrowly approved a ballot initiative last November allowing medical marijuana in the state, but the result has been just the opposite of an orderly system of dispensing cannabis to the truly sick. Rather, police raids, surreptitious money transfers and unofficial pot clubs have followed passage of the new law, creating a chaotic situation not far removed from the black-market system that has always existed.

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      Corte mantiene penalización de porte y consumo de dosis mínima

      22 July 2011
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      La Corte Constitucional mantuvo la prohibición al porte y consumo de la dosis mínima de estupefacientes, tras un fallido examen de exequibilidad de la norma. La Sala Plena decidió no pronunciarse de fondo respecto a la demanda de constitucionalidad de la ley, sancionada en la administración Uribe, por considerar que la acción no reunía todos los requisitos exigidos en esta materia.

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      Cárceles y narcotráfico

      Icaria Editorial
      21 July 2011
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      Al igual que muchos otros países, Bolivia atraviesa por una profunda crisis carcelaria, con recintos penitenciarios que adolecen de sobrepoblación, y que se muestran incapaces de garantizar un trato justo y humanitario para los reos. Entre los principales factores que explican este hacinamiento se encuentran algunas de las falencias de la Ley 1008. Por ejemplo, esta norma no establece ninguna diferencia entre el microtráfico y los grandes narcotraficantes.

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