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  1. What can we learn from the Dutch cannabis coffeeshop system?

    • Robert J. MacCoun
    31 October 2011

    In 1976 the Netherlands adopted a formal written policy of non-enforcement for violations involving possession or sale of up to 30 g of cannabis. The ‘gateway theory’ has long been seen as an argument for being tough on cannabis, but interestingly, the Dutch saw that concept as a rationale for allowing retail outlets to sell small quantities. Rather than seeing an inexorable psychopharmacological link between marijuana and hard drugs, the Dutch hypothesized that the gateway mechanism reflected social and economic networks, so that separating the markets would keep cannabis users out of contact with hard-drug users and sellers.

     

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    What can we learn from the Dutch cannabis coffeeshop system?

    • Robert J. MacCoun
    31 October 2011

    what-can-we-learnIn 1976 the Netherlands adopted a formal written policy of non-enforcement for violations involving possession or sale of up to 30 g of cannabis. The ‘gateway theory’ has long been seen as an argument for being tough on cannabis, but interestingly, the Dutch saw that concept as a rationale for allowing retail outlets to sell small quantities. Rather than seeing an inexorable psychopharmacological link between marijuana and hard drugs, the Dutch hypothesized that the gateway mechanism reflected social and economic networks, so that separating the markets would keep cannabis users out of contact with hard-drug users and sellers.

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  3. Revival of the public water sector

    31 October 2011
    Article

    As Amsterdam hosts its first International Water Week, TNI and its allies will be actively promoting Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) between public water utilities as the best means to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

  4. Occupy Wall Street: Origins & Prospects

    Tom Reifer
    31 October 2011
    Article

    The ancient discussion about the purposes of wealth and the conflict between oligarchy – rule of the rich – and democracy – the rule of the demos/the people comes to the fore once again with the Occupy protests.

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    ‘Euforizantes legales’

    • Adam Winstock, Chris Wilkins
    31 October 2011

    La aparición de cada vez más sustancias psicoactivas de diversos orígenes, efectos y perfiles de riesgo plantea importantes retos normativos y de salud pública.

  6. In memoriam: Adrian Cowell

    Martin Jelsma, Tom Blickman
    31 October 2011
    Article

    Adrian Cowell, a groundbreaking documentary film maker and good friend, died early October in London.

  7. 'Legal highs'

    • Adam Winstock, Chris Wilkins
    31 October 2011
    Policy briefing

    To date, the approaches to regulation have varied between nations, both with respect to the nature and specificity of the measures taken and their intended outcome. Such diversity appropriately reflects the marked differences in the existing drug use problems and public health approaches to addressing such issues between nations.

  8. Rep. Sam Farr, House members question California pot club crackdown

    31 October 2011
    Other news

    Several members of California's congressional delegation are taking their concerns about a federal crackdown on the state's medical marijuana dispensaries directly to President Barack Obama. In a bipartisan letter signed by nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the lawmakers criticized what they called an "unconscionable" multi-state effort targeting medical marijuana dispensaries. They also called for the reclassification of marijuana as a controlled substance subject to fewer federal restrictions.

  9. California Medical Assn. support of marijuana legalization has doctors talking

    31 October 2011
    Other news

    The California Medical Assn.'s recent decision to support marijuana legalization has drawn mixed opinions from physicians and others. At the same time, legal challenges continue across the country over state medical marijuana laws. And in recent months, the federal government has threatened to shut down marijuana dispensaries for violating federal law.

  10. Expert Seminar on Herbal Stimulants and Legal Highs

    30 October 2011
    A grey area has emerged between what is legal and what is not as states struggle with how to respond to the many new synthetic compounds emerging onto the market. Of the various types of ‘Legal highs’ the seminar focused on stimulants because of the parallels with the other main drug-policy issue of the moment; i.e. the status of traditional herbal stimulants. These older discussions have been reinvigorated by: Bolivia’s efforts to de-schedule coca-leaf at UN level; the debates on the status of khat between EU States, and of kratom across Asia; and the increasing stride of legitimate cannabis use on the domestic front, as in for example Spain.
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    Iberoamericana: Hoja de coca, patrimonio de Bolivia y Perú

    29 October 2011
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    La XXI Cumbre Iberoamericana aprobó el sábado un comunicado que declara a la hoja de coca como patrimonio natural de Bolivia y Perú. La propuesta había sido hecha originalmente por el presidente boliviano Evo Morales, pero sólo mencionaba a su país. Cuando la moción se puso en consideración, el canciller peruano Ricardo Rocangliolo solicitó que se incorporara también a Perú en la declaración.

  12. Legalizing pot would cut gang violence: experts

    28 October 2011
    Other news

    A new coalition of high-profile health, academic and justice experts is mounting a campaign to legalize and regulate marijuana in British Columbia, arguing the policy change would reduce gang violence and convert criminal profits into new tax revenues. The push comes as the federal Conservative government moves to pass polar opposite legislation, an omnibus crime bill aiming to toughen penalties for drug traffickers along with other law-and-order measures. Calling itself Stop the Violence BC, the group released it first report and is pledging to issue further scientific research, poll results and hold public forums in an effort to pressure politicians towards its cause.

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  14. In memoriam: Adrian Cowell

    Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer
    27 October 2011
    Article

    Adrian Cowell, a groundbreaking documentary film maker and good friend, died earlier this month in London. The last time he was with us at TNI in Amsterdam was in 2009 for a meeting with representatives from opium growing regions in northern Burma, where we also showed his TV documentary 'The Heroin Wars'.

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    Discusión en la Unión Europea en respuesta a la denuncia de Bolivia de la Convención Única de 1961 sobre Estupefacientes

    27 October 2011

    Las siguientes notas son resúmenes de los debates del "Grupo Horizontal Drogas" (GHD) acerca de la enmienda de Bolivia sobre la coca, y de la denuncia de la Convención Única sobre Estupefacientes de 1961, tomados de los informes de sus reuniones desde septiembre de 2010.

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    IP de NL pide legalizar las drogas

    27 October 2011
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    La legalización de la droga en México permitirá que el Estado tome el control del mercado para poner fin a la creciente violencia, corrupción, adicción y desinversión en territorio nacional, planteó un grupo de empresarios de Nuevo León y de representes de organizaciones de la sociedad civil que acudió a la Cámara de Diputados.

  17. Colombian president calls for legalisation of marijuana

    26 October 2011
    Other news

    Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian president, has called for the global legalisation of marijuana to help combat the trafficking of harder drugs and related violence. "The world needs to discuss new approaches ... we are basically still thinking within the same framework as we have done for the last 40 years," he said. Asked if making marijuana legal could offer a way forward, Mr Santos said it could and that he would support it "provided everyone does it at the same time".

  18. Medical cannabis may get approval

    26 October 2011
    Other news

    A group of medical and criminal law experts are moving forward with drafting a plan that would clear marijuana for medicinal use. "There is a consensus between parties in the coalition and with the opposition that making marijuana legal for medical purposes is a good thing," said National Anti-Drug Coordinator Jindřich Vobořil, deputy chairman of the committee drafting the proposal.

  19. Justice Dept. memo writer is mum on pot crackdown

    26 October 2011
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    A high-ranking U.S. Justice Department official who wrote a memo saying state medical marijuana laws do not provide immunity from federal prosecution refused to say whether a recent crackdown in California signals a shift in federal policy that may result in a crackdown in other states. Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the memo sent to U.S. attorneys in June speaks for itself, and he said U.S. attorneys have discretion in how federal law is enforced in their districts.

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    Primer ministro de Perú: "La política de erradicación de coca ha fracasado"

    26 October 2011
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    El primer ministro de Perú, Salomón Lerner, aseguró hoy que la política de erradicación de los cultivos de hoja de coca "ha fracasado" en su país y defendió un "enfoque integral" que acerque alternativas de cosecha a los campesinos. Lerner compartió hoy esa idea con la secretaria de Estado Hillary Clinton. "En el Perú, esta política ha fracasado. Después de veinte años de erradicación tenemos el mismo hectareaje, y además laboratorios que antes no existían en el país, y una cocaína de una pureza que es de las más altas del mundo".

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