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    Piden 15 meses de cárcel y 20.000 euros de multa para el candidato del partido cannábico de Navarra

    02 December 2011
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    Representación Cannábica Navarra (Rcn) ha informado de que se les ha notificado la apertura de juicio oral a su presidente y cabeza de lista en las elecciones autonómicas, Fermín Les, por cultivo de sustancias que no causan grave daño a la salud y por el que la fiscalía pide 15 meses de cárcel y 20.000 euros de multa. El motivo de la acusación para Les y otro afiliado es una plantación propiedad del partido "destinada al abastecimiento de los enfermos, con nombres y apellidos, y recetados por sus médicos".

  2. New legislation proposes legalization of medical cannabis under strict rules

    02 December 2011
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    A government expert group is adding finishing touches to new draft legislation proposing the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. While still banning patients from growing medical cannabis on their own, the amended legislation allows importing as well as the cultivation of medical hemp by local private companies under strict state supervision. The committee, whose existence was prompted by a petition initiated earlier this year by doctors, researchers and patients and is supported by the chairwoman of the lower house of Parliament, is supposed to submit the final draft proposal to the Prime Minister in about a week’s time.

  3. Obama Drug Policy: Reforming the Criminal Justice System

    Rafael Lemaitre (Communications director for the Office of National Drug Control Policy)
    02 December 2011
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    The complexity and scale of our drug problem requires a nationwide effort to support smart drug policies that reduce drug use and its consequences. The Obama Administration has been engaged in a government-wide effort to reform our nation's drug policies and restore balance to the way we deal with the drug problem. We have pursued a variety of alternatives that abandon an unproductive enforcement-only "War on Drugs" approach to drug control and acknowledge we cannot arrest our way out of the drug problem and, further, that drug addiction is a disease of the brain, not some "moral failing."

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    EE.UU.: pulso de poderes por la marihuana

    02 December 2011
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    legaliseUn pedido para sacar a la marihuana del limbo legal en Estados Unidos: los gobernadores de dos estados solicitaron al gobierno federal que reclasifique el cannabis para permitir su uso medicinal en todo el país. En la petición ante la Agencia Antidrogas -la DEA-, la gobernadora de Washington, Christine Gregoire, y su par de Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee, expresaron la necesidad de garantizar un acceso más amplio a la marihuana como paliativo, permitiendo la prescripción por parte de los médicos y la comercialización en farmacias. Para ello, es necesario que la DEA cambie la categorización de esta droga, establecida mediante la Ley de Sustancias Controladas.

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    Comisión de JIFE vendrá a conocer el acullico

    01 December 2011
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    El canciller David Choquehuanca confirmó que miembros de la Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes (JIFE) llegarán a Bolivia para conocer de cerca el acullico de la coca, uso tradicional que defiende el país ante las Naciones Unidas. Se prevé que el Gobierno hará conocer la realidad de la cultura boliviana, respecto al acullico de la hoja de coca porque cree que la JIFE “tiene una lectura equivocada del uso tradicional del arbusto en Bolivia”.

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    Yo consumo, tú traficas, él produce

    01 December 2011
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    El mundo discute la despenalización de las drogas. El defensor público, Ernesto Pazmiño, explica a Vistazo los argumentos que sustentan la necesidad de este debat: “La propuesta sobre drogas en el nuevo Código Penal Integral es un avance y pone en el tapete la discusión sobre la descriminalización y despenalización de las drogas. Esto evitaría la existencia de grandes carteles y bandas de crimen, disminuiría la violencia en los países de América Latina, como el nuestro." Pero en Ecuador, la tesis tiene pocos adeptos: 13 de cada 100 encuestados la apoyan.

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    Dos gobernadores piden a la DEA reclasificar la marihuana para permitir su uso médico

    01 December 2011
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    Los gobernadores de los estados de Washington y Rhode Island pidieron a la DEA, la agencia antidrogas estadounidense, que reclasifique la marihuana para permitir su uso con fines médicos. Actualmente, la DEA clasifica a la marihuana como una droga de categoría 1, lo que significa que su uso médico no es legal a nivel federal. Sin embargo, en 16 estados del país la marihuana sí es legal para uso médico, lo que entra en conflicto con la clasificación de las autoridades federales.

  8. The politics of pot

    Mick Dumke, Ben Joravsky
    01 December 2011
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    Polls show overwhelming support for amending the laws. In fact, 50 percent of Americans—the largest portion ever recorded—now favor legalizing marijuana, according to an October Gallup poll. But elected officials have yet to catch up. Even those politicians who privately wisecrack about all the weed they smoked in their younger days are usually too timid to take on decades-old preconceptions about marijuana. In other words, the politicians who have the power to enact new rules have been too wimpy to use it, and those who want to see changes don't have the clout. The result is a political limbo where reefer madness still rules.

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    El auge de las setas alucinógenas preocupa a los expertos

    01 December 2011
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    Más baratas, más fáciles de obtener y sin restricciones. Estas son algunas de las causas que explican la tendencia en aumento del consumo de las nuevas drogas emergentes (sustancias psicoactivas no controladas), frente a las reguladas como el cannabis o la cocaína. El Ministerio de Sanidad se ha centrado esta vez en el estudio de la población más joven con la publicación de un informe en el que recoge que el 3,5% de los estudiantes españoles de entre 14 y 18 años (76.000 jóvenes) las ha probado alguna vez en la vida.

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    A win-win on drugs? Fighting gangs by legalizing pot

    01 December 2011
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    Copenhagen just got a lot closer to legalizing the sale of pot. If approved by the Danish parliament, next year the city could grant licenses to individual marijuana growers. City-owned shops would then sell their crop to the public. “We are thinking of perhaps 30 to 40 public sales houses, where the people aren’t interested in selling you more, they’re interested in you,” Mikkel Warming, the mayor in charge of social affairs in Copenhagen. “We don’t want an Amsterdam model," Warming said. "We want a way to make it legal to import or grow marijuana."

  11. Wash. governor wants DEA to reclassify marijuana

    30 November 2011
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    Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee have filed a petition with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration asking the agency to reclassify marijuana so doctors can prescribe it and pharmacists can fill the prescription. The governors want the federal government to list marijuana as a Schedule 2 drug, allowing it to be used for medical treatment. Marijuana is currently classified a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it's not accepted for medical treatment and can't be prescribed, administered or dispensed.

  12. Drugs policy review

    Mark Easton
    30 November 2011
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    The influential Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) is to "undertake a comprehensive review of drugs policy in the new year". They are to ask whether the government's 2010 drug strategy is a "fiscally responsible policy with strategies grounded in science, health, security and human rights". The HASC is also going to investigate the criteria used by government to measure the efficacy of its drug policies. The growing chorus of international establishment figures who argue that prohibition has proved a failed policy appears to have led the committee to ask some searching questions about the effectiveness of Britain's drugs strategy.

  13. Report shows fewer traffic fatalities after states pass medical-pot laws

    30 November 2011
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    The passage of state medical-marijuana laws is associated with a subsequent drop in the rate of traffic fatalities, according to a newly released study by University of Colorado Denver professor Daniel Rees and Montana State University professor D. Mark Anderson. The study found that the traffic-death rate drops by nearly 9 percent in states after they legalize marijuana for medical use. The researchers arrived at that figure, Rees said, after controlling for other variables such as changes in traffic laws, seat-belt usage and miles driven. The study stops short of saying the medical-marijuana laws cause the drop in traffic deaths.

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    El mariachi

    Catalina Ruiz-Navarro
    30 November 2011

    Las recientes declaraciones de Santos en Londres sobre la guerra contra las drogas parecían alentadoras. "Si eso necesita legalizar, y el mundo cree que es la solución, yo estaría de acuerdo. No me opondría". Transnational Institute y ATS (Acción técnica social), ONGs que hacen seguimiento a políticas de drogas en Colombia, se reunieron el lunes con el Ministro del Interior para discutir las declaraciones del presidente.

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    Injection rooms approved, but advocates wonder what’s next

    29 November 2011
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    The thirty-five year fight to establish permanent injection rooms for drug addicts is now over after the government announced last week that such facilities would be up and running by 2013. But long-time campaigners are bracing themselves for news on the guidelines for how the rooms are to be run. The government will present a catalogue outlining the current drug legislation and amendments that will need to be made in order for injection rooms to become legal.

  16. It's time to end the phoney war on drugs

    William Johnson
    29 November 2011
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    We are supposedly engaged in a "war on drugs." What war on drugs? A phoney war, because it provokes that which it proclaims to repress. Take three countries with different approaches to recreational drugs: the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. The first two rely on a punitive approach. The Netherlands prefer harm reduction. As is notorious, Dutch citizens can openly enjoy cannabis in coffee shops. So does the Netherlands swarm with drug-crazed zombies? Look at the percentage of the population (15 to 64) who use cannabis annually. In the U.S., 13.7 per cent. In Canada, 12.6 per cent. In the Netherlands: 5.4 per cent. For every Dutch pot smoker, there are 2.3 Canadians and 2.5 Americans.

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    Averting A Climate Talks Disaster At Durban

    Praful Bidwai
    29 November 2011
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    The numerous rounds of talks held since the Rio Earth Summit of 1992 in Brazil under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have been called “the most important negotiations ever undertaken in the history of humankind.” This is no exaggeration. Catastrophic, irreversible climate change represents the gravest threat today to human civilisation.

  18. Does the EU-Malaysia FTA undermine government policy space to regulate?

    29 November 2011
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    Charles Santiago, MP from Malaysia, discusses the dangers of EU-Malaysia FTA, particularly due to the inclusion of an investment protection chapter. 

  19. Ireland’s Debt Crisis: Roots and Reactions

    Andy Storey
    29 November 2011
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    The Celtic Tiger might just find its strength and appetite for action in the growth of left leaning electorates and local citizens initiatives. The tailspin of economy caused by austerity policies should be countered by a transparent debt audit.

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    Global Investment Rules: Threat to Democracy and the Environment

    29 November 2011
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    Around the world, citizens have been mobilizing to defend their environment and economic sovereignty from transnational corporations, but there is another threat lurking in the shadows that can ride roughshod over our rights. A video of the Network for Justice in Global Investment in collaboration with the Transnational Institute.

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