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  1. Lowe wants public sector cooperation on ganja

    28 February 2015
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    Executive Chairman of Medicanja, Dr Henry Lowe, is urging a spirit of cooperation between government ministries and agencies involved in the development of Jamaica's ganja industry, following the passage of the Decriminalisation Bill.

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    La prisión por tenencia de drogas, una excepción

    28 February 2015
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    En Ecuador, el artículo 220 del Código Orgánico Integral Penal (COIP), considera tráfico de mínima escala cuando alguien tiene hasta 300 g de marihuana y la sanción va de dos a seis meses de prisión. Cifras de la Policía Antidrogas y de la Judicatura señalan que el 32% de personas arrestadas en Quito, Guayaquil, Ambato y Cuenca por drogas salieron libres entre el 1 de enero de este año y el 23 de febrero. A ellos no se les emitió la orden de encarcelamiento, pero deben presentarse periódicamente ante un juez.

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    ¿Doblemente (in)falible?

    Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes
    27 February 2015

    Estaba convencido de que el carismático papa Francisco era doblemente infalible. Primero por ser papa, pues según el Concilio Vaticano I de 1870, el sumo pontífice no se equivoca, al menos cuando hace ciertas declaraciones en las que se supone que es asistido por el Espíritu Santo. Y segundo por ser argentino... pues al menos los argentinos creen que eso genera infalibilidad.

  4. Ketamine control plan condemned as potential disaster for world's rural poor

    27 February 2015
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    A proposal that is about to come before the UN to restrict global access to ketamine, a drug abused in rich countries, would deprive millions of women of lifesaving surgery in poor countries, according to medicines campaigners.

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    Hoja informativa sobre la propuesta para discutir la clasificación internacional de la ketamina en la 58ª CND

    26 February 2015

    La ketamina es un medicamento esencial utilizado para la anestesia. Es el único anestésico disponible para cirugías esenciales en la mayoría de las zonas rurales de los países en desarrollo en donde viven más de dos mil millones de personas. La clasificación de la ketamina dejará a estas poblaciones sin este anestésico alternativo para las intervenciones quirúrgicas esenciales, y profundizará aún más la ya aguda crisis de la cirugía en el mundo.

  6. Caribbean leaders form marijuana commission

    26 February 2015
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    Just days after Jamaica became the first Caribbean nation to decriminalize small portions of pot, leaders of the Caribbean Community agreed on the composition of a commission to examine marijuana legalization throughout their 15-member regional bloc.

  7. Why Canada is no longer a leader in global drug policy

    26 February 2015
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    Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s statement about the failures of Canada's drug policy is mostly on point. It’s just the last bit he gets wrong: “I think what everyone believes and agrees with, and to be frank myself, is that the current approach is not working, but it is not clear what we should do.” He’s wrong, because we know what we should do: Supervised injection sites; prescription heroin; medical cannabis dispensaries; crack pipe distribution; drug testing kits; Naloxone for reversing opioid overdose.

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    Video - Agua y luz: ¿qué tan públicos son tus servicios públicos?

    26 February 2015
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    Las empresas públicas de agua y electricidad vuelven a estar en boga. Pero muchas empresas de propiedad estatal están atravesando un proceso de corporatización ¿Es esto un avance positivo en la lucha por unos servicios públicos equitativos) ¿O se trata más bien de un resbaladizo camino a la privatización?

  9. D66 devises plan to regulate Dutch marijuana production

    26 February 2015
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    Liberal democratic party D66 is introducing draft legislation to regulate the production and sale of marijuana in the Netherlands.

  10. Washington DC legalises marijuana possession and use

    26 February 2015
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    Washington DC joins Alaska, Colorado, and Washington state as the only places in the US that allow the use of the drug for recreational purposes.

  11. Indonesia's executions: Drugs diplomacy in a diplomatic crisis?

    25 February 2015
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    All diplomatic efforts earlier this month to save Brazilian and Dutch citizens from execution in Indonesia failed.

  12. Despite U.N. treaties, war against drugs a losing battle

    25 February 2015
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    As the call for the decriminalisation of drugs steadily picks up steam worldwide, a new study by the London-based charity Health Poverty Action concludes there has been no significant reduction in the global use of illicit drugs since the creation of three key U.N. anti-drug conventions, the first of which came into force over half a century ago. “Illicit drugs are now purer, cheaper, and more widely used than ever,” says the report, titled Casualties of War: How the War on Drugs is Harming the World’s Poorest.

  13. D.C. vs. Amsterdam: The Dutch strike back!

    25 February 2015
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    When Mayor Muriel E. Bowser delivered her legalized marijuana guidelines, she tried to ease concerns of naysayers with promises that there are enough provisions to prevent things from getting out of hand.

  14. Ganja law passed but awaits regulations

    25 February 2015
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    The law effectively clears the way for the decriminalisation of two ounces of marijuana, making possession a ticketable offence. Under the amended law, the Rastafarian community will have the opportunity to use ganja as part of its religious sacrament.

  15. St Lucia Cannabis Movement commends Jamaica for passing 'Ganja Bill'

    25 February 2015
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    Chairman of the Cannabis Movement of St Lucia, Andre De Caires, has welcomed Jamaica's decision to give the green light to the so-called Ganja Bill, but chided authorities in St Lucia for dragging their feet on the issue.

  16. Report illustrates dynamics of Colombia's domestic drug trade

    25 February 2015
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    A recent analysis on the relationship between local drug markets and violence and crime in Colombia illustrates the dynamics driving the domestic drug trade, and provides recommendations for comprehensive government interventions designed to result in long-lasting security improvements.

  17. Report illustrates dynamics of Colombia's domestic drug trade

    Michael Lohmuller
    25 February 2015
    In the media

    A recent analysis on the relationship between local drug markets and violence and crime in Colombia illustrates the dynamics driving the domestic drug trade, and provides recommendations for comprehensive government interventions designed to result in long-lasting security improvements.

  18. Marijuana activists push legalization of medical cannabis in Costa Rica

    Robert Isenberg
    25 February 2015
    In the media

    When you hear the phrase “cannabis advocate,” you might picture someone with wild hair and a Bob Marley T-shirt. But Gerald Murray is nothing like that. At a news conference on Tuesday morning, he was smartly groomed and wore a blazer.

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    El Parlamento de Jamaica despenaliza la marihuana

    25 February 2015
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    ganja-rasta-smokingLa Cámara de Representantes de Jamaica ha aprobado una enmienda a la Ley de Drogas Peligrosas de 1948 que despenaliza el consumo de marihuana con fines medicinales y religiosos. Los cambios legislativos estipulan que ya no será delito consumir marihuana en pequeñas cantidades ni portar un máximo de dos onzas (56 gramos) de "ganja", término acuñado por los rastafaris para referirse a la marihuana, aunque la persona será multada con una falta administrativa.

  20. Marijuana activists push legalization of medical cannabis in Costa Rica

    Robert Isenberg
    25 February 2015
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    Pien Metaal, who follows Latin American drug law reform ... told The Tico Times ... that legalizing medical marijuana in Costa Rica “would clearly send  a message that can spark a debate in the region... Of course, the debate should not just be about medicinal use,” Metaal wrote, “since in fact recreational use is the largest actually existing phenomena, [for] which simple possession and use are being criminalized and prosecuted.”

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