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  1. Newsletter 14 February 2013

    14 February 2013
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    The newsletter for 14 February 2013

               
  2. Newsletter 21 August 2013

    21 August 2013
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    Our highlights of the past weeks

  3. Newsletter 7 March 2013

    08 March 2013
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    The newsletter of 7 March 2013

               
  4. Newsletter 31 May 2013

    31 May 2013
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    Our highlights of the past 3 weeks

  5. Rotterdam mayor says cannabis pass creates problems

    24 September 2012
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    Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said the cannabis club membership card does not work and will never work. He said the cannabis pass just causes more nuisance. He thinks there will be more street dealing of soft drugs once it is introduced throughout the Netherlands on January 1. In the southern provinces, local Liberal politicians are asking party leader Mark Rutte to scrap the national introduction of the pass during his talks with the Labour party on the formation of a new cabinet. Aboutaleb has now joined their ranks.

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    Uruguay votes to create world's first national legal marijuana market

    01 August 2013
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    Uruguay's unprecedented plan to create a legal marijuana market has taken its critical first step in the lower house of Congress. All 50 members of the ruling Broad Front coalition approved the proposal just before midnight on Wednesday in a party line vote, keeping a narrow majority of the 96 MPs present after more than 13 hours of passionate debate.

  7. Drug war will change course in 2013

    Andres Oppenheimer
    26 April 2012
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    When the recent Summit of the Americas in Colombia decided to commission a study on whether to decriminalize drugs, many thought that would be the end of it, and the whole thing would be quickly forgotten. Well, maybe not. For starters, it was the first time that such a large group of heads of state ventured into that once taboo area. And there are several other non-related factors that may contribute to put decriminalization in the front burner later this year, or in early 2013

  8. Caricom creates commission to study legalization of medical marijuana

    02 July 2014
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    The Caribbean trade bloc Caricom has created a commission to study whether the region's roughly 15 million people should be allowed to use medical marijuana and how courts should handle possession of small amounts of the drug. Leaders said that the commission is expected to submit reports by Caricom's next summit, scheduled for February 2016. A recent preliminary report from Caricom found that decriminalizing medical marijuana could help boost the region's economy. (See also: Opposition says Jamaica does not need Caricom ganja comm)

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    Task force created to regulate legalized marijuana in Colorado

    16 December 2012
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    It has been a little over a month since Coloradans approved a groundbreaking law legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Now that the celebratory haze has settled, state officials and marijuana advocates began sifting through the thorny regulatory questions that go beyond merely lighting up.

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    Davos 2013: Soros calls for new strategy on drugs

    23 January 2013
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    George Soros has called for an end to the West's "war on drugs". Soros has thrown his weight behind a push by Guatemalan President Perez Molina, who recently declared that prohibition should be abandoned. Speaking at the World Economic Forum, Soros said that the narcotics trade threatened stability in many countries. President Molina said he would organise a meeting of Latin American leaders next June to discuss the issue. Costa Rica, Mexico and Colombia have opened talks with U.S. officials to prepare for the legalization of marijuana in some U.S. states, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla declared.

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    Statement at the 2013 Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

    15 March 2013
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    Ann Fordham of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) delivered the NGO Statement to CND Plenary under Item 8: Preparations for the high-level review of the implementation by Member States of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an integrated and balanced strategy to counter the world drug problem.

  12. Four of the major fear campaigns that helped create America's insane war on drugs

    08 February 2015
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    If moral entrepreneurs and interest groups manage to whip up enough fear and anxiety, they can create a full-blown moral panic, the widespread sense that the moral condition of society is deteriorating at a rapid pace, which can be conveniently used to distract from underlying, status quo-threatening social problems and exert social control over the working class or other rebellious sectors of society.

  13. Israeli medical marijuana creates buzz but no high — will it go global?

    31 January 2015
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    Israel has become a world leader in science on the medical uses of marijuana, and its producers could become major exporters of medical cannabis.

  14. Patients still waiting to see benefits of 2013 law on medical marihuana

    31 March 2014
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    When the law on medical marihuana came into force in February of last year it seemed that the way was now open for patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases to use the drug under medical supervision without having to acquire it secretly in violation of the law. However, despite the good intentions of MPs who pushed through the legislation, little has changed in the past year and cannabis remains unavailable legally.

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