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  1. Latin America rethinks drug policies

    Icaria Editorial
    26 May 2015
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    During the 1980s and 1990s, as the United States battled the scourge of cocaine throughout the hemisphere, Washington did most of the talking.

  2. Drug policy: we need brave politicians and open minds

    Icaria Editorial
    09 December 2014
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    When it comes to policies for tackling drug misuse, we need an evidence based approach. These are not my sentiments, though I share them; these are the views of the leaders of all the UK political parties as expressed in recent government reports and a debate in parliament that gained cross party support. So we at The BMJ asked ourselves: what would an evidence based drug policy look like?

  3. Marijuana: Yes to more steps toward decriminalization

    Icaria Editorial
    19 August 2014
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    Peter MacKay, the Minister of Justice, is broaching the prospect of a marijuana bill that would verge on decriminalization. Well, better late than never. If such a bill were to become law, Canadian police would be able to ticket anyone smoking pot in public. But possession wouldn’t necessarily be a crime. It is a waste of the police’s time to criminally charge people for possession of small amounts of marijuana, and the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs have said as much. (See also: Looser marijuana laws still possible, Peter MacKay says)

  4. Nonsense to arrest for a spliff

    Icaria Editorial
    11 August 2014
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    The attorney general, Patrick Atkinson, must move with dispatch to determine, as the justice minister, Mark Golding, suggests, whether the police can proceed by issuing summonses to, rather than arresting, persons who are to be prosecuted for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The idea makes sense in the face of the Government's declared policy to decriminalise ganja use, but has added urgency following last week's death, apparently the result of a severe beating while in a Montego Bay police lock-up, of Mario Deane, who was arrested for a ganja cigarette. (See also: Ganja decision should not be based on votes)

  5. The Guardian view on overdue overhauling of US and global drug laws

    Icaria Editorial
    27 July 2014
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    The war on drugs has been a losing fight for 40 years.

  6. Repeal Prohibition, Again

    Icaria Editorial
    27 July 2014
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    It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol. The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana. (See also: Why the New York Times editorial series calling for marijuana legalization is such a big deal and Evolving on Marijuana)

  7. Courage, common sense and cannabis

    Icaria Editorial
    10 January 2014
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    Despite 40 years of prohibition, Danes smoke cannabis. If prohibition continues another 40 years, Danes will still smoke it. So too will residents in Uruguay, Colorado, Washington and the other US states that will inevitably follow suit. But while they will light up legally and boost state coffers, Danes will still be lining the pockets of hardened criminals. (See also: No plans to follow Colorado's lead on cannabis)

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    Marihuana: la polémica que no cesa

    Icaria Editorial
    22 November 2013
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    republica-logoA medida que nos aproximamos a la aprobación de la ley de regulación del cannabis en el Senado, el debate continúa. Hace unos días, fue la presencia en Uruguay de algunos legisladores chilenos que creyeron del caso venir a alertar sobre los inconvenientes del proyecto; luego, son los químicos quienes se han manifestado en contra de que la marihuana se venda en las farmacias.

  9. Sentenced to a slow death

    Icaria Editorial
    15 November 2013
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    If this were happening in any other country, Americans would be aghast. A sentence of life in prison, without the possibility of parole, for trying to sell $10 of marijuana to an undercover officer? The punishment is so extreme, so irrational, so wildly disproportionate to the crime that it defies explanation. As of 2012, there were 3,278 prisoners serving sentences of life without parole for such crimes, according to an extensive and astonishing report issued by the American Civil Liberties Union.

  10. Follow Colorado on ganja

    Icaria Editorial
    07 November 2013
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    The sky hasn't fallen in either Colorado, Washington State or anywhere over the United States. And it won't in Jamaica. It is high time, therefore, that our Government end the procrastination and legalise marijuana, starting with the decriminalisation of the possession of small amounts by individuals for their personal use. Apart from the evidence that the world won't collapse from such a move, it might make good economic sense for Jamaica - as Colorado is showing.

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    Ganja legalisation gaining traction

    Icaria Editorial
    05 August 2013
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    The world is watching, with keen eyes, as legislators in Montevideo inch ever so close to making Uruguay the first country ever to legalise the production, sale and use of ganja. The bill narrowly passed the lower House Thursday, by a 50 to 46 vote, and is expected to be successful in the Senate later this year.

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    Primer paso de un largo camino

    Icaria Editorial
    21 May 2013
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    Hace unos pocos años, hablar de despenalizar el consumo de drogas era causa segura de enconada controversia. Hoy lo es menos y eso, de por sí, ya es una buena noticia. Al calor de las cifras sobre agudización de la violencia y aumento del consumo y del poder corruptor de los emporios criminales que viven del narcotráfico, se ha ido ‘cocinando’ un consenso sobre la necesidad de ensayar nuevos caminos, pues los hasta ahora recorridos parecen conducir todos a callejones sin salida. El informe elaborado por la OEA sobre el problema de las drogas en las Américas está llamado a ser la piedra angular de una nueva forma de afrontar el enorme desafío que representan las sustancias ilegales.

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    Debate sobre drogas, al tablero

    Icaria Editorial
    18 May 2013
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    Es un paso importante en el debate iniciado en la pasada Cumbre de las Américas. El tema no puede quedar aquí sino que su consideración tiene que seguir avanzando.a cita continental al abrir el juego a un examen serio de este espinoso asunto. Contrario al escepticismo que el tema pudo generar, por el tipo de informe que debía elaborar la organización regional, poco más de un año después el primer mandatario calificó el resultado como magnífico. 

  14. The Next Step in Drug Treatment

    Icaria Editorial
    25 April 2013
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    The mandatory-sentencing craze that drove up the prison population tenfold, pushing state corrections costs to bankrupting levels, was rooted in New York’s infamous Rockefeller drug laws. These laws, which mandated lengthy sentences for nonviolent, first-time offenders, were approved 40 years ago next month. They did little to curtail drug use in New York or in other states that mimicked them, while they filled prisons to bursting with nonviolent addicts.

  15. Legal pot: worth a try

    Icaria Editorial
    21 March 2013
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    In a country that regulates the sale of over-the-counter painkillers, you’d have thought that a reasonable way to decriminalise the sale of cannabis would have long since been rolled out, perfected and exported to other cities grappling with the same topic. Yet, to the annoyance of the city – and perhaps to the surprise of those more familiar with the country’s progressive reputation – cannabis remains on the wrong side of the law.

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    Support for marijuana legalization drags among state’s congressional delegation

    Icaria Editorial
    15 March 2013
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    Washington voters acted boldly last November to begin reforming our nation’s failed policy on marijuana. It was an act of leadership, in stark contrast to the inertia that has perpetuated the failed war on drugs for the past 42 years. But the state’s most important allies in this political fight — its 12-member congressional delegation — have remained mostly silent. They appear to have missed the memo sent by 56 percent of voters: Washington voters want legalized marijuana.

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    Questão das drogas deve avançar, e não retroceder

    Icaria Editorial
    13 March 2013
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    Estima-se que 25 países descriminalizaram o consumo de drogas. O Brasil, que ainda busca seu espaço nessa discussão, tem dado passos positivos. Um deles foi a adoção de uma nova Lei de Drogas, que cria distinção entre usuários e traficantes. Mas, infelizmente, ainda há bolsões com força política suficiente para impor retrocessos. Como um projeto de lei do deputado Osmar Terra (PMDB-RS) em tramitação na Câmara, cujas propostas vão na contramão de políticas bem-sucedidas, adotadas por países que alcançam significativas vitórias contra as drogas.

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    Otra forma

    Icaria Editorial
    03 March 2013
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    Harto se ha hecho en Bogotá para intentar reducir la criminalidad casi connatural que se da en las zonas más deprimidas de la ciudad. Allí donde se reúnen los habitantes de la calle y van creando zonas prácticamente vedadas para el resto de los ciudadanos. Allí donde se gestan los robos, el consumo de drogas y la marginalidad absoluta. El Centro de Estudio y Análisis en Convivencia y Seguridad Ciudadana (Ceacsc) está desarrollando un proyecto de salud piloto en el que se sustituye el bazuco por la marihuana.

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    La otra cara de las drogas

    Icaria Editorial
    30 January 2013
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    Si hay cosas para reconocerle al Juan Manuel Santos, una de ellas ha sido la valiente propuesta de que desde acá, desde este lado del mundo, se lidere un debate mundial para reorientar la lucha contra las drogas. El Gobierno ha inaugurado una Comisión Asesora en Política de Drogas que deberá definir sus recomendaciones desde la persecución a las redes criminales y no al ciudadano consumidor, hasta temas más grandes, como saber qué cantidad de alguna droga determinada corresponde a una dosis mínima. (Véase también: Por drogas, prefiero que un hijo mío se rehabilite y no que pague cárcel)

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    The DEA's marijuana mistake

    Icaria Editorial
    24 January 2013
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    A pro-marijuana group lost its legal battle when a federal appellate court ruled that marijuana would remain a Schedule I drug, defined as having no accepted medical value and a high potential for abuse. For years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Institute for Drug Abuse have made it all but impossible to develop a robust body of research on the medical uses of marijuana. For a muscular agency that combats vicious drug criminals, the DEA acts like a terrified and obstinate toddler when it comes to basic science.

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