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    Police force gives cannabis users green light to grow drugs

    21 July 2015
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    Durham Police has given users the green light to grow cannabis at home after declaring that officers will no longer proactively target small scale producers. In a move, which will be seen as a step towards decriminalisation, Durham's Police Commissioner Ron Hogg said it will only go after people if there is a complaint or if they are being "blatant", while the force will continue to tackle large scale cannabis farms. (See also: Cannabis users won't be a priority for County Durham Police | Durham police stop targeting pot smokers and small-scale growers)

  2. Guzmán: The buried truth

    19 July 2015
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    On June 25, 2015, the United States issued a formal request to the Mexican government for the extradition of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo, who was being held at Mexico’s highest security prison. On July 11, less than three weeks later, Guzmán Loera released himself from the supposedly impregnable prison in President Enrique Peña Nieto’s home state, by means of a sixty-foot-deep tunnel that had apparently been dug from a half-built house a mile away, directly into the shower of his prison cell. (See also: Chapo saga highlights Mexico's convoluted extradition policy)

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    "El Chapo" y el PRI, un pacto de impunidad

    16 July 2015
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    La fuga de Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera cimbró al Partido de la Revolución Institucional (PRI). Sin duda las ramificaciones de grupos criminales alcanzan a diversos partidos; en el caso del Cártel de Sinaloa, encabezado por Guzmán Loera e Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, sus alcances llegan al PRI. Basta recordar hechos recientes. Pasado el proceso electoral federal de 2012, cuando Enrique Peña Nieto se alzaba como triunfador y próximo presidente de la República, su partido cayó en desgracia: uno de sus militantes acompañaba a un familiar de "El Chapo", capturado en España. (Véase también: "El Chapo" y el verdadero túnel: la alta corrupción)

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    Los cultivadores de marihuana ven el cielo abierto con la Ley Mordaza

    08 July 2015
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    Al tiempo que arrecian las críticas a la Ley Mordaza, determinados sectores se han encontrado con sorpresas agradables. Uno de ellos es el de los cultivadores de marihuana cuya actividad, aún con límites, ha quedado prácticamente despenalizada. El artículo 36, en su punto 18, aborda por primera vez el cultivo de drogas: "La ejecución de actos de plantación y cultivo ilícitos de drogas ... en lugares visibles al público, cuando no sean constitutivos de infracción penal". Según un advogado, la lectura más extendida del texto sostiene que se trata de una puerta abierta al autocultivo. (Véase también: Interpretación muy optimista)

  5. Drug policy and incarceration in São Paulo, Brazil

    • Juliana de Oliveira Carlos
    14 June 2015

    This briefing paper analyses the impact of drug policy on incarceration in São Paulo (Brazil). This research is expected to inform and assess some of the consequences of the current Brazilian drug policy, taking into account its impacts on prisoners’rights and on the criminal justice system as a whole.

  6. Ganja law needs police support, says Golding

    30 May 2015
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    Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding, says that the success of recent changes to the Dangerous Drugs Act, accommodating decriminalising possession of small amounts of ganja in Jamaica, will rely on the judgment and discretion of the police.

  7. Revised ganja law fundamental and far reaching — Bunting

    10 May 2015
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    National Security Minister Bunting says amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, resulting in decriminalisation of specified quantities of ganja, are "most fundamental and far-reaching".

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    La mitad de las causas iniciadas por drogas son contra las personas que consumen

    30 April 2015
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    detencion-argentinaRecursos despilfarrados en causas que se archivan, personas detenidas por fumar un "porro" en la calle, policías que se "topan" con gente en la vía pública y la detiene, operativos que no se realizan; ése es el panorama que relevó un informe de la Fiscalía Federal 6 en Argentina. Los números son contundentes. De 200 casos estudiados, el 50% de las causas son contra personas por consumo personal. Y el 100% son finalmente archivadas. 

  9. 2016: The UN's year to take on drugs

    26 April 2015
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    Global disagreement over drug policies provides an important opportunity to reconsider the effectiveness of existing counternarcotics policies, address their problematic side effects, and propose evidence-based alternative strategies. Because of the differences in attitudes on drug policy around the world, a substantial revision of existing counternarcotics treaties is unlikely at UNGASS 2016. (See also: Improving global drug policy: Comparative perspectives and UNGASS 2016)

  10. The Road to UNGASS 2016

    • International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
    14 April 2015

    On 19th to 21st April 2016, there will be a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) held in New York, dedicated to the issue of drug policy. The General Assembly is the highest policy making and representative organ of the United Nations (UN), and its infrequent Special Sessions focus on pertinent topics at the request of member states. The UNGASS on drugs has the potential to be a ground-breaking, open debate about the international drug control system – but there is much work to be done to ensure that it fulfils that potential.

  11. Im Görlitzer Park wird weiter gedealt

    08 April 2015
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    Seit dem 31. März gilt im Görlitzer Park die Null- Toleranz-Regelung. Wer mit kleinsten Mengen Marihuana oder Haschisch erwischt wird, muss mit einer strafrechtlichen Verfolgung rechnen.

  12. U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades

    07 April 2015
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    For more than two decades, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed logs of virtually all telephone calls from the USA to as many as 116 countries linked to drug trafficking. The Justice Department revealed in January that the DEA had collected data about calls to "designated foreign countries." The now-discontinued operation, carried out by the DEA's intelligence arm, was the government's first known effort to gather data on Americans in bulk, sweeping up records of telephone calls made by millions of U.S. citizens regardless of whether they were suspected of a crime.

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    Ley de Seguridad Ciudadana, drogas y teoría de la recaudación

    Claudio Vidal
    28 March 2015

    A pesar de contar con el voto contrario de toda la oposición y de la oposición de un amplio sector de la sociedad, la Ley Orgánica de Protección de la Seguridad Ciudadana ha sido aprobada en el Congreso de los Diputados gracias a la mayoría absoluta del Partido Popular. Esta Ley, junto a otras como la Ley de Tráfico, suponen un endurecimiento de las sanciones dirigidas a personas usuarias de drogas y, en ocasiones, también han sido vistas como producto del "afán recaudatorio" a costa de sancionar a ciertos sectores de la ciudadanía.

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    Advierten sobre efectos de una excesiva represión antidroga

    25 March 2015
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    El Reporte de Economía y Desarrollo (RED) del Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina parece afiliarse a una política de drogas afín con la impulsada por el gobierno uruguayo que apunta a despenalizar la venta de marihuana pero aplicando políticas de reducción del daño contra la salud. Advirtió que las políticas de represión excesiva contra el consumo y la comercialización de las drogas pueden llevar a un aumento de la violencia protagonizada por los narcotraficantes la que, finalmente, afectan la calidad de vida de la gente que nada tiene que ver con ese negocio. (¿Por qué es tan violento Río?)

  15. Legalisierung von Cannabis statt drogenfreier Zone

    12 March 2015
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    Der Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg soll ab April eine Null-Toleranz-Zone für Drogen werden.

  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. Why is Rio de Janeiro so dangerous?

    18 February 2015
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    While Brazil has the dubious honor of having the highest homicide rate in the world – with 56,337 killings reported in 2013 – Rio has the most number of murders committed by police than any other Brazilian state. The mayor points to the widely held belief in the city that successful drug traffickers need to control a territory. "There is cocaine and marijuana in every western capital. But that crazy idea of thinking that traffickers need to dominate an area is one of our peculiarities [...]."

  18. HSBC got away with buying cocaine plane

    10 February 2015
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    A money-laundering investigation as big as the bank itself ended with a deferred prosecution agreement that allowed HSBC to escape criminal charges and suffer only a fine. This while the US Department of Justice was jailing non-bankers by the dozen for laundering drug money, including cash from the Sinaloa cartel, which had been a prime HSBC co-conspirator. HSBC got a pass on helping the Sinaloa bunch acquire an airplane that was used to smuggle drugs by the ton. (See also: HSBC has form: remember Mexico and laundered drug money)

  19. Drugs in the UK: Why we need to talk about regulation and decriminalisation

    30 January 2015
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    Fighting the war on drugs in the UK costs an estimated £13 billion annually.

  20. Is São Paulo's drug treatment program working?

    21 January 2015
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    Authorities say crack use has dropped 80 percent in São Paulo's notorious "Crackland" district since the implementation of With Open Arms ("De Braços Abertos"), a government-sponsored drug treatment program initiated in January 2014, reported a municipal government office in São Paulo. But there are reasons to doubt the initiative's reported success.

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