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  1. Cannabis in Latin America and the Caribbean

    • Alejandro Corda , Mariano Fusero
    15 March 2017
    Policy briefing

    Cannabis (or marihuana) is one of the most widely consumed psychoactive substances in the world. According to the United Nations World Drug Report, 183 million people, or 3.8% of the world’s population, used cannabis in 2014. Its cultivation was also reported by 129 countries. Cannabis is subject to the United Nations System for International Control of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (hereafter “drugs”) and is the most widely consumed of all the drugs. According to that control system, cannabis is among the substances with the strictest legal status; they are the most prohibited, supposedly because of the harm they cause and their lack of medical usefulness.

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    SPD und Grüne für entspanntes Kiffen

    21 July 2015
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    Cannabis-Konsum milder bestrafen oder gleich ganz legalisieren: In den Bundesländern mehren sich die Rufe nach einem liberaleren Umgang. Baden-Württembergs Ministerpräsident Winfried Kretschmann (Grüne) sprach sich für eine Legalisierung von Cannabis aus, um den Stoff zu entkriminalisieren. Die Hamburger Landes- regierung erwägt, die Gesetzesregeln zum Konsum zu lockern. Mit dem neuen Bremer Regierungschef Carsten Sieling (SPD) hatte sich erstmals ein Ministerpräsident für die Legalisierung ausgesprochen – sofern der rechtliche Rahmen das zulasse. (Google translation in English | Mehr dazu: Das große Kiff-Verständnis)

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    Kiffer sollen wie Falschparker bestraft werden

    21 July 2015
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    Hamburgs Justizsenator Till Steffen (Grüne) will das Kiffen zu einer Ordnungswidrigkeit herabstufen. "Es wäre wie beim Falschparken. Da kann abgewogen werden: Schreibe ich ein Knöllchen oder nicht", sagte Steffen der "Hamburger Morgenpost". Das bisherige System, wonach auch auf den Besitz kleiner Mengen Cannabis eine Strafanzeige folgen muss, ist aus Steffens Sicht gescheitert. "Das bringt nichts und macht viel Arbeit", sagte Steffen. Bei dem Thema Cannabis-Freigabe müßte im Ernstfall auch die CDU bewegen würde und einem Modellversuch zur kontrollierten Abgabe zustimmen würde.

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    Italy takes step toward legalizing pot

    15 July 2015
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    Italy took a first step toward legalization of pot, leading Europe in what would be a groundbreaking change. The Intergrupo Parlamentare Cannabis Legale, a cross-party committee, agreed on a provisional text to legalize the consumption, growing, production and sale of cannabis under certain conditions. The text was signed by 218 members of parliament, and not just by the usual suspects. The proposal would allow growing cannabis at home or as members of "cannabis clubs" where a maximum of 50 people could cultivate and then share the product, with a strict prohibition on selling to the general public. (See also: Bill would legalize marijuana)

  5. Uruguay cannabis market still struggles for legitimacy a year after historic ruling

    12 July 2015
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    In May 2014, then-president Mujica signed far-reaching regulations for Uruguay’s marijuana market, making the nation the first country in the world to legalize sales of cannabis.

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    Call to make ecstasy legal and sell it at pharmacies

    04 July 2015
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    Australians should be able to buy a pure form of ecstasy from their local pharmacy to curtail the harm caused by contaminated blackmarket pills. Melbourne pharmacist Joshua Donelly and leading doctor Professor David Penington say many Australians taking the drug were probably swallowing contaminated versions that put them at greater risk of harm. In the Journal of Law and Medicine, Donelly said although no drug was completely risk-free, compared to other drugs MDMA caused "negligible" harm to users and people around them.

  7. None but ourselves can 'free' the weed

    Vicki Hanson
    04 July 2015
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    Traditional small ganja farmers in Jamaica, accustomed to clandestinely working their fields, will now have to adhere to strict regulations in order to supply research institutions that have been granted licences.

  8. Vancouver’s pot bylaw ignores major concerns

    28 June 2015
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    Vancouver City Council and the police department have clouded the national debate on cannabis with their approach to pot and are pumping money into the pockets of organized crime.

  9. So you want to legalize weed?

    27 June 2015
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    Up and down the Western Hemisphere, marijuana policy is a growing topic of discussion, and laws are starting to change. In 2014, retail marijuana stores opened in the states of Colorado and Washington, where anyone over 21 years old can purchase a wide variety of marijuana products.

  10. Kreuzberg will kontrollierten Cannabishandel erlauben

    25 June 2015
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    Der Berliner Bezirk Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg will Cannabis legal verkaufen lassen und hat dafür einen Antrag gestellt.

  11. Vancouver to weed out illegal marijuana dispensaries

    24 June 2015
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    Vancouver changed the landscape of Canada’s cannabis culture, becoming the first city in Canada to regulate illegal marijuana dispensaries.

  12. Vancouver becomes first Canadian city to regulate growing marijuana market

    23 June 2015
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    Vancouver has approved new rules to license and regulate illegal marijuana stores, making it the first city in Canada to attempt to control the burgeoning market – and setting it on a collision course with the country’s federal government.

  13. SPD will Cannabis-Freigabe beschleunigen

    21 June 2015
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    Die punktuelle Legalisierung von Marihuana in Hamburg rückt näher.

  14. Kreuzberg will Cannabis schnell legalisieren

    14 June 2015
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    Seit eineinhalb Jahren wird im Berliner Bezirk Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg diskutiert den Erwerb und den Konsum von Cannabis zu legalisieren.

  15. Drug warriors are still crying 'reefer madness.' The facts don't support them

    14 June 2015
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    In their op-ed article against cannabis legalization, former drug czar William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn yearn for a time when fear-mongering, not facts, drove the marijuana policy debate in America.

  16. Budget bill outlaws pot sales in D.C. for 2 years

    10 June 2015
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    House Republicans advanced a budget plan that would prevent legal sales of marijuana in the District until at least 2017. Advocates for legalization, however, called it a victory.

  17. Monitoring legal pot: How do we know if it works?

    09 June 2015
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    Dozens of government officials and researchers from a half-dozen U.S. states and a few countries that have legalized marijuana or are at least thinking about it are gathering in Washington state this week for meetings focused largely on one question: How do we know if it’s working? Organizers say it’s crucial to get a better handle on what data are being collected about the impacts of legalization and to consider what further research is needed.

  18. Lib Dem leadership candidate Norman Lamb calls for cannabis legalisation

    31 May 2015
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    The Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Norman Lamb has called for the UK to legalise, regulate and tax the sale of cannabis.

  19. Warum kontrolliertes Kiffen besser ist

    28 May 2015
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    Zahlreiche Ökonomen (wie etwa die Nobelpreisträger Milton Friedman, George Akerlof und Vernon Smith) wie auch über 120 deutsche Strafrechtsprofessoren vertreten schon lange die Forderung nach einer kontrollierten Drogenfreigabe.

  20. Amsterdam Mayor: experiment to regulate cannabis cultivation currently legally impossible

    28 May 2015
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    End 2014 Van der Laan told the council to examine possibilities for regulated cannabis cultivation.

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