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  1. Morocco and Cannabis

    • Tom Blickman
    15 March 2017
    Policy briefing

    This policy briefing discusses whether or not the aim of reducing cannabis cultivation is realistic or beneficial for Morocco, what it would actually mean for the major production area the Rif – one of the poorest, most densely populated and environmentally fragile regions in the country – and what that could imply for meaningful sustainable development. The briefing will give some historical background, discuss developments in the cannabis market, and highlight environmental and social consequences as well as the recent debate about regulation in Morocco and about European policies.

  2. 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.

  3. Photo credit: Sativa Nusantara Foundation, Indonesia

    Ganja di Indonesia

    • Dania Putri, Tom Blickman
    24 February 2017
    Policy briefing

    Penggunaan ganja tidak pernah menimbulkan masalah besar di Indonesia, namun kebijakan prohibitionist (pelarangan) tetap diberlakukan sampai sekarang. Meskipun prevalensi konsumsi ganja cukup tinggi, diskusi lokal atau nasional terkait kebijakan ganja jarang sekali dilakukan. Hal ini juga diperburuk oleh sikap anti-narkotika serta kegagalan institusi publik dalam merancang dan menerapkan kebijakan yang berbasis ilmiah. Karena perundang-undangan anti-narkotika yang berlaku saat ini, terdapat banyak hambatan dalam proses penelitian tentang ganja, baik dari segi medis maupun antropologi.

  4. ‘Found in the Dark’

    • Ernestien Jensema, Nang Pann Ei Kham
    11 October 2016
    Policy briefing

    To address its serious drug use problems, Myanmar should change its drug policy towards a harm reduction approach. Instead of a repressive approach, voluntary and evidence-based treatment and public health services, including harm reduction, should be made available and become generally accepted by enforcement officials and by the community at large.

  5. Paraguay: The cannabis breadbasket of the Southern Cone

    • Guillermo Garat
    03 October 2016
    Policy briefing

    Paraguay is the principal producer of cannabis in South America. Despite its importance as a supplier of cannabis in South America, there has been a surprising absence of serious studies of its impact on its own society, and on the play of offer and demand in neighbouring countries.

  6. De la Punición a la Regulación

    03 October 2016
    Policy briefing

    La matriz prohibicionista impuesta por el sistema internacional de fiscalización de drogas sobre el cannabis aún perdura en casi todos los países de América Latina y el Caribe. Dejar acotada la reforma únicamente al cannabis medicinal resulta ser una solución parcial, insuficiente y momentánea.

  7. UNGASS 2016: ¿Un consenso roto o a-m-p-l-i-o?

    • David Bewley-Taylor, Martin Jelsma
    16 August 2016
    Policy briefing

    El proceso de la UNGASS 2016 en su conjunto ha ayudado a generar las condiciones necesarias para que se produzcan cambios más sustanciales en el futuro, con miras al próximo examen de alto nivel en 2019.

  8. UNGASS 2016: A Broken or B-r-o-a-d Consensus?

    • David Bewley-Taylor, Martin Jelsma
    05 July 2016
    Policy briefing

    A special session of the General Assembly took place in April revealing a growing divergence in the global drug policy landscape. Difficult negotiations resulted in a disappointing outcome document, perpetuating a siloed approach to drugs at the UN level. There is a clear need to realign international drug policies with the overarching 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, embedding the drugs issue comprehensively within the UN’s three pillars: development, human rights, and peace and security. The UNGASS process has helped to set the stage for more substantial changes in the near future, towards the next UN review in 2019.

  9. Photo credit: Sativa Nusantara Foundation, Indonesia

    Cannabis in Indonesia

    • Dania Putri, Tom Blickman
    15 January 2016
    Policy briefing

    Cannabis use has never posed major problems in Indonesia, yet prohibitionist policies prevail. Despite the high prevalence of cannabis use, local or national discussions on cannabis policies are nearly non-existent, exacerbated by strong anti-drug views and public institutions' failure to design and implement comprehensive policies based on evidence.

  10. Ayahuasca

    Ayahuasca: From the Amazon to the Global Village

    • Constanza Sánchez, Carlos Bouso
    18 December 2015
    Policy briefing

    Globalisation has facilitated cultural exchange between indigenous traditions and Western practices, which has led to a growing interest in the ritual, religious and therapeutic use of ayahuasca.

  11. Ayahuasca

    Ayahuasca: de la Amazonía a la aldea global

    • Constanza Sánchez, Carlos Bouso
    16 December 2015
    Policy briefing

    La globalización ha facilitado el intercambio cultural entre las tradiciones indígenas y las prácticas occidentales, lo que ha llevado a un creciente interés en el uso ritual, religioso y terapéutico de la ayahuasca.

  12. Drugs, armed conflict and peace

    • Ricardo Vargas
    09 July 2014
    Policy briefing

    This policy briefing analyses the results of the partial agreement on drugs reached at the talks being held in Havana between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, and the Colombian government.

  13. Drogas, conflicto armado y paz

    • Ricardo Vargas
    09 July 2014
    Policy briefing

    Este informe analiza el resultado de los acuerdos parciales sobre drogas que se adelantan en La Habana entre las FARC y el Gobierno colombiano.

  14. Drugs as war economy and the peace process

    • Ricardo Vargas
    28 October 2013
    Policy briefing

    Colombia's peace negotiations appear to have a rather simplistic view of drug production and trafficking that does not properly address the complex relationship between drugs and armed conflict.

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    • Ricardo Vargas
    22 September 2013
    Report

    El cuarto punto sobre el tema de las drogas de la agenda de conversaciones “para la terminación del conflicto” parece simplificar la relación entre drogas y conflicto armado en Colombia. Este informe analiza los retos que plantea el narcotráfico para el desarrollo de una paz sostenible.

  16. Las drogas como economía de guerra y el proceso de paz en Colombia: dilemas y desafíos

    • Ricardo Vargas
    22 September 2013
    Report

    El cuarto punto sobre el tema de las drogas de la agenda de conversaciones “para la terminación del conflicto” parece simplificar la relación entre drogas y conflicto armado en Colombia. Este informe analiza los retos que plantea el narcotráfico para el desarrollo de una paz sostenible.

  17. Between Reality and Abstraction

    • Hugo Cabieses, Pien Metaal, Mirella van Dun
    05 March 2013
    Policy briefing

    At the International Conference on Alter­native Development (ICAD), held 15-16 November 2012 in Lima, the Peruvian Government continued to insist on the relevance of “Alternative Development (AD),” with particular emphasis on the so-called San Martín “miracle” or “model.”

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    The illicit drugs market in the Colombian agrarian context

    07 February 2013
    Policy briefing

    The distribution of land and its unjust use are the major causes of violence in Colombia. For this reason land issues are the starting point of current peace talks between the Santos government and the FARC guerrillas

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    07 February 2013
    Policy briefing

    La distribución de la tierra y su uso injusto son las principales causas de la violencia en Colombia. Por esta razón los temas de la tierra son el punto de partida de las negociaciones de paz en curso entre el Gobierno de Santos y las FARC.

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