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    Highs and lows in cannabis policy reform

    13 July 2014
    Press release

    Cannabis is the most widely produced and consumed illicit substance globally. A significant number of states have long engaged in soft defection from the UN drug control regime in relation to tolerant policies on the personal possession, cultivation and use of cannabis. Recently, there has been growing debate within political circles on the benefits of regulated cannabis markets. This has been driven by a number of factors, including the continuing illegality of supply, the associated and often violent involvement of criminal elements and the use of finite criminal justice resources. In this section you will find an overview of our most recent blogs on the issue.

    Latest: Mexico legislators consider regulating marijuana to protect human right, Zara Snapp, July 14, 2014

     

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    Los Clubes Sociales de Cannabis en España

    • Martín Barriuso Alonso
    24 January 2011

    dlr9sLos Clubes Sociales de Cannabis (CSC) son asociaciones de personas usuarias que se organizan para autoabastecerse sin recurrir al mercado negro. Se basan en el hecho de que el simple consumo de drogas ilícitas no ha sido nunca un delito en la legislación española. Aprovechando ese hueco legal, desde hace años existen clubes privados que producen cannabis para su distribución sin ánimo de lucro en un circuito cerrado de adultos previamente usuarios.

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    Altibajos de la reforma de la política para el cannabis

    22 June 2014

    coffee-shop-licenceEl cannabis es la sustancia ilícita que más se produce y se consume a nivel mundial. Desde hace tiempo, un número considerable de Estados se vienen distanciando cuidadosamente del régimen de control de drogas de la ONU en lo relacionado con las políticas tolerantes para la posesión personal, cultivo y consumo de cannabis. Actualmente se desarrolla un debate cada vez más intenso en los círculos políticos sobre los beneficios de los mercados regulados de cannabis. Esto ha sido impulsado por una serie de factores, entre ellos la ilegalidad permanente de la oferta, la asociación y participación frecuente de elementos criminales, y el uso de los limitados recursos de la justicia penal. En esta sección encontrará una visión general de nuestros blogs más recientes sobre el tema.

  4. Cannabis social clubs in Spain

    • Martín Barriuso Alonso
    24 January 2011

    Cannabis social clubs (CSC) are noncommercial organisations of users who get together to cultivate and distribute enough cannabis to meet their personal needs without having to turn to the black market. They are based on the fact that the consumption of illegal drugs has never been considered a crime under Spanish legislation. Taking advantage of this grey area, private clubs that produce cannabis for non-profit distribution solely to a closed group of adult members have existed for years.

     

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    TNI Side Event at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    24 March 2011

    The year 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the bedrock of the current UN drug control system. TNI will host a side event at the 54th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Several speakers will critically examine the significance and shortcomings of the Convention, explain how plants and traditional use are treated under its provisions, and discuss the current state of affairs of Bolivia's amendment proposal on coca chewing.

  6. TNI Side Event at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    24 March 2011

    The year 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the bedrock of the current UN drug control system. TNI will host a side event at the 54th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Several speakers will critically examine the significance and shortcomings of the Convention, explain how plants and traditional use are treated under its provisions, and discuss the current state of affairs of Bolivia's amendment proposal on coca chewing.

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    The 2011 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    24 March 2011

    UN_Flag_Half-MastThe 54th Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was the first for the new Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr. Yury Fedotov, who held his maiden speech. It was also the first meeting since several states had objected to Bolivia’s proposed amendment to remove coca chewing from the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Furthermore, 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention: the bedrock of the current prohibition-oriented control system. TNI hosted a side event that critically examined the significance and shortcomings of the Convention and discussed the current state of affairs of Bolivia's amendment on coca chewing.

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    La Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes de la ONU publica reporte anual

    28 February 2012
    Press release

    tni_wola2La Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes de la ONU (JIFE), órgano que supervisa la aplicación de los tratados sobre drogas a nivel mundial, ha recriminado a Bolivia, esta vez acusando al país de amenazar la integridad del régimen internacional de control de drogas por defender los usos tradicionales de la hoja de coca.

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  9. The 2011 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    25 April 2011
    Report

    The 54th Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was the first for the new Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr. Yury Fedotov, who held his maiden speech.

  10. The 2010 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    30 April 2010

    The 53rd Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was a rather uneventful event. After the High Level Segment in 2009, the final agreement on the new Political Declaration and the unprecedented addition of an Interpretative Statement on harm reduction, this year’s CND would be a generally low-key affair. One of the most controversial issues were the comments of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) on the trend to decriminalize possession for personal use in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Both Argentina and Mexico voiced strong objections. This CND also was marked by the imminent departure of Mr. Costa as Executive Director of the nited Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

     

  11. The UN International Narcotics Control Board Releases 2011 Annual Report

    28 February 2012
    Press release

    The UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which monitors implementation of the global drug treaties, has trained its fire on Bolivia, this time accusing the country of threatening the integrity of the entire international drug control regime by defending traditional uses of the coca leaf.

     

  12. Bolivia Breaks with U.S. Policy, But Not the War on Drugs

    Charles Davis
    21 October 2010
    In the media

    Bolivia needs to do much more to establish a progressive dialogue on its harsh judicial and sentencing drug law; report from TNI on the countrie's drug-related prison overload.

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    Polémica sobre la despenalización del cannabis en vísperas de las legislativas

    07 June 2012

    Esta semana, la declaración de la ministra de la vivienda, la ecologista Cecilia Duflot, a favor de la despenalización del cannabis, desató una polémica en Francia, donde los adolescentes son los mayores consumidores de esta droga en Europa. La posición de la ministra es opuesta a la del gobierno socialista sobre el tema.

  14. Taking the initiative on legal marijuana

    John Walsh
    05 November 2012
    Article

    Two years ago, California’s bid to legalize marijuana—Proposition 19—achieved great notoriety in Latin America, but ultimately fell short at the ballot box. Next Tuesday, voters in the state of Washington appear ready to do what Prop 19’s supporters could not quite achieve—an Election Day victory.

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    The 2010 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    12 March 2010

    cnd2010-costaThe 53rd Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was a rather uneventful event. After the High Level Segment in 2009, the final agreement on the new Political Declaration and the unprecedented addition of an Interpretative Statement on harm reduction, this year’s CND would be a generally low-key affair. One of the most controversial issues were the comments of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) on the trend to decriminalize possession for personal use in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Both Argentina and Mexico voiced strong objections. This CND also was marked by the imminent departure of Mr. Costa as Executive Director of the nited Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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    Liberación inmediata de Martín Barriuso y sus dos compañeros activistas

    Tom Blickman
    16 November 2011

    Martín Barriuso, presidente de Pannagh y de la Federación de Asociaciones de Cannabis (FAC) en España y dos activistas de Pannagh fueron detenidos por tráfico de drogas el lunes, 14 de noviembre de 2011. TNI desea expresar su apoyo a la demanda de la liberación inmediata de Barriuso y sus compañeros activistas. Pannagh siempre ha sido transparente en su deseo de crear un sistema regulado de la distribución de cannabis entre los adultos para evitar un mercado negro criminal.

  17. Bolivia wins a rightful victory on the coca leaf

    11 January 2013
    Press release

    Today the Plurinational State of Bolivia can celebrate a rightful victory, as the country can become formally a party again to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, but without being bound by its unjust and unrealistic requirement that “coca leaf chewing must be abolished.” This represents the successful conclusion of an arduous process in which Bolivia has sought to reconcile its international treaty obligations with its 2009 Constitution, which obliges upholding the coca leaf as part of Bolivia’s cultural patrimony.

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    Expertos internacionales apoyan la regulación de marihuana en Uruguay

    17 July 2012
    Press release

    tni_wola2La Oficina en Washington para Asuntos Latinoamericanos (WOLA por sus siglas en inglés) y el Transnational Institute (TNI), dos organizaciones con más de dos décadas de investigación en el campo de políticas internacionales sobre drogas, expresaron hoy su apoyo a favor de la regulación de marihuana (cannabis) en Uruguay y publicaron un mini-documental que muestra los daños que infligen las políticas de drogas actuales. El video es sobre un sonado caso ocurrido en Uruguay.

  19. The Transparent Chain

    09 November 2013
    Article

    It is time that policymakers, law enforcement, professionals and other parties involved combine their efforts to work towards the implementation of a transparent cannabis chain that is organised in a responsible and professional manner.

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    El poder del veto

    03 October 2012

    martin-jelsma-diariaEl holandés Martin Jelsma, magíster en Ciencias Políticas y coordinador del programa Drogas y Democracia del Instituto Trasnacional (TNI por sus siglas en inglés), dio ayer una charla en la sala Maggiolo de la Universidad de la República, invitado por la Junta Nacional de Drogas, como parte del ciclo “Políticas sobre drogas y regulación de mercados”, que según el secretario general de la Junta, Julio Calzada, apunta a “promover un debate informado” en torno a la problemática.

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