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  1. Abdellatif Adebibe

    Civil Society Statement on Cannabis in Morocco at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    21 October 2017
    Article

    The following statement by Abdellatif Adebibe of the Moroccan Confederation of Associations for the Development of the Senhaja Rif Region, was due to be screened as a civil society contribution to a discussion on alternative development and development-oriented drug policy at an intersessional meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna. Abdellatif represented cannabis farmers at UNGASS 2016, following the meeting of the Global Forum of Producers of Prohibited Plants in Heemskerk, the Netherlands, organised by TNI.

    The video and statement were not screened, following an informal objection by a country delegation. The Transnational Institute and its partners are seeking clarification about the process leading to this decision. The importance of civil society voices in international spaces cannot be over stated. The decision to prevent this statement from being screened should not become a precedent.

  2. Colombia Gold

    13 October 2017
    Multi-media

    Together with the Cannabis News Network, Martin Jelsma traveled to Colombia to report on the newly emerging medical cannabis industry in the country, specifically looking at the impacts of private investment and licensing on farmers and indigenous communities.

  3. အေရွ႕ေတာင္အာရွ မူးယစ္ေဆးဝါးေရးရာမူဝါဒ ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲေရးလုပ္ငန္းေတြမွာ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံက ဦးေဆာင္ေတာ့မွာလား။

    Renaud Cachia
    12 October 2017
    Article

    ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံသည္ မူးယစ္ေဆးသုံးစြဲသူမ်ား၏ က်န္းမာေရးကုိ ဦးစားေပးသည့္ ေခတ္မီတုိးတက္ေသာ မူဝါဒမ်ားကုိ အေကာင္အထည္ေဖာ္ေနျခင္းအတြက္ထက္ တရားမဝင္မူးယစ္ေဆး အေျမာက္အမ်ား ထုတ္လုပ္ျခင္း၊ ေရာင္းဝယ္ေဖာက္ကားျခင္းႏွင့္ ဘိန္းျဖဴ (ဟီး႐ုိးအင္း) သုံးစြဲသူဦးေရ ျမင့္မားျခင္းအပါအဝင္ အလြန္ႀကီးမားလွသည့္ မူးယစ္ေဆးျပႆနာမ်ားရွိေနျခင္းအတြက္ ပုိ၍လူသိမ်ားလွပါသည္။ သုိ႔ရာတြင္ မၾကာမီအခ်ိန္အတြင္း ယင္းသုိ႔ေသာ အေျခအေနမွ အေျပာင္းအလဲမ်ားရွိလာႏုိင္ပါသည္။ 

  4. Will Myanmar lead drug policy reform in Southeast Asia?

    Renaud Cachia
    06 September 2017
    Article

    Myanmar is better known for its serious drug problems - including large-scale illicit drugs production and trafficking and high rates of heroin use - than for implementing progressive drug policies that prioritise the health of its population. However, this could change in the near future.

  5. Open Letter To President Juan Manuel Santos About Coca Eradication in Colombia

    International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
    22 August 2017
    Declaration

    In a letter to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), a global network of 177 NGOs, expresses strong support for the Peace Accord signed by the Colombian government and the FARC, while also expressing deep concern regarding intensified, and increasingly militarized, forced coca eradication efforts, especially in areas where communities have already signed crop substitution agreements.

  6. Reporte bimensual sobre política de drogas en Colombia, en el ámbito de la producción

    Observatorio de Cultivos y Cultivadores Declarados Illícitos
    17 August 2017
    Other news

    Comunidades de Guaviare, Meta, Caquetá y Cauca se opusieron a erradicación forzada de Ministerio de Defensa y chocaron con las tropas oficiales.

  7. Estados Unidos y su propio problema de drogas

    Ricardo Vargas
    15 August 2017
    Other news

    La idea de responsabilizar a los países productores (y que Pence seguramente viene a repetir), está tomando fuerza en Estados Unidos y nos haría volver a la mano dura. Pero las estadísticas indican que el quid de la cuestión hay que buscarlo allá. 

  8. Ómar with his coffee plants

    Coca and the Colombian Peace Accords

    Martin Jelsma, Coletta Youngers
    11 August 2017
    Article

    Getting to the Briceño region in the heart of Antioquia requires an excellent vehicle, and a lot of time and luck. The week before our journey there in mid-July, heavy rains wiped out part of the road between Briceño and Pueblo Nuevo, stranding folks on one side or the other. We were lucky on the day of our journey – no rain. But it took a six-hour drive to get from Medellín to Briceño, and another three hours of sometimes harrowing curves to Pueblo Nuevo. The dirt-road drive itself was a stark reminder of the challenges Colombia faces as it seeks to eliminate 50,000 hectares of coca this year through the crop substitution program, Programa Nacional Integral de Sustitución de Cultivos de Uso Ilícito (National Comprehensive Program for the Substitution of Illicit Crops), known by the acronym PNIS.

  9. Ómar with his coffee plants

    La coca y el Acuerdo de Paz en Colombia

    Martin Jelsma, Coletta Youngers
    11 August 2017
    Article

    Para llegar hasta Briceño, en pleno corazón de la región de Antioquia, se necesita un buen vehículo, mucho tiempo y algo de suerte. La semana antes de nuestro viaje, previsto para mediados de julio, unas lluvias torrenciales destruyeron parte de la carretera entre Briceño y Pueblo Nuevo, y dejaron a la gente aislada a uno y otro lado. Tuvimos suerte, y el día en que viajamos a la zona no llovió. Pero necesitamos seis horas para cubrir el trayecto entre Medellín y Briceño, y otras tres de angustiosas curvas hasta Pueblo Nuevo. La misma carretera sin asfaltar nos hizo pensar en los retos que enfrenta Colombia con su plan de eliminar 50.000 hectáreas de coca este año, a través del Programa Nacional Integral de Sustitución de Cultivos de Uso Ilícito, conocido por el acrónimo PNIS.

  10. A Small Case in Spain Is a Big Victory for Smarter Drug Policy

    04 May 2017
    Article

    The legal approach to coca has been one of the most challenging topics in the current international drug control system, due to the plant’s connection to both commercial cocaine and ancient Andean traditions. Yet it’s rare for a case related to the coca leaf to come before a European court, in a region where those traditions are rarely discussed.

  11. Some Arab governments are rethinking harsh cannabis laws

    12 April 2017
    In the media

    The Economist - In much of the Middle East and north Africa, where the law often lumps pot in with harder drugs, possession of a single joint can lead to jail. But some governments are acknowledging the harmful effects of their policies and thinking about reform.

  12. Southeast Asian advocacy fellowship program on drug policy reform

    28 March 2017
    Article

    We are calling for applications from those working in sectors related to drug policy in order to increase their understanding of international drug policy reform issues, to improve their advocacy skills, and to enhance their capacity in working with the media on drug policy.

  13. Absolution in a judicial case of coca leaf in Spain

    23 March 2017
    Press release

    The legal victory in a small Spanish city is a great step for the legitimacy of the use of coca leaf, an ancestral practice that today has been recognized by a Spanish court

  14. Kriminalisasi ganja di Indonesia lebih banyak menimbulkan dampak buruk dibandingkan dampak positif

    Dania Putri, Tom Blickman
    09 March 2017
    Article

    Also available in English

    Penyebaran ganja sintetis tidak akan berhenti selama ganja masih berstatus ilegal. Langkah yang lebih tepat adalah perancangan regulasi untuk konsumsi dan produksi ganja.

  15. Criminalizing cannabis in Indonesia might do more harm than good

    Dania Putri, Tom Blickman
    09 March 2017
    Article

    Tersedia juga dalam Bahasa Indonesia

    Synthetic cannabinoids will continue to spread as long as cannabis remains illegal. A better approach would be to develop a regulatory framework for the use and production of natural cannabis.

  16. Drugs and bullets in Myanmar

    08 February 2017
    In the media

    As more people in Kachin fall victim to drug abuse, Christian group Pat Jasan is taking matters into its own hands.

  17. Rodrigo Duterte: A Fascist Original

    Walden Bello
    19 January 2017
    Article

    Despite his bloody reign, Duterte remains popular, with the latest domestic poll giving him a trust rating of “excellent.” What makes Duterte tick? What drives many of his admirers to exclaim that they’re ready to die for him?

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