In the long term we have to transcend capitalism as it cannot ensure a decent livelihood for all nor is it compatible with preserving necessary ecological balances. In the short-term we must start out with basic social democratic demands.
En México los ofensores de delitos de drogas que el sistema apresa son principalmente consumidores y/o vendedores de bajo perfil, según un estudio publicado por el Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) y el Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho (CEDD), que estudia la política de drogas en 8 países latinoamericanos. Según el estudio, no se trata de delincuentes que cometen actos violentos u otras conductas delictivas, sino de consumidores o personas que poseen pequeñas cantidades de drogas.
Heather J. Haase, Nicolas Edward Eyle, Sebastian Scholl , Joshua Raymond Schrimpf
31 July 2012
The way the world looks at drug control is changing. There has been a growing awareness of the issue for the past decade, as well as increasing public outcry over what many see as a failure of the once popular "war on drugs." Nowhere is this battle more pronounced than in the so-called "marijuana wars," which are slowly growing into an old-fashioned standoff between the states and the federal government.
Although the legislative trend in Colombia has tended towards the criminalization of possession and consumption of psychoactive substances, decriminalization prevailed when it comes to jurisprudence. In addition, while the government of former President Álvaro Uribe Vélez (2002-2010) insisted on prohibiting, persecuting and punishing drug consumption through legislative and judicial channels, the country’s health sector, influenced by more progressive trends for dealing with consumption, made important progress in the areas of risk and harm reduction.
Much touted "land investment" involves appropriation or landgrabbing. What positive alternative investments should public policy support which would strengthen the right to food, re-valorise agricultural work, and build up ecological capital?
There is an undeniable regional trend of moving away from the ‘war on drugs’ in Latin America. This briefing explains the background, summarises the state of ongoing drug law reforms, and makes recommendations to move the debate forward.
En América Latina se está dando una tendencia innegable a alejarse de la “guerra contra las drogas”. Este informe explica los antecedentes de la apertura del debate sobre las políticas de drogas en la región, resume los aspectos más relevantes de las reformas y propone una serie de recomendaciones que podrían ayudar a avanzar el debate.
When citizens are left out of debates confined to government and the business community, the only means of influencing policy is to petition, protest, or litigate, usually after the horse has bolted. Will fracking be the latest technology introduced without any public debate?
Marije Wouters, Annemieke Benschop, Margriet van Laar, Dirk J. Korf
10 July 2012
The aim of this paper is to assess the influence of coffee shop availability on the prevalence and intensity of cannabis use, as well as the effectiveness of the ‘separation of markets’ policy. A convenience sample of nightlife visitors and a sub-selection of previous year cannabis users were used for analyses on cannabis and hard drugs use. Logistic regression analyses showed that coffee shop proximity does not seem to be linked to prevalence of cannabis use or intensity of use. In addition, proximity of coffee shops does not seem to be linked directly to hard drugs use.
Land sovereignty is the right of working peoples to have effective access to, use of, and control over land and the benefits of its use and occupation, where land is understood as resource, territory, and landscape.
Este folleto explica en forma sencilla y por medio de casos ejemplificantes como funciona el sistema de los Acuerdos de Inversiones y la forma en que estos están afectando los temas que nos importan y preocupan.
'A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Policies in Practice Across the Globe' is the first report to support Release's campaign 'Drugs - It’s Time for Better Laws'. This report looks at over 20 countries that have adopted some form of decriminalisation of drug possession, including some States that have only decriminalised cannabis possession.
Addressing the rapid escalation in consumption of new psychoactive substances among young people around the world, we have produced a report outlining what the main government responses to this new phenomenon have been, why current approaches at dealing with increased consumption of new synthetic psychoactive substances has failed, what barriers currently exist to improving the harm reduction interventions for young people who use these drugs and our recommendations for better policies.
The response to the Board’s Annual Report for 2011 is organised under 5 inter-related headings: issues surrounding the Board’s homage to the Hague Opium Convention; the flaws within its thematic chapter on ‘social cohesion, social disorganization and illegal drugs’; the INCB’s hostility towards the endeavours of Bolivia to adjust its position towards the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and coca; the continuation of mission creep and a proclivity of the Board to operate beyond its mandate and the reoccurrence of selective reticence, specifically the lack of comment on issues relating to human rights and harm reduction.
Esta respuesta al Informe anual correspondiente a 2011 de la JIFE está organizada en cinco apartados interrelacionados: el homenaje de la Junta a la Convención del Opio de La Haya; los fallos en su capítulo temático sobre ‘Cohesión social, desorganización social y drogas ilegales’; la hostilidad de la JIFE frente a los intentos de Bolivia para ajustar su posición frente a la Convención Única de 1961 sobre Estupefacientes y la coca; y la constante tendencia de la Junta a sobrepasar su mandato y a practicar una ‘reticencia selectiva’, particularmente por lo que se refiere a su silencio sobre cuestiones relacionadas con los derechos humanos y la reducción de daños.