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  1. Despenalization of drugs: Realities and Perspectives in Guatemala

    02 Julio 2014
    Article

    The Institute of National Problematics of the University of San Carlos in Guatemala recently presented a new publication “Despenalization of drugs: Realities and Perspectives in Guatemala”. The new tendency towards legalization and/or decriminalization in the hemisphere stirred an internal debate about the need to revise drug policies in Guatemala towards policies with an emphasis on prevention and treatment of problematic use of drugs.

  2. Propuestas de alternativas a la persecución penal y al encarcelamiento por delitos de drogas en América Latina

    • Corina Giacomello
    02 Julio 2014
    Policy issue

    América Latina está atravesada por una epidemia carcelaria. La llamada “guerra contra las drogas” y el endurecimiento de las medidas penales subyacen el aumento de la población penitenciaria. El número de mujeres encarceladas en la región, por ejemplo, se ha duplicado entre 2006 y 2011, pasando de 40,000 a 74,0003 y los delitos de drogas son la primera o segunda causa de encarcelamiento de mujeres.

  3. Caricom creates commission to study legalization of medical marijuana

    02 Julio 2014
    Other news

    The Caribbean trade bloc Caricom has created a commission to study whether the region's roughly 15 million people should be allowed to use medical marijuana and how courts should handle possession of small amounts of the drug. Leaders said that the commission is expected to submit reports by Caricom's next summit, scheduled for February 2016. A recent preliminary report from Caricom found that decriminalizing medical marijuana could help boost the region's economy. (See also: Opposition says Jamaica does not need Caricom ganja comm)

  4. The great pot experiment

    11 Julio 2014
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    On July 8th Washington became the second state after Colorado to offer recreational pot-smokers a chance to buy weed legally at a local store. Marijuana is still illegal in most of America. But there are substantial activities towards more liberal policies. In 23 states the medicinal use of marijuana is allowed and more states are considering legalisation. Oregon and Alaska will vote on legalisation in November; Floridians will decide on permitting medical use. President Barack Obama has chosen to take a hand’s-off approach to the issue of legalisation in Washington and Colorado. Yet if a drug hawk were to succeed President Obama in 2016, a clampdown on pot could well be revived.

  5. The WHO calls for decriminalisation

    16 Julio 2014
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    Jamaica, Uruguay, Colorado, Washington—more and more places are rebelling against the UN conventions that established the criminalisation of narcotics half a century ago. But the latest organisation to weigh in against the UN’s line is rather surprising. It is a branch of the UN itself. The report, Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations, published by the World Health Organisation, an agency of the United Nations, makes a discreet but clear call to decriminalise drugs. And not just cannabis—the report goes as far as recommending the decriminalisation of injecting drugs, which implies the harder sort.

  6. Most Canadians want pot laws relaxed, poll shows

    17 Julio 2014
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    A strong majority of Canadians think the federal government should either legalize marijuana or decriminalize the possession of small amounts, according to a Department of Justice poll, kept secret by the Conservatives for months. Of the 3,000 respondents, 37.3 per cent said the government should legalize marijuana, while 33.4 per cent said the possession of small amounts should be decriminalized. Only 13.7 per cent of respondents supported the status quo, while 12 per cent said they believe Ottawa should impose harsher penalties.

     
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    Despenalización de la marihuana: parlamentarios de Amplitud y de la DC presentan iniciativas

    23 Julio 2014
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    autocultivo-chileDos iniciativas que apuntan a despenalizar el uso de la marihuana se ingresaron en la Cámara de Diputados de Chile. La primera corresponde a un proyecto del movimiento de centro derecha Amplitud, que busca modificar la Ley 20.000 para despenalizar el autocultivo de cannabis para uso terapéutico y recreacional. La otra proviene desde la DC, que ingresó un proyecto de acuerdo que pide a la Presidenta Michelle Bachelet gestionar la modificación de decretos de los Ministerios de Salud e Interior para poder utilizar fármacos derivados de la cannabis sativa y permitir el autocultivo para fines medicinales.

  8. Let states decide on marijuana

    25 Julio 2014
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    Repealing the Controlled Substances Act would allow the states to decide whether to permit marijuana use and under what conditions. Nearly three-fourths of them have already begun to do so, liberalizing their laws in defiance of the federal ban. Two have legalized recreational use outright, and if the federal government also recognized the growing public sentiment to legalize and regulate marijuana, that would almost certainly prompt more states to follow along. (See also: Overdue overhauling of US and global drug laws and Repeal Prohibition, Again)

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    En busca de los derechos

    The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD)
    26 Julio 2014

    CEDD_EnBuscaDerechosEl Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho (CEDD) publica un nuevo estudio que evalúa las respuestas estatales ante el consumo de drogas ilícitas en 8 países en América Latina: México, Colombia, Perú, Ecuador, Brasil, Argentina, Uruguay y Bolivia. El estudio encuentra que las respuestas de los gobiernos latinoamericanos frente al consumo de sustancias ilícitas siguen siendo predominantemente a través de las instituciones penales y no de las de salud.

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  10. Denmark to look at decriminalising drugs

    27 Julio 2014
    Other news

    The World Health Organization’s (WHO) call for the decriminalisation of drugs will be taken up by Danish politicians in the autumn. In the WHO report, which focused on international HIV prevention, the UN agency encourages countries to stop criminalising the use of drugs. “Countries should work toward developing policies and laws that decriminalise injection and other use of drugs and, thereby, reduce incarceration,” the report read. (See also: Liberal Alliance: Legalise all drug possession)

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    Si la despenalización de drogas "disminuye la violencia, estoy a favor"

    27 Julio 2014
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    maria-cecilia-rodriguezLa ministra de Seguridad nacional, María Cecilia Rodríguez, aseguró hoy estar "a favor" de la despenalización de la tenencia de drogas para consumo personal, si este paso "disminuye la violencia" relacionada con el narcotráfico. "La verdad es que, me parece, hay que dejar de ser hipócritas y hablar de los temas, de los negocios. Lo que me importa en el tema del narcotráfico y la droga es la vida de las personas que se lleva puesta en violencia, en luchas de mercado y situaciones de vulnerabilidad", indicó la funcionaria.