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  1. Denmark funds medicinal cannabis research

    30 Octubre 2014
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    A political agreement between all of the political parties in parliament for funding research into the medicinal effects of cannabis is seen as a sign that the nation may be prepared to adjust its cannabis policy. Despite numerous pushes by Copenhagen to legalise cannabis in the capital and the booming business in Christiania, Denmark has taken a hardline stance on cannabis. Following a World Health Organization report that called for the decriminalisation of all drugs, parties ranging from the ruling Social Democrats to the libertarian Liberal Alliance and the left-wing Socialist People’s Party said that it is time to reconsider Denmark’s position.

  2. Norman Baker: 'Genie is out the bottle' on drug reform

    30 Octubre 2014
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    Westminster has finally reached a tipping point in the drug debate and radical change is now becoming possible, Norman Baker has said. The Liberal Democrat Home Office minister was speaking to Politics.co.uk after the publication of a government report on international drug laws which found no correlation between the severity of a country's policy and levels of drug use. It is unprecedented for the Home Office to publish a report which casts doubt on its own policy for the last 40 years and many reformers are becoming increasingly confident that it could herald a sea-change in Westminster's view on the issue.

  3. Chile plants cannabis for medicinal use

    29 Octubre 2014
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    In most countries in the world, if you asked the local authorities for permission to grow 750 cannabis plants in a residential area of the capital city, you would probably end up in trouble.

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    Droga para 5 dias de uso é consumo pessoal, aprova comissão do Senado

    28 Octubre 2014
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    Se a pessoa for pega com droga ilícita em quantidade suficiente para o uso por até cinco dias, ela deve ser enquadrada como usuária e não traficante, a não ser que outros fatos apontem para o contrário. A proposta consta de um projeto de lei aprovado pela CCJ (Comissão de Constituição e Justiça) do Senado e segue para quatro comissões e para análise da Câmara. Também pretende desburocratizar a importação de substâncias presentes na maconha para fins medicinais. (Editorial: Prazos de tolerância | CCJ do Senado abre caminho para importação de derivados da maconha para uso medicinal)

  5. Cannabis: A burning issue for Austria's Neos

    28 Octubre 2014
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    Neos chairman Matthias Strolz has spoken out in favour of selling cannabis over the counter in pharmacies and allowing people to grow their own plants for personal consumption.

  6. Grow your own marijuana law

    25 Octubre 2014
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    Retail marijuana sales for adults are now legal (at least at the state level) in Colorado and Washington. Next month, voters in Alaska and Oregon may decide to follow suit. It is nearly certain that marijuana legalization will make it onto the California ballot in 2016, during a presidential election season that will generate enormous interest among young voters. Robert MacCoun looks at options for designing a marijuana proposal.

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    Anuncian proyecto para despenalizar la marihuana

    22 Octubre 2014
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    victor-riosVictor Ríos presentará en la Cámara Baja un proyecto de ley que despenalizará la marihuana en Paraguay. "Hay que superar este cinismo colectivo que tenemos en Paraguay, el combate contra el narcotráfico fracasó, eso es algo universal. Es así que hay países que han legalizado el consumo. Se admite universalmente", sostuvo el parlamentario. "Lo único que logramos es que cada día haya más muertos. Como el caso del periodista Pablo Medina. Eso hubiéramos evitado si es que no existía el narcotráfico", añadió. (Véase también: "La onda de la legalización de la marihuana se viene")

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    Marihuana: equipo técnico de gobierno sólo se inclina por uso medicinal

    13 Octubre 2014
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    Dos son los proyectos que promueven la despenalización del autocultivo de marihuana que están siendo tramitados, actualmente, en la Cámara de Diputados de Chile, lo que ha instalado el debate sobre los alcances que debe tener dicha medida. En ese contexto, el uso de la cannabis con fines medicinales de a poco ha ido sumando más adeptos. Pero algunos parlamentarios han manifestado abiertamente sus intenciones de que la medida se extienda a su consumo recreativo y sacramental.

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    EE UU reafirma su "tolerancia" hacia la despenalización de las drogas

    10 Octubre 2014
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    brownfieldWilliam R. Brownfield, zar antidroga de Estados Unidos desde su puesto de subsecretario de Estado para Narcóticos enfatizó ante la Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas la “tolerancia” de Washington hacia las políticas despenalizadoras emprendidas por países como Uruguay o Estados como Washington y Colorado. Por "tolerancia", Washington entiende el compromiso de todos los países con las convenciones de Naciones Unidas y la necesidad de respetar la autonomía de cada país para abordar el problema de la droga en función de sus particulares circunstancias. (Véase también: El control de drogas visto desde Washington y Drogas: giro de EE.UU. en medio del debate sobre la despenalización)

  10. Ecuador is freeing thousands of drug mules

    06 Octubre 2014
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    In Latin America’s latest challenge to Washington’s “war on drugs,” Ecuador has quietly begun releasing thousands of convicted cocaine smugglers. The move is a result of the country’s new criminal law, which took effect August 10. It treats “drug mules” who commit the low-profit, high-risk offense more as vulnerable people exploited by cartels than as hardened criminals. Around 500 mules have already been freed and at least another 2,000 are expected to follow, says Jorge Paladines, national coordinator of the Public Defender’s Office.

  11. Huge majority thinks 'war on drugs' has failed, new poll finds

    04 Octubre 2014
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    An increasing proportion of Britons favours a more liberal approach to drugs and would support decriminalisation strategies, according to a comprehensive survey commissioned by the Observer. An overwhelming majority believes that the so-called "war on drugs" is futile, with 84% saying that the decades-long campaign by law enforcement agencies against the global narcotics trade can never be won. The proportion of Britons who believe certain drugs should be decriminalised has risen from 27% to 39% since 2008. (See also: Britain divided: how we really feel about drugs)

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    Jamaica elimina los antecedentes penales a los consumidores de marihuana

    03 Octubre 2014
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    El Parlamento de Jamaica aprobó hoy una ley que elimina los antecedentes penales a las personas condenadas por posesión o consumo de pequeñas cantidades de marihuana. El ministro de Seguridad Nacional, Peter Bunting, dijo en una declaración pública que la aprobación de la nueva normativa permitirá a miles de jamaicanos acceder a un empleo remunerado, ya que sus antecedentes penales serán eliminados. Dijo que el siguiente objetivo del Gobierno es conseguir que la posesión de pequeñas cantidades de marihuana no sea un delito penado con arresto.