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  1. ‘Treat us like human beings’ - Life story of a woman who uses drugs in Myanmar

    07 Diciembre 2020
    Article
    This commentary is part of the ten-day global campaign to end violence against women, in which the Drug Policy Advocacy Group – Myanmar (DPAG) also participates together with partners in Myanmar, including female sex workers, women living with HIV, and transgender people. DPAG’s campaign focuses on ending violence against women, including women who use drugs and other women facing intersecting inequalities. The campaign is coordinated by DPAG, and supported by the Sex Worker Network in Myanmar (SWIM), Myanmar Positive Women Network, Myanmar Youth Stars, and the Transnational Institute (TNI). For more information see DPAG’s Facebook page.
  2. UN green lights medicinal cannabis but fails to challenge colonial legacy of its prohibition

    02 Diciembre 2020
    Press release

    Vienna, 2 December 2020

    • In a historic vote, the United Nations (UN) has finally recognised the medicinal value of cannabis.
    • A group of prominent drug policy organisations has welcomed the move, but also expressed disappointment that this reform does not go far enough, as cannabis remains categorised internationally alongside drugs like heroin and cocaine.
    • The review was revisiting cannabis scheduling decisions made in the 1950s, which were driven by prevailing racist and colonial attitudes, and not based on scientific evaluations. This has remained unchallenged.
  3. Position Paper of the Fair Trade Cannabis Working Group in the Caribbean

    28 Octubre 2020
    Paper

    The Position Paper "For inclusive business models, well designed laws and fair(er) trade options for small-scale traditional cannabis farmers” produced by The Fair(er) Trade Cannabis Working Group aims to contribute to the debate on finding sustainable and realistic solutions to the challenges posed by the developing cannabis industry, with a special focus on traditional and small scale farmers.

  4. Rescheduling cannabis at the UN level

    15 Octubre 2020
    Snapshot

    Here’s all you need to know about the WHO’s recommendations to reschedule cannabis and cannabis-related substances.

    (Last updated: 18 December 2020)

  5. Cannabis rescheduling: A global introduction

    • Dania Putri
    15 Octubre 2020
    Policy briefing

    In January 2019 the World Health Organization issued a collection of formal recommendations to reschedule cannabis and cannabis-related substances. 53 member states of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) are set to vote on these recommendations in December 2020.

  6. A World with Drugs: Legal Regulation through a Development Lens (Webinar Series)

    09 Septiembre 2020

    Drugs are a development issue. Let’s stop pretending that they’re not.

  7. WHO cannabis rescheduling and its relevance for the Caribbean

    • Vicki Hanson, Pien Metaal, Dania Putri
    13 Agosto 2020
    Policy briefing

    Following its first-ever critical review of cannabis, in January 2019 the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a collection of formal recommendations to reschedule cannabis and cannabis-related substances. 53 member states of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), two of which are Caribbean states, are set to vote on these recommendations in December 2020.

  8. Forced Eradication of Crops for Illicit Use and Human Rights

    Pedro Arenas, Ricardo Vargas
    20 Julio 2020
    Article

    According to UNODC figures as of December 31, 2019, 154,000 ha of coca were detected in Colombia, which means a reduction of 15,000 ha, that is, 9% less compared to the 169,000 ha detected in 2018. President Duque’s government set a goal of eradicating 130,000 hectares of coca leaf crops during 2020, 62.5 percent more than 2019, when the goal was set at 80,000 ha.

  9. A day in the life of a woman opium poppy farmer in Myanmar

    Transnational Institute (TNI)
    15 Julio 2020
    Article

    There is genuine hope that by sharing her story as a woman who grows opium, Nang Kham could help encourage other women farmers to speak out, and encourage the wider community to realise the collective benefits of gender equality.

  10. Cannabis rescheduling

    • Dania Putri
    25 Junio 2020
    Policy briefing

    In January 2019 the World Health Organization issued a collection of formal recommendations to reschedule cannabis and cannabis-related substances. These present an opportunity for African governments and civil society to further decolonise drug control approaches on the continent, as well as to strengthen the international legal basis for emerging medicinal cannabis programmes in several African countries.

  11. Support. Don't Punish: Future of Drug Policing

    26 Junio 2020

    Support. Don't Punish. campaign is aiming to envision future drug policy scenarios, this time focusing on law enforcement. During this free webinar organised on the Global Day of Action, which is officially the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, we will collectively focus on the future of drug policing and imagine effective ways for drug policy reform.

  12. COVID-19 and the global fight against mass incarceration

    COVID-19 and the global fight against mass incarceration - webinar recording

    04 Junio 2020
    Multi-media

    The pandemic has led governments to release an unprecedented number of people from prison and to curb new admissions. Activists and researchers from across the globe will discuss and share strategies by civil society on how to ensure this is a turning point to reverse the long-standing trend of mass incarceration as a response to crime.

  13. COVID-19 and the global fight against mass incarceration

    COVID-19 and the global fight against mass incarceration

    03 Junio 2020

    The pandemic has led governments to release an unprecedented number of people from prison and to curb new admissions. Activists and researchers from across the globe will discuss and share strategies by civil society on how to ensure this is a turning point to reverse the long-standing trend of mass incarceration as a response to crime.

  14. 4 common myths about the smokable cocaine market

    17 Abril 2020
    Article

    From 2014 to 2018, our research partners in Latin American and Caribbean cities gathered information from people who use or sell smokable cocaine, in order to identify key patterns in the regional markets of smokable cocaine. The information and testimonials we gathered reveal a lack of policy responses beyond punitive measures. Meanwhile, myths and misunderstandings about smokable cocaine and its users prevail. Read on below as we attempt to debunk the four most common myths.

  15. Smokable cocaine markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

    • Ernesto Cortés Amador, Pien Metaal
    02 Marzo 2020
    Report

    Smokable cocaines are commonly referred to as “the most harmful drug”, and considered not just a threat to public health, but also to public security in the urban centres of many large cities. As a result, its users are frequently subject to hostility and stigmatization.

  16. The ‘deja vú’ of aerial crop spraying in Colombia

    Nicolás Martínez Rivera
    29 Febrero 2020
    Article

    At the end of 2019 the government of Iván Duque presented a draft decree to resume the spraying of drug crops used for illicit purposes. It argued that spraying is the only instrument to curb the increase in coca crops.

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