Highs and lows in cannabis policy reform

Recent developments in cannabis regulation
13 ဇူလိုင်လ 2014
Press release

Cannabis is the most widely produced and consumed illicit substance globally. A significant number of states have long engaged in soft defection from the UN drug control regime in relation to tolerant policies on the personal possession, cultivation and use of cannabis. Recently, there has been growing debate within political circles on the benefits of regulated cannabis markets. This has been driven by a number of factors, including the continuing illegality of supply, the associated and often violent involvement of criminal elements and the use of finite criminal justice resources. In this section you will find an overview of our most recent blogs on the issue.

Latest: Mexico legislators consider regulating marijuana to protect human right, Zara Snapp, July 14, 2014


The Netherlands is ready to regulate cannabis: The only obstacle is the current minister of Justice, Tom Blickman & Martin Jelsma, December 19, 2013

A step back in Spanish drug policies: A de facto criminalisation of cannabis use? Inés Giménez, IDPC, December 19, 2013

Uruguay’s pioneering cannabis regulation marks the tipping point in the failed war on drugs, TNI press release, December 10, 2013

Support Pannagh: Stop prosecution and regulate social cannabis clubs, November 25, 2013

The Transparent Chain: A revision of the Dutch coffee shop policy is long overdue, November 10, 2013

Majority of the Dutch favour cannabis legalisation, Tom Blickman, October 4, 2013

Uruguay moves one step closer to becoming first country to legally regulate marijuana, Hannah Hetzer, Drug Policy Alliance, August 6, 2013

The present continuous of cannabis clubs in Catalonia, Sustainable Drug Policies Commission, March 30, 2013

How does a Cannabis Social Club work? A visit to Trekt Uw Plant in Antwerp, Balázs Mészáros & Lena Oddbal, February 18, 2013

The will of the voters: Colorado and Washington have put legal marijuana on the map, John Walsh, November 13, 2012

Taking the initiative on legal marijuana: Voters in Washington State appear poised to approve legal, regulated marijuana, John Walsh, November 2, 2012

Cannabis pass abolished? Not really: Half-baked compromise in Dutch government coalition agreement continues disastrous coffeeshop policy, Tom Blickman, October 30, 2012

Portugal progresses toward integrated cannabis regulation: Proposed legislation would authorise growing for personal use and the creation of Cannabis Social Clubs, Martin Barriuso Alonso, October 25, 2012

The Dutch 2012 election result and the coffeeshops: The future of the Dutch coffeeshops is in the hands of the liberal-conservative party, Tom Blickman, September 14, 2012

Far but near: Marijuana reform in Mexico? The quest for a new "Mexican approach" to marihuana regulation, Jorge Hernández Tinajero, August 20, 2012


Between collective organisation and commercialisation: The Cannabis Social Clubs at the cross-roads, by Martín Barriuso Alonso, August 9, 2012

Cannabis regulation in Uruguay: "Someone has to be first ...", John Walsh & Martin Jelsma, July 17, 2012

Cannabis reaches parliament: The debate on regulating Cannabis Social Clubs in the Basque country, Martín Barriuso Alonso, June 26, 2012

Uruguayan Government Announces Unprecedented Plan for Legal, Regulated Marijuana Markets, Coletta Youngers, June 23, 2012

Government opposes Copenhagen City Council on cannabis shops: In Parliament majority in favour of decriminalization unlikely, Tom Blickman, May 28, 2012

Hollande will not go Dutch on cannabis: No major changes expected on drug policy in France, Tom Blickman, May 17, 2012

Copenhagen wants controlled cannabis shops: Regulating the cannabis market after a failed attempt to re-criminalise, Tom Blickman, January 9, 2012

Legal cannabis in Basque Country? Confusion about the regulation of cannabis social clubs, Tom Blickman, December 16, 2011

Cannabis social club activists in Spain liberated, Tom Blickman, November 18, 2011

Dutch government to ban tourists from cannabis shops? Tom Blickman, June 28, 2011

The future of Dutch cannabis policy, Tom Blickman, March 14, 2011

California's Proposition 19 Falls Short, but Moves the Marijuana Policy Debate Forward, John Walsh, November 3, 2010

Kerlikowske draws the wrong conclusions: What can be learned from the Dutch cannabis experience? Martin Jelsma, August 16, 2010

Budgetary benefits of cannabis regulation, Tom Blickman, April 20, 2010

Regulating cannabis could help cut Dutch state deficit, Tom Blickman, April 14, 2010