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  1. How dangerous synthetic cannabis became Britain's most popular new legal high

    31 မေလ 2014
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    The influx of legal, synthetic forms of cannabis that can be more potent and dangerous than the natural, illegal drug exposes Britain's "utterly ridiculous" cannabis laws. "

  2. Limburg marijuana growers turn over €240m a year: local paper

    30 မေလ 2014
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    Despite efforts to clamp down on marijuana plantations, growers in the southern province of Limburg turn over some €240m a year, according to calculations by local paper De Limburger. Last year the police dismantled 599 plantations in the province. Using the police estimate of finding one in three, this would mean there are 1,800 plantations in the province. (See also: One of Tilburg's biggest industries is marijuana)

  3. Mind Your Eye 2014

    31 မေလ 2014 - Event

    This year the Mind Your Eye conference will deal with the impact the drug problem has on businesses and on security, as well with alternatives to deal with the drug problem.

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    Conference website

  4. "Just say no" is not an "alternative approach" to the drug problem

    George Murkin (Transform Blog)
    30 မေလ 2014
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    Dr Hans-Christian Raabe, who was removed from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs after one month, this week wrote two rather provocative articles on the Conservative Woman website. Raabe’s main argument is that a better, “alternative approach to the drug problem” would be to create a “drug-free society”. Punitive, zero-tolerance, abstinence-based approaches have been the dominant drug policy model in most parts of the world for over half a century now – and they haven’t worked. They've caused a great deal of harm and haven’t really stopped people taking drugs.

  5. Cannabis legalization: the seed of a good idea or a pipedream?

    29 မေလ 2014
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    According to Jalal Mahfouz, head of the Planning and Development Center in Hermel (Lebanon), any move to legalize the illegal industry, which is believed to be worth millions of dollars, would backfire by reducing prices and demand. He argued that hashish was currently expensive because it was illegal, and that if that changed the plant’s value would plummet. He also cast doubt on the idea that the government would be able to enforce any such law – even if supportive of the industry – given its near total absence from the remote area.

  6. GOP House backs state medical marijuana laws

    28 မေလ 2014
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    The GOP-controlled House voted in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The surprising 219-189 vote came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department's budget. The amendment by conservative GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California -- the first state to legalize medical marijuana -- came as almost half the states have legalized marijuana for medical uses. "Public opinion is shifting," Rohrabacher said, noting a recent Pew Research Center survey that found 61 percent of Republicans support medical marijuana. (See also: Is Congress finally catching on about medical marijuana?)

  7. 'Thousands of inmates' can soon be released under drug law

    28 မေလ 2014
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    A new decree that overhauls Italy's drugs laws paves the way for releasing "thousands of convicted smalltime drug dealers from prison". The move follows parliamentary approval of a decree earlier this month that overhauls Italy's drugs laws and reclassifies marijuana as a soft rather than a hard narcotic. The new law also effectively removes jail time as a sentence for smalltime dealers, offering community service and other options in its place. (See also: Council of Europe lauds Italian moves on prison overcrowding)

  8. Capitalism = Rising Inequalities

    Praful Bidwai
    28 မေလ 2014
    Article

    It’s a sign of the pathology of much of India’s mainstream media that it displays the rise of the speculative-trader-industrialist Hinduja brothers to the top of Britain’s (not India’s) billionaire list on the front page, as many papers did on May 12, while blacking out the shamefully persistent phenomena of grinding poverty and rapidly growing income inequalities in this country.

  9. 5 Concrete Steps the US Can Take to End the Syria Crisis

    Phyllis Bennis
    28 မေလ 2014
    Article
  10. Decriminalize drug use and public health

    27 မေလ 2014
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    Canada's war on drugs has caused serious harm, particularly for the nation's most vulnerable, according to a Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) policy paper. The report, A New Approach to Managing Psychoactive Substances, calls for the decriminalization of drugs such as marijuana, heroin and cocaine, as well as strategies to reduce harm and address the social conditions underlying problem substance use.

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    Farmland meets Finance

    • Madeleine Fairbairn
    27 မေလ 2014
    Paper

    At the turn of the 21st century, farmland was still considered an investment backwater by most of the financial sector. Although some insurance companies have had farmland holdings for years, most financial investors found farmland, and agricultural investment in general, unappealing compared to the much higher returns to be made in financial markets.

  12. The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

    • Nora McKeon
    27 မေလ 2014
    Report

    Global corporations are increasingly influencing development policy, resulting in partnership agreements like the New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security that grow corporate profits while endangering the livelihoods of small-scale farmers.

  13. Ganja advocates demand gov't develops 12-point plan for the industry

    24 မေလ 2014
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    At the first Cannabis Conference held at the University of the West Indies, stakeholders have called for the criminal records of persons convicted for smoking small amounts of ganja to be expunged and are calling for the laws to be amended to allow for the personal use of small amounts of ganja in private. But while they want ganja to be decriminalised for personal use by adults and for religious purposes, Government must maintain its ban on the smoking of all substances in public and must put in place safeguards and education programmes to reduce juvenile use and demand for ganja.

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    Video: Peoples Tribunal Hearing

    23 မေလ 2014
    Multi-media

    Hear accounts of witnesses from countries in Southern, Eastern and Western Europe, at a People's Tribunal in Brussels, about increased inequality, unemployment, homelessness, impoverishment and violations of human rights that have resulted from EU and Troika policies.

  15. Going to pot: legalised cannabis edges nearer in west after US states end ban

    22 မေလ 2014
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    Legalisation of cannabis is making slow but unstoppable progress across much of the developed world, many experts believe, following the end of prohibition in two US states. In Amsterdam, long famous for its coffee shops, international experts gathering to discuss cannabis regulation said the international conventions, once so heavily policed by the US, would now be increasingly flouted. Already many countries, most notably the Netherlands and Spain, have bypassed the rules.

  16. Rome mayor backs decriminalizing cannabis

    21 မေလ 2014
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    Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino said he was in favour of decriminalizing cannabis, calling for a national and international reform on drug laws in order to fight organized crime. said he was “in favour of the possibility of the liberalization of cannabis for medical or personal use.” He was speaking at the Eighth Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy in Rome. Beyond the capital he also advocated broader reform of drug laws both in Italy and abroad. (See also: Italy relaxes cannabis penalties)

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    Broad Pan-EU civil society coalition rejects US-EU free trade deal process

    21 မေလ 2014
    Press release

    More than 120 organisations critizise the corporate agenda in the TTIP negotiations

  18. Cannabis regulation: high time for change?

    Rebecca Coombes
    20 မေလ 2014
    Article

    Cannabis is the world’s most widely used illicit drug. But for how much longer? In a short space of time we have moved from absolute global prohibition of the drug, with the emergence of legalised and regulated production and retail not in just one nation (Uruguay) but also, surprisingly, in two US states (Colorado and Washington). Do these and other new permissive models in Spain and Belgium, for example, point to a tipping point in the debate? Could cannabis step out of the shadows and join the ranks of alcohol and tobacco, the world’s most popular legal and regulated drugs?

  19. State collaboration with family farmers is key to global food security

    19 မေလ 2014
    Press release

    TNI's new report chronicles working alternatives across the world that have succeeded in increasing food security while protecting family farmers, their communities and the environment.

  20. Why reports of Uruguay's 'tax free' marijuana are misleading

    19 မေလ 2014
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    A new report stating that Uruguay will not tax the sale or production of marijuana has received widespread attention, yet the depiction of the legalization legislation focusing on undercutting the black market and not raising revenue is inaccurate. According to a May 19 report from Reuters, the tiny South American nation -- which became to the first in the world to legalize the drug in December 2013 and released details of the legislation in early May -- will exempt marijuana from production and sales taxes as it attempts to undercut the black market economy.

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