Latest news on drug policy issues in the international media

 

  • Mephedrone found not guilty, but the next legal high may be a killer

    Former Lib Dem MP Evan Harris argues that the rush to make mephedrone illegal – despite a lack of evidence it had caused deaths – has put young people in even greater danger
    The Guardian (UK)
    Thursday, 5 August 2010

    The mephedrone scare started at the end of 2009 when newspapers and the BBC reported that Gabrielle Price, a 14-year-old girl from Brighton, had died after taking the drug. The story was based on rumour and police statements. The hysteria over mephedrone is a classic example of indulgent moral outrage at the expense of a common-sense harm reduction strategy.

  • De “no hay alternativa” a “enséñenme la salida”

    Jorge Hernández Tinajero
    El Universal (México)
    Jueves 5 de agosto de 2010

    Aun cuando tarde, siempre será bienvenida la disposición presidencial para admitir la necesidad de un debate largamente pospuesto en su administración: la de los verdaderos resultados de su “guerra contra las drogas”, en el marco de su estrategia contra el crimen organizado.

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  • Piden legisladores analizar legalización de las drogas y la estrategia antinarco

    Sólo se resolvería parcialmente el problema del crimen organizado, sostienen diputados
    La Jornada (México)
    Jueves 5 de agosto de 2010

    La propuesta del presidente Felipe Calderón de debatir acerca de la posible legalización de drogas en México generó reacciones encontradas. Mientras en la Cámara de Diputados legisladores de PRI, PAN y PRD rechazaron ese planteamiento, en la Comisión Permanente le dieron la bienvenida.

  • En la hora de la legalización de las drogas

    Editorial
    Jorge Javier Romero
    El Universal (México)
    Miércoles 4 de agosto de 2010

    El discurso del presidente Calderón el 3 de agosto es de una importancia histórica. Por primera vez un jefe de Estado en funciones en México había aceptado que la legalización de las drogas es una posibilidad para enfrentar de mejor manera al crimen organizado. Es la hora de que México y Colombia planteen en los foros internacionales un cambio internacional en la política de drogas ...

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  • Mexico looks to legalisation as drug war murders hit 28,000

    President joins calls for debate after figures reveal extent of violence since launch of military offensive against cartels in 2006
    The Guardian (UK)
    Wednesday, August 4, 2010

    Mexico's president, Felipe Calderón, has joined calls for a debate on the legalisation of drugs as new figures show thousands of Mexicans every year being slaughtered in cartel wars. "It is a fundamental debate," the president said, belying his traditional reluctance to accept any questioning of the military-focused offensive against the country's drug cartels. "You have to analyse carefully the pros and cons and key arguments on both sides." The president said he personally opposes the idea of legalisation.

  • FCH: Que se debata legalizar las drogas

    Calderón comentó la legalización de los estupefacientes aumentaría su consumo, principalmente entre los jóvenes y adolescentes, y podría generarse una idea de que es socialmente aceptable el consumo de esas sustancias
    Jorge Ramos
    El Universal
    Miércoles, 4 de agosto de 2010

    El presidente Felipe Calderón aceptó el debate sobre la legalización de las drogas en el país. El lunes, Eduardo Gallo, presidente de México Unido Contra la Delincuencia, planteó al mandatario la legalización de las drogas como un plan B ante el fracaso del plan A en curso. María Elena Morera, presidenta de Causa Común, lo secundó; ayer, el escritor Héctor Aguilar Camín terció a favor, mientras que la académica Ana Laura Magaloni preguntó: “¿Qué vamos a hacer [si la legalización avanza en California?]”

  • Obama Signs Drug Parity Law

    Peter Baker
    The New York Times
    August 4, 2010

    President Obama signed legislation on Tuesday reducing sentencing disparities between those caught with crack and those arrested with powder cocaine. The legislation was a compromise reached by Democrats and Republicans who agreed that the old law imposed unduly harsh sentences for crack violations, which especially affected minorities, compared with powder cocaine violations. Under the old law, a person caught with five grams of crack received a mandatory five years in prison, while a person caught with powder cocaine had to have 500 grams to merit the same term. The new law reduces the 100-to-1 disparity to 18-to-1.

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  • Towards the Second Latin American Conference on Drug Policy

    intercambios-logoLatin America is trembling. The recent set of discussions and proposals about alternatives to drug users´ penalization just went one step further with the ruling of the Supreme Court of Argentina. The Court acquitted a “mule” who was sentenced after he was denounced while seeking medical attention. The new strategy adopted at the 47th session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) was the second positive sign in this area, as the OAS explicitly pronounced in favour of respecting human rights in the policies of the region.

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  • Insistir en el enfoque represivo en la lucha contra el narco, inefectivo

    Experto propone
    Carolina Gómez Mena
    La Jornada (México)
    1 de agosto, 2010

    Mientras la estrategia para combatir el narcotráfico se centre en las acciones bélicas, la guerra en contra de este ilícito continuará por décadas sin que haya avance significativo.

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  • At 10, Portugal's Drug Law Draws New Scrutiny

    The Wall Street Journal (US)
    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    methadon-portugalPortugal's move to decriminalize illicit substances—Europe's most liberal drug legislation—turns 10 years old this month amid new scrutiny and plaudits. Portugal's decriminalization regime has caught the eye of regulators in Europe and beyond since it was implemented in 2001. Proponents credit the program for stanching one of Europe's worst drug epidemics. Approaching a decade in force, it is providing a real-world model of one way to address an issue that is a social and economic drag on countries world-wide.

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