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  • A new era for cannabis clubs in Spain

    Small clubs that are horizontal and participative in nature – those closest to the original cannabis club idea – are going to be able to continue
    Martin Barriuso
    Friday, January 13, 2017
    Following the Supreme Court's judgements against cannabis clubs in 2015, ordinary courts have started interpreting them. Spain's major clubs, above all in Barcelona, appear to have their days numbered. However, increasingly more judges understand that small clubs fit in with the Law. A new era is dawning. READ MORE...
  • Silver linings

    U.S. State votes to legalize cannabis boost reform opportunities in the Americas
    John Walsh
    Thursday, November 10, 2016
    One of the most striking juxtapositions of the 2016 U.S. elections is that on the same day that the nation elected to the presidency a candidate who employed openly racist language and fueled his campaign by denigrating and stoking fear of Mexicans, four U.S. states – notably including California – continued to roll back cannabis prohibition. With over 20 percent of Americans now living in states... READ MORE...
  • Found in the dark

    Myanmar's regressive drug policies must change
    Ernestien Jensema Nang Pann Ei Kham
    Friday, October 21, 2016

    Some 400 people were charged with being “found in the dark” in Yangon, Myanmar in the first five months of 2015 alone. The charge carries a prison term for “any person found between sunset and sunris...

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  • A lot has happened and a lot has not happened

    Demystifying the changes - Examination of the Jamaican experience
    Vicki Hanson
    Thursday, October 20, 2016

    At the recently concluded 6th Latin American and 1st Caribbean Conference on Drug Policy , held in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, I started a discussion on the cannabis situation in Jamaica with ...

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  • The human rights 'win' at the UNGASS on drugs that no one is talking about, and how we can use it

    A provision within the UNGASS resolution offers an opportunity for the two regimes to bridge the human rights gap
    Rick Lines and Damon Barret
    Monday, May 9, 2016

    The April 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem offered a unique opportunity to re-examine the approach of punitive suppression that underpins global drug contro...

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  • UNGASS 2016: Watershed event or wasted opportunity?

    Drug policy changes collide with UN bureaucracy
    Martin Jelsma
    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    At about two o'clock in the morning on March 23rd, after tense negotiations in Vienna, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) reached a disappointing compromise. The hard-bargained draft of the ou...

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  • Panama Papers demonstrate need to reopen UNGASS 2016 outcome document

    Recommendations to counter money laundering are inadequate
    Tom Blickman
    Friday, April 8, 2016

    The Panama Papers, a massive leak of confidential documents from Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in Panama that helped wealthy clients and money launderers for drug trafficking organisations set up anony...

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  • Will UNGASS 2016 be the beginning of the end for the ‘war on drugs’?

    Held this April, will the United Nations General Assembly Special Session be the turning point for the international drug control system?
    Martin Jelsma Ann Fordham
    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    In April 2016, the UN will dedicate, for the third time in its history, a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) to discuss global drug policy. The UNGASS has the potential to be a ...

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  • 2015 the Year of Ganja in Jamaica

    Will 2016 be the year for Ganja internationally, as we move towards the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) 2016?
    Vicki Hanson
    Friday, January 29, 2016

    The issue of ganja played very prominently in Jamaica in 2015 with some advocates trumpeting the dawn of a “new green golden kingdom”, while some opponents predicting the doom of our youths to the “g...

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  • Harsh sentences against the Pannagh cannabis club

    The Spanish Supreme Court effectively closes the grey legal loopholes that allowed Cannabis Social Clubs to operate
    Tom Blickman
    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

    The Spanish Supreme Court has convicted the president, an administrator and two members of the Association of Cannabis Users " Pannagh" in Bilbao, for running a Cannabis Social Club. The penalty for ...

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