• Europe, it’s time to regulate cannabis!

    A couple of young people have launched “Weed like to talk”, a grassroots campaign calling on the European Union to make cannabis legal
    Peter Sarosi (HCLU)

    The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is a great innovation of the Treaty of Lisbon, enabling EU citizens to call directly on the European Commission to propose a legal act, if they can obtain the support of one million of their fellow citizens. The "Weed like to talk” campaign, launched by three French university students this year, aims to collect one million signatures from at least seven EU countries to call for a common cannabis policy based on a legally regulated market.

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  • INCB speaks out against death penalty

    The Board does not decide whether cannabis should be downgraded in the schedules
    Martin Jelsma
    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) unprecedented condemnation of the use of death penalty for drug-related offences is welcome if long overdue. The bigger question is whether INCB’s consideration of human rights can be extended into a proper human rights and evidence-based examination of UN’s entire drug control regime.

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  • Minister Opstelten en de burgemeesterlijke ongehoorzaamheid

    Commentaar op de brief van de minister aan de Tweede Kamer over ‘toezeggingen coffeeshopbeleid’
    Martin Jelsma
    Woensdag, 29 januari 2014

    opstelten-doofAlle 25 Nederlandse burgemeesters die verzoeken hadden ingediend om te experimenteren met gereguleerde of gedoogde aanvoer van cannabis naar de coffeeshops, kregen als Kerst cadeau van minister Opstelten van Veiligheid en Justitie (VenJ) te horen: “nee, nee en nog eens nee”. En in zijn brief aan de Tweede Kamer klinkt tussen de regels door “en hou nou toch eens op met zeuren want dat gaat echt niet gebeuren”.

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  • Are the three drug conventions still the cornerstone of the world drug control system?

    Reflections from the CND inter-sessional meeting on January 14, 2014
    Katherine Irene Pettus
    IDPC blog
    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    un_viennaUN member states are currently in the process of hammering out a ‘Joint Ministerial Statement’ for the upcoming High Level Review of the world drug response – at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in March. At the most recent ‘inter-sessional meeting’, exasperated delegates of all ideological persuasions repeated variations of the refrain “we’ve already done this…this language is in the Political Declaration…we debated this last year…this paragraph was already settled by consensus.”

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  • UNODC Executive Director releases "contributions" ahead of CND High-Level Segment on drugs

    IDPC blog
    Monday, January 20, 2014

    yuri-fedotovAhead of the High-Level Segment on the world drug problem to take place on 13th and 14th January 2014, the UNODC Executive Director, Yuri Fedotov, has released his "contributions" to the debate. This 19-page document is, in parts, refreshingly honest about the “unequal” progress that has been made since 2009 (with reductions in supply or demand for some drugs in some places being offset by increases elsewhere), the setbacks and new challenges, and the fact that “the overall magnitude of drug demand has not substantially changed at the global level”.

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  • The Netherlands is ready to regulate cannabis

    The only obstacle is the current minister of Justice
    Tom Blickman Martin Jelsma
    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    opstelten-doofBarely a week after an opinion poll showed that 65% of the Dutch are in favour of regulating cannabis production just as in Uruguay, the minister of Justice and Security of The Netherlands, Ivo Opstelten, told parliament that he will not allow regulated cannabis cultivation to supply the coffeeshops in the country. Two in three large municipal councils back regulated cannabis cultivation, but the minister will probably not allow a single one of the 25 proposals to experiment with regulated cultivation that have been submitted.

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  • A step back in Spanish drug policies

    A de facto criminalisation of cannabis use?
    Inés Giménez, communication officer of IDPC
    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    In the past few weeks, the attention of the international drug policy community has been focused on the cannabis regulation bill in Uruguay. The great significance of this momentum for the drug policy reform has been supported by various civil society organisations and public opinion leaders from all around the world. This contrasts with the steps back undertaken in Spain, where a new bill – the paradoxically so-called citizen security law – was approved last 29th November by the Council of Ministers.

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  • INCB vs Uruguay: the art of diplomacy

    INCB President Yans disqualified himself and should consider stepping down
    Martin Jelsma
    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    dominoInternational tensions over Uruguay’s decision to regulate the cannabis market reached new levels when Raymond Yans, president of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), accused Uruguay of negligence with regard to public health concerns, deliberately blocking dialogue attempts and having a "pirate attitude" towards the UN conventions. President Mujica reacted angrily, declaring that someone should "tell that guy to stop lying," while Milton Romani, ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS), said that Yans "should consider resigning because this is not how you treat sovereign states."

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  • Support Pannagh

    Stop prosecution and regulate social cannabis clubs
    Monday, November 25, 2013

    free-pannaghPannagh, one of the oldest cannabis social clubs in Spain, is being persecuted by the Spanish prosecutor. Two years after the precautionary closure of the association of cannabis consumers Pannagh, the anti-drug prosecutor has asked prison sentences totaling 22 years in prison and fines of nearly two and a half million euros for five members of the association.

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  • The Transparent Chain

    A revision of the Dutch coffee shop policy is long overdue
    Monday, November 10, 2013

    It is time that policymakers, law enforcement, professionals and other parties involved combine their efforts to work towards the implementation of a transparent cannabis chain that is organised in a responsible and professional manner.

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