• 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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  • Human rights and drug control: an irreconcilable contradiction?

    Ernestien Jensema
    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Human-Rights-DayThis week both the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna and the UN General Assembly 3rd Committee in New York discuss new drug control resolutions related to upcoming reviews of global drug policy. The high-level CND review in March 2014 and the Special Session of the General Assembly (UNGASS) on drugs in 2016 provide opportunities to change course and to ensure drug policy fully respects human rights.

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  • Majority of the Dutch favour cannabis legalisation

    Restrictive government cannabis policies are defied by local initiatives and court rulings
    Tom Blickman
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    An opinion poll in the Netherlands in August 2013 showed that 54% of the Dutch are in favour of legalising cannabis, while 38% opposes it. There is now a clear pro-legalisation majority among the voters for the parties that form the current government, the liberal conservative VVD (58% in favour) and the social-democrat labour party PvdA (55% in favour) and in the Dutch Parliament. A range of recent polls indicate that the majority of the Dutch strongly disagree with the government on current cannabis policies.

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  • Latin American leaders bring drug policy debate to the United Nations

    Coletta Youngers Heather Haase
    Monday, September 30, 2013

    santos-ungaAt the annual UN General Assembly meeting held in New York, presidents from around the world have the chance to state their views on the key international issues of the day. Not surprisingly, the crisis in Syria, Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and the Millennium Development Goals took center stage this year.  Yet a careful viewing of the speeches of the Latin American presidents illustrates the growing voice of Latin American leaders calling for meaningful reform of drug control policies.

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  • Towards an International Drug Peace: A Perspective from Mexico

    Jorge Hernández Tinajero
    Smell the Truth (US)
    Friday, 13 September, 2013

    marihuana-hojasJorge Hernández Tinajero, president of Mexico City’s Collective for a Holistic Policy Towards Drugs (CUPIHD), shares an international perspective on the historic Senate hearings this week on marijuana law reform in this guest post.

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  • Uruguay moves one step closer to becoming first country to legally regulate marijuana

    Hannah Hetzer, Drug Policy Alliance
    International Drug Policy Connsortium IDPC (UK)
    Tuesday, August 6, 2013

    Cannabis_legalisation_UruguayOn Wednesday 31st July 2013, the Uruguayan House of Representatives approved a marijuana regulation bill, bringing it one step closer to becoming the first country in the world to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. President José Mujica of the Frente Amplio (Broad Front) first proposed marijuana regulation last June as part of a 15-measure package aimed at fighting crime and public insecurity.

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