Penalties in the war on drugs more severe than for murder and rapeRodrigo UprimnyTuesday, April 9, 2013
Over the past several decades, Latin America has seen penalties for drug crimes—even low-level selling—skyrocket. And in many Latin American countries, non-violent drug offenses receive significantly longer sentences than many violent crimes, such as homicide and rape. A new study of criminal legislation explores this phenomenon in seven Latin American countries (Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, and Argentina).READ MORE...
The complexity of the issue and the lack of specific regulations mean that cases unprotected by the law still keep appearingSustainable Drug Policies CommissionSaturday, 30 March, 2013
The exponential proliferation of the number of associations, clubs and other groups that distribute cannabis among their members and create new spaces for socialising, has surprised even the most optimistic advocates of more reasonable drug policies. In a short time, and in spite of those in government, civil society has provided a response to a problem that realpolitik has been unable to tackle.READ MORE...
Alternative models are being introduced and leaders are demanding an international debateKasia Malinowska-SempruchMonday, March 25, 2013
Change is in the air ... But the pace could be quickened a bit. While the international policymaking body on drugs has long been stuck in neutral, there are signs that alternative voices are finally breaking through. This year's UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs featured some progress though its modest advances are only remarkable by comparison to a dismal past.READ MORE...
We cannot afford to miss the opportunity to take stock of the negative consequences of the current systemFriday, March 15, 2013
Ann Fordham of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) delivered the NGO Statement to CND Plenary under Item 8: Preparations for the high-level review of the implementation by Member States of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an integrated and balanced strategy to counter the world drug problem.READ MORE...
Five ways the UN's drug watchdog fails on health and human rightsDaniel Wolfe, director of the International Harm Reduction Development Program, Open Society FoundationsTuesday, March 5, 2013
In what has become a chilling annual exercise, the UN's drug watchdog the International Narcotics Control Board released its annual report today. The INCB describes itself as a "quasi-judicial" group of experts charged with monitoring compliance with international drug control treaties, but the report's drug war bias and egregious omissions makes us wonder who is judging the judges.READ MORE...
A visit to Trekt Uw Plant in AntwerpBalázs Mészáros & Lena Oddball (HCLU)Monday, February 18, 2013
What was originally a small group of friends, has become a feasible alternative to the cannabis black market in the north of Belgium. Our guest author guides us through Antwerp’s cannabis social club. Belgium legalised the possession and use of small amounts of cannabis for personal use a decade ago. Since that time, smokers can not only carry up to 3 grams in public but can also legally grow one plant per person at home.READ MORE...
The only legally-operating injecting facility in North AmericaPeter Sarosi, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)Thursday, January 17, 2013
Last year the HCLU’s video advocacy group travelled to Vancouver, to make a film about Insite, the only legally-operating injecting facility in North America. When we arrived at Hastings Street, in Vancouver's downtown Eastside, where Insite is located, we were taken aback by the magnitude of the street drug scene we found there.READ MORE...
Nederland keert zich tegen het herintreden van Bolivia in het VN verdrag met een voorbehoud die het traditionele gebruik van coca toe staat in het landMartin Jelsma Tom BlickmanTransnational Institute (TNI)
Vrijdag, 11 januari 2013
De Nederlandse regering heeft bij de Verenigde Naties bezwaar aangetekend tegen de herintreding van Bolivia in het Enkelvoudig Verdrag inzake verdovende middelen uit 1961. Bolivia was vorig jaar uitgetreden en wil opnieuw toetreden met een voorbehoud die het traditionele inheemse gebruik van coca in het land een internationale legale dekking geeft.
> Zie ook: Wij zijn schijnheilig over coca kauwen, NRC Handelsblad Opinie, 17 januari 2013READ MORE...
The United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy and Canada notified their objectionsTom BlickmanFriday, January 4, 2013
Sweden joined the United States and the United Kingdom in objecting to the re-accession of Bolivia to the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs after Bolivia had denounced the convention and asked for re-accession with a reservation that allows for the traditional age-old ancestral habit of coca chewing in the country. Italy and Canada also objected, but the objection of Sweden is particularly disturbing.
Foglia di coca, la congiura degli ipocriti, versione in italianaREAD MORE...
Drug use did not skyrocket in the years following decriminalizationHungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)Monday, November 26, 2012
In 2001, a small European country, Portugal, took a brave step, changing its drug policies and refocussing its efforts away from arresting and criminalising drug users, towards smart public health interventions. How did the political establishment of a Catholic-Conservative country come to such an agreement about decriminalization? How does the system work? Is it effective?READ MORE...
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