Items tagged with decriminalization

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Drug Decriminalisation Across the World [31.12.2030] The criminalisation of people who use drugs compounds drug-related challenges and worsens health and welfare outcomes. Across the world, there is a g ...
Ministerial committee advances cannabis decriminalization [12.07.2021] Just over a year after the last government passed two now-defunct draft bills to legalize and decriminalize recreational cannabis, the Ministerial Co ...
Germany: Cannabis legalization becomes election campaign issue [26.06.2021] With watershed elections looming in Germany, some politicians are talking about a new approach to drug control. The opposition Free Democrats (FDP), ...
Cannabis reform consultation ends with 350 submissions [18.05.2021] The cannabis reform White Paper attracted more than 350 submissions from organisations and individuals. Government is proposing full decriminalisatio ...
Norway opposition torpedoes plan to decriminalise drug use [16.04.2021] Norway's main opposition Labour Party rejected a government plan to decriminalise the personal use of drugs in small quantities, saying the measure c ...
‘A lack of political courage’: New Zealand’s drug reform efforts flounder [12.04.2021] After New Zealand’s referendum to legalise cannabis failed, social service agencies are seeking a new path to decriminalisation of drug use, but obst ...
Mayor of London to examine benefits of cannabis legalisation [05.04.2021] The mayor of London is to launch a review examining the feasibility of decriminalising cannabis as part of a new approach to tackling drug-related cr ...
Cannabis reform: possession up to 7g, cultivation of four plants at home [30.03.2021] Prime Minister Robert Abela of Malta launched a public consultation process on a White Paper to strengthen the legal framework on the repsonsible use ...
GG says gov’t to introduce game-changing Cannabis Bill [16.03.2021] Governor-General Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac has announced that the government will be proposing a Cannabis Bill to govern the industry in Saint Lucia ...
Minor drug offences can now be expunged, Minister [13.03.2021] People convicted of minor drug offences can have their convictions expunged, the Attorney-General said. But Kathy Lynn Simmons warned that offenders ...
Mexico’s lower house approves recreational cannabis bill [11.03.2021] Mexico’s lower house has approved a bill that would legalise the recreational use of cannabis, putting the country on the path to becoming one of the ...
Most French people in favour of legalising cannabis, parliamentary survey finds [03.03.2021] A majority of French are in favour of legalising cannabis for recreational use, according to a recent parliamentary survey. The survey, involving a q ...
Washington Court decriminalizes drugs: Will lawmakers let it stand? [02.03.2021] In February 2021, two states decriminalized drug possession. One was much anticipated; the other seemed to come out of nowhere. On February 1, Oregon ...
As BC’s overdose crisis deepens, Province defends efforts [02.03.2021] At least 165 more British Columbians died of illicit drug overdoses in the first month of 2021, more than double the number of deaths recorded last J ...
"Cannabis récréatif" : une légalisation plébiscitée par une large consultation citoyenne [01.03.2021] Une large majorité des quelque 250.000 personnes qui ont participé à une consultation citoyenne sur le cannabis dit "récréatif" plébiscitent la légal ...
MP to propose debate on cannabis legalisation in France [01.03.2021] The legalisation of recreational cannabis is “possible” in France, and the country should hold a public consultation or referendum on its use, the he ...
Le plaidoyer de l’Istiqlal pour une dépénalisation rapide des cultures du kif [27.02.2021] L'Istiqlal a accueilli avec satisfaction le projet de loi sur la légalisation du cannabis à des fins médicales. Mais, ce parti d'opposition a appelé ...
The problem with cannabis is that it doesn’t have a label: Andrew Bonello [24.02.2021] In Malta the Prime Minister has announced a White Paper on a possible new drug reform. Andrew Bonello: "In general, the gist of what the Prime Minist ...
After 30-year jail sentence for cannabis users, protesters demand decriminalization [22.02.2021] A series of protests which began on January 15 in various cities and neighborhoods across Tunisia have largely focused on economic inequality and pol ...
Norway seeks to decriminalise recreational drug use [19.02.2021] Norway's government proposed a bill aimed at decriminalising the possession and use of small amounts of narcotics, saying users should be offered tre ...
Cannabis reform will allow users to grow plants for personal use, Robert Abela says [18.02.2021] Cannabis users will not be sent to prison and will be able to grow a limited amount of plants as part of government’s reform, Prime Minister Robert A ...
B.C. asks federal government for exemption to decriminalize illicit drugs [11.02.2021] British Columbia is asking the federal government to grant the province an exemption under federal law to decriminalize the possession of small amoun ...
ReLeaf calls on government to decriminalise cannabis cultivation, consumption and sharing [09.02.2021] Cannabis legalisation advocacy group ReLeaf has told the Prime Minister to get on with the decriminalisation of cannabis cultivation and consumption ...
Jamaica faces marijuana shortage as farmers struggle [05.02.2021] Jamaica is running low on ganja. Heavy rains followed by an extended drought, an increase in local consumption and a drop in the number of marijuana ...
Tunisia's heavy jail terms for cannabis use spark reform calls [04.02.2021] Thirty years' jail for smoking a joint after a football game? Tunisia has seen calls for reforms to dictatorship-era drug laws after a court handed d ...
Le bloc de la Réforme dépose une initiative législative pour amender la loi 52 [02.02.2021] Le bloc parlementaire de la Réforme a déposé une proposition législative pour amender la loi 52 de 1992 relative aux stupéfiants. Cette initiative vi ...
Chamber of Deputies rejects move to relax cannabis laws [28.01.2021] The Chamber of Deputies rejected a proposal to loosen cannabis laws in the Czech Republic, put forward by 40 deputies from six different parties. The ...
France launches public consultation on legalising cannabis [17.01.2021] France is Europe’s biggest cannabis consumer, despite having some of the continent’s toughest laws against the drug. In response to this failure of t ...
Drug deaths: ‘Scotland should decriminalise and dare Westminster to block it’ [15.01.2021] Scotland should tackle its drug deaths crisis by pushing towards decriminalisation and daring Westminster to try to block it. The powers to decrimina ...
Experts: Legal cannabis can spur Caribbean economies [10.01.2021] Entrepreneurs eager to enter the marijuana business are calling on the Government of Trinidad & Tobago to bring legislation which will allow them to ...
Growing cannabis at home – illegal, but how risky? [14.12.2020] Last summer, during a press conference, Germany’s drug czar Daniela Ludwig said something goofy: “Just because alcohol is dangerous doesn’t mean that ...
Legalization advocates hope to end Mexico’s drug war [12.12.2020] A determined political movement to end the war on drugs has taken shape across Europe and North America. Harm reduction advocates say lives can be sa ...
Decriminalise adult cultivation of cannabis with clear rules, ReLeaf says [11.12.2020] ReLeaf Malta has reiterated a call for the full decriminalisation of adult cultivation of cannabis by 2021. The cannabis law reform group said the Ma ...
Marijuana could easily be rescheduled with Biden’s health secretary [10.12.2020] While many diehard cannabis advocates are calling for the plant to be legalized in the United States in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco, Pres ...
Mexico may become the third country to legalise cannabis [21.11.2020] On November 19, the Senate began debating a bill that would make Mexico the third country in the world, after Uruguay and Canada, to legalise cannabi ...
Vancouver proposes decriminalizing possession of small amounts of drugs [18.11.2020] Vancouver is proposing to become the first Canadian city to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illicit drugs. Mayor Kennedy Stewart, wh ...
Israel announces plan to legalize recreational cannabis within 9 months [12.11.2020] Israel is planning to legalize cannabis for recreational use within nine months while balancing “liberalism and responsibility,” Justice Minister Avi ...
Oregon becomes first US state to decriminalize possession of hard drugs [04.11.2020] A nationwide push to relax drug laws scored significant victories on Tuesday as four states voted to legalize marijuana, and Oregon became the first ...
Court rules 130g of cannabis were for personal use [27.10.2020] A court has spared a man a sentence of up to 10 years in prison after more than 100g of cannabis was found in his car, ruling it was for personal use ...
Dominica parliament amends marijuana legislation [27.10.2020] The Dominica parliament approved the amendment to the Drugs Prevention Misuse Act even as government legislators urged that the passage of the bill s ...
How a Canadian decriminalization model can improve on Portugal [06.10.2020] On August 17, 2020, the director of public prosecutions in Canada issued new guidelines under which federal prosecutors are to resort to criminal pro ...
Revealed: Drug law change sees sharp fall in drug users prosecuted; bias against Māori remains [01.10.2020] A "watershed" change to drug laws last year has seen a significant drop in police prosecutions for drug use and an increase in warnings and alternati ...
Overdoses are killing more people in Western Canada than COVID-19. B.C. has a bold new plan [25.09.2020] Canada’s other epidemic, the opioids overdose crisis, is more deadly than ever this year. Deaths in British Columbia hit new highs over the spring, i ...
Draft cannabis bill ‘completely misses the mark’ [23.09.2020] Two years ago, the Constitutional Court of South Africa decriminalised the possession and cultivation of cannabis in private by adults for personal p ...
Should India make cannabis legal? [19.09.2020] According to former Narcotics Commissioner Romesh Bhattacharjee cannabis is cultivated in nearly 60 per cent, or 400, of India’s 670 districts. “Sinc ...
Government plans to fine persons caught with a spliff [15.09.2020] The Barbados Government has announced the coming of a major shift in the Drug Abuse (Prevention and Control) Act. Persons found in possession of minu ...
Let's decriminalise casual cannabis use [08.09.2020] The number of drug offences continue to increase in Germany – a very real issue for the country. Drug Commissioner Daniela Ludwig is of course on the ...
Federal prosecutors told to avoid drug possession charges when possible in new directive [19.08.2020] Federal lawyers are being asked to avoid prosecuting simple drug possession cases unless major public safety concerns are at play — a move that comes ...
Where vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris stands on marijuana [12.08.2020] Joe Biden has selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his vice presidential running mate. She has evolved significantly on marijuana policy over her ca ...
Bermuda’s consultations on recreational cannabis bill generally supportive [06.08.2020] A refined draft bill to lay the legal groundwork for a regulated adult-use cannabis regime in Bermuda will soon be presented to the island’s legislat ...

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