Two-thirds favor treatment, not jail, for use of heroin, cocainePew Research Center (US)
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Public opinion in the US appears ready for a truce in the war on drugs. A national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that support for the legalization of marijuana use continues to increase. Fully 75% of the public think that the sale and use of marijuana will eventually be legal nationwide. Just as most Americans prefer a less punitive approach to the use of drugs such as heroin and cocaine, an even larger majority (76%) think that people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana should not have to serve time in jail.
The Huffington Post (US web)
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Far from being discouraged by shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of marijuana, federal drug agents are driven to "fight harder," said Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart. Leonhart, who criticized President Obama for comparing marijuana to alcohol during a closed-door meeting, suggested that voters in Washington state and Colorado were duped into legalizing marijuana. The Marijuana Policy Project is calling on the president through a Change.org petition to fire Leonhart.
The Guardian (UK)
Monday, March 31, 2014
Khat is as potent as a strong cup of coffee and has no organised crime involvement – yet the government wants to spend £150m on a ban that would create far more severe problems. When the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, the government's expert advisors, were asked to consider khat, they said that it would be "inappropriate and disproportionate" to ban it. The cross-party home affairs select committee, on which I serve, produced a unanimous report opposing a ban. And yet the home secretary plans to do it anyway.
Colorado innovation could open doors in other states, but some remain skepticalThe Denver Post (US)
Sunday, March 30, 2014
A Colorado marijuana innovation is changing the way lawmakers in even the most conservative parts of the country talk about cannabis and is poised to create a rapid expansion in the number of states that have legalized marijuana in some way. But many marijuana advocates view the new political campaign with skepticism, fearing it could halt their movement's momentum. Taken to its logical conclusion, medical marijuana could be a "box canyon" for broader legalization efforts.
The Miami Herald (US)
Saturday, March 29, 2014
In Saint Vincent and across the Caribbean, marijuana is illegal, yet it is widely used, freely sold and openly puffed. It’s evidence of the shifting attitudes over pot. Now, for the first time, Caribbean leaders — much like a growing number of American and Latin American lawmakers — are considering loosening restrictions to control and capitalize on the popular crop.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Uruguay's drug czar says every legal marijuana plant in Uruguay will be registered and tracked using radio frequency tags, and that state-grown marijuana will be cloned to include genetic markers, making sure that what's grown here, stays here. That's a much tougher tracking system than those imposed in Colorado and Washington. Uruguay wants authorities to be able to test the pot in any drug user's possession to determine if it came from a registered, legal source.
The Huffington Post (US web)
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Legalizing medical marijuana causes no increase in crime, according to a new study. In fact, legalized medical pot may reduce some violent crime, including homicide, University of Texas at Dallas researchers wrote in a journal article published this week. The study appears to settle concerns, simmering since the first states approved medical marijuana nearly two decades ago, that legalization would lead to more crime.
Jeudi, 25 mars 2014
L'interdiction totale du cannabis en Suisse, demeure insatisfaisante, constate la Commission fédérale pour les questions liées aux drogues (CFLD). Celle-ci suit les expériences menées ailleurs et s'intéresse au modèle genevois d'association de consommateurs de cannabis. La commission n'a pas pris position sur un modèle ou un autre, a indiqué à l'ats son président Toni Berthel. Elle est cependant parvenue à la conclusion qu'il fallait trouver une solution incluant la production, la vente et la consommation.
Vancouver Sun (Canada)
Friday, March 21, 2014
A Federal Court judge granted a temporary injunction to patients who are suing Ottawa because they are concerned about cost and quality of a commercially grown product. Health Canada regulations slated to come into effect on April 1 require medical marijuana patients to buy their pot from large-scale commercial facilities instead of growing it themselves. Judge Michael Manson ruled that licensed patients can keep growing their own medical marijuana while their challenge goes to trial. The judge concluded some patients will not be able to afford marijuana if prices increase as expected. (See also: New federal pot law means little to medical marijuana users following recent injunction)
The Local (Switzerland)
Friday, March 14, 2014
Adults may be legally able to seek out clubs in certain Swiss cities to buy state-certified cannabis, free of chemicals, for personal use under a pilot project being drafted. Lawmakers from at least five municipal governments are looking at participating in an experiment to regularize the use of marijuana through "user’s associations". Bern has become the latest city to look seriously at liberalizing the use of cannabis through regulations. Zurich, Basel and Lausanne are also interested in joining in the experiment being piloted by the city of Geneva.