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  • Cannabis regulation: high time for change?

    Rebecca Coombes
    BMJ (UK)
    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    Cannabis is the world’s most widely used illicit drug. But for how much longer? In a short space of time we have moved from absolute global prohibition of the drug, with the emergence of legalised and regulated production and retail not in just one nation (Uruguay) but also, surprisingly, in two US states (Colorado and Washington). Do these and other new permissive models in Spain and Belgium, for example, point to a tipping point in the debate? Could cannabis step out of the shadows and join the ranks of alcohol and tobacco, the world’s most popular legal and regulated drugs?

  • Why reports of Uruguay's 'tax free' marijuana are misleading

    InSight Crime
    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    A new report stating that Uruguay will not tax the sale or production of marijuana has received widespread attention, yet the depiction of the legalization legislation focusing on undercutting the black market and not raising revenue is inaccurate. According to a May 19 report from Reuters, the tiny South American nation -- which became to the first in the world to legalize the drug in December 2013 and released details of the legislation in early May -- will exempt marijuana from production and sales taxes as it attempts to undercut the black market economy.

  • L'émergence d'un cannabis made in France

    Le Monde (France)
    Mardi, 13 may 2014

    Les consommateurs du cannabis en France préférant de plus en plus l'herbe, facile à cultiver en France, à la résine marocaine, le marché s'adapte, rendant le cannabis toujours plus disponible sur le territoire. On trouve de l'herbe partout et, surtout, toute l'année, selon les remontées de Trend, dispositif d'observation du terrain de l'Observatoire français des drogues et des toxicomanies (OFDT). Une preuve de l'essor de la culture d'intérieur, qui permet quatre récoltes par an. L'herbe vient des Pays-Bas, peut-être d'Albanie, mais aussi de France. Et plus aucun département n'est épargné.

  • Colorado lawmakers approve plan for pot banking

    The Seattle Times (US)
    Thursday, May 8, 2014

    Frustrated by the cash-heavy aspect of its new marijuana industry, Colorado is trying a long-shot bid to create the world's first financial system devoted to the pot business. But Colorado's plan to move the weed industry away from dank-smelling cash to easily auditable banking accounts is a Hail Mary pass that won't work, industry and regulatory officials agree.

  • Nobel economists, others urge end to 'war on drugs'

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    Global efforts to thwart the drugs trade have failed and the time has come for a radical rethink, according to a group of Nobel-prize winning economists, a former U.S secretary of state, the deputy prime minister of Britain and others. "It is time to end the ‘war on drugs’ and massively redirect resources toward effective evidence-based policies underpinned by rigorous economic analysis," the group said in a foreword to a new academic report on global anti-drugs policies Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy of the London School of Economics (LSE).

  • Uruguay unveils marijuana regulation details

    Law will be closely monitored throughout the hemisphere, as more countries mull drug policy alternatives
    Al Jazeera America
    Saturday, May 3, 2014

    The Uruguayan government has unveiled long-awaited regulations for its recreational marijuana market — a move that steers the tiny nation of 3.3 million people away from the prohibitionist war on drugs, with its disastrous consequences in Latin America, and toward a drug policy based on improving public health and security. Although Uruguay’s Congress approved the measure in December — becoming the first country in the world to legalize recreational pot use — it was just this week that the government of President José Mujica announced all the details.

  • Le Rif reste accro au kif

    Libération (France)
    Mardi, 29 avril 2014

    Toutes les tentatives de l’Etat marocain pour interdire la culture du cannabis ont échoué. Un rapport de l’Office des Nations unies contre la drogue et le crime nous apprend que les cultivateurs marocains vendent chaque année 38 000 tonnes de cannabis aux mafias qui les revendent sur le marché européen. Ces paysans gagnent près de 214 millions de dollars, tandis que les mafias, elles, empochent presque 14 milliards de dollars. Peut-on envisager une production à but thérapeutique ? Ou faut-il proposer d’autres sources de revenus aux paysans de la région ?

  • Crack cocaine is king in Brazil: What Sao Paulo is doing about it

    The Globe and Mail (Canada)
    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    crack-sao-paulo2São Paulo's Cracolândia has been here for 15 years. Its population hovered around 1,500. The city recently took over a collection of flophouses around Cracolândia – businesses whose clientele had fled along with most regular commerce in the neighbourhood – and set 400 addicts up in long-term accommodation. They also pitched a big tent on the edge of the fluxo, the shifting mattress camp on the streetcorner where addicts squat, hung up the Braços Abertos (Open Arms) banner and deployed an army of social workers

  • Uruguay to allow pot users to buy up to 20 joints a week

    Individuals will also be able to grow up to six plants for personal use
    Reuters (UK)
    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    uruguay-regula-2013Uruguayans will be able buy up to 10 grams of pot a week, enough to roll 20 joints, under new rules governing the recently legalized marijuana trade in the country. Cannabis consumers will have to register with the government on a confidential list before making purchases from authorized pharmacies, according to the law passed by Congress in December 2013. The pharmacies can only be supplied by private growers authorized by the government, which will oversee quality and choose varieties. The government will auction up to six licenses to produce cannabis legally.

  • Ketama, carrefour des drogues

    Au moment où le PAM lance le débat pour légaliser la culture du kif, le Rif fait face à un autre défi : enrayer la déferlante de drogues dures qui touche la région
    Tel Quel (Maroc)
    Mercredi, 23 avril 2014

    morocco-cannabis3Quelques centaines de cultivateurs de kif ont répondu à l’appel lancé par le Parti authenticité et modernité (PAM), sur le point de finaliser un projet pour la légalisation de la culture du kif. Hakim Benchemass ouvre le bal : «  Il est inconcevable que 48 000 personnes soient recherchées par la gendarmerie. Elles doivent bénéficier de la grâce pour ne plus vivre dans la peur. Tout le monde sait que dans ces terres on ne peut pas faire pousser des fraises ». Mais, selon les agriculteurs, son application risque de poser un problème. Pour commencer, les intervenants du PAM ne font aucune allusion à la transformation de la plante en cannabis.

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