The government has convinced the population of the wisdom of its promise, but that public consultations are still needed to determine how to proceedThe Globe and Mail (Canada)
Monday, February 29, 2016
A strong majority in Canada agree with the Liberal government’s plan to legalize marijuana, and half of them feel users should be able to grow their own pot at home, a new Globe and Mail/Nanos Research poll has found. The poll also found that Canadians would prefer that cannabis be sold in dedicated dispensaries or pharmacies than through a liquor store. The poll of 1,000 Canadians found that legalizing marijuana is supported or somewhat supported by 68 per cent of the population. (See also: Legalizing pot: How should Canada tax it, and by how much)
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition pressure group says current policy on drugs doing more harm and urges reformThe Guardian (UK)
Monday, February 29, 2016
Former and serving police officers and officials from Britain, Europe and the US have told politicians that the “war on drugs” is lost and they must take the trade out of the hands of organised crime. They called for an evidence-based approach to drug use in the UK that seeks to not only minimise harm but also allow for the potential benefits that certain illegal drugs can have. Ron Hogg, police and crime commissioner for Durham, who is well known for instructing his force not to prioritise the prosecution of drug users, said it was time to give up on the war on drugs.
The pill testing trial would be launched without costing taxpayers a centThe Sidney Morning Herald (Australia)
Sunday, February 28, 2016
The Australian drug expert who pioneered the nation's first legal injecting centre is on a collision course with the Baird government and NSW Police by vowing to break the law and roll out pill testing at Sydney's music festivals. President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, Alex Wodak, joined forces with emergency medical specialist David Caldicott in announcing a privately funded drug testing "trial" will commence with or without the blessing of a government that has repeatedly blocked the proposal in favour of a hard line, law enforcement strategy. (See also: Mass arrests part of NSW pill testing program proposal)
Kratom fans say it’s like a ‘safe opiate,’ but law enforcement paints a picture of addiction and psychosisThe Daily Beast (US)
Saturday, February 27, 2016
The botanical substance is both a stimulant and a sedative. It is common and illegal in Thailand, where it grows naturally, but little-known and largely legal in the United States. The federal government is cracking down on kratom. Last month, the FDA asked U.S. Marshals to seize nearly 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements containing kratom, which is derived from tropical trees that grow throughout Southeast Asia. In 2014, the Marshals took over 25,000 pounds of raw kratom from a company in Van Nuys, California, at the FDA’s request.
Freigabe von CannabisRadio Bremen (Germany)
Freitag, 26. Februar, 2016
Das Bremer Modellprojekt für eine kontrollierte Abgabe von Cannabis hat nach Einschätzung von Experten kaum Erfolgschancen. Sie plädierten für eine Reform des Betäubungsmittelgesetzes auf Bundesebene. Die rot-grünen Koalitionsfraktionen hatten die Experten-Anhörung eigentlich als einen der letzten Schritte hin zu einem möglichen Cannabis-Modellversuch in Bremen gesehen. Ihr Plan, der auch schon im Koalitionsvertrag festgehalten ist, sieht vor, Joints für Erwachsene legal in Apotheken anzubieten. Außerdem soll die Polizei entlastet werden, da sie Kiffer nicht mehr verfolgen müsste. (Mehr dazu: Lieber nur als Medizin | So stehen die Parteien zur Drogenpolitik)
UN anti-drug agency urged to stop funding Iran’s war on narcotics until Tehran ends use of death penalty for drug offencesThe Guardian (UK)
Friday, February 26, 2016
The entire adult male population of a village in southern Iran has been executed for drug offences, according to Iran’s vice-president for women and family affairs. The matter came to light after Shahindokht Molaverdi revealed it during an interview with the semi-official Mehr news agency in rare comments from a senior government official highlighting the country’s high rate of executions of drug traffickers. According to Amnesty International, Iran remains a prolific executioner, second only to China. (Infographic: Capital Punishment in Iran - 2015)
Justice Michael Phelan gave the federal government six months to rewrite the current regulationsThe Globe and Mail (Canada)
Thursday, February 25, 2016
The federal government should use a court decision ordering it to rewrite the rules on medical marijuana as an opportunity to legalize the storefront sale of such medicine, experts and commercial growers say. A Federal Court judge in British Columbia ruled that patients have a right to grow their own medical marijuana, overturning regulations that forced them to purchase it through federally licensed producers. Justice Michael Phelan said that “dispensaries are at the heart of cannabis access,” and suggested the growth of such illegal storefront shops is connected to the restrictive nature of the current medical marijuana system.
Kofi Annan on Why it's time to legalize drugsDer Spiegel (Germany)
Monday, February 22, 2016
In my experience, good public policy is best shaped by the dispassionate analysis of what in practice has worked, or not. Policy based on common assumptions and popular sentiments can become a recipe for mistaken prescriptions and misguided interventions. Nowhere is this divorce between rhetoric and reality more evident than in the formulation of global drug policies, where too often emotions and ideology rather than evidence have prevailed. Scientific evidence and our concern for health and human rights must shape drug policy.
The prosecution service maintains it is applying the same rules after the election as it did beforeThe Globe and Mail (Canada)
Monday, February 22, 2016
As Canada heads toward a new era of legal marijuana use, federal prosecutors are still trying to jail people who grow small amounts of cannabis in their home to sell to others, sending a tough-on-drugs message that some say is at odds with the new approach. And they continue to seek criminal records, and sometimes jail time, for people charged with simple possession of marijuana for their own use. (See also: Vancouver pot dispensaries face hurdle in ‘ridiculous’ board review)
The gamut of recommendations on the decriminalization of marijuana in Belize also includes drug education and rehabilitation for repeat offendersAmandala (Belize)
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Laws for the decriminalization of marijuana, for possession of up to 10 grams, are in the works in Belize. After Cabinet gave its nod for the legal drafting, the Attorney General’s Ministry began working on amendments to the Criminal Code which would remove criminal penalties in the event that persons are found with marijuana. The Government is not moving to legalize marijuana use. Persons found with small quantities of marijuana would instead receive a fine through a sort of ticketing system. It is only in the event that the person fails to pay the fine that he or she would face incarceration.