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  • Cannabis: Le PAM veut amnistier 48.000 cultivateurs recherchés

    La majorité ne peut vivre en famille et se trouve dans une semi-clandestinité
    AuFait (Morocco)
    Mardi, 8 avril 2014

    Le Parti Authenticité et modernité (PAM) travaille sur un projet de loi prévoyant une amnistie pour les 48.000 cultivateurs de cannabis du nord du Maroc recherchés et vivant en “semi-clandestinité”. Plus de 700.000 Marocains vivraient de la culture du cannabis dans le Rif. Le PAM, qui avait suscité un débat sur le cannabis thérapeutique, a organisé une rencontre inédite avec quelque 2.000 cultivateurs. (A lire aussi: "Le kif ne tue pas, la faim si": dans le Rif, la culture du cannabis reste vitale)

  • Streit um neue Regeln für den Drogenmarkt

    Lücke im Betäubungsmittelgesetz?
    Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland)
    Dienstag, 8. April 2014

    Nach Jahren des Stillstands ist die Drogenpolitik wieder in Bewegung. Städte wie Genf, Basel oder Zürich bemühen sich um Projekte für eine regulierte Abgabe von Cannabis. Um eine als wenig chancenreich eingestufte Diskussion auf Bundesebene zu vermeiden, soll dies als vom Bund bewilligtes Experiment etikettiert werden. Fachverbände haben Argumente und Forderungen präsentiert, die weit darüber hinausgehen und die heutige Einteilung in legale und illegale Drogen hinterfragen. Die Analyse könne den Städten und Kantonen auch das Argumentarium für die Cannabisprojekte liefern, so die Nationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft Suchtpolitik (NAS).

  • Un rapport prône la légalisation du cannabis

    Swissinfo (Switzerland)
    Mardi, 8 avril 2014

    smoking-jointLe cannabis devrait être légalisé. Telle est la recommandation de la Coordination politique des addictions (CPA). Elle préconise une régularisation du marché pour éviter le trafic de drogue dans les rues et ses conséquences, notamment sur les jeunes. "La guerre contre la drogue a échoué", a déclaré la présidente de la CPA Marina Carobbio. La coordination propose par conséquent dans son rapport des formes alternatives de régulation du marché pour la Suisse. Une politique qui "coûterait moins cher à l'Etat et amènerait plus de sécurité à la société". (A lire: Position générale « Régulation du marché en matière de politique des drogues »)

  • Guatemalan president eyes drug legalization proposal in late 2014

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    amapola-guatemalaGuatemala could present a plan to legalize production of marijuana and opium poppies towards the end of 2014 as it seeks ways to curb the power of organized crime, President Otto Perez said. Perez proposed drug legalization after he took office at the start of 2012, buy has yet to put forward a concrete plan. Instead, a government commission has been studying the proposal, and recommendations are expected around October. Measures could be presented at the end of the year, including an initiative for Congress to legalize drugs, in particular marijuana, and the legalization of the poppy plantations for medicinal ends.

  • America’s new drug policy landscape

    Two-thirds favor treatment, not jail, for use of heroin, cocaine
    Pew Research Center (US)
    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    us-opinion-marijuana-pew2014Public 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.

  • DEA chief: Marijuana legalization just 'makes us fight harder'

    The Huffington Post (US web)
    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    fire-michele-leonhartFar 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.

  • Patients still waiting to see benefits of 2013 law on medical marihuana

    The first home-grown marihuana could be available in the late summer or early autumn of this year
    Radio Prague (Czech Republic)
    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    med-marijuana-dispensaryWhen the law on medical marihuana came into force in February of last year it seemed that the way was now open for patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases to use the drug under medical supervision without having to acquire it secretly in violation of the law. However, despite the good intentions of MPs who pushed through the legislation, little has changed in the past year and cannabis remains unavailable legally.

  • There's simply no case for banning khat

    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.

  • Non-psychoactive CBD oil made from marijuana plants poised to be game-changer

    Colorado innovation could open doors in other states, but some remain skeptical
    The 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.

  • Caribbean countries consider loosening marijuana laws

    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.

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