Lors du Conseil communal, les élus lausannois ont donné leur feu vert à la VilleTribune de Génève (Suisse)
Mardi, 6 septembre 2016
Sans surprise, les élus lausannois ont donné leur feu vert à la Ville. Celle-ci pourra rejoindre le groupe formé par les grandes villes de Suisse qui souhaitent tester la consommation légale cannabis au travers de différents projets. Une fois finalisés, ils devront encore trouver grâce aux yeux de la législation fédérale. Le débat a opposé gauche et droite, à l'avantage de la première, favorable au test. Le constat général est l'échec de la répression. (Lire aussi: Comment «couper l’herbe sous le pied des dealers)
Ketamine is used as the sole available safe anaesthetic in many parts of the worldThe Telegraph (UK)
Saturday, September 3, 2016
The powerful tranquiliser ketamine should be kept off a worldwide illegal drugs list despite it being abused by clubbers, doctors are arguing. They say it should always be treated as a medicine and not be placed under United Nations illicit drug restrictions. The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists is calling for global support for its initiative to protect ketamine's status as an essential medicine for anaesthesia and pain relief. China and other countries which have a problem with ketamine abuse want the drug included on the UN schedule for controlled drugs.
As campaigning shifts into high gear in the fall, here's a rundown of where marijuana will be on the ballot in NovemberWashington Post (US)
Friday, September 2, 2016
More states than ever will consider easing restrictions on marijuana use this November: Voters in five states will decide whether to fully legalize recreational use, while voters in four more will weigh in on whether to allow medical marijuana. The outcome of these initiatives could set the tone for the national marijuana legalization discussion going forward. Big state victories for the pro-marijuana contingent -- recreational weed in California, medical marijuana in Florida -- could widen the gap between state and federal marijuana policies, ratcheting up pressure on Congress and the next presidential administration to provide a fix.
Many point to a massive police raid in 2004 as a turning point for ChristianiaThe Local (Denmark)
Friday, September 2, 2016
After a meeting that stretched across several hours, residents of the largely self-governing commune of Christiania said they would try to shut down the enclave’s infamous open-air cannabis market, Pusher Street. The decision comes after two police officers and a civilian were shot in a drug bust gone awry. The suspected gunman was later shot by police while being arrested and died from his wounds. (See also: Christiania standing tall as residents tear down Pusher Street | Cannabis booths torn down in Danish free town Christiania)
The Guardian (UK)
Friday, September 2, 2016
North America’s only supervised injection site has found that 90% of its clients’ heroin contained the powerful synthetic fentanyl. Vancouver’s Insite, which offers health services including supervised injection, said that of the 173 drug checks it did for fentanyl in a month, 90% tested positive for the potent synthetic drug. Fentanyl, which is about 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin, has caught the attention of medical and law enforcement authorities across North America as it becomes connected to more and more deadly overdoses in the opioid epidemic.
An association whose leadership includes Nancy Pelosi’s son plans a lawsuit, lobbying and a march on WashingtonUS News and World Report (US)
Thursday, September 1, 2016
An increasingly popular plant product called "herbal heroin" by detractors is about to become illegal in the United States. The Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would make kratom a Schedule I substance after a 30-day waiting period, where it would remain for two or three years under an emergency scheduling order that ultimately could become permanent. The American Kratom Association is fundraising to hire lawyers to fight the ban in court and to secure lobbyists and a public relations firm. (See also: Individuals in the US increasingly use kratom for self-management of pain and opioid withdrawal)
Paiboon says social problems will lessenThe Bangkok Post (Thailand)
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The Justice Ministry will seek the use of Section 44 under the interim charter to remove methamphetamine, or ya ba, from the dangerous narcotics list to allow health authorities to make medical use of the substance. Speaking at a meeting on drugs control, Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said that though a bill is being reviewed to reform the law on drugs, which could allow the controlled use of methamphetamine, he can speed things up under the powerful Section 44. Gen Paiboon said the bill will seek to distinguish drug abusers from drug traffickers. (See also: Downgrading ‘yaba’ does not make it legal, says Paiboon)
More than 550 Argentine magistrates, judges and lawyers will call for wholesale reforms based on human rightsBuenos Aires Herald (Argentina)
Monday, August 29, 2016
Introducing a declaration endorsed by 250 magistrates and 300 legal experts, an Argentine civil society organization dealing with criminal law (Asociación Pensamiento Penal) asks for a modification to the national drugs law 23.737, which still allows for the criminalization of possession for personal consumption. The new push coincides with the 30-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark "Bazterrica" ruling. They call on the government are seeking a fresh approach, which includes decriminalization, the end of forced anti-drug treatment and the creation of policies focused on harm reduction.
Under the 2006 law many users have simply been prosecuted as traffickersHuman Rights Watch (US)
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Ten years ago this week, Brazil passed a law intended to distinguish dangerous drug traffickers from simple drug users. By replacing jail sentences for users of any illegal drug with penalties such as community service, and increasing penalties for drug trafficking, the new law aimed to reduce the number of people detained for drug possession and weaken criminal organizations that smuggle and sell drugs. None of that happened. In 2005, 9 percent of those in prison were detained on drug charges -- now it’s 28 percent, and among women, 64 percent.
Poppy fields are here to stay; "if we don’t grow it, we don’t eat", say its impoverished farmersSouth China Morning Post (China)
Saturday, August 27, 2016
A recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates Myanmar had 55,000 hectares of poppies under cultivation in 2015, most of it in Shan State. Some say that is a conservative estimate and place the figure at closer to 160,000 hectares. "Most farmers grow it because of poverty," says Tom Kramer, a researcher for the Netherlands’ Transnational Institute who has been visiting Myanmar regularly since 1993. "They grow poppy as a cash crop to address food shortages and to access health and education." (See also: Bouncing Back - Relapse in the Golden Triangle)