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  • Drug policy reform getting closer in Chile

    Asuntos del Sur (Chile)
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    SkunkCannabisLatin American countries continue to demonstrate courage and vision regarding drug policy. The latest improvements are taking place at the National House of Representatives, where two bills (See the two bills here: 9471-11 & 9496) are being debated at the Health and Public Security committees... These bills aim to legalize the growth of cannabis when its intended to be used for medicinal purposes together with the depenalization of its use, not only for medicinal purposes but also for recreational ones.

  • Major pot legalization group turns sights on California for 2016

    In 2010, legalization advocates took their first attempt at legalization in California
    The Seattle Times (US)
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    states_legalizing_marijuana_nextMarijuana legalization proponents are turning their attention to California and gearing up for a legalization campaign in 2016. The Marijuana Policy Project is creating a new committee in the state and hopes to put a measure on the 2016 ballot. This November, both Alaska and Oregon have marijuana legalization measures on their respective ballots. An early poll showed legalization was leading in Oregon. An August poll showed legalization was trailing in Alaska. (See also: Which states are working to legalize marijuana next?)

  • State-licensed marijuana market expected to bring in about $636 million in taxes

    Associated Press (US)
    Friday, September 19, 2014

    licensed-marijuana-stores-waThe Washington state’s legal recreational marijuana market is expected to bring in about $636 million in taxes to state coffers through the middle of 2019, according to an economic forecast. The forecast by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council showed that just over $25 million from a variety of marijuana-related taxes — including excise, sales, and business taxes — is expected to be collected through the middle of next year.

  • A crucial election season for legalizing marijuana and ending the drug war

    The Huffington Post (US)
    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Florida_Medical_marijuanaIt may be an off-year election, but it's a big one for drug policy reform... voters across the country will have a chance to accelerate the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider drug war. In fact, there are more drug policy reform questions on the ballot this November than ever in American history. Here is an overview, starting with the highest-profile measures.

  • Analysis: Rethinking global drug policy

    Report calls for drugs to be viewed as a health rather than a criminal challenge
    IRIN News (UN)
    Monday, September 15, 2014

    What would the world look like if governments - instead of crime syndicates - controlled drug markets and drug use was decriminalized? A new report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, released by Commission members including former presidents and other heavyweights in New York, attempts to vizualize a post “war on drugs” landscape in an era where the 50-year-old policy is widely regarded as a failure and where experimentation is gathering momentum.

  • New York could legalize recreational marijuana in 2015

    Governor Cuomo said that Colorado-style legalization in New York is "a nonstarter for me"
    The Huffington Post (US)
    Monday, September 15, 2014

    The state of New York could legalize marijuana for recreational use as early as 2015. State Sen. Liz Krueger (D) will reintroduce the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act during the next legislative session, which begins in January. Krueger's bill would permit the opening of retail marijuana dispensaries, which would be regulated by the State Liquor Authority. The bill would establish an excise tax on all marijuana sales, and adults would legally be able to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants at home for personal use.

  • In Jamaica, Rastas ready for pot decriminalization

    Freedom to use marijuana for religious worship is one of various amendments to Jamaica’s Dangerous Drugs Act
    The Washington Post (US)
    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Jamaica is known internationally for its marijuana, where its use is culturally entrenched despite being legally banned for 100 years. Previous moves to decriminalize the drug failed to advance because officials feared they would violate international treaties and bring sanctions from Washington. With a number of U.S. states relaxing their marijuana laws Jamaica is rethinking its position. Jamaica’s Cabinet has approved a plan to decriminalize marijuana, including for religious purposes, and legislators are expected to authorize it before the end of the year.

  • OAS chief urges new approach to failed ‘war on drugs’

    The decades-old “war on drugs” is simply not working
    The Tico Times (Costa Rica)
    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    insulzaWith the Organization of American States due to hold a special general assembly in Guatemala on illicit drugs in less than a week, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza insisted there now exists "regional consensus" regarding drug use and trafficking throughout the hemisphere. Insulza said the 35 OAS member nations no longer see the drug problem as a public safety matter but rather as a public health issue. Authorities also want alternatives to jailing drug addicts, he said.

  • 5 interesting things we learned from the man in charge of Uruguay’s weed

    Global Post
    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Julio Calzada is the top drug official in the little nation of Uruguay, which has gained notoriety over the last year for becoming the first country to legalize the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana. Calzada, whose party faces a tough re-election battle on Oct. 26, sat down with GlobalPost to discuss Uruguay’s unparalleled legalization experiment. In doing so, the national drug agency’s secretary-general unleashed a few bombshells. Here are the five most interesting things he said.

  • Uruguay marijuana law under fire

    The Broad Front's majority in doubt
    InSight Crime
    Friday, September 12, 2014

    When Uruguay's historic marijuana regulation law passed the Senate in December, it was a major victory for drug policy reform in Uruguay and around the world. However, opposition leader Luis Lacalle Pou's surge in the October 2014 general election polls is a threat to the law, as his National Party has consistently been critical of marijuana regulation. While the complete repeal of the law is improbable, some concessions to the opposition appear likely, and there is a chance the law could end up stripped of its most controversial elements, like the commercial sale in pharmacies and the cannabis clubs.

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