Items tagged with decriminalization

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Brazil Launches Campaign to Decriminalise Drug Use [12.07.2012] A host of academic, legal, health, political and social figures are joining together to back a campaign to decriminalise drug use in Brazil, as tens ...
A Quiet Revolution [04.07.2012] 'A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Policies in Practice Across the Globe' is the first report to support Release's campaign 'Drugs - It’s Ti ...
Czech Republic exemplifies smart and humane drug policy [02.07.2012] There is nothing politically easier in most countries than scapegoating drugs and drug users as the source of all social problems. Politicians can ex ...
Most Canadians firmly in favour of decriminalizing marijuana: poll [02.07.2012] Two-thirds of Canadians think the law should be changed so that people caught with small amounts of marijuana no longer face criminal penalties or fi ...
Colombia Decriminalizes Cocaine and Marijuana [02.07.2012] Colombia's Constitutional Court approved the government's proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cocaine and marijuana for pers ...
Will reducing or removing the criminal penalties for drug possession lead to greater use? [29.06.2012] We should decriminalise the possession of drugs for personal use for the following simple reasons: (1) If users are addicted then they are ill, and c ...
Colombia court upholds no jail time for drug use [28.06.2012] Colombia's Constitutional Court has ruled that people cannot be jailed for possessing cocaine and marijuana for personal use. The decision ratifies a ...
Chicago decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana [26.06.2012] People caught with small amounts of marijuana in Chicago will be ticketed instead of arrested under a new ordinance passed by the city council on Wed ...
A breakthrough in the making? [25.06.2012] Remarkable drug policy developments are taking place in Latin America. This is not only at the level of political debate, but is also reflected in ac ...
Uruguay mulls government marijuana sales [21.06.2012] Uruguay is planning a novel approach to fighting its rising crime: having its government sell marijuana to take drug profits out of the hands of deal ...
Drugs, crime and punishment [19.06.2012] Proportionality is one of the key principles of the rule of law aiming to protect people from cruel or inhumane treatment. The principle has been est ...
Les “cannabis social clubs” arrivent en France [18.06.2012] Si PS et UMP pensaient avoir enterré le débat sur le cannabis avec la fin de la campagne des législatives, ils se sont trompés. Des militants viennen ...
Chicago Mayor Emanuel backs marijuana decriminalization [14.06.2012] Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he would back a proposal that would decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana, the latest major U.S. politi ...
Next year we hope to evaluate the implementation of a new Drug Law [14.06.2012] “Next year we hope to evaluate the implementation of a new Drug Law”. Graciela Touzé, president of Intercambios, expressed this in the closing remark ...
Pure ecstasy can be 'safe' if consumed responsibly: B.C. health officer [13.06.2012] B.C.'s top health official says taking pure ecstasy can be "safe" when consumed responsibly by adults, despite warnings by police in Alberta and Brit ...
Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized [07.06.2012] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to change New York’s laws to decriminalize marijuana. New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner ...
French Socialists kill pro-cannabis call pre-election [07.06.2012] Three days before round one of a French parliamentary election, President François Hollande's Socialists have crossed swords over pot-smoking with th ...
Christiania's resurgent cannabis trade marred by violence and intimidation [06.06.2012] Almost a decade after extensive police raids in 2004 that were intended to clear out the drug dealers in Christiania, police estimate that the trade ...
New York to decriminalize marijuana? [05.06.2012] New York governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana in the state and he’s got the support of New ...
Decriminalize marijuana? Four ways America's views of pot are changing [04.06.2012] Polls show national opinion toward marijuana use steadily changing toward greater acceptance, and laws are changing and ballot initiatives are coming ...
Bloomberg Backs Plan to Limit Arrests for Marijuana [03.06.2012] New York Police Department, the mayor and the city’s top prosecutors on Monday endorsed a proposal to decriminalize the open possession of small amou ...
Class A drugs 'should be decriminalised,' says former drug advisor Professor David Nutt [30.05.2012] Drugs such as LSD and MDMA should be decriminalised and sold in pharmacies, the government's former chief drug advisor has said. Professor David Nutt ...
U.S. says drug abuse needs treatment, not just jail [23.05.2012] The United States sees drug abuse as a public health problem as much as a crime issue and is seeking to learn from countries in Europe and elsewhere ...
Drugs: The Rebellion in Cartagena [23.05.2012] The startling, unprogrammed, and rebellious discussion about drugs that took place among hemispheric leaders in April at a summit in Cartagena, Colom ...
Majority relaxed about cannabis use [21.05.2012] More than half of Australians support reduced legal penalties for use of drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy, an analysis of a federal government surv ...
Bill to decriminalize marijuana possession is advanced by N.J. Assembly committee [20.05.2012] New Jersey took a step toward decriminalizing marijuana possession today when an Assembly panel unanimously approved a bill that would allow offender ...
Hollande will not go Dutch on cannabis [17.05.2012] The new president of France, François Hollande, is not likely to change cannabis policies. His choice as Minister of the Interior, Manuel Valls, is a ...
Legal cannabis rejected by government [14.05.2012] State-run hash and marijuana dispensaries won't be popping up in Copenhagen any time soon after the Justice Ministry this weekend turned down Copenha ...
Saying No to Costly Drug Laws [11.05.2012] In the year 2000, as the president of Poland, I signed one of Europe’s most conservative laws on drug possession. Any amount of illicit substances a ...
Drug war will change course in 2013 [26.04.2012] When the recent Summit of the Americas in Colombia decided to commission a study on whether to decriminalize drugs, many thought that would be the en ...
War on drugs: There has to be a better way [24.04.2012] The most important story of the Summit of the Americas was the Latin American demand to open the debate on an alternative to the ‘war on drugs’. The ...
Cannabis : la «modération» plutôt que l’abstinence [23.04.2012] Non seulement la prohibition n’empêche pas une consommation massive depuis quarante ans, mais elle crée des «effets pervers» comme l’économie parallè ...
The legalisation debate broadens [19.04.2012] Over the past six months the debate on drugs has moved into the open, as sitting heads of state have gone on the record for the first time to say tha ...
What comes after the war on drugs [19.04.2012] At the Summit of the Americas, Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed doubt about the war on drugs. “I think what everybody believes and agrees with ...
Obama and the failed war on drugs [15.04.2012] Long before he was in a position to change his country's policies, Barack Obama had firm views on a complex problem: "The war on drugs has been an ut ...
Summit of the Americas agree war on drugs a failure [15.04.2012] This weekend’s Summit of the Americas did not produce a joint communiqué charting the future of the hemisphere, but the 31 leaders agreed on one thin ...
At summit, drug talk likely to be hot but hidden [13.04.2012] As the hemisphere’s leaders gather in Colombia this week for the VI Summit of the Americas, their on-camera discussions will be dominated by perennia ...
Latin American countries pursue alternatives to U.S. drug war [09.04.2012] When President Obama arrives in Colombia for a hemispheric summit this weekend, he will hear Latin American leaders say that the U.S.-orchestrated wa ...
'War on drugs' has failed, say Latin American leaders [08.04.2012] A historic meeting of Latin America's leaders, to be attended by Barack Obama, will hear serving heads of state admit that the war on drugs has been ...
Time for Obama to join the debate over the failed war on drugs [08.04.2012] All wars end. Eventually. Even the war on drugs – resilient for so long – is starting to show signs of exhaustion. It is 42 years since President Nix ...
Drugs war 'a failure' that bred criminals [02.04.2012] Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr, is among a group of prominent Australians who said the ''war on drugs'' is a failure. ''The prohibition of illici ...
U.S. Facing Bold New Calls for “Drug War” Alternatives [02.04.2012] At a poorly attended summit of Central American leaders, President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala reiterated calls for the decriminalization of recre ...
Central American drug summit inconclusive [24.03.2012] A conclave of Central American presidents meeting in Guatemala to discuss a major overhaul of their drug laws — including legalization or decriminali ...
Cannabis: Legal high [23.03.2012] The police and the courts can neither keep up with the surge in small-scale production, nor are they desperately keen to do so. Last month the govern ...
Attorney tells more Colorado medical pot centers to close [22.03.2012] Colorado's top federal prosecutor has ordered 25 medical marijuana shops located near schools to close in an escalating pot clampdown, as the state g ...
Guatemalan president leads drug legalization debate [22.03.2012] On the campaign trail, Otto Perez Molina vowed to rule his country with an iron fist. The retired general said he would send troops into the streets ...
'This Debate Will No Longer be Suppressed' [09.03.2012] Latin American leaders are increasingly speaking out against prohibition. And public opinion in America, especially when it comes to legalizing pot, ...
Bid to have pot smokers fined not prosecuted [06.03.2012] Parliament has launched a new attempt to decriminalise the consumption of cannabis, four years after voters rejected a proposal for the full legalisa ...
Whither a Progressive Pot Policy? [01.03.2012] Cannabis has been taking centre stage in recent weeks. Former attorneys-general and Vancouver mayors in British Columbia have called for regulation a ...
U.S. officials tell Tories war on drugs has failed [22.02.2012] A high-profile group of current and former U.S. law enforcement officials has written to the Conservative government with a surprising message: Take ...

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