Items tagged with decriminalization

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Opinion | Is it okay if we sell joints? [16.02.2012] The City Council will soon be sending a letter to the justice minister, Morten Bødskov (Socialdemokraterne). It might be formulated a little more for ...
Guatemala president weighs drug legalization, blames US for not reducing consumption [14.02.2012] U.S. inability to cut illegal drug consumption leaves Guatemala with no option but to consider legalizing the use and transport of drugs, President O ...
Legalised cannabis? [10.02.2012] A political majority at Copenhagen Town Hall is pushing for cannabis to be decriminalised. In a joint letter, four out of five local politicians have ...
'Soft drug' legalization law may be withdrawn [02.02.2012] Greece may withdraw a bill allowing the possession of small amounts of 'soft' drugs for personal use because of opposition from two parties that supp ...
Leftists suggest legal cannabis clubs [25.01.2012] Germany’s socialist Left party is calling an expert hearing on “legalizing cannabis through the introduction of cannabis clubs” in the German parliam ...
Cannabis taxation: a win-win all round, Richard Branson tells MPs [24.01.2012] The market for cannabis in Britain should be regulated and taxed, and responsibility for drug policy moved from the Home Office to the health departm ...
It’s time to end the failed war on drugs [23.01.2012] After 50 years of the failed drug war, it is time for today’s leaders to find the courage to speak out. For all the successes I’ve had in business, I ...
Copenhagen wants controlled cannabis shops [09.01.2012] The Copenhagen City Council is pushing ahead with a proposal to decriminalise cannabis, and has set up a committee to investigate the best way to reg ...
Drugs bill goes to Parliament [09.01.2012] Draft legislation that foresees the decriminalization of the possession of small quantities of drugs for personal use but the leveling of criminal ch ...
Towards a smarter drugs policy [06.01.2012] The loudest voices in US drug policy debates call either for enforcing prohibition with ever-increasing ferocity or for giving up altogether by letti ...
A resounding success or a disastrous failure [05.01.2012] Two observers and scholars of the 2001 Portuguese drug policy reform consider divergent accounts of the reform which viewed it as a ‘resounding succe ...
Drug Policy in the Andes [15.12.2011] Fifty years after signing the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and 40 years after the U.S. government declared a "war on drugs," ma ...
Sanctionner l'usage de stupéfiants par une contravention? [06.12.2011] Actuellement, l'usage de stupéfiants est puni d'une amende maximale de 3 750 euros et d'un an d'emprisonnement. Une proposition de loi, adoptée le 7 ...
The politics of pot [01.12.2011] Polls show overwhelming support for amending the laws. In fact, 50 percent of Americans—the largest portion ever recorded—now favor legalizing mariju ...
It's time to end the phoney war on drugs [29.11.2011] We are supposedly engaged in a "war on drugs." What war on drugs? A phoney war, because it provokes that which it proclaims to repress. Take three co ...
Portugal and the drug war [23.11.2011] Portuguese drug policy and the drug treatment system are not without challenges and problems. No system is perfect and operates within a constantly c ...
Legal marijuana gets one step closer [21.11.2011] A committee has now been established to determine the best way to legalise the sale of hashish, with special stores owned by the council presenting i ...
Extraordinary General Assembly of Cannabis Users Association Pannagh [19.11.2011] The General Assembly of Cannabis Users Association Pannagh denounces the disproportionate intervention of the Municipal Police of Bilbao against the ...
Why is it only 'formers' who want to talk about drugs? [17.11.2011] Former head of MI5 Eliza Manningham-Buller today joins an increasingly long list of "formers" and "exes" who have publicly condemned the so-called "W ...
Ex-head of MI5 calls on government to decriminalise and regulate cannabis [17.11.2011] The former head of MI5 believes the "war on drugs" has proved fruitless and it is time to consider decriminalising the possession and use of small qu ...
Swiss cannabis smokers will be allowed to grow four marijuana plants each [17.11.2011] Cannabis smokers in Switzerland will soon be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants each at home to stop them buying drugs on the black market. ...
Minister considers Portuguese drugs strategy [04.11.2011] Junior Health Minister Roisin Shortall, who is in charge of Ireland’s drugs strategy, said she had an "open mind" in relation to Portugal’s model. Sh ...
Decriminalize pot, aldermen urge — but mayor says not so fast [02.11.2011] Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he would not be rushed into decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana because doing so creates its o ...
Cash-strapped Chicago mulls easing marijuana law [02.11.2011] Alderman Danny Solis introduced an ordinance to the City Council that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a ticketable offense with a ...
The punishment must fit the crime, even for drug users [02.11.2011] The case of the Australian boy arrested on drug charges in Bali offers the opportunity to review our nation's own response to drug use, both here and ...
Chicago’s pot dilemma: Should marijuana users just be ticketed? [01.11.2011] Last year, Chicago Police officers arrested more than 23,000 people on misdemeanor marijuana charges, and most of those cases were dropped. From 2006 ...
Justice Dept. memo writer is mum on pot crackdown [26.10.2011] A high-ranking U.S. Justice Department official who wrote a memo saying state medical marijuana laws do not provide immunity from federal prosecution ...
Ecuador to Debate Decriminalization [24.10.2011] Proposed changes to Ecuador's penal code would decriminalize possession of drugs for personal use, including up to 10 grams of marijuana and hashish, ...
Editorial: Feds' pot crackdown bad medicine [21.10.2011] In the design of America's founders, the states are supposed to be centers of democratic experiment. They're not supposed to be uniform. For example, ...
It's Time For A New Approach To Policies Involving Illegal Drugs [19.10.2011] Should drugs be decriminalized? That this question is still being kicked around after decades of debate through the war on drugs is indicative of how ...
California's Coming Crackdown on Pot: What Do You Do if You Need It? [19.10.2011] Four California-based U.S. attorneys have announced their intent to prosecute the medical-marijuana dispensaries, growers and delivery services that ...
Home Office rejects decriminalising possession of drugs for personal use [14.10.2011] The Home Office has quickly rejected a call from the government's official drug advisers to decriminalise the personal possession of all illegal drug ...
Drug law reform in Greece [06.10.2011] On August 2, 2011 the Minister of Justice presented to the Committee on Social Affairs of the Greek Parliament the changes proposed by the legislativ ...
Counting the Costs of Archaic Drug Policies and Strategies in Southern Africa [27.09.2011] In June 2011, fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and forty years after former US President Nixon launched ...
Lib Dems vote overwhelmingly to set up panel to consider decriminalising drugs [18.09.2011] The Liberal Democrat party conference have voted to establish a panel to consider decriminalising the use of all drugs. The panel would also consider ...
Czech Health Ministry signals steps to legalize medical marijuana [14.09.2011] The Czech Ministry of Health has indicated that it will take marijuana off the list of banned substances and allow it to be prescribed by doctors for ...
Experts back Liberal Democrat calls for drugs decriminalisation [13.09.2011] Experts have backed calls to be made at the Liberal Democrats conference this weekend for the decriminalisation of all drugs, saying it would not lea ...
Possession of drugs for personal use to be decriminalized [07.09.2011] Criminal charges will only be brought against individuals caught growing or manufacturing drugs or using them in public, according to a draft law pre ...
Drug Policy in Portugal [31.08.2011] ?In 2000, the Portuguese government responded to widespread public concern over drugs by rejecting a "war on drugs" approach and instead decriminaliz ...
Imprisonment for drugs related offenses in Argentina [29.08.2011] Intercambios Civil Association and the Social Sciences School of the University of Buenos Aires launched the book “Encarcelamientos por delitos relac ...
Colombia Takes Step Towards Drug Decriminalization [25.08.2011] Colombia's Supreme Court ruled against harsh punishments for small-time drug offenders, in a move towards easing up Colombia's zero-tolerance drug la ...
How to determine personal use in drug legislation [23.08.2011] Distinguishing between drug possession for personal use and supply and trafficking is widely acknowledged as one of the most difficult and controvers ...
Medical marijuana advocates seek PM's support [23.08.2011] The organisers of a Czech petition for the legalisation of cannabis in medical treatment have asked Prime Minister Petr Necas to support the relevant ...
Liberal Democrats want inquiry into decriminalising drug possession [04.08.2011] Liberal Democrats are expected to call for an independent inquiry into the decriminalisation of possession of all drugs. A motion to be put at the pa ...
Government set to decriminalize drug use [03.08.2011] The government is preparing a bill that would decriminalize drug use, although the possession and supply of drugs and the cultivation of cannabis are ...
Let states enact their own marijuana policies [06.07.2011] Let's be clear: HR 2306, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011, proposed by Reps. Barney Frank and Ron Paul, does not "legalize drugs" ...
California medical marijuana growers face pressure [02.07.2011] A new Obama administration memo approves federal prosecution of anyone in the business of growing or supplying marijuana for medical patients even if ...
Portugal drug law show results ten years on, experts say [01.07.2011] Health experts in Portugal say that Portugal's decision 10 years ago to decriminalise drug use and treat addicts rather than punishing them is an expe ...
Drug death 'capital' Brighton to put treatment ahead of punishment [26.06.2011] Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, has called for a new approach, having identified an unlikely ally. She wants to exploit the localism agenda ...
Dug Policy Profile Portugal [23.06.2011] This profile describes the national drug policy of Portugal, a policy that has attracted significant attention recently in the media and in policy de ...

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