Items tagged with reclassification

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Coca leaf: Myths and Reality [16.06.2020] Many myths surround coca. Every day press accounts around the world use the word coca in their headlines, when they refer in fact to cocaine. TNI's D...
Drug reform push stalls [10.04.2017] While there has been some progress in modernising drug laws, there is almost no good news in Thailand or the region. Despite Gen Paiboon's pioneering...
De-schedule dagga to create jobs, says community [23.03.2017] As the deadline for public comment on the guideline documents for cultivation of cannabis for medical use looms, an Eastern Cape community is calling...
Paiboon stands by delisting pot, krathom plan [18.11.2016] Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya from Thailand is standing firm in his aim to remove krathom and marijuana from the narcotic drugs list and treat t...
Deaths involving fentanyl rise as curbing illicit supply proves tough [17.11.2016] To get in front of production, the State Department and a group of U.S. senators asked the United Nations in October to add to the list of tightly co...
Cannabis and Cannabis Resin [13.10.2016] The scheduling under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs assumes a scientific justification. However, cannabis and cannabis resin have never been...
The DEA is withdrawing a proposal to ban another plant after the Internet got really mad [12.10.2016] The Drug Enforcement Administration is reversing a widely criticized decision that would have banned the use of kratom, a plant that researchers say ...
Congress calls out DEA for unilateral move to expand the war on drugs [25.09.2016] A bipartisan group of House lawmakers are asking the Drug Enforcement Administration to reconsider its decision to place the herbal supplement kratom...
The DEA wants to ban another plant [14.09.2016] The Drug Enforcement Administration has received a torrent of backlash from patients with chronic pain and former opiate users after announcing plans...
Ketamine should be kept off worldwide illegal drugs list, doctors say [02.09.2016] The powerful tranquiliser ketamine should be kept off a worldwide illegal drugs list despite it being abused by clubbers, doctors are arguing. They s...
DEA’s sudden 'herbal heroin' ban triggers stiff resistance from kratom community [31.08.2016] An increasingly popular plant product called "herbal heroin" by detractors is about to become illegal in the United States. The Drug Enforcement Admi...
Did the DEA just kick open the door for the pharmaceuticalization of pot? [11.08.2016] While much ink has been spilled over the last few days regarding DEA’s refusal to recognize marijuana as a medicine and its unwillingness to reclassi...
Activists furious over DEA's refusal to recognise medical benefits of marijuana [10.08.2016] Campaigners have reacted with dismay after the Obama administration refused to stop classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use - e...
DEA rejects attempt to loosen federal restrictions on marijuana [09.08.2016] The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping ...
Thailand’s novel approach to drugs could offer lesson to neighbors [07.08.2016] Forward thinking is not what one has come to expect from the conservative military regime running Thailand for the past two years. But a government w...
Soaring prison population prompts Thailand to re-think 'lost' drug war [17.07.2016] More than a decade after Thailand declared a "war on drugs", the country is admitting defeat. As the prison population soars, Justice Minister Paiboo...
TNI at CND 2016: reports from Vienna [21.03.2016] The Transnational Institute (TNI) attended the 59th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna from the 14-22nd March. The CND negotiat...
Not just a party drug: no ketamine means no surgery in some developing countries [03.03.2016] My supply of ketamine is under threat. I’m not a recreational drug taker. I’m an anaesthetist, and for me ketamine is medicine. In rural hospitals in...
Chile president: Marijuana no longer on ‘hard drug’ list [03.12.2015] Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has signed a decree that removes marijuana from the country’s list of hard drugs. The decree also authorizes the ...
Bans on legal highs will drive booming trade underground, drug experts warn [03.06.2015] The booming trade in legal highs will go underground in the face of blanket bans, such as that now being debated in Britain, European drug experts ha...
Jamaica to lead charge to change int'l treaties on marijuana [17.03.2015] Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, says Jamaica intends to lead a charge in the United Nations to effect changes to the i...
Ketamine: why not everyone wants a ban [13.03.2015] China is proposing there should be a worldwide ban on ketamine - the drug that can lead to users needing to have their bladders removed. But ketamine...
The war on ketamine [08.03.2015] In a dispute that pits the war on drugs against global health needs — and one UN agency against another — a pair of Canadian researchers is spearhead...
WMA warns against making essential anaesthetic a controlled drug [06.03.2015] The World Medical Association is urging its 111 member associations to lobby their governments to oppose scheduling the anaesthetic agent Ketamine as...
The ketamine controversy, continued [06.03.2015] The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna will decide next week between two opposite proposals by China and the WHO about international contro...
Why ‘Special K’ is good medicine [02.03.2015] In the global world of illicit drug policies, the granddaddy of them all is the United States. But as the U.S. starts to, perhaps, question the effec...
Ketamine control plan condemned as potential disaster for world's rural poor [27.02.2015] A proposal that is about to come before the UN to restrict global access to ketamine, a drug abused in rich countries, would deprive millions of wome...
Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say [23.02.2015] Compared to other recreational drugs -- including alcohol -- marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematical...
The UK needs common sense about ketamine [17.02.2015] Ketamine is a unique anaesthetic and analgesic that has unfortunately become a popular recreational drug. In an attempt to reduce recreational use, a...
CND decision to schedule ketamine would undermine WHO treaty mandate [16.02.2015] The 58th Session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in March 2015 has been asked to consider a Chinese proposal to place ketamine – an esse...
Fact Sheet on the Proposal to Discuss International Scheduling of Ketamine at the 58th CND [14.02.2015] Ketamine is an essential medicine used for anaesthesia. It is the only available anaesthetic for essential surgery in most rural areas of developing ...
Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work [09.09.2014] The upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) in 2016 is an unprecedented opportunity to review and re-direct nation...
FDA to review marijuana safety [20.07.2014] The United States federal government is considering easing its position on marijuana, reclassifying it as a less dangerous drug in what marijuana adv...
FDA to evaluate marijuana for potential reclassification as less dangerous drug [23.06.2014] The US Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the medical evidence surrounding the safety and effectiveness of marijuana, a process that could lea...
Scheduling in the international drug control system [13.06.2014] While often viewed as an obscure technical issue, the problem of scheduling lies at the core of the functioning of the international drug control sys...
'Thousands of inmates' can soon be released under drug law [28.05.2014] A new decree that overhauls Italy's drugs laws paves the way for releasing "thousands of convicted smalltime drug dealers from prison". The move foll...
There's simply no case for banning khat [30.03.2014] 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 crea...
Italy's strict drug law goes up in smoke [16.02.2014] On February 12, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Fini-Giovanardi law setting out penalties related to the sale and possession of illegal drugs...
Italy relaxes cannabis penalties [12.02.2014] Italy's Constitutional Court struck down an anti-drug law from 2006 that imposed tough sentencing for the sale and possession of cannabis, putting it...
The 2013 Commission on Narcotic Drugs [31.05.2013] Reflections upon this year’s CND are mixed. On the one hand, some states went further than ever before in openly challenging the current regime on th...
‘Club drug’ ketamine lifts depression in hours [21.05.2013] The largest study to date confirms that ketamine — a “club drug” that is also legally used as an anesthetic — could be a quick and effective way to r...
The real driver behind most drug use is pleasure, not dependence [18.04.2013] Harm minimisation, harm reduction, drug-related harm, drug overdose, addiction: these are the dominant narratives that are used when we talk about dr...
Drugs advisory group decides against banning qat in UK [23.01.2013] A clash between the home secretary, Theresa May, and her expert drugs advisory group is looming after it decided against banning qat, a mild herbal s...
Khat: A review of its potential harms to the individual and communities in the UK [23.01.2013] On the basis of the available evidence, the overwhelming majority of Council members consider that khat should not be controlled under the Misuse of ...
Khat ban rejected by UK drug advisers [23.01.2013] The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) said there was "insufficient evidence" that khat caused health problems. The stimulant is traditio...
Marijuana still a drug with no accepted medical use, court says [23.01.2013] Marijuana will continue to be considered a highly dangerous drug under federal law with no accepted medical uses, after a U.S. appeals court refused ...
Khat: a legal high, but should it be banned? [21.01.2013] Khat, a stimulant drug, is chewed by around 90,000 people in the east African and Yemeni communities in the UK. But now the Home Office is considerin...
Khat ban calls ahead of government report [15.01.2013] Calls for the herbal high khat to be banned in the UK have been renewed days before a government report into its usage is due to be published. Some m...
Decriminalise drugs – it would reduce the level of harm in Britain [13.01.2013] The all-party parliamentary group on drug policy reform undertook an inquiry into the implications of the arrival of "legal highs" – a new substance ...
Dutch to classify super strong marijuana alongside heroin [20.11.2012] The Dutch government is planning to classify strong strains of marijuana and cannabis as a Class A drug alongside heroin and cocaine. Coffee shops wi...

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