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The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD) [31.12.2019] The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law ( Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho, CEDD ) brings together researchers from seven Latin American c...
Government accused of 'squandering' £1.6bn a year on anti-drug policy [07.08.2017] Ministers have been accused of "squandering" £1.6bn a year after an official analysis of the Government’s drug strategy concluded that illegal drugs ...
The EU adopts its most progressive drug action plan ever [25.07.2017] Although it was without much fanfare that the European Commission, in July 2017, published the new Action Plan on Drugs (2017-2020), the drug policy ...
Oregon bill decriminalizes possession of heroin, cocaine and other drugs [11.07.2017] The Oregon legislature passed a bill that reclassifies possession of several drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor, reducing the punishments and expan...
What’s the deal with cannabis in Hong Kong? [01.07.2017] The use or sale of cannabis is banned in Hong Kong under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, which came into effect in 1969. Any person who cultivates any...
It took Jeff Sessions just one month to turn Obama-era drug policy on its head [02.06.2017] In the month of May alone, the Trump administration, particularly Attorney General Jeff Sessions's Justice Department, steadily ratcheted up its toug...
Tunisia parliament votes to ease harsh drug law [25.04.2017] Tunisia's parliament voted to ease the country's harsh law on drugs, in a move that could see offenders like youths caught smoking marijuana escape j...
Drug sentences rise, while time served for other crimes falls [26.08.2015] A Pew study shows that sentences for Americans convicted of federal drug crimes rose 36% — an average of 20 months — in 30 years, while sentences for...
Obama calls for shorter sentences for nonviolent convicts [13.07.2015] Calling it an issue America can’t afford to ignore, President Barack Obama laid out an expansive vision for fixing the criminal justice system. “In f...
On the death penalty for drugs [02.03.2015] The Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), released today, calls upon States that ‘continue to impose the death penalty f...
The United States rethinks draconian drug sentencing policies [27.01.2015] Across the Americas, an unprecedented debate on drug policy reform is underway. While a regional consensus on what form those reforms should take rem...
Is Obama finally ready to dial back the war on drugs? [31.12.2014] As Obama embarks on the third year of his second term, here are some of the ways in which Obama has begun to deliver on his promises of a more ration...
Pot legalization: Gateway to what? [12.11.2014] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) plans to stay on the sidelines of future pot legalization campaigns – already supported by groups plotting ...
Latin America’s Anti-drug Policies Feed on the Poor [04.09.2014] Poor young men, slumdwellers and single mothers are hurt the most by anti-drug policies in Latin America, according to representatives of governments...
Prisoners sentenced with unconstitutional norms have the right to be resentenced [04.06.2014] In February, the Italian Constitutional Court ruled that most of the 2006 drug law norms were unconstitutional. Following this pronouncement, at the ...
'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...
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 most embarrassing graph in American drug policy [28.05.2013] Law enforcement strategies have utterly failed to even maintain street prices of the key illicit substances. This figure shows that street drug price...
The Next Step in Drug Treatment [25.04.2013] The mandatory-sentencing craze that drove up the prison population tenfold, pushing state corrections costs to bankrupting levels, was rooted in New ...
Addicted to punishment [08.04.2013] Over the past several decades, Latin America has seen penalties for drug crimes—even low-level selling—skyrocket. And in many Latin American countrie...
Duped by dope [21.03.2013] Germany's law-enforcement and legal apparatus devotes enormous resources to fighting illegal narcotics. But users are always a step ahead, and lawmak...
French court rejects sick man's cannabis plea [12.03.2013] A French man suffering from a muscular disease since childhood had his request to be given the right to use cannabis for medicinal reasons rejected b...
Warren: Drug possession warrants jail time but laundering cartel money doesn’t? [06.03.2013] Appearing at a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) grilled officials from the Treasury Department over why criminal charge...
The unintended negative consequences of the 'war on drugs' [28.02.2013] Criminalisation of drug users, excessive levels of imprisonment, and punitive sentencing practices, including mandatory sentencing, the death penalty...
Addicted to punishment [31.12.2012] In Latin America, trafficking cocaine so it can be sold to someone who wants to use it is more serious than raping a woman or deliberately killing yo...
Nick Clegg and David Cameron clash over drug law reforms [14.12.2012] Divisions between David Cameron and Nick Clegg over Britain's "war on drugs" emerged on Friday after the Liberal Democrat leader said that current po...
Drug sentences now make more sense [19.11.2012] The underlying aim of The Sentencing Council's new guideline for drug offences in England and Wales is to ensure sentences are consistent and the pun...
Will Obama's second term see an end to the failed 'war on drugs'? [16.11.2012] One of the more surprising results of last week's election was the decision by voters in Colorado and Washington state to legalize marijuana for adul...
Disproportionate penalties for drug offenses in Mexico [11.11.2012] The story of the Mexican drug war has generally focused on the violence perpetrated by drug cartels and the apparent inability to bring so many crimi...
Victims of the Latin American war on drugs make the case for reform [09.11.2012] Latin American drug policies have made no dent in the drug trade; instead they have taken a tremendous toll on human lives. In 2009, the Washington O...
Bogotá’s medical care centres for drug addicts (CAMAD) [31.10.2012] In September 2012, the mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro, launched the first centre for drug addicts in the Bronx, a marginalised city-centre neighbourh...
Amidst deep concern for Thailand's drug policies, some space for open debate [27.09.2012] On 17th September, 2012, IDPC together with the Transnational Institute (TNI) held a high-level seminar in Bangkok co-hosted with the Thai Ministry o...
Drug use is an issue for society, not the criminal justice system [10.09.2012] There is no reliable evidence that tougher criminal sanctions deter drug use or offending. On the contrary, criminalisation worsens the health and we...
Drugs and Prisons in Uruguay [17.07.2012] In Uruguay, the consumption of drugs, including marijuana, is not punishable with prison time. Even so, the cultivation of marijuana for personal con...
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 ...
Life Without Parole for Pot? [26.06.2012] The United States government spends more than $7 billion annually to enforce marijuana prohibition in shockingly cruel ways, but the efforts have not...
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...
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...
Former Supreme Court justice blasts minimum sentences for marijuana offenders [15.05.2012] Canada’s new mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders are based on “very bad criminal law policy” and constitute a threat to public health as w...
Obama Hasn’t Reformed Criminal Justice—Could Romney Do Better? [12.04.2012] Whose website laments that in the United States today we have “more than one million nonviolent offenders fill the nation’s prisons,” and sings the p...
Improving community health and safety in Canada through evidence-based policies on illegal drugs [28.03.2012] The use of illegal drugs remains a serious threat to community health. However, despite the substantial social costs attributable to illegal drugs, a...
Ottawa's ideology-based drug policies under fire [28.03.2012] A number of leading figures in Canadian public health are criticizing the federal government's approach to drug policy, suggesting political ideology...
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 ...
Pills and progress [11.02.2012] On a recent evening, some 50 people turned up for their weekly reckoning at Judge Joel Bennett’s drug court in Austin, Texas. Those who had had a goo...
'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...
The war on the truth about drugs [24.01.2012] What's the smallest unit of celebration? A whooplet? I need one to mark the news that sentencing for drug offences, in some cases, will be shortened....
Drugs mule terms cut in new sentencing guidelines [24.01.2012] People who smuggle drugs will face more lenient sentences if they have been exploited, under new guidelines. The change in approach on "drug mules" f...
Drug guidelines suggest lighter sentences for 'social dealers' [24.01.2012] Recreational drug users who naively buy small quantities to share with their friends could avoid jail under sentencing guidelines for drug offences. ...
Obama Drug Policy: Reforming the Criminal Justice System [02.12.2011] The complexity and scale of our drug problem requires a nationwide effort to support smart drug policies that reduce drug use and its consequences. T...

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