Items tagged with law enforcement

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Advocacy group calls for reform of Burma’s drug laws and policies [17.02.2017] The Drug Policy Advocacy Group (DPAG) has called for a reform of Burma’s drug laws, demanding new policies focusing on the rehabilitation of drug use...
A rare survivor of a Philippine drug raid takes the police to court [10.02.2017] As the only known survivor of a so-called buy-bust operation, Mr. Morillo has provided a chilling first-person account that challenges the government...
In Duterte’s footsteps, Hun Sen launches a drug war [09.02.2017] Cambodia’s newly launched war on drugs is in full swing, with nearly 3,000 people arrested in the campaign’s first month of crime-busting. Authoritie...
Marijuana legalization must include justice reform [31.01.2017] Across the US, we routinely take a pledge that ends in “with liberty and justice for all.” Yet that fundamental promise has been broken in six of the...
Boulder DA Stan Garnett named to group that will advise Trump administration on pot [30.01.2017] The National District Attorney's Association created a policy group featuring 14 district attorneys from across the country who will issue advisement...
Families of slain Filipinos file Supreme Court challenge to Rodrigo Duterte’s drugs war [26.01.2017] Families of alleged drugs suspects killed by Philippine police petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday to force police to disclose evidence linking ...
The growing movement for marijuana amnesty [22.12.2016] With an estimated $7 billion in sales in 2016 and potentially exponential growth due to recent ballot initiatives on recreational use, the legal mari...
'They are slaughtering us like animals' [06.12.2016] I had come to document the bloody and chaotic cam­paign against drugs that President Rodrigo Duterte began when he took office on June 30: since then...
Medical marijuana is legal in California. Except when it’s not [21.11.2016] California’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry, by far the nation’s largest, is crawling out from the underbrush after voters opted to legalize ...
Donald Trump’s attorney general pick could destroy the recreational pot industry [21.11.2016] Attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is a fervent foe of marijuana legalization. But if he were confirmed as President-elect Trump’s ...
Obama: Federal prohibition not ‘tenable’ after state marijuana votes [04.11.2016] President Obama says that federal laws banning marijuana will likely have to change if new states vote to legalize the drug on Tuesday. “The good new...
Found in the dark [20.10.2016] Some 400 people were charged with being “found in the dark” in Yangon, Myanmar in the first five months of 2015 alone. The charge carries a prison te...
How our tax dollars are used to fund opposition to marijuana legalization, in a clear violation of ethics [19.10.2016] This year the pharmaceutical, alcohol and prison food industries have all weighed in to oppose marijuana legalization initiatives across the country....
These British police forces have stopped arresting drug users [18.10.2016] People caught carrying personal amounts of drugs, including cocaine and heroin, are being diverted away from the criminal justice system in what coul...
Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes — combined [12.10.2016] On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 people sit behind bars on simple drug-possession charges, according to a report released by t...
'Found in the Dark' [29.09.2016] To address its serious drug use problems, Myanmar should change its drug policy towards a harm reduction approach. Instead of a repressive approach, ...
Duterte’s war on drugs: bitter lessons from Thailand’s failed campaign [28.09.2016] The body count from Philippine President Duterte’s “war on drugs” is growing by the day; more than 3,000 casualties leading to broad international co...
Marijuana arrests fall to lowest level since 1996 [25.09.2016] Arrests for simple marijuana possession in the United States fell to nearly a two-decade low last year, according to new statistics released Monday b...
Paradise lost: does Copenhagen’s Christiania commune still have a future? [22.09.2016] In recent years the cannabis in Christiania trade has evolved. Once led by small-time dealers, it is now controlled by large, multinational organisat...
Stop and search still targets black people, police watchdog says [20.09.2016] Police stops of black people are still at an “eye-watering” level compared with white people, the official police watchdog said and promised a fresh ...
Duterte’s fiercest critic booted from committee investigating killings [19.09.2016] Accused of bias after she allowed a self-confessed hitman to link Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to over a thousand murders, Senator Leila De L...
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to extend drug war as 'cannot kill them all' [18.09.2016] Rodrigo Duterte has asked for a six-month extension for his war on drugs, saying there are too many people involved in the narcotics trade and he "ca...
Christiania residents shut down Pusher Street [01.09.2016] After a meeting that stretched across several hours, residents of the largely self-governing commune of Christiania said they would try to shut down ...
Ex-top undercover drugs cop forfeits anonymity to fight against the War on Drugs [19.08.2016] Neil Woods insists nothing good came of his 14 years as one of the UK’s most successful undercover cops, fighting the war on drugs. His painstaking, ...
Paraguay: The cannabis breadbasket of the Southern Cone [14.07.2016] Paraguay is the principal producer of cannabis in South America, though nobody knows for certain how many hectares are planted with this crop, probab...
The failed promise of legal pot [08.05.2016] The risk is that, by itself, legalizing marijuana possession does not change the black market and that, even as legalization spreads, young black men...
Violent Christiania police action caught on video [28.04.2016] Two videos posted online by the Christiania-based documentary group Cadok show large-scale police action targeting the Copenhagen district’s cannabis...
Owner of biggest cannabis cafe faces retrial [25.04.2016] The Dutch supreme court has ordered a retrial of the owner of what was the country’s biggest cannabis cafe, saying a lower court ruling clearing him ...
Hazy legality: how legal is Dutch weed really? [14.04.2016] Last November, the local authorities’ association VNG, which represents all 393 Dutch municipalities, issued a report stating that ‘the current situa...
Cannabis arrests down 46% since 2010 - police figures [04.04.2016] Arrests for cannabis possession in England and Wales have dropped by 46% since 2010, figures obtained by BBC Breakfast suggest. Cautions fell by 48% ...
The UN’s war on drugs is a failure [02.04.2016] A policy of prohibition has put the drugs trade in the hands of criminals and led to suffering for millions. 2008 was the year that the world didn’t ...
Was Nixon's war on drugs a racially motivated crusade? [28.03.2016] Last week, the internet exploded with a fairly shocking allegation: President Richard Nixon began America's war on drugs to criminalize black people ...
Campaign group led by police officials calls for rethink on war on drugs [28.02.2016] Former and serving police officers and officials from Britain, Europe and the US have told politicians that the “war on drugs” is lost and they must ...
Federal prosecutors maintain hard line on pot as legalization looms [21.02.2016] As Canada heads toward a new era of legal marijuana use, federal prosecutors are still trying to jail people who grow small amounts of cannabis in th...
EU finance ministers call for restrictions on €500 note over crime fears [11.02.2016] EU finance ministers have called for an investigation into the €500 note, amid growing concern it is making life easier for terrorists, money launder...
HSBC sued over drug cartel murders after laundering probe [08.02.2016] Families of U.S. citizens murdered by drug gangs in Mexico sued HSBC Holdings Plc, claiming the bank can be held responsible for the deaths because i...
Liberals’ vow to legalize pot creating chaos, police say [06.02.2016] Canada’s frontline officers and police chiefs are alarmed by the growing chaos in the marijuana industry, saying the Liberal Party’s promise to event...
Key lawmaker urges Mexico to legalize marijuana [24.01.2016] The President of Chamber of Deputies Jesus Zambrano said that Mexico should move ahead with entirely permitting marijuana usage. Mexico should follow...
Who exactly is behind the lawsuits over Colorado's legal marijuana? [16.01.2016] Three of the four marijuana-centered lawsuits filed against Colorado officials and businesses were organized and at least partially funded by out-of-...
Cannabis farms fuel human trafficking, report says [30.11.2015] There is a continued link between the commercial cultivation of cannabis, modern slavery and people living without legal permission to remain in the ...
Surge in imprisonment for drug offenses raises questions over decriminalization law [11.11.2015] A report by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho - CEDD), reveals that the number of people imprisone...
People deprived of their liberty for drug offenses: The social costs of drug policy [02.11.2015] The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho, CEDD) released a series of new studies showing that despite the...
Cannabis legalisation worth millions - government report [13.10.2015] Legalising cannabis could generate hundreds of millions a year in tax and cut costs for the police and prisons, an internal Treasury report found. Re...
The other green belt [09.10.2015] It takes a lot for marijuana growers in the UK to attract police attention. Four forces – Derbyshire, Dorset, Durham and Surrey – declared that they ...
Building on Progress [14.08.2015] Bolivia has seen a decline in coca cultivation for the fourth consecutive year, according to data released today by the United Nations Office on Drug...
Police force gives cannabis users green light to grow drugs [21.07.2015] Durham Police has given users the green light to grow cannabis at home after declaring that officers will no longer proactively target small scale pr...
Guzmán: The buried truth [19.07.2015] On June 25, 2015, the United States issued a formal request to the Mexican government for the extradition of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo,...
Habeas Coca [14.07.2015] With significant pressure and earmarked funding from the United States and other demand-side countries, the Andean countries of Bolivia, Colombia, an...
Drug policy and incarceration in São Paulo, Brazil [14.06.2015] This briefing paper analyses the impact of drug policy on incarceration in São Paulo (Brazil), based on information collected among 1,040 people caug...
Ganja law needs police support, says Golding [30.05.2015] Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding, says that the success of recent changes to the Dangerous Drugs Act, accommodating decriminalising possessio...

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