The world’s most far-reaching cannabis law has been passed by the Uruguayan parliament, opening the way for the state to regulate the production, distribution, sale and consumption of the planet’s favourite illegal drug. The law, effective from next year, will: allow registered users to buy up to 40g of marijuana a month from a chemist’s; […]
At the end of last week Beckley Foundation Director Amanda Feilding flew to an Expert Conference in Amsterdam, hosted by the Transnational Institute. She was invited to present the Beckley Foundation’s most recent Report ‘Licensing and Regulation of the Cannabis Market in England and Wales: Towards a Cost-Benefit Analysis’, the first Report of its kind. […]
By Saki KnafoBecome firstname.lastname@example.org Posted: 10/31/2013 5:06 pm EDT | Updated: 11/01/2013 1:43 am EDT Washington isn’t exactly known for its bipartisan spirit these days, but on Wednesday, Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) became the latest pair of politicians to reach across the party divide in an effort to scale back the […]
The Minister of State for Crime Prevention, Jeremy Browne, has travelled to various countries to look at alternatives to our own regulatory framework. The Home Office remains resolute in its claim that current policies are working, but purport to believe in adapting strategy based on evidence and promise to he keeping an open mind.
On 10 December last year, the Governor of Colorado put together a task force to find practical and pragmatic solutions to the challenges of implementing Amendment 64 – to authorise the recreational use and regulation of marijuana. The task force group included a variety of individuals, from politicians and lawyers to industry experts and activists. Their recommendations (whittled down from almost 100 to a set of 58) were presented to the Governor and Colorado General Assembly on 13 March.
Since Colorado and Washington legalised the recreational use of cannabis, the discord between state and federal laws has been a constant source of uncertainty, with the decision on the federal response yet to be made by US Attorney General Eric Holder. Meanwhile, expert committees in Washington and Colorado consider their regulatory options, and the Drug Enforcement Administration and the International Narcotics Control Board both lobby the federal government for an immediate crackdown.
A panel of peers from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform today released a new report. It focuses on ‘legal highs’, but also makes a number of other recommendations including decriminalising personal drug use and introducing a ‘class D’ to the current classification system, to allow carefully controlled sale of those psychoactives considered to pose a relatively low risk of harm. It is the third major report in as many months to recommend sweeping changes to UK drug policy.
In response to an opinion piece written by conservative political commentator David Frum, clinical psychiatrist David Nathan argues that regulated legalisation is necessary to prevent disproportionate criminal sanctions being brought against individuals