Drug Legalisation

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Uruguay legalises production and sale of cannabis [Update]

December 12, 2013 Cannabis

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; […]

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Conference in Amsterdam – Amanda’s Talk

November 5, 2013 Drug Legalisation

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. […]

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New Effort To Fight The Drug War

November 1, 2013 Drug Legalisation

By Saki KnafoBecome saki.knafo@huffingtonpost.com 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 […]

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Jeremy Browne Embarks Upon Drugs Policy Tour

May 14, 2013 Drug Legalisation

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.

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Marijuana Task Force Makes Recommendations to Colorado

March 28, 2013 Cannabis

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.

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US federal authorities continue deliberating response to state votes on marijuana

March 12, 2013 Cannabis

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.

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Report from cross-party Parliamentary Group calls for radical drug policy reform

January 14, 2013 Drug abuse

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.

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Legal Highs May Be More Damaging When Made Illegal

January 11, 2013 Drug Legalisation

Legal highs are being driven into more harmful forms by current legislation. Several commentators think it is time we rethink the way we make laws that seek to control these designer drugs.

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Pot opponents regroup following Washington and Colorado votes

January 10, 2013 Cannabis

As America begins to look poised for widespread decriminalisation of marijuana possession, the anti-pot lobby attempts a new tack.

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Why marijuana should be legal for adults

January 10, 2013 Cannabis

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

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