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Naloxone – A workable solution to America’s overdose epidemic?

April 9, 2014 Global Policy News

One hundred and five people die each day in the USA from drug overdose, this represents a 102% increase since 1999. Because of the way that opioid drugs like heroin and many prescription painkillers affect the central nervous system, an overdose can result in the body shutting down and ‘forgetting’ to breathe. Naloxone, which is […]

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New Zealand : Amanda Feilding’s Talk (update)

March 25, 2014 Global Policy News

Beckley Foundation Director, Amanda Feilding, flew to New Zealand last week to present the keynote talk at the ‘Pathway to Reform’ conference hosted by the STAR Trust. Amanda was invited to present the Beckley Foundation’s view on New Zealand’s landmark Psychoactive Substances Act – an innovative piece of legislation which aims to strictly test and […]

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Drug reformers to converge on New Zealand : Amanda Feilding Talk

March 11, 2014 Global Policy News

‘Pathway to Reform’ is a unique opportunity to hear how New Zealand became the first country in the world to regulate the legal highs industry. Learn how the industry worked with the government to develop a ‘reverse onus’ model to future-proof drug policy and address the emerging realities of Psychoactive Substances in society. Find out […]

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South Africa To Consider Medical Marijuana Bill

February 21, 2014 Cannabis

The Medical Innovation Bill, a bill to legalize Cannabis in South Africa for medical, economic and industrial purposes, was presented to parliament this week.Ambrosini to present bill to legalise use of cannabis(dagga) The bill’s sponsor, cancer-stricken Member of Parliament Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, says legalising marijuana will help patients suffering from life-threatening illnesses. The opposition politician admitted […]

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Brazilian Senate will discuss the legalization of Cannabis

February 18, 2014 Cannabis

The proposition of a law project to legalize and regulate the recreational, medicinal and industrial use of Cannabis was presented at the Brazilian Senate this last Monday (17/02/2014) and will be coordinated by Senator Cristovam Buarque. Senator Buarque affirmed in his speech at the Senate that this is a very important discussion and should be […]

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Guatemala considers the legalisation of opium for the medicinal market

December 20, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

As proposed in the advice that Beckley Director Amanda Feilding gave to President Pérez Molina and Foreign Secretary Fernando Carrera in January 2013, in our report Paths for Reform, Guatemala is considering legalising opium growing for the medicinal market. “More than 90% of the global consumption of opioid analgesics occurs in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, […]

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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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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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Colorado’s pot tax debate heating up

October 4, 2013 Global Policy News

By KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press DENVER — Marijuana sellers and growers in Colorado joke that it’s rare for an industry to seek a tax on its own product – in their case, a 25 percent tax rate that goes before voters next month. Republicans, Democrats and large dispensary owners agree the taxes will boost state […]

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General Debate of the 68th Session (OTTO FERNANDO PÉREZ MOLINA)

September 30, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

OTTO FERNANDO PÉREZ MOLINA, President of Guatemala, noting the link between the battle against hunger and education, spoke of the progress his country had made on improving the nutritional status of infants and children. In order to turn boys and girls into skilled workers and active citizens, Guatemala paid special attention to promoting dignified employment […]

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