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A Report from the Special Session of the OAS General Assembly on Drug Policy

September 23, 2014 Global Policy News

The outcome of the 46 Special Session of the OAS General Assembly on drug policy leaves a somewhat bittersweet taste. On the one hand, it is clear that a new hemispheric consensus on drug policy is crystallising. Gone are the days when the rhetoric of the majority of countries supported, with blind ideological zeal, a […]

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Licensing and Regulation of the Cannabis Market

May 27, 2014 Cannabis Commission Featured

A new report from the Beckley Foundation: Licensing and Regulation of the Cannabis Market in England and Wales: Towards a Cost/Benefit Analysis         Groundbreaking New Study , Commissioned by the Beckley Foundation and carried out by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex UK   

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World Ayahuasca Conference

April 30, 2014 Global Policy News

The World Ayahuasca Conference is co-sponsored by the Beckley Foundation. In the last decade, the interest and use of ayahuasca has expanded exponentially. This phenomenon has both activated the advancement of scientific research into its effects, risks and therapeutic potential, as well as serious legal, ethical and sustainability challenges. The World Ayahuasca Conference 2014, organized […]

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New Zealand : Amanda Feilding’s Talk

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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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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Amanda Strengthens the Beckley Foundation’s Relationship with Latin America in Visit to Colombia

June 11, 2013 Global Policy News

Amanda Feilding went to Colombia to strengthen relationships between the government and this foundation. The visit was timed to directly precede her attendance of the OAS 43rd General Assembly in Guatemala the following week. Amanda brought back as many perspectives and ideas as she provided, increasing her understanding of the complex underlying issues of the drug war necessary for driving forward the pioneering work of the Beckley Foundation. The Colombian President was praised by cabinet ministers on his subsequent visit to the UK, and told british press his vision for the future.

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Amanda Feilding Interviewed by Guatemalan Press for OAS perspective

June 7, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

Beckley Foundation Founder and Director Amanda Feilding received invitation to the 43rd General Assembly of the OAS from the Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza and Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, whom she has advised on drug policy over the last year. The ceremonies, plenary sessions, and other events were held at multiple locations around Antigua, Guatemala, and Amanda was honoured to contribute original research to the debate and to be invited to attend a private dinner with delegates at the Presidential Palace. She came away from the three-day conference with the feeling that great progress had been made towards a future where drug-related violence has been all but eradicated.

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Amanda Feilding Presents Report to Civil Society Meeting at the 43rd General Assembly of the OAS

June 5, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

The 43rd General Assembly of the Organisation of American States is underway in Antuiga, Guatemala where a pan-hemispheric debate on the drug issue is the main item on the agenda. Beckley Foundation Founder and Director Amanda Feilding is in attendance at the three day conference and has already presented the our second report on the drug problem in Guatemala, ‘Illicit Drug Markets and Dimensions of Violence in Guatemala’, for discussion at a meeting with the OAS Secretary General and other NGOs.

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Amanda Feilding’s introductory address at Psychedelic Science 2013

May 4, 2013 Beckley in the Media

Read Amanda Feilding’s introductory address at the Psychedelic Science Conference 2013, held in Oakland California on 18-22 April. The conference was co-hosted by the Beckley Foundation, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Heffter, and the Council for Spiritual Practices.

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