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American States rushing toward Legalization

September 4, 2013 Drug Policy Library

In August 2013, nine month after the ballot, the Attorney General Eric Holder permitted Colorado and Washington States to pass a new legislation for marijuana that encompasses a new system for taxation and regulation of cannabis for adults. Despite Federal law not permitting the use of this drug, it is not obstructing the States wanting […]

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Time for an Alternative to Mexico’s Drug War

October 8, 2012 Drug Policy Library

Time for an Alternative to Mexico’s Drug War Picture courtesy of the Cato Institute by Jorge Castañeda If we do not ask why Mexico got into an aggressive fight against the drug cartels, it will be very difficult to understand how to get out of it. A lot of my colleagues in Mexico and the […]

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The Prohibition of Illicit Drugs Is Killing

April 5, 2012 Drug Policy Library

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Report from the Eurasion Harm Reduction Network

April 5, 2012 Drug Policy Library

CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO ARTICLE Overview: This report aims to assess whether national funding allocated for drug-related measures achieves the goals of slowing down or reversing drug epidemics and protecting society from drug-related harms. It is based on comparing costs associated with both – law enforcement activities and public health measures such as harm reduction and drug […]

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Improving community health and safety in Canada through evidence-based policies on illegal drugs (Open Medicine)

April 3, 2012 Drug Policy Library

Evan Wood, Moira McKinnon, Robert Strang, Perry R Kendall. Full article is here The use of illegal drugs remains a serious threat to community health.1 However, despite the substantial social costs attributable to illegal drugs, a well-described discordance between scientific evidence and policy exists in this area,2 such that most resources go to drug law […]

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Chewing over Khat prohibition: The globalisation of control and regulation of an ancient stimulant

January 31, 2012 Drug Policy Library

TNI Series on Legislative Reform of Drug Policies Nr. 17 January 2012 By Axel Klein, Pien Metaal and Martin Jelsma Khat has been consumed for hundreds if not thousands of years in the highlands of Eastern Africa and Southern Arabia. Outside that area, khat use was first observed during the 1980s, but has only attracted […]

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Chewing over Khat prohibition: The globalisation of control and regulation of an ancient stimulant

January 31, 2012 Drug Policy Library

Khat has been consumed for hundreds if not thousands of years in the highlands of Eastern Africa and Southern Arabia. Outside that area, khat use was first observed during the 1980s, but has only attracted wider attention in recent years. Where khat has been studied extensively, namely Australia, the UK and until recently the Netherlands, […]

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Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know

June 20, 2011 Drug Policy Library

Mark A.R. Kleiman (Author), Jonathan P. Caulkins (Author), Angela Hawken (Author) While there have always been norms and customs around the use of drugs, explicit public policies–regulations, taxes, and prohibitions–designed to control drug abuse are a more recent phenomenon. Those policies sometimes have terrible side-effects: most prominently the development of criminal enterprises dealing in forbidden […]

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The Science of Addiction – Drugs, Brains and Behaviours

June 15, 2011 Drug Policy Library

Throughout much of the last century, scientists studying drug abuse labored in the shadows of powerful myths and misconceptions about the nature of addiction. When science began to study addictive behavior in the 1930s, people addicted to drugs were thought tobe morally flawed and lacking in willpower. Those views shaped society’s responses to drug abuse, […]

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Drug and Chemical Control

June 15, 2011 Drug Policy Library

Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Chemicals play two essential roles in the production of illegal drugs: as starting chemical inputs for the production of synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxmethamphetamine more commonly known under the name of ecstasy); and as refining agents and solvents for processing plant-based materials such as […]

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