Cannabis Policy and the Cannabis Commission

Cannabis is by far the most widely used illegal drug, (accounting for 166 million users out of a total of 200 million users of all illegal drugs), yet it is rarely mentioned in international drug policy discussions. Recognising this, Amanda Feilding convened a team of the world’s leading drug policy analysts to put this right by compiling a comprehensive overview of the subject through the Beckley Foundation’s ‘Global Cannabis Commission’.

The Commission, in its Report, also identified possible routes forward, including depenalisation, decriminalization, and a regulated legal market. It also discussed how individual countries might reform cannabis policies to suit their particular needs. One suggestion is that countries should join together with similarly disposed nations to denounce the current international drugs conventions and instead draw up cannabis-specific conventions more suitable for their culture. The initial report, which can be found below, was later refined and published as a highly influential book ‘Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate’.

Global Cannabis Commission Report

January 4, 2012 Cannabis Policy and the Cannabis Commission

To download the full Global Cannabis Commission report ‘Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate’ click here. The Global Cannabis Commission Report was Convened by Amanda Feilding – Director of the Beckley Foundation Authors of the Report: Professors Robin Room  – Wayne Hall  – Peter Reuter – Benedikt Fischer  – Simon Lenton Commissioners of the Conclusions and Recommendations: […]

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Extended Summary

December 14, 2010 BF drug policy publications - Intro

Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate Extended Summary Prepared for UNGASS Vienna-March-2009 To download click here “That which is prohibited cannot easily be regulated” Cannabis came under the control of the international narcotics treaties as an afterthought, in an era when use of the drug was confined to relatively small groups in a scattering of cultures. […]

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Conclusions and Recommendations of the Cannabis Commission

December 12, 2010 BF Drug Policy Initiatives

Conclusions & Recommendations To download click here Translations available: French German Spanish Portuguese Italian Russian Greek Serbian Conclusions About Cannabis Use and Harms In the last half century recreational use of cannabis has become widely established among teenagers and young adults in a broad range of developed countries and in some developing countries. In developed […]

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The Cannabis Commission in the Media

December 10, 2010 Beckley in the Media

Mexico Legalizes Drug Possession New York Times – August 21, 2009 Lessons from the Dutch New York Times – by Prof. Peter Reuter in Room for debate blogs – July 19th, 2009. City trying to ‘hash out’ pot issue Denmark.dk – the official website of Denmark. 7th July 2009. Beckley Foundation issues Global Cannabis Commission […]

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New Draft Framework Convention on Cannabis Control

December 10, 2010 Achievements

Background Cannabis is subject to international control by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, as amended in 1972 (http://www.incb.org/incb/convention_1961.html), and it is also affected by the 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (http://www.incb.org/incb/convention_1988.html).  Because a basic principle of these conventions is that legitimate use of substances covered by them […]

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Cannabis Commision Endorsments

September 29, 2010 Cannabis Policy and the Cannabis Commission

Fernando Henrique Cardoso Former President of Brazil The report of the Global Cannabis Commission convened by the Beckley Foundation is a valuable contribution to our thinking on the thorny subject of illicit drugs. It is based on solid research and it is argued in an imaginative and yet realistic fashion. The failure of the ‘War […]

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Executive Summary

September 29, 2010 Cannabis Policy and the Cannabis Commission

The History of Cannabis Use and Prohibition Cannabis came under the control of the international narcotics treaties as an afterthought in an era when use of the drug was confined to relatively small groups in a scattering of cultures. But the situation has transformed over the last half-century, with the use of cannabis increasingly becoming […]

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About the Global Cannabis Commission

September 2, 2010 Cannabis Commission Featured

The Beckley Foundation, a UN-accredited NGO, has been an influential force in bringing together senior drug policy stakeholders to discuss ways of reforming drug policies in order to lead to more effective management of psychoactive substances in the future. Its director Amanda Feilding raised the issue that even though cannabis is by far the most […]

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The Beckley Foundation’s Global Cannabis Commission new Book ‘Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate’

September 2, 2010 Achievements

The Beckley Foundation’s Global Cannabis Commission is now published as a book in association with Oxford University Press entitled: ‘Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate’ Cannabis, marijuana, pot, ganja – it goes by many names – is by far the most widely used illegal substance, and accounts for more arrests than any other drug. Politicians the […]

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