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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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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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First Green Country

September 12, 2013 Global Policy News

Although, the UN warning, Uruguay is going to be the first national legal market in the world that will legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana (First Green Country). Although use of all drugs has been decriminalized for 30 years, Uruguayan drug users still have to buy drugs on the street. But, on the […]

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PROPOSALS FOR A NEW ARGENTINA’S DRUGS LAW

September 3, 2013 Global Policy News

On the 29th and 30th of August 2013 a committee of academics, politicians and civil society (NGOs, USAID, UNODC, e.g.) took part at the 2-days-long 11th National Conference on Drugs Policy in Buenos Aires, sponsored by the National Senate, the Ichan School of Medicine of U.S.A. and the Open Society Foundation and inaugurated by the […]

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Federal Drug Agency Denies Marijuana Is Less Toxic Than Alcohol

August 20, 2013 Global Policy News

The National Institute on Drug Abuse released an eyebrow-raising statement to PolitiFact on Monday, denying that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol. “Claiming that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol cannot be substantiated since each possess their own unique set of risks and consequences for a given individual,” wrote the institute. NIDA, part of the National […]

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Scientific Committee Member Disputes Logic that Allows Heroin but not Cannabis in Hospitals

June 19, 2013 Cannabis as Medicine

The UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and the UK’s Misuse of Drugs Act derived from it, result in censorship of scientific research, says a leading neuropsychopharmacologist and Beckley Foundation collaborator. There is growing evidence that cannabis, ecstasy and psychedelic drugs have viable therapeutic potential, but legislation effectively prohibit clinical researchers from determining their value and developing effective medicines for diseases that are currently difficult to treat. The contrast between the ease with which heroin can be kept by hospitals compared to cannabis highlights the inconsistency and poor rationale of the law as it stands.

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