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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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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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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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Petition: Have the Misuse of Drugs Act Discussed in Parliament

April 5, 2013 Drug abuse

A new e-petition has been set up on the gov.uk website calling for an impact assessment of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act. The petition has one year to collect 100,000 signatures, and if successful will prompt a debate of the effectiveness of the primary piece of drug legislation in the UK.

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Davos 2013: President Pérez Molina announces drug policy initiatives

January 26, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

The President used his platform at the World Economic Forum to announce the proposals for drug policy reform presented to him by Beckley Foundation director Amanda Feilding last week – including drug regulation and the creation of a legal poppy crop. He also announced the plans we have been working on together to hold a drug policy summit later this year.

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Guatemala’s president: ‘My country bears the scars from the war on drugs’

January 21, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

President Perez Molina discusses the failed war on drugs, and the Beckley Foundation’s drug policy work in Guatemala, in an interview with the Observer newspaper.

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Amanda Feilding to meet with Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina

January 14, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

Director Amanda Feilding, is travelling to Guatemala for meetings with President Otto Pérez Molina, his Foreign Minister, and other senior figures in the Guatemalan government. She will be presenting our proposals for alternative drug policy options in Guatemala, which aim to reduce violence and corruption and allow resources currently devoted to tackling criminality to be re-allocated for health, education and development.

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In Colombia, Cameron’s stance on drugs looks cynical

December 18, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Fidel Cano Correa, editor of the Colombian daily ‘el Espectador’, mentioned the Beckley Foundation as one organisation pushing for global change in an Observer piece this weekend, and criticises David Cameron for neglecting the international consequences of domestic drug policy in the UK.

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Croatia decriminalises drug possession

December 18, 2012 Drug use/misuse

The new law will come into effect on January 1st, at which point those found in possession of drugs will either receive a fine, be sent for rehabilitation, or ordered to do community service. Previously, anyone convicted of drugs possession could be sentenced to up to 3 years in jail.

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‘The Tide is Turning’ – Amanda Feilding on the Huffington Post

December 12, 2012 Beckley in the Media

The Beckley Foundation, in association with the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Virgin Unite, Avaaz and Sundog Pictures, has launched a global grassroots campaign to call for an end to the War on Drugs. The campaign’s website,www.breakingthetaboo.com, aims to gather over 1 million signatures from global citizens calling on governments and the UN to change their drug policies. The petition is to be presented to Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General.

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Breaking the Taboo UK premiere features on Guardian, Mirror and Daily Mail websites

December 6, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Last night saw the launch of the new campaign, Breaking the Taboo, that the Beckley Foundation is supporting alongside Virgin Unite, Sundog Pictures and Avaaz.org. The launch event included a screening of Sundog Pictures film “Breaking the Taboo” followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, between Beckley Foundation’s Amanda Feilding, Virgin boss Richard Branson, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Tom Lloyd and Danny Kushlick (all signatories of the Public Letter).

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Comment: Politicians don’t have the guts to support us in public

December 6, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Politicians will say many things privately but never dare utter them in public, especially when in office. Only when they are out of power do they reveal their true feelings. And this is no truer than the when addressing the ‘D’ word – drugs. Support the regulation of drugs and your career could be over. Or could it?

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Paths for Reform: Proposed Options for Alternative Drug Policies in Guatemala

November 12, 2012 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

Amanda Feilding, Director of the Beckley Foundation, presented the Beckley Foundation’s initial drug policy proposals to Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina and his key advisors in January 2013.

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A Fresh Approach to Drugs – the UK Drug Policy Commission Report

October 15, 2012 Cannabis

The Beckley Foundation welcomes the report of the UK Drug Policy Commission published this week, a culmination of 6 years of in-depth analysis into all aspects of UK drug policy. The Commission, comprised of a distinguished multi-disciplinary panel of experts, has reached many of the same conclusions as those emerging from the work of the Beckley […]

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“A Legal Regulation Of Cannabis, A Solution To A Global Crisis”

August 22, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Original Version of the talk that Amanda gave in the ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH FESTIVAL SOCIAL FORUM in Benicassim, Spain, on 22 August 2012 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FULL TALK To leave the third largest industry in the world  worth about $350 billion per annum in the control of criminal cartels people with values opposite to those of […]

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Colombian prosecutor calls for drug legalisation referendum

August 21, 2012 Global Policy News

COLOMBIA’S CHIEF public prosecutor has called for a referendum on whether to legalise drug consumption, in response to plans to set up a network of public centres where users can consume illicit drugs under supervision. The so-called “controlled consumption centres” are part of a drive by Gustavo Petro, the mayor of the capital, Bogotá, to […]

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The Deceptive Gains of the War on Drugs

August 7, 2012 Global Policy News

August 6, 2012 Click here for original By Robert Valencia Recently, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske, shared what he considered great news: According to numbers from the White House, potential cocaine production in Colombia had dropped by 72 percent since 2001. This ranks the country third in production of […]

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Government opposes Copenhagen City Council on cannabis shops

August 6, 2012 Global Policy News

In Parliament majority in favour of decriminalization unlikely The pilot project to have state-run hash and marijuana dispensaries in Copenhagen received a setback after the Justice Ministry turned down the City Council’s request to experiment with regulating cannabis in the city. In a letter to the Council, the social-democrat Minister of Justice, Morten Bødskov, wrote that the […]

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The Genie Has Escaped the Drug Prohibition Bottle

July 31, 2012 Global Policy News

July 2012 Click here for original article This morning, the front page of the New York Times featured an article titled “South America Sees Drug Path to Legalization,” which discusses the growing debate on alternatives to the drug war. Throughout Latin America, both former and current heads of state are demanding that the full range of policy […]

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Drugs and Prisons in Uruguay: The Case of Alicia Castilla

July 30, 2012 Global Policy News

Click here for video  In Uruguay, the consumption of drugs, including marijuana, is not punishable with prison time. Even so, the cultivation of marijuana for personal consumption is a crime. When she was 66 years old, Alicia Castilla was put in jail for three months for cultivating marijuana as part of her research and for […]

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Advances in Uruguay’s proposed legalization of marijuana

July 26, 2012 Global Policy News

July 2012 Click here for original article in Spanish The bill to regulate the cannabis and cigarette’s market is divided into two articles and will be sent to Parliament shortly. This was reported by the deputy secretary Diego Canepa who said that no law will be repealed and that there is no chance that the […]

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L.A. City Council votes 14-0 to ban medical marijuana shops

July 25, 2012 Cannabis

In the latest attempt to regulate what many say is an out-of-control proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, the City Counted voted 14-0 Tuesday to ban pot shops. Under the ban, each of the 762 dispensaries that have registered with the city will be sent a letter ordering them to shut down immediately. […]

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Czech Republic Exemplifies Smart and Humane Drug Policy

July 19, 2012 Global Policy News

July 3, 2012   by Joanne Csete   Global Drug Policy Program There is nothing politically easier in most countries than scapegoating drugs and drug users as the source of all social problems. Politicians can expect a boost in their popularity when they support repressive measures against drugs and are dismissive of public services for […]

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The Tragedy of Failed Drug Policies in Brazil

July 19, 2012 Global Policy News

July 3, 2012   by Ricardo André Souza & Rodrigo Baptista Pacheco Click here for original article The current drug policy supported by the United Nations Organizations espouses that a world without drugs is possible. In pursuit of this goal, resources are spent on financing a blatantly warlike approach reflected in the term “war on […]

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Decriminalization of Drugs as HIV Prevention

July 19, 2012 Global Policy News

July 11, 2012   by Daniel Wolfe & Joanne Csete  What stops HIV? The answer—issued this week by a commission of leading experts assembled by the UN—is an end to the criminalizing of drug use, needles, and personal possession of drugs. Public health experts long ago realized that laws and policing were as important as […]

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Portugal Decriminalized All Drugs Eleven Years Ago And The Results Are Staggering

July 18, 2012 Global Policy News

Samuel Blackstone| Jul. 17, 2012 On July 1st, 2001, Portugal decriminalized every imaginable drug, from marijuana, to cocaine, to heroin. Some thought Lisbon would become a drug tourist haven, others predicted usage rates among youths to surge. Eleven years later, it turns out they were both wrong. Over a decade has passed since Portugal changed […]

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