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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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