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; […]
By Saki KnafoBecome firstname.lastname@example.org 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.