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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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Photograph courtesy of The Observer/Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images

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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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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Breaking the Taboo

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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Photograph: Karen Robinson for the Observer

Amanda Feilding and upcoming Beckley Foundation campaign featured in the Observer

November 27, 2012 Beckley in the Media

For the past 15 years, as part of the Beckley Foundation, which she set up in 1989, Feilding has hosted seminars, promoted research and lobbied the powerful in the name of legalisation. On 5 December, she will oversee the launch of a new global initiative to deal with what she tells the Observer is “the real danger to society” – a counterproductive war on drugs that allows a deadly criminal culture to thrive across the globe.

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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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Obama’s Drug Czar Is Either a Liar, or Ignorant of What the DEA Is Doing

August 1, 2012 War on Drugs

Mike Riggs July 2012 Click here for original article Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske continues to obfuscate the Obama administration’s participation in the war on drugs. At a speech before the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Kerlikowske said “it’s a mistake to call it a ‘war on drugs’ because it lends […]

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AIDS doctors join international chorus targeting the ‘war on drugs’

July 23, 2012 Harm reduction

Click here for original Two prominent Canadian doctors have joined an international campaign calling on world leaders to stop the spread of AIDS by ending the so called war on drugs. Their advertising campaign is being launched today and is endorsed by supporters of the 2010 Vienna Declaration, which urges governments to write evidence-based drug […]

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Rise in Pill Abuse Forces New Look at U.S. Drug Fight

July 17, 2012 War on Drugs

DAMIEN CAVE and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT MEXICO CITY — America’s drug problem is shifting from illicit substances like cocaine to abuse of prescription painkillers, a change that is forcing policy makers to re-examine the long and expensive strategy of trying to stop illegal drugs from entering the United States. This rethinking extends beyond the United […]

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The International Drug Control Treaties: How Important Are They to U.S. Drug Reform?

July 6, 2012 War on Drugs

The International Drug Control Treaties: How Important Are They to U.S. Drug Reform?   Missing from US-conducted analyses is a discussion about the international legal system – as embodied in the three international drug control treaties. July 5, 2012  The way the world looks at drug control is changing. There has been a growing awareness […]

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Kenneth Clarke says UK war on drugs is failing

July 4, 2012 Drug Legalisation

A Cabinet minister has declared for the first time that Britain is “plainly” losing the war on drugs. CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN TELEGRAPH Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary, admitted little progress had been made over the past 30 years and that the authorities may even be “going backwards”. He told MPs that drugs […]

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New poppy blight poised to boost opium price: U.N.

June 28, 2012 War on Drugs

By Michael Shields VIENNA | Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:18pm BST (Reuters) – A fresh blight is poised to hit Afghanistan‘s poppy fields this year, driving up opium prices and threatening to fuel a shift to potentially lethal heroin substitutes like “krokodil”, the U.N. drugs watchdog said on Tuesday. Plant diseases destroyed nearly half the […]

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Is the Prohibition of ‘Pot’ coming to an end in the US?

June 12, 2012 Cannabis

The momentum to legalise marijuana in America is growing – as is the number of smokers. Could the US’s drug war soon be over. Peter Foster 7:46PM BST 11 Jun 2012 With a beatific smile, Alison the saleswoman picks up a small pot of green-tinged butter from her trestle-table display, removes the lid and invites […]

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