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Guatemala considers the legalisation of opium for the medicinal market

December 20, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

As proposed in the advice that Beckley Director Amanda Feilding gave to President Pérez Molina and Foreign Secretary Fernando Carrera in January 2013, in our report Paths for Reform, Guatemala is considering legalising opium growing for the medicinal market. “More than 90% of the global consumption of opioid analgesics occurs in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, […]

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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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Hallucinogenic drug used in Amazonian Shamanic ceremonies sweeps across America

December 10, 2013 Featured Sidebar

A hallucinogenic drug used in shamanic rituals in the Amazon is growing in popularity in the U.S., researchers have found. Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, is the active ingredient in ayahuasca, which is a plant-based mixture that can also be smoked to give users a hallucinatory ‘journey’ more extreme than that of LSD, ketamine or magic mushrooms. […]

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How Government Policy Fails Young People

December 5, 2013 Featured Sidebar

Worth a watch… Prof. David Nutt, a friend of the Beckley Foundation, and early member of our Scientific Advisory Board, recently gave a talk at TEDxBristol. He explores the worrying fact that by focusing health campaigns so intensely on illegal drugs, we ignore the obvious but often unspoken dangers and harms from legal drugs (namely […]

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Is it time to end the global war on drugs? Inside Story From Al Jazeera English

November 7, 2013 Interesting Videos

Yesterday afternoon Beckley Director Amanda Feilding was invited for interview by Al Jazeera to discuss drug policy for ‘Inside Story: The War on Drugs’, with Sanho Tree, director of the Drug Policy Project and Manuel Pinto Coelho, president of the Association for a Drug Free Portugal. Al Jazeera English Inside Story : Is it time […]

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Rheumatology Expert: Medical Marijuana Needs Serious Consideration

November 7, 2013 Interesting Videos

A rheumatology expert from Dalhousie University believes medical marijuana could be very useful for managing pain and inflammation in arthritis, but needs to be taken more seriously by those in the field. Jason J. McDougall, PhD, an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Anaesthesia, was one of the experts who spoke at a session called “Medical […]

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Online Marketplace for Illegal Drugs is Back

November 7, 2013 Featured Sidebar

. Silk Road, anonymous online marketplace for illegal drugs is Back  Silk Road, anonymous online marketplace for illegal drugs, has reopened only a month after US law enforcement authorities shut it down. “”It took the FBI two-and-a-half years to do what they did…but four weeks of temporary silence is all they got,” a site administrator wrote, […]

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Conference in Amsterdam – Amanda’s Talk

November 5, 2013 Drug Legalisation

At the end of last week Beckley Foundation Director Amanda Feilding flew to an Expert Conference in Amsterdam, hosted by the Transnational Institute. She was invited to present the Beckley Foundation’s most recent Report ‘Licensing and Regulation of the Cannabis Market in England and Wales: Towards a Cost-Benefit Analysis’, the first Report of its kind. […]

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Marijuana Tax in Colorado

November 1, 2013 Featured Sidebar

Colorado voters deciding how to tax pot By KRISTEN WYATT DENVER (AP) — A pro-pot jingle in Colorado last year went like this: “Jobs for our people/Money for schools/Who could ask for more?” Nearly a year after Colorado legalized recreational weed, voters get the chance to decide exactly how much more — in taxes. On […]

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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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