Items tagged with decriminalization

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Drug Decriminalisation Across the World [31.12.2030] The criminalisation of people who use drugs compounds drug-related challenges and worsens health and welfare outcomes. Across the world, there is a g ...
Canberrans can now grow and smoke cannabis, though some questions remain unanswered [31.01.2020] Canberrans can now grow dope, keep a small amount of the drug at home and smoke it without fear of committing a criminal offence … kind of. Friday ma ...
Cannabis possession will soon be legal in Canberra [24.01.2020] Just quietly, from Friday week onwards, if you're in the ACT and you want to smoke cannabis in the privacy of your own home it will be completely leg ...
Danish parties want to decriminalise hard drugs [14.01.2020] A new report in Denmark revealed that more young Danes are consuming cocaine. Now several Danish parties want to change the law on the drugs to allow ...
Birthplace of semi-legal pot risks falling behind U.S. [13.01.2020] Since the Netherlands decriminalized marijuana in 1976, Amsterdam’s “coffee shops” have become a destination for weed lovers from around the globe. B ...
Canberra's cannabis laws do not address supply problem, meaning buying the drug will remain illegal [11.01.2020] Cannabis will be legal in the ACT come the end of the month, but those hoping to light up might have to break the law to do so. The controversial new ...
New York could legalise cannabis this year, governor says [09.01.2020] Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged for the second year in a row to legalise recreational cannabis in New York, prioritizing a push that fell apart last ye ...
South Africa's black farmers fight to enter marijuana market [08.01.2020] Following the Constitutional Court's decision in 2018 to decriminalize the personal use and cultivation of cannabis in South Africa, there are concer ...
New marijuana legislation affects illegal trade [02.01.2020] It was sold on the streets and at parties. It was sold to people from all walks of life, from university students to businessmen to middle-class work ...
Argentina [31.12.2019] Overview of drug laws and legislative trends in Argentina Trend Following the Supreme Court judgement known as the Arriola Ruling, the progressive tr ...
Colombia [31.12.2019] Overview of drug laws, legislative trends and drug policies in Colombia Colombia is in the midst of a peace process with the guerrilla groups, which ...
The UN Drug Control Conventions [31.12.2019] For more than ten years, TNI’s Drugs & Democracy programme has been studying the UN drug control conventions and the institutional architecture of th ...
DPM on marijuana: We have to weigh the benefits [30.12.2019] The Bahamas must carefully weigh the benefits and the liabilities that come with a legalized medical marijuana industry, according to Deputy Prime Mi ...
Is smoking and growing cannabis at home now legal in Italy? [30.12.2019] In a landmark verdict Italy’s Supreme Court ruled that “growing small amounts of cannabis domestically for the exclusive use of the grower” is no lon ...
Growing a little marijuana at home is not a crime, Italy’s top court says [27.12.2019] Growing small amounts of marijuana at home for private use is not a crime, Italy’s top court has ruled, putting an end to a yearslong legal dispute a ...
Canada’s opioid crisis: The people and communities fighting for change and finding solutions [23.12.2019] The drug crisis has claimed thousands of lives in Canada, with no communities spared. Now, many are banding together to speak up and find solutions. ...
Marijuana commission greenlights recreational and medicinal usage [23.12.2019] The Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana has green-lighted recreational and medicinal marijuana, insisting that Bahamians should own 51 percent o ...
Activists: New ganja law a small victory [22.12.2019] Cannabis activists in Trinidad & Tobago have praised the proclamation of legislation to decriminalise use and possession in small amounts, but said t ...
Faris: Where do we draw the line on 1% claims? [20.12.2019] When the Cannabis Control Bill is passed in Trinidad & Tobago in January, a market for the licensing for marijuana merchants will be opening. Many ac ...
German drug czar pushes for uniform cannabis laws [17.12.2019] Cannabis is illegal in Germany, but each state has different regulations on how much is allowed for personal possession. Germany's drug commissioner ...
Marijuana’s ten biggest victories of 2019 [17.12.2019] This year was a big one for marijuana in the U.S. From a first-ever congressional vote on federally legalizing cannabis to another large state ending ...
No mandatory prison sentence for personal cannabis cultivation under new rules [12.12.2019] The prison sentence for a woman who was cultivating cannabis for her personal use, has led to the proposal of legal amendments that will give the Mal ...
Trinidad and Tobago lawmakers approve marijuana decriminalization bill [12.12.2019] A bill to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession in Trinidad and Tobago, the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2019, was approved by the nation’ ...
Personal drug use and possession should be decriminalised, former Supreme Court justice argues [02.12.2019] The criminalisation of illicit drugs is causing more harm than good, a prominent former judge has said, calling for criminal offences relating to per ...
Consider decriminalisation to tackle drug death ‘crisis’, say treatment providers in unprecedented plea [01.12.2019] The future UK government has been urged to consider every available measure to curb the current drug death “crisis”, including decriminalisation, in ...
UN Common Position on drug policy [01.12.2019] In November 2018, the UN System CEB adopted the ‘UN system common position supporting the implementation of the international drug control policy thr ...
Drug law failing its purpose as undeserving people get jailed [11.11.2019] A “draconian” drug law in Malta has forced a magistrate to jail a 39-year-old woman for six months for cultivating six small cannabis plants for her ...
Decriminalization of personal use is a responsible pathway to controlling drugs [06.11.2019] Similar to other countries in the region, Ghana is experiencing growing drug availability, trafficking and consumption. This phenomenon, more and mor ...
SNP formally backs decriminalisation of drugs [13.10.2019] The SNP has backed decriminalising the possession and consumption of drugs. At its conference in Aberdeen, a resolution was unanimously passed by del ...
Canada’s drug crisis has a solution. Politicians don’t like it [29.09.2019] A recent study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Addiction, found that a trio of policies adopted to combat the opioid overdose epidemic saved, ...
Laws to legalise cannabis for personal use in the ACT could pass next week [20.09.2019] Laws that would legalise cannabis for personal use could be passed next week but the government has warned possessing and growing the drug could stil ...
Malaysia's Government looks to decriminalise drug use in bid to stem disadvantage [14.09.2019] The non-descript white van parked at the mosque entrance went mostly unnoticed. In conservative Malaysia, very few of the Muslim faithful on their wa ...
Marijuana Commission holds first meeting [07.09.2019] The newly formed Marijuana Commission held its first meeting to plan the way forward for activities. In a March interview, Prime Minister Allen Chast ...
Mexico court allows recreational cocaine in landmark decision [21.08.2019] A judge in Mexico City has ruled in favor of two people requesting permission to use cocaine recreationally, marking the "first ruling of its kind,"  ...
A step change in the approach to addiction [07.08.2019] The passing of the Misuse of Drugs Amendment marks a significant shift in how the Government deals with the possession and use of controlled substanc ...
French cannabis legalization debate ignores race, religion and the mass incarceration of Muslims [07.08.2019] Last summer in France, dozens of “CBD cafés” suddenly opened across the country. Exploiting a legal loophole originally created for hemp farmers, the ...
Those caught with drugs won't face criminal conviction until third offence under radical 'three-strike' plan [02.08.2019] A 'three-strike' plan that will see people caught with small amounts of illegal drugs avoid criminal conviction on the first and second occasion but ...
Drug laws on possession: several countries are revisiting them and these are their options [02.08.2019] Many countries are changing the way they approach people who use drugs. The Irish government has just announced possible alternatives to criminalisat ...
New York governor signs bill decriminalizing marijuana use [29.07.2019] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill decriminalizing the use of marijuana in the state and expunge the records of some people convicted on ca ...
St Kitts Gov't tables legislation to allow for marijuana use [29.07.2019] The St Kitts-Nevis government said it would table legislation in the Parliament allowing for the regulated and controlled use of marijuana for medici ...
St Vincent hops onto ganja train [27.07.2019] The St Vincent and the Grenadines Parliament has amended legislation that would make smoking two ounces (56 grammes) or less of marijuana a ticketabl ...
No punishment for minors with small amounts of cannabis [18.07.2019] Possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis is not a punishable offence in Switzerland, regardless of whether you are a minor or an adult, the Feder ...
Congressional committee discusses how to legalize cannabis [10.07.2019] In a first-of-its-kind hearing, a key congressional committee met to discuss how to finally put an end to federal cannabis prohibition. Titled Mariju ...
Bar Council welcomes Govt move to decriminalise drugs [08.07.2019] The Malaysian Bar has welcomed the government's decision to decriminalise drugs, saying that these reforms are essential to a holistic drug policy. M ...
Majority of Dutch councils ban drug use in public [03.07.2019] A new survey shows that almost two-thirds of Dutch towns ban drug use in public. Despite the national policy of ‘tolerance’ to certain soft drug use, ...
INCB stronger than ever before on decriminalisation, capital punishment & extrajudicial killings [28.06.2019] The INCB dedicated one of its latest series of Alerts, from June 2019, to the issue of ‘State responses to drug-related criminality’, covering decrim ...
Push to decriminalise ice use as bar backs public health approach [26.06.2019] The personal use and possession of ice and other illicit drugs would be decriminalised in NSW under a public health-driven plan backed by the Bar Ass ...
Global marijuana use rose by 60 percent over the past decade [26.06.2019] The global story about cannabis — the most-used recreational drug in the world — is about as fuzzy as your body feels after taking your first hit. Wh ...
Swiss police want more clarity on cannabis [15.06.2019] The number of fines related to cannabis dropped from 18,000 in 2017 to barely more than 7,000 last year. French-speaking cantons and Zurich especiall ...
No charges for personal drug possession: Seattle’s bold gamble to bring ‘peace’ after the war on drugs [11.06.2019] Late last year, prosecutors in King County, which encompasses Seattle, became the first in the nation to stop charging people for possessing small am ...

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