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 ...
Overdoses are killing more people in Western Canada than COVID-19. B.C. has a bold new plan [25.09.2020] Canada’s other epidemic, the opioids overdose crisis, is more deadly than ever this year. Deaths in British Columbia hit new highs over the spring, i ...
Draft cannabis bill ‘completely misses the mark’ [23.09.2020] Two years ago, the Constitutional Court of South Africa decriminalised the possession and cultivation of cannabis in private by adults for personal p ...
Should India make cannabis legal? [19.09.2020] According to former Narcotics Commissioner Romesh Bhattacharjee cannabis is cultivated in nearly 60 per cent, or 400, of India’s 670 districts. “Sinc ...
Federal prosecutors told to avoid drug possession charges when possible in new directive [19.08.2020] Federal lawyers are being asked to avoid prosecuting simple drug possession cases unless major public safety concerns are at play — a move that comes ...
Where vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris stands on marijuana [12.08.2020] Joe Biden has selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his vice presidential running mate. She has evolved significantly on marijuana policy over her ca ...
Bermuda’s consultations on recreational cannabis bill generally supportive [06.08.2020] A refined draft bill to lay the legal groundwork for a regulated adult-use cannabis regime in Bermuda will soon be presented to the island’s legislat ...
France extends police powers in crackdown on drugs trade [25.07.2020] France’s new prime minister Jean Castex announced plans to introduce on-the-spot fines for some drug offences amid mounting concern about over-stretc ...
‘Does anyone care?’: B.C. overdose deaths hit record high for second consecutive month [17.07.2020] This time, at least 175 people died. The victims include a soccer goalie who had just celebrated his 26th birthday, a cheerful young volunteer at an ...
Biden-Sanders task force does not recommend legalizing marijuana [10.07.2020] A task force formed between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, which had prior heated discussions on cannabis, agreed on multiple criminal justice priorit ...
Police chiefs call on federal government to decriminalize possession of illicit drugs for personal use [09.07.2020] The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is calling on federal lawmakers to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs for pe ...
5 ways the UK could legalise cannabis [02.07.2020] With more than half of people in the UK in favour of legalising the recreational use of cannabis, and countries around the world adopting more libera ...
Cannabis legalization bill clears first hurdle [21.06.2020] A bill to legalize cannabis use in Israel was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, passing its first hurdle on the way to becoming ...
Legalise it? Public invited to have a say [04.06.2020] Draft legislation for the legalisation of cannabis is to be put out for public consultation in Bermuda, the Attorney-General said. Kathy Lynn Simmons ...
Police minister backs eased enforcement against cannabis users [03.06.2020] Public Security Minister Amir Ohana signaled support for easing enforcement of laws against marijuana use. Ohana, whose ministry oversees the police, ...
Portugal’s answer to the heroin crisis [22.04.2020] After years of mounting overdoses, HIV infections and rampant heroin addiction, Portugal opted in 2001 for a daring experiment: The country decrimina ...
Lebanon passes legislation legalizing medical marijuana cultivation as economy struggles amid coronavirus fallout [21.04.2020] The Lebanese parliament passed legislation to legalize cannabis cultivation for medical and industrial purposes, a move that was recommended by econo ...
Parliament of Ghana passes historic new drug law, paving the way for a West African approach [05.04.2020] On Friday, 20th March, the Parliament of Ghana passed the Narcotics Control Commission Bill into law. This brought great excitement to many who have ...
Native American churches request that peyote not be Included in decriminalization initiatives [16.03.2020] The National Council of Native American Churches (NCNAC) and the Indigenous Peyote Conservation Initiative (IPCI) released a statement on March 12, 2 ...
Bremen lockert Grenzwerte für Cannabis [06.03.2020] Wer in Bremen bis zu zehn Gramm Cannabis für den Eigenkonsum in der Tasche hat, wird ab April nicht mehr strafrechtlich verfolgt. Bei bis zu 15 Gramm ...
Landmark NSW inquiry condemns ineffective drug laws and calls for decriminalisation [27.02.2020] A New South Wales government-commissioned special inquiry into drug use has slammed the criminalisation of drug users as a “profound flaw” in the sta ...
What can be done about Scotland's drugs crisis? [26.02.2020] Scotland has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in Europe and the numbers are continuing to rise at an alarming speed. Both the Scottish governm ...
Majority of German parliament favors recreational cannabis reform, but change neither sure nor imminent [21.02.2020] One of the German government coalition parties clarified its stance on recreational marijuana in favor of decriminalizing possession and allowing pil ...
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 ...
NCSA keeping 'eye' on marijuana cultivation by Rastas [13.01.2020] The National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) has said they will be monitoring closely the new legislation which allows Rastafarians in Barbados to ...
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 ...

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