• The global war on drugs has failed

    It is time for a new approach
    The Beckley Foundation
    Monday, November 21, 2011

    beckley-public-letterTo mark the 50th anniversary of the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the Beckley Foundation published a public letter calling for a new approach in drug policy. The global war on drugs has failed, and has had many unintended and devastating consequences worldwide. Signed by a group of 60 major thinkers, Nobel Prize winners and celebrities including Sting, Yoko Ono and seven former presidents, this letter calls on members of the public and of Parliament to recognize that "improving our drug policies is one of the key policy challenges of our time."

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  • Extraordinary General Assembly of Cannabis Users Association Pannagh

    General Assembly of Cannabis Users Association Pannagh
    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    pannagh-logoThe General Assembly of Cannabis Users Association Pannagh denounces the disproportionate intervention of the Municipal Police of Bilbao against the association and demands the immediate withdrawal of the charges against the three members who were arrested last Monday, in recognition of the fact that they have not committed any crime, taking into account that Pannagh carries out its activities according to the jurisprudence regarding the ’shared consumption’ such as has been approved by the Provincial Tribunal of Bizkaia in its decision to withdraw the prosecution that was opened by the municipal police in 2005.

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  • Cannabis social club activists in Spain liberated

    Tom Blickman
    Friday, November 18, 2011

    barriuso-spinant2Martin Barriuso, the president of of Pannagh and the Federation of Cannabis Associations (FAC) in Spain and two fellow activists from the Pannagh cannabis social club have been released. They had been erroneously arrested for drug trafficking in Bilbao on Monday, November 14. Cannabis social clubs are registered, non-profit associations that are formed by adult people who consume cannabis.

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  • Immediate release for Martin Barriuso and his two fellow activists

    Tom Blickman
    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Martin Barriuso, the president of of Pannagh and the Federation of Cannabis Associations (FAC) in Spain and two fellow activist from Pannagh have been arrested for drug trafficking on Monday, November 14, 2011. TNI wishes to express its support for the demand to immediately release of Barriuso and his fellow activists. Pannagh always has been transparent in their wish to create a regulated cannabis distribution system among adults to prevent a criminal black market.

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  • ATS and Harm Reduction

    Findings from a workshop in Burma/Myanmar
    Tom Blickman
    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Problematic use of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) has become a significant health and social problem in East and Southeast Asia, in particular the use of methamphetamine, the most potent amphetamine derivative and most widely used substance in the region, known as yaba or yama.

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  • The State of Harm Reduction in Europe

    Peter Sarosi
    Hungarian Civil Liberty Union (HCLU)
    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    The film crew of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) attended the first meeting of the European Harm Reduction Network (EuroHRN) in Marseille, France. We interviewed professionals and activists from several countries to give you an overview of the current state of harm reduction in Europe – please watch and share our movie!

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  • In memoriam: Adrian Cowell

    Martin Jelsma Tom Kramer
    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Adrian Cowell, a groundbreaking documentary film maker and good friend, died earlier this month in London. The last time he was with us at TNI in Amsterdam was in 2009 for a meeting with representatives from opium growing regions in northern Burma, where we also showed his TV documentary 'The Heroin Wars'.

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  • Drug law reform in Greece

    Thanasis Apostolou
    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    On August 2, 2011 the Minister of Justice presented to the Committee on Social Affairs of the Greek Parliament the changes proposed by the legislative committee to reform the drug laws. The basic reforms of the law include: the decriminalization of drug use. The proposal considers drug use as an act of self-harm and has to be addressed by the legislator in the same way as dependence of tobacco or alcohol which are not less dangerous and harmful to health but are not considered as crime.

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  • World Drug Day 2011 - Counting the Costs of the War on Drugs!

    Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
    September 5, 2011

    dollarsAnniversaries are always good to catalyize drug policy reform activities – and 2011 is very special anniversary. It is the 50th anniversary of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the first international treaty prohibiting (some) drugs. NGOs launched an international campaign to show the world that the war on drugs creates massive costs, resulting from the enforcement-led approach that puts organised crime in control of the trade.

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  • Treaty guardians in distress

    The inquisitorial nature of the INCB response to Bolivia
    Martin Jelsma
    Monday, July 11, 2011

    incb-ghodse-lucas-small2Just when you start to see glimmers of hope that the troubled UN drug control system is opening up for a change process, its principal guardian the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) does it again… In a press release on July 5, the INCB secretariat condemned Bolivia’s decision to denounce the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and re-accede with a reservation on the coca leaf.

    Versione italiana: La Bolivia sotto Inquisizione

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