• The Transparent Chain

    A revision of the Dutch coffee shop policy is long overdue
    Monday, November 10, 2013

    It is time that policymakers, law enforcement, professionals and other parties involved combine their efforts to work towards the implementation of a transparent cannabis chain that is organised in a responsible and professional manner.

  • Human rights and drug control: an irreconcilable contradiction?

    Ernestien Jensema
    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Human-Rights-DayThis week both the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna and the UN General Assembly 3rd Committee in New York discuss new drug control resolutions related to upcoming reviews of global drug policy. The high-level CND review in March 2014 and the Special Session of the General Assembly (UNGASS) on drugs in 2016 provide opportunities to change course and to ensure drug policy fully respects human rights.

  • Majority of the Dutch favour cannabis legalisation

    Restrictive government cannabis policies are defied by local initiatives and court rulings
    Tom Blickman
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    An opinion poll in the Netherlands in August 2013 showed that 54% of the Dutch are in favour of legalising cannabis, while 38% opposes it. There is now a clear pro-legalisation majority among the voters for the parties that form the current government, the liberal conservative VVD (58% in favour) and the social-democrat labour party PvdA (55% in favour) and in the Dutch Parliament. A range of recent polls indicate that the majority of the Dutch strongly disagree with the government on current cannabis policies.

  • Latin American leaders bring drug policy debate to the United Nations

    Coletta Youngers Heather Haase
    Monday, September 30, 2013

    santos-ungaAt the annual UN General Assembly meeting held in New York, presidents from around the world have the chance to state their views on the key international issues of the day. Not surprisingly, the crisis in Syria, Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and the Millennium Development Goals took center stage this year.  Yet a careful viewing of the speeches of the Latin American presidents illustrates the growing voice of Latin American leaders calling for meaningful reform of drug control policies.

  • Towards an International Drug Peace: A Perspective from Mexico

    Jorge Hernández Tinajero
    Smell the Truth (US)
    Friday, 13 September, 2013

    marihuana-hojasJorge Hernández Tinajero, president of Mexico City’s Collective for a Holistic Policy Towards Drugs (CUPIHD), shares an international perspective on the historic Senate hearings this week on marijuana law reform in this guest post.

  • Uruguay moves one step closer to becoming first country to legally regulate marijuana

    Hannah Hetzer, Drug Policy Alliance
    International Drug Policy Connsortium IDPC (UK)
    Tuesday, August 6, 2013

    Cannabis_legalisation_UruguayOn Wednesday 31st July 2013, the Uruguayan House of Representatives approved a marijuana regulation bill, bringing it one step closer to becoming the first country in the world to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. President José Mujica of the Frente Amplio (Broad Front) first proposed marijuana regulation last June as part of a 15-measure package aimed at fighting crime and public insecurity.

  • The first forum of growers of crops declared illicit in Southeast Asia

    Gloria Lai, IDPC Senior Policy Officer

    SEA-illicit_cropsIn July 2013, the Transnational Institute (TNI) in cooperation with Paung Ku (a consortium aimed at strengthening civil society in Myanmar) held the first Southeast Asia forum of growers of crops declared illicit in Yangon, Myanmar.  As a senior policy officer for the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), based in Bangkok and working primarily on drug issues in Asia, I took part to find out more about the situation faced by opium growers in the region. In the movement in support of drug policies more grounded in health and human rights, a lot of attention has been (justifiably) paid to establishing harm reduction approaches for people who use drugs.

  • Latin American leaders chart course for drug policy debate

    Coletta Youngers
    International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    OAS_GA-1.pngThis year’s annual General Assembly meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS), which brings together the hemisphere’s foreign ministers, marked a milestone in the Latin American drug policy debate. For the first time, the drug policy issue was the primary theme of a hemispheric meeting and, in a closed-door meeting of the foreign ministers, a process was laid out for continuing the discussion, culminating in a Special Session of the General Assembly to be held in 2014.

    Latin American leaders chart course for drug policy debate

  • Deficiencies in financial oversight enable money laundering

    After nearly 25 year of failed efforts, experts still ponder how to implement an anti-money laundering regime that works
    Tom Blickman
    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    hsbc-money-launderingIn July 1989, the leaders of the economic powers assembled at the G7 Paris summit decided to establish a Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to counter money laundering as an effective strategy against drug trafficking by criminal ‘cartels’. However, since the inception of the international anti-money laundering (AML) regime there is a growing awareness that the regime is not working as well as intended.

  • Cannabis to substitute crack

    A step by step rehabilitation
    Tom Blickman Amira Armenta
    Monday, April 22, 2013

    The mayor of Bogota has recently proposed a pilot scheme with crack cocaine addicts to explore the substitution of crack made of cocaine base paste (or bazuco as it is called in Colombia) by marijuana. The substitution treatment plan will include 15 problematic users from the marginalized Bronx area who are already receiving health assistance of the CAMAD operating in that sector of the city. The treatment will last approximately eight months, after which the results will be evaluated.


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