Category Archives: Drug policy reform

Obama promise massive drug policy reform … again! Will he deliver this time around?

With mid-term elections around the corner, politicians of all strides are feverishly hunting for catch phrases and catch themes, and a growing number of democrats, as well as a sizable part of Republicans, have come to realize that public opinion … Continue reading

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Drug Policy Reform on the move

After reaching a tipping point in 2012, the move towards global drug policy reform has intensified in 2013, with the consolidation on the breakthrough victories of 2012. More states have joined the expanding club of legal medical marijuana states. Legislation … Continue reading

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Uruguay poised to make history on July 31, with OAS blessings

Uruguay Parliament poised for historic vote on recreational marijuana legalization under government control. Often dubbed the Switzerland of Latin America, Uruguay is a tiny country of 3.3 million inhabitants located on the Atlantic coast on the Southern border of Brazil … Continue reading

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MMJ likely to turn 20 in the US on August 4, 2013

As New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan signed a new medical marijuana bill into law on July 23, Illinois MMJ bill still awaits Governor Quinn signature. The last New England state turned green on Tuesday July 23 as New Hampshire Governor Maggie … Continue reading

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Marijuana legalization scheduled for July 31 vote in Uruguayan Parliament with tacit OAS support

AOS (Organization of American States) endorse the marijuana legalization process In a meeting with Uruguayan president Jose Mujica, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza came as close as he could to fully endorsing marijuana legalization, declaring that the current prohibitionist … Continue reading

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OAS Secretary General Presents Historic Drug Policy Report

Historic landmark for global drug policy reform The 2012 Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, gave the OAS (Organization of American States) a mandate to study the impact of current drug policies and explore possible alternatives. The results of … Continue reading

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Brazil between decriminalization and mandatory minimum sentencing

Brazil between decriminalization and mandatory minimum sentencing Seven justice ministers who served during the 1995-2003 government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso and the 2003-2011 administration of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva delivered a letter on Tuesday to Federal Supreme Court Justice … Continue reading

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Uruguay could become the first country in the world to legalize marijuana.

Uruguay launches a nationwide public debate over marijuana legalization – Its government deserves our full support On November 15, 2012, the government of Uruguay submitted to its parliament a proposal for the legalization of the sale of marijuana under state … Continue reading

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Drug policy reform in the world: major events of 2013

Drug Policy Reform on the move 2012 was a turning point for drug policy reform and 2013 keeps plugging along. In the US, the number of medical marijuana states should reach 20 this month with Maryland and New Hampshire in … Continue reading

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As gays rights hit mainstream, what can drug policy activists learn from the gay-rights movement?

While he was growing hemp in his backyard and probably smoked it mixed with tobacco on his front porch, Thomas Jefferson proposed in 1779 a law that would mandate castration for gay men and mutilation of nose cartilage for gay … Continue reading

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