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    Matt 3:51 pm on November 25, 2014 Permalink
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    Ethan Nadelmann: Why we need to end the War on Drugs 

     
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    Matt 3:19 pm on September 9, 2014 Permalink
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    Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work 

    On Tuesday, September 9th the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a new, groundbreaking report, Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work, at a press conference at MOMA in New York City.

    This report reflects a new evolution in the Commissioners’ thinking — and will break major new ground in the global discussion about ending drug prohibition.

    Moderator is Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post. Speakers included former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian President César Gaviria, former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss, Richard Branson, Louise Arbour and others

    http://www.gcdpsummary2014.com/

     
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    Matt 6:50 pm on December 18, 2013 Permalink  

    The Beginning of the End of the Drug War: Top 10 Stories of 2013 

    Drug Policy Alliance Top 10 Stories of 2013

    December 16, 2013 – By Tony Newman

    2013 will go down in history as the beginning of the end of our disastrous war on drugs. 58% of Americans nationally support marijuana legalization. World leaders like former UN head Kofi Annan are calling for an end to the drug war. US Attorney General Erik Holder is speaking out against racist mandatory minimum drug laws and mass incarceration. Celebrities like Will Smith, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Hudson joined 175 other celebrities saying No More Drug War in a letter to the President. Just last week, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize marijuana. Below are some of the top stories that made 2013 a watershed year in the fight to end America’s longest failed war.

    http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/beginning-end-drug-war-top-10-stories-2013

     
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    Matt 6:32 pm on December 18, 2013 Permalink  

    CDPC 2013 Top Ten Drug Policy Moments 

    Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Top Ten Drug Policy Moments in 2013.

    “One can clearly see the cracks appearing in the old international regime that has stifled the discussion of alternatives to the war on drugs for over 40 years. Now countries are beginning to look for approaches that are less punitive for people who use drugs and more targeted on the violent actors in our communities.”

    2013 Top Ten Drug Policy Moments

     
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    Matt 3:18 pm on May 24, 2013 Permalink  

    Getting To Tomorrow: A Report on Canadian Drug Policy 

    The report documents the failing role that current federal drug policies play in supporting safety and health and draws attention to the acute need for an improved system of supports for people who use drugs including harm reduction. The report’s authors found that Canada’s current federal government is openly hostile to evidence-based measures like harm reduction services and has clearly taken a punitive approach to addressing drug use problems.

     
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    Matt 10:09 pm on May 18, 2013 Permalink  

    OAS Report Explores Alternatives To Prohibition 

    On Friday, 17 May, in Bogotá, Colombia, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General José Miguel Insulza will present Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos with the groundbreaking outcomes of a high level drug policy review. Mandated by 34 heads of state – including the US – at the 2012 Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, this report marks the first time in history that a high level multilateral agency has given serious consideration to the failings of current policies and potential alternative approaches, including decriminalisation and legal regulation.

     
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    Matt 4:31 pm on May 16, 2013 Permalink  

    An Exit Strategy for the Failed War on Drugs 

    A Federal Legislative Guide

    This comprehensive report contains 75 broad and incremental recommendations for federal legislative reforms related to civil rights, deficit reduction, law enforcement, foreign policy, sentencing and reentry, effective drug treatment, public health, and drug prevention education.

     
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    Matt 9:27 am on March 8, 2013 Permalink
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    Senate Banking Committee Hearing – Bank Money Laundering 

     
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    Matt 2:17 am on November 25, 2012 Permalink
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    Legalize Drugs: A Debate from Intelligence Squared U.S. 

     
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    Matt 8:57 am on October 15, 2012 Permalink  

    Decriminalise Drug Use, Say Experts After Six-Year Study 

    Advisors say no serious rise in consumption is likely if possession of small amounts of controlled drugs is allowed

    A six-year study of Britain’s drug laws by leading scientists, police officers, academics and experts has concluded it is time to introduce decriminalisation.

    The report by the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC), an independent advisory body, says possession of small amounts of controlled drugs should no longer be a criminal offence and concludes the move will not lead to a significant increase in use.

    The experts say the criminal sanctions imposed on the 42,000 people sentenced each year for possession of all drugs – and the 160,000 given cannabis warnings – should be replaced with simple civil penalties such as a fine, attendance at a drug awareness session or a referral to a drug treatment programme.

    They also say that imposing minimal or no sanctions on those growing cannabis for personal use could go some way to undermining the burgeoning illicit cannabis factories controlled by organised crime.

    But their report rejects any more radical move to legalisation, saying that allowing the legal sale of drugs such as heroin or cocaine could cause more damage than the existing drugs trade.

     
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