Jul 262014
 July 26, 2014
Most Canadians Want Marijuana Law Reform According To Poll

Canada’s Department of Justice conducted a poll to gauge how much support there is in Canada for marijuana reform. The poll was kept secret for months until the media outlet The Star was able to obtain a copy of the results. What did the poll find? Per The Star:  The poll, kept secret by the Conservatives for months, found 70 per cent of respondents believe pot laws should be loosened. Of the 3,000 respondents, 37.3 per cent said the government should legalize marijuana, while 33.4 per cent said the possession of [...]

Jul 252014
 July 25, 2014
Senators In Chile Want To Legalize Marijuana

This week the President of the Chilean Senate, Isabelle Allende Bussi, introduced a motion to change Chile’s marijuana laws to allow personal possession, cultivation, and use of marijuana. Other Chilean Senators that support the motion are Fulvio Rossi, Alfonso de Urresti, Carlos Montes, and Juan Palbo Letelier. The Senators in Chile are among a growing group of lawmakers worldwide that want to end failed marijuana prohibition policies and take a new approach to marijuana laws. Per Southern Pacific Review: Senator Allende said that it was fundamental to move forward on [...]

Jul 222014
 July 22, 2014
World Health Organization Calls For Drug Decriminalization

In a report published earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) made a clear call for broad drug policy reforms, including decriminalization of drug use, harm reduction practices such as syringe exchange and opioid substitution therapy, and a ban on compulsory treatment for people who use drugs. This report by the United Nations’ leading health agency focuses on best practices to prevent, diagnose and treat HIV among key populations. “It’s good to see the WHO come out so strongly for decriminalizing drugs and rejecting compulsory treatment for people who use drugs,’ [...]

Jul 202014
 July 20, 2014
Marijuana Prohibition Enforcement Continues In Czech Republic Despite Reform

Five years ago the Czech Republic reformed its marijuana laws. Possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana and cultivation of up to five plants is no longer a prosecutable offense. Instead, if those limits are not exceeded the penalty is a fine. There was speculation that these reforms would make Prague the ‘new Amsterdam’ of Europe. While Prague is definitely a cannabis friendly destination, it is still not the free-for-all that some expected. Law enforcement in the Czech Republic seems willing to turn a blind eye to small possession [...]

Jul 202014
 July 20, 2014
U.S. Drug Policy And The Border Child Immigration Crisis

By Phillip Smith The mass migration of tens of thousands of children and adolescents from Central America festered for months before exploding into a full-blown border refugee/immigration crisis in the last few weeks, as images of hundreds of children warehoused in temporary holding facilities competed with equally compelling images of crowds of angry Americans loudly protesting their presence. The finger-pointing is in full swing. Much of it centers on the need to “secure the border” and the Obama administration’s alleged failure to do so. Other Republican critics blame the administration’s [...]

Jul 122014
 July 12, 2014
New Zealand Poll Shows Majority Support For Marijuana Reform

A poll was recently conducted by Herald-DigiPoll which asked residents of New Zealand if they supported cannabis reform, or wanted to keep cannabis illegal. Currently cannabis possession in New Zealand is a crime and carries a fine of $500 or three months in jail or both. A majority of poll participants stated that they wanted cannabis laws to be reformed to either legalize cannabis, or decriminalize it. About one third of poll participants stated that they want cannabis to be decriminalized. About one fifth stated that they wanted cannabis to [...]

Jul 082014
 July 8, 2014
Caribbean Leaders To Establish Regional Marijuana Policy Commission

At the semi-annual summit of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which concluded in Antigua this weekend, CARICOM leaders agreed to establish a commission to review marijuana policy in the region in order to assess the need for reforms to marijuana laws. The communiqué issued at the conclusion of the meeting stated that “Heads of Government agreed to establish a Regional Commission on Marijuana to conduct a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the Region and to advise whether there should be [...]

Jun 262014
 June 26, 2014
Global Day Of Action: More Than Eighty Cities Protest The Drug War

Thousands of activists will take to the streets in more than 80 cities on June 26 to fight harmful drug laws that have caused health crises, instability and mass incarceration around the world. Mass demonstrations and other actions are planned in New York, London, Paris, Warsaw, Mexico City, Kathmandu, Rome, Phnom Penh, Tbilisi, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and more than 70 other cities. The actions include peaceful demonstrations, street performances, public meetings and workshops, social media campaigns and advertisements on public transportation and billboards. The events are scheduled for June 26, [...]

Jun 212014
 June 21, 2014
Rich People In London Get Warnings For Drugs, Poor People Get Arrested

The war on drugs is a war on poor people. Rich people consume drugs as much as poor people do proportianetly, however, rich people are far more likely to get a warning or slap on the wrist compared to poor people. Poor people are harrassed, arrested, fined, jailed, and given the ‘drug war scarlet letter’ when they are caught with drugs. For evidence of that, we can look to London, where a report was recently leaked which shows an enormous disparity between arrest rates for rich people versus poor people [...]

Jun 172014
 June 17, 2014
Barcelona Passes One Year Ban On New Cannabis Clubs

The Barcelona City Council passed legislation Friday that bans the opening of new cannabis clubs for one year. The ban seeks to halt the spread of cannabis clubs in Barcelona until more regulations can be passed. There are currently an estimated 160+ cannabis clubs in Barcelona. Cannabis clubs in Barcelona, Spain are only legal for club members. However, there have been alledged issues with some clubs serving cannabis to anyone that frequents the establishments, and that the cannabis was purchased illegally, rather than grown by the club. A club was [...]