UN guidelines on human rights and drug policy – how does the UK fare?

On 15 March, the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD) published International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy. The document was produced alongside The International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, the UN development programme, UNAIDS and the World Health Organisation. The guidelines “are a reference tool for policy-makers, diplomats, lawyers […]

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Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies complains cannabis medicine has ‘opened Pandora’s box’

Dame Sally Davies, England’s Chief Medical Officer, yesterday made the outrageous claim that “we know [THC] has an impact on the brain and causes depression, schizophrenia [and] brain development problems in young and adolescents” as she complained to the Health and Social Care Select Committee that the legalisation of cannabis medicine had “opened a Pandora’s […]

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Will Sadiq Khan Follow New York Mayor de Blasio In Calling for Legal Weed?

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio threw his support behind cannabis legalisation at the end of 2018, saying that it should be accompanied by the expungement of 700,000 New Yorkers arrested for low-level marijuana possession, along with equity programmes to encourage diversity in a new industry which he says he wants to see kept out […]

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Major UN report: Punitive drugs policies have failed

Following United Nations (UN) agencies’ decision to adopt common drug policy that endorses decriminalisation of possession and use, the UN System Coordination Task Team has released a new report that says punitive drug policies have proven to be “ineffective in reducing drug trafficking or in addressing non-medical drug use and supply” and that they “undermine […]

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UN agencies unite in recommending decriminalisation of drug possession and use

The entire United Nations (UN) family of agencies has for the first time adopted a common position on drug policy that endorses decriminalisation of possession and use. On Tuesday, the Chief Executives Board (CEB) of the UN, representing 31 UN agencies, issued a statement calling on member states to “promote alternatives to conviction and punishment […]

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