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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Progress in Portugal halted as politicians reject legalising recreational cannabis

Portugal may be well known for its decriminalisation model that treats drug use as a health rather than criminal issue, but it has passed up the chance to seal its reputation as a bastion of progress after politicians voted down an attempt to legalise the cultivation and sale of cannabis for recreational purposes. Two proposals […]

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Centre for Medical Cannabis doesn’t think decriminalisation is necessary

The Centre for Medical Cannabis (CMC), a new lobbying organisation which launched on Monday 10 December at the Academy of Medical Sciences, has said that it isn’t yet recommending decriminalisation of cannabis consumers. Steve Moore, one of its founders, said on Twitter that decriminalisation would “not advance how cannabis can be used as a medicine” […]

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