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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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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WHO recommends rescheduling cannabis and descheduling pure CBD – reaction

The World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) has told the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) that cannabis and cannabis resin should be removed from Schedule IV of the 1961 Convention, the category reserved for the most dangerous substances.  In 1954 the WHO started an initiative to eradicate cannabis from the […]

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Lebanon to legalise cannabis cultivation to boost economy

Lebanon is set to legalise cannabis cultivation and its production for medicinal use. Although no time frame has been specified and no government is currently in place due to ongoing negotiations in the wake of a general election in May, House Speaker Nabih Berri has told US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard that legalisation has […]

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