Thursday, November 28, 2013
Last night the Governing Council of the Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg Borough of Berlin passed with a clear majority a project proposed by the Green Party for the dispensing of cannabis. This is a historic moment, even if now the work on it is only just beginning and if it is questionable whether or not the necessary permits can be obtained. Weiterlesen $uuml;ber: decision on coffeeshop project in Berlin
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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Original petition in German: Überarbeitere Petition für Augsburg
Translated by: 8bipolar8 @ DHV-Forum
The petition for a municipal model test for the distribution of cannabis is constantly being developed by us. This applies to both the petition text itself and to the justification. Additionally, there is now an estimation calculation available to show the local authorities that the project could be operated without extra costs. The (german only) FAQ on the petition have also been revised. This is the current version of the petition that was sent to two interested persons in Augsburg on the 25th of september.
To the City Council
Petition according to Sec. 56 of the Municipal Code for the Free State of BavariaWeiterlesen $uuml;ber: Revised petition for Augsburg
White House Will Allow Marijuana Legalization Laws to Proceed in Colorado and Washington
Historic Breakthrough in Struggle to End Marijuana Prohibition
Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado today that the Department of Justice will allow the states to implement their ballot initiatives that legalized the production, distribution, and sale of marijuana for adults. Deputy Attorney General James Cole also issued a memo to U.S. attorneys across the country outlining priorities for federal prosecutors enforcing marijuana laws. Weiterlesen $uuml;ber: White House Will Allow Marijuana Legalization Laws to Proceed in Colorado and Washington
Last year, ENCOD was among those organisations fighting to make sure that the Civil Society Forum on drug policies in the EU would not turn out as a complete fiasco. Even though we decided to break the consensus on the final recommandations to the EU commission, we joined an annex letter supporting steps toward a more balanced approach with harm reduction measures and scientific evidence based drug policy.
In some ways, 2012 has been a year of dramatic, exciting change in drug policy, as the edifice of global drug prohibition appears to crumble before our eyes. In other ways it is still business as usual in the drug war. Marijuana prohibition is now mortally wounded, but there were still three-quarters of a million pot arrests last year. The American incarceration mania appears to be running its course, but drug arrests continue to outnumber any other category of criminal offense. There is a rising international clamor for a new drug paradigm, but up until now, it's just talk.
The drug prohibition paradigm is trembling, but it hasn't collapsed yet -- we are on the cusp of even more interesting times. Below, we look at the biggest drug policy stories of 2012 and peer a bit into the future:
Posted on stopthedrugwar.org by Phillip Smith, December 20, 2012, 11:21pm
Posted in: Arrests Ballot Measures Colorado Amendment 64 Congress Crime & Violence DEA Executive Branch Government Corruption Law Enforcement Marijuana -- Personal Use Marijuana Industry Marijuana Legalization Medical Marijuana Mephedrone Methadone & Other Opiate Maintenance Mexican Drug War Needle Exchange News Feature Overdose Prevention Polling Prohibition Safe Injection Sites Sentencing State & Local Legislatures Synthetic Cannabinoids United Nations Washington Initiative 502 Welfare Weiterlesen $uuml;ber: The Top Ten Drug Policy Stories of 2012
Press release - Arbeitsgemeinschaft Cannabis als Medizin (ACM) - 20. December 2012
German patients may grow cannabis, Supreme Administrative Court rules
Under strict conditions severely ill Germans may be allowed to grow cannabis at home, the Supreme Administrative Court of Munster said in a judgment of 7 December 2012. The reasons have now been published. Patients for whom no other therapies are available or effective, but may have medicinal benefit from cannabis, can make an application to the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) in Bonn, so that they can treat themselves with their own grown cannabis, accompanied and monitored by their doctor. Previously, all such requests were refused by directive of the Federal Ministry of Health. This practice is illegal, the court stated.
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Help Us Take The Next Steps
What a week it's been.
Over 20 years in drug policy reform, I've seen victories before, I've seen the issue progress. But what happened this week is different. In fact I feel different.
A six-year study of Britain's drug laws by the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC), an independent advisory body, says no serious rise in consumption is likely if possession of small amounts of controlled drugs is allowed. Prohibition is a total failure and does nothing more than harm citizens.
The UKDPC announced:
A Fresh Approach to Drugs: the final report of the UK Drug Policy Commission
We all have an interest in knowing which policies work in tackling problems associated with drug use. Many members of the public, and many politicians, believe that our drug policies are not working. But the debate about how we address the challenges of mind-altering drugs is polarised in a way not seen in most other policy areas. Weiterlesen $uuml;ber: UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) say decriminalise drug use
The last major change in Dutch drug policy was in 1976, when new legislation established a distinction between soft and hard drugs, and decriminalised possession and sales of small amounts of cannabis by and to adults. At first cannabis only became available on special occasions and in popular youth centres like Paradiso and the Milky Way in Amsterdam. Later, cannabis promotors understood that the new legislation allowed for the sales of small quantities for personal use in café-like places: the “coffeeshops” emerged. In the course of the years the government installed a system of regulation, with most of the day to day decisions taken by local authorities, nicknamed the Triangle: mayor, district attorney and chief of police. Weiterlesen $uuml;ber: ENCOD BULLETIN ON DRUG POLICIES IN EUROPE - AUGUST 2012 - CANNABIS POLICIES IN THE NETHERLANDS, WHAT WENT WRONG?
I would like to invite you to the preparation on the cannabis conference which will be held 9 to 11 November at exhibition place INCHEBA in Prague, Czech republic, during the international hemp fair Cannafest.
The program is traditionally divided into 3 parts:
- Friday - Industrial Hemp
- Saturday - Medicinal Cannabis theory and practice - should include performance of patients
- Sunday - growing of medical cannabis and medicinal cannabis experience from abroad
Last year's conference program can be viewed here: http://en.cannafest.cz/for-visitors/professional-program/
Thank you for your help and hope to see some of you on Cannafest. Weiterlesen $uuml;ber: Invitation to the Cannafest conference in Prague