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Editorial: Legal pot: worth a try – Copenhagen Post

In a country that regulates the sale of over-the-counter painkillers, you’d have thought that a reasonable way to decriminalise the sale of cannabis would have long since been rolled out, perfected and exported to other cities grappling with the same topic. [...]

…mindlessly repeating the same mistakes of drug control is guaranteed to fail.

It’s time we take a different approach to cannabis. Like so many other things, you never know what will happen until you try.

Drug War Failing in Germany – Spiegel

Germany’s law-enforcement and legal apparatus devotes enormous resources to fighting illegal narcotics. But users are always a step ahead, and lawmakers seem uninterested in exploring alternatives to a broken system. [...]

When Leipzig, the prosecutor in Berlin, is asked for his opinion, he says that he could imagine a system in Germany involving the controlled administration of soft drugs, such as cannabis, to adults. The problem is that there is no political pressure in Germany, nor does the federal government have a drug czar who wants things to change.

New Zealand

The ever excellent Hungarian Civil Liberties Union interviews an official from New Zealand about the new approach they’re instituting to dealing with the ever-shifting introduction of new chemical psychoactive products. This is going to be something to watch in the future to see just how it’s done. It’s a bit scary in that it takes the position that the default is that any new product is banned unless it is proven “safe” (with no stated definition yet as to what that means).

Innovative Regulation of Legal Highs in New Zealand u2b

Why is the U.S. Funding International Drug Rehabs Known for Torture and Abuse? – Alternet

The United States is not just funding an abusive drug war at home; taxpayer funds are propping up violently oppressive “drug treatment” centers that act more like detainment camps abroad. At the U.S.-backed Somsanga Rehabilitation Center in Laos, detainees are subjected to shocking physical abuse, including beating to the point of unconsciousness for showing withdrawal symptoms or attempting to escape. Allegations of sexual assault are also rampant. [...]

This June, the U.S. agreed to donate an additional $400,000 to the Somsanga center. US officials heeded no warnings issued by at least three separate reports (2003 UNICEF report, 2004 WHO report, and 2011 Human Rights Watch report), each of which warned against the center’s deplorable conditions and inhumane treatment of detainees. The UN report says past US funds have been used to build dormitories “to expand the capacity of the government to detain drug users, street children, and ethnic minorities,” as well as fences surrounding the center.


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The Portugal experiment works dwr

‘This Is Working’: Portugal, 12 Years after Decriminalizing Drugs in Speigel Online.

Another evaluation of the Portugal experiment in drug policy, now after 12 years, continues to show that it’s much better policy than the lock-them-up approach to drug policy that we have here.

Kevin S. won’t like this article – he’s always going on about how the Portugal experience is “overstated,” which is odd since the supposed goal of SAM (less incarceration more treatment) is exactly what’s going on in Portugal.

Where I agree with Kevin is that Portugal is not legalization. It is decriminalization.

Portugal is a good step, an important lesson, and a demonstration that the sky doesn’t fall when you remove criminal penalties, providing material support for the right move: regulated legalization.

Burma - New US Drugs War u2b August 2001
This extraordinary feature explores US and Thai involvement in a new international drug war.

This extraordinary feature explores US and Thai involvement in a new international drug war. "You've got Burmese troops actually guarding the plants, military intelligence providing escorts for the trafficking caravans." The US State Dept says drugs account for nearly 50% of Burma's foreign exchange. The Shan State Army is a Burmese rebel group fighting for independence. Deep inside Burma smartly dressed in crisp new uniforms the Shan proudly parade their revitalized troops Though the Shan used to be drug producers they have now joined the war against drugs in return for international assistance. US Admiral Blair describes the assistance the US has channelled through Thailand for the new anti-drug army; "We've provided training teams, upgraded equipment and increased intelligence sharing". But with China backing the Burmese this drugs conflict is rapidly becoming something much larger. Says renown Burma watcher Bertil Lintner, "you've got the Burmese army backed by the Chinese and the Shan by the Thais and Americans -- it's not far fetched to believe things could go awfully wrong if not handled carefully".
Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

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