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Global Commission on Drug Policy Report

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (September, 2014)
THE ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ HAS FAILED
– NEW APPROACHES ARE EMERGING
KEY PATHWAYS TO DRUG POLICIES THAT WORK


2.1 Put people’s health and safety first
2.2 Ensure access to essential medicines and pain control 
2.3 End the criminalization and incarceration of people who use drugs
2.4 Refocus enforcement responses to drug trafficking and organized crime
2.5 Regulate drug markets to put governments in control
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP FOR MORE EFFECTIVE AND HUMANE POLICIES

 

Summery of recommendations:

"Putting health and community safety first requires a fundamental reorientation of policy priorities and resources, from failed punitive enforcement to proven health and social interventions."

"Stop criminalizing people for drug use and possession – and stop imposing compulsory treatment on people whose only offense is drug use or possession. "

"Allow and encourage diverse experiments in legally regulating markets in currently illicit drugs, beginning with but not limited to cannabis, coca leaf and certain  novel psychoactive substances."

"Rely on alternatives to incarceration for non-violent, low-level participants in illicit drug markets such as farmers, couriers and others involved in the production, transport and sale of illicit drugs."

"Take advantage of the opportunity presented by the upcoming UNGASS in 2016 to reform the global drug policy regime. "

"Focus on reducing the power of criminal organizations as well as the violence and insecurity that result from their competition with both one another and the state." Download full report at

 

Download full report at  Global_Commission_Report_English.pdf

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See http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/reports/

 

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The New York Times - Repeal Prohibition, Again

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The New York Times
Repeal Prohibition, Again
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Share your views on the Editorial Board's call to repeal the federal ban on marijuana.

In coming days, we will publish articles by members of the Editorial Board and supplementary material that will examine these questions. We invite readers to offer their ideas, and we will report back on their responses, pro and con.

The Opinion Pages High Time: An Editorial Series on Marijuana Legalization

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/high-time-marijuana-legalization.html

 

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Book by B.C. researcher says media, police not talking straight on pot

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By The Canadian Press — CP — Dec 25 2013

For the book, titled "Killer Weed: Marijuana Grow Ops, Media, and Justice," Boyd examined 2,500 articles from four major daily newspapers in British Columbia from 1995 to 2009.

She found news coverage about cannabis enforcement in B.C. frequently contained inaccurate information or exaggerated claims about the size and scope of the underground marijuana industry, the sorts of people associated with grow-ops, and the industry's connection to gangs.

Assertions by police - particularly the RCMP, which is responsible for policing in much of B.C. — were left unchallenged, she says, and politicians, in turn, relied on such misinformation to push for stricter drug laws.

For example, the news articles she examined repeatedly asserted marijuana grow-ops are inextricable linked to gangs and other criminal organizations. Police spokespeople were frequently quoted explaining that modern-day grow-ops are not "mom and pop" operations.

But Boyd says the federal government's own research does not support that claim.

She cited a Justice Department study that was completed in 2011, obtained by a reporter through an access to information request, that examined a random sample of 500 marijuana grow operations. Of those, just five per cent had apparent links to gangs or organized crime.

"This study wasn't released by our federal government, and you could see why," says Boyd.

"It doesn't fit with their Safe Streets and Communities Act, which frames marijuana grow-ops as always being associated with organized crime and gangs. I would say it's probably the reverse."

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Sensible B.C. among causes supported by lottery millionaire

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Erb has bought a majority stake in Deviant Fibres, a hemp goods store in Terrace.

He’s also developing an online merchandise operation. He plans to donate 30 per cent of sales from that venture to those he sees as victims of Canada’s pot laws.

Marijuana, according to Erb, leaves him in a state of enhanced mindfulness.

“People have asked what it does for me,” he says. ”It makes whatever I’m doing more enjoyable.


http://www.theprovince.com/business/million+with+heart+Lotto+jackpot/9055519/story.html


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Beckley Foundation: Licensing and Regulation of the Cannabis Market

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Extraordinary Beckley Report Hundreds of Millions in Revenue to be Gained from Regulation of Cannabis Market Sept. 2013

Commissioned by the Beckley Foundation and carried out by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex UK New Beckley Report

Extraordinary Beckley Report Hundreds of Millions in Revenue to be Gained from Regulation of Cannabis Market in England and Wales New Report from The Beckley Foundation Quantifies Cost-Benefit of Cannabis

“In these times of economic crisis, it is essential to examine the possibilities of more cost-effective drug policy.”

”Our present prohibitionist policies have proved to be a failure.”

“Cannabis comprises 80% of all illicit drugs consumed worldwide.”

“If we are to protect the young, surely governments can do a much better job than the cartels.”

Amanda Feilding
Director of the Beckley Foundation

http://www.beckleyfoundation.org/2013/09/cannabis-market-in-england-and-wales-cost-benefit-analysis/


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Sensible BC public marijuana forum live online
http://SensibleBC.ca/live/

 

Saturday, May 4 / 2012
Global Marijuana March (Alberta)
Calgary City Hall, Edmonton City Hall, Lethbridge City Hall and Medicine Hat City Hall

 

May 22nd, & May 23rd, 2013
12th Annual Harm Reduction Conference
Venue: The Coast Calgary Plaza Hotel
Moving to the Mainstream

 

May 24 - 26, 2013
2013 Treating Yourself Expo (4th Annual)
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

 

Thursday, June 20 / 2013
http://epcorcentre.org/ZiggyMarley
EPCOR CENTRE Presents Ziggy Marley
Tickets go on sale May 3, but we have a presale code for you starting May 1 at 10:00 am!
Go to EPCOR website and enter MARLEY into the promo code box:

 

Friday & Saturday, July 26, 27 / 2013
http://www.kgbcomedy.com/
The 8th Annual Kootenay Gut Buster
Crawford Bay BC

Special 420 promo code FourTwenty2013 and get a discount and 420 communities get a $20.00 donation!

 

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