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Archiving the transition of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 into a more humane health based policy of drug use around the world
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Effectively, Growing Your Own Has Been Decriminalised. We Are FREE!

Effectively, Growing Your Own Has Been Decriminalised.  We Are FREE! | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
CAUTION.  The possession, cultivation, production, supply and importation of cannabis remain illegal.  CLEAR neither condones nor encourages the breaking of any law.  This article is our interpreta...
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Investing in harm reduction––sound economic sense

Investing in harm reduction––sound economic sense | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
Spending money on harm reduction programmes for people who use drugs not only is a good investment but it also saves lives.
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A more humain appraoch to the war on drugs. 

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Video 17mins: Stephen Lewis IHRC 2013 speaks bluntly about the damage done by the International Narcotics Control Board


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He calls for nailing the hypocritics, the individuals and the countries that have done so much damage - all well reasoned, considered and made good sense.

 

Well worth watching!

 

The global war on drugs is a war on drug users: http://epubs.glyndwr.ac.uk/siru/23/

 

 

 

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At last, the edifice of drugs prohibition is starting to crumble

At last, the edifice of drugs prohibition is starting to crumble | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
Amanda Feilding: We are seeing a dramatic shift in favour of drug decriminalisation and unlocking the therapeutic potential of psychedelics
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'The worst case of scientific censorship since the Catholic Church banned the works of Galileo': Scientists call for drugs to be legalised to allow proper study of their properties

'The worst case of scientific censorship since the Catholic Church banned the works of Galileo': Scientists call for drugs to be legalised to allow proper study of their properties | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
The outlawing of drugs such as cannabis, MDMA and LSD amounts to the “the worst case of scientific censorship since the Catholic Church banned the works of Copernicus and Galileo”, the former Government drugs advisor Professor David Nutt has claimed.
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Why it’s time to legalize marijuana

Why it’s time to legalize marijuana | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
After decades of wasted resources, clogged courtrooms and a shift in public perception, let's end the war on weed
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World needs new ways to tackle drugs trade, says Colombian president - Telegraph

World needs new ways to tackle drugs trade, says Colombian president - Telegraph | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia's president, has called on the world to find new ways to tackle the scourge of the illegal drugs trade, including the possibility of legalisation with regulation.
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News release: Prison Governors Association criticises the War on Drugs and calls on government to explore alternatives | Count The Costs

News release: Prison Governors Association criticises the War on Drugs and calls on government to explore alternatives | Count The Costs | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
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this is truth coming from those in the know business. 

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Newsflash – Medicinal use of cannabis legalised in France!

Newsflash – Medicinal use of cannabis legalised in France! | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
France, one of the most repressive countries in Europe in regard to cannabis, has just legalized the medicinal use of cannabis!
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OAS :: Press Releases :: E-230/13

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OAS General Assembly: Countries Discuss Drug Policies and Other Matters

  June 6, 2013

 

The representatives of the Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) today finished expressing their points of view on the topic “For a Comprehensive Policy against the World Drug Problem in the Americas”

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Stigma-briefing.pdf

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The facts relating to the "unintended" consequences of The war on drugs.  

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Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Web Site
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these are the laws. this is the problem. these laws need to be denounced. 

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Sherborne Gary's comment, June 7, 2013 5:42 AM
Participation in the Convention by virtue of ratification, accession or succession to the Protocol of 25 March 1972 or to the 1961 Convention after the entry into force of the Protocol
Accession(a), Succession(d), Ratification
Albania
14 Aug 2001 a
Algeria
26 Feb 2003

Andorra
13 Feb 2007 a
Angola
26 Oct 2005

Antigua and Barbuda
5 Apr 1993

Argentina
16 Nov 1973

Armenia
13 Sep 1993 a
Australia
22 Nov 1972

Austria
1 Feb 1978

Azerbaijan
11 Jan 1999

Bahamas
23 Nov 1976

Bahrain
7 Feb 1990 a
Bangladesh
9 May 1980

Barbados
21 Jun 1976

Belarus
13 Sep 2001

Belgium
13 Jun 1984

Belize
18 Dec 2001 a
Benin
6 Nov 1973

Bhutan
24 Aug 2005 a
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 2
11 Jan 2013 a
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3
1 Sep 1993 d
Botswana
27 Dec 1984

Brazil
16 May 1973

Brunei Darussalam
25 Nov 1987

Bulgaria
18 Jul 1996

Burkina Faso
2 Jun 1992 a
Burundi
18 Feb 1993 a
Cambodia
7 Jul 2005

Cameroon
30 May 1974

Canada
5 Aug 1976

Cape Verde
24 May 1990 a
Central African Republic
15 Oct 2001 a
Chile
19 Dec 1975

China 1, 4
23 Aug 1985 a
Colombia
3 Mar 1975

Comoros
1 Mar 2000 a
Congo
3 Mar 2004

Costa Rica
14 Feb 1973

Côte d'Ivoire
28 Feb 1973

Croatia 3
26 Jul 1993

Cuba
14 Dec 1989

Cyprus
30 Nov 1973

Czech Republic 5
30 Dec 1993 d
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
19 Mar 2007

Democratic Republic of the Congo
15 Jul 1976

Denmark
18 Apr 1975

Djibouti
22 Feb 2001

Dominica
24 Sep 1993

Dominican Republic
21 Sep 1993

Ecuador
25 Jul 1973

Egypt
14 Jan 1974

El Salvador
26 Feb 1998

Eritrea
30 Jan 2002

Estonia
5 Jul 1996 a
Ethiopia
11 Oct 1994

Fiji
21 Nov 1973

Finland
12 Jan 1973

France
4 Sep 1975

Gabon
14 Oct 1981 a
Gambia
23 Apr 1996

Georgia
27 Mar 2000 a
Germany 6
20 Feb 1975

Ghana
10 Apr 1990 a
Greece
12 Jul 1985

Grenada
19 Aug 1998 a
Guatemala
9 Dec 1975

Guinea
27 Dec 1990 a
Guinea-Bissau
27 Oct 1995

Guyana
15 Jul 2002

Haiti
29 Jan 1973

Holy See
7 Jan 1976

Honduras
8 Aug 1979

Hungary
12 Nov 1987

Iceland
18 Dec 1974

India
14 Dec 1978

Indonesia
3 Sep 1976

Iran (Islamic Republic of)
18 Dec 2001

Iraq
25 Sep 1978

Ireland
16 Dec 1980

Israel
1 Feb 1974

Italy
14 Apr 1975

Jamaica
6 Oct 1989

Japan
27 Sep 1973

Jordan
28 Feb 1973

Kazakhstan
29 Apr 1997

Kenya
9 Feb 1973

Kuwait
7 Nov 1973

Kyrgyzstan
7 Oct 1994

Lao People's Democratic Republic
16 Mar 2009

Latvia
16 Jul 1993

Lebanon
5 Mar 1997

Lesotho
4 Nov 1974

Liberia
13 Apr 1987
Libya
27 Sep 1978

Liechtenstein
24 Nov 1999

Lithuania
28 Feb 1994

Luxembourg
13 Oct 1976

Madagascar
20 Jun 1974

Malawi
4 Oct 1973

Malaysia
20 Apr 1978

Maldives
7 Sep 2000 a
Mali
31 Oct 1995

Malta
22 Feb 1990 a
Marshall Islands
9 Aug 1991

Mauritania
24 Oct 1989 a
Mauritius
12 Dec 1994

Mexico
27 Apr 1977

Micronesia (Federated States of)
29 May 1991

Monaco
30 Dec 1975

Mongolia
6 May 1991

Montenegro 7
23 Oct 2006 d
Morocco
19 Mar 2002

Mozambique
8 Jun 1998

Myanmar
22 Aug 2003

Namibia
31 Mar 1998 a
Nepal
29 Jun 1987 a
Netherlands
29 May 1987

New Zealand 8
7 Jun 1990

Nicaragua
15 Feb 2005

Niger
28 Dec 1973

Nigeria
24 Jun 1981 a
Norway
12 Nov 1973

Oman
24 Jul 1987

Pakistan
2 Jul 1999

Palau
19 Aug 1998 a
Panama
19 Oct 1972

Papua New Guinea
28 Oct 1980

Paraguay
20 Jun 1973

Peru
12 Sep 1977

Philippines
7 Jun 1974

Poland
9 Jun 1993

Portugal 1
20 Apr 1979

Qatar
3 Oct 1986 a
Republic of Korea
25 Jan 1973

Republic of Moldova
15 Feb 1995

Romania
14 Jan 1974

Russian Federation
3 Jun 1996

Rwanda
15 Jul 1981 a
San Marino
10 Oct 2000

Sao Tome and Principe
20 Jun 1996

Saudi Arabia
7 Nov 1997 a
Senegal
25 Mar 1974

Serbia 3
12 Mar 2001 d
Seychelles
27 Feb 1992

Sierra Leone
6 Jun 1994 a
Singapore
9 Jul 1975

Slovakia 5
28 May 1993 d
Slovenia 3
6 Jul 1992 d
Solomon Islands
17 Mar 1982

Somalia
9 Jun 1988

South Africa
16 Dec 1975

Spain
4 Jan 1977

Sri Lanka
29 Jun 1981

St. Kitts and Nevis
9 May 1994

St. Lucia
5 Jul 1991

St. Vincent and the Grenadines
3 Dec 2001

Sudan
5 Jul 1994

Suriname
29 Mar 1990

Swaziland
18 Oct 1995 a
Sweden
5 Dec 1972

Switzerland
22 Apr 1996

Syrian Arab Republic
1 Feb 1974

Tajikistan
26 Mar 1997 a
Thailand
9 Jan 1975

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
13 Oct 1993

Togo
10 Nov 1976

Tonga
5 Sep 1973

Trinidad and Tobago
23 Jul 1979

Tunisia
29 Jun 1976

Turkey
20 Jul 2001

Turkmenistan
21 Feb 1996

Uganda
15 Apr 1988

Ukraine
27 Sep 2001

United Arab Emirates
17 Feb 1988 a
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 4
20 Jun 1978

United Republic of Tanzania
25 Mar 1999 a
United States of America
1 Nov 1972

Uruguay
31 Oct 1975

Uzbekistan
24 Aug 1995 a
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
4 Dec 1985

Viet Nam
4 Nov 1997 a
Yemen
25 Mar 1996 a
Zambia
13 May 1998

Zimbabwe
30 Jul 1993 a
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US National Drug Control Strategy 2013: New message, same policies

US National Drug Control Strategy 2013: New message, same policies | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
The new US National Drug Control Strategy was released this week.
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Same Strategy, Same mistakes, Same problems.

 

 

Regions of Eurpoe should use law and revoke and or denounce

 

The United Nations 1961 Single Conventions on Narcotic Drugs as a matter of urgancy.  

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World Drug Report

World Drug Report | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Web Site
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UK is the largest markey for "legal Highs" 

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Sherborne Gary's comment, July 4, 2013 4:55 AM
Drugs: Khat

Statement

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Taylor of Holbeach): My right hon Friend the Home Secretary (Theresa May) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

3 July 2013 : Column WS77

The Government will control khat under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 as a Class C drug.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) undertook a thorough and comprehensive scientific review which focused on the medical and social harms of khat consumption. The ACMD report gives considerable insight into the complexity of this matter and, based on the available evidence, it came to a reasonable conclusion in its recommendation to Government. Although it recommended that khat should not be controlled, the ACMD acknowledges that there is an absence of robust evidence in a number of areas and that there are broader factors for the Government to consider when making its decision. The decision to bring khat under control is finely balanced and takes into account the expert scientific advice and these broader concerns.

The whole of northern Europe—most recently the Netherlands—and the majority of other EU member states have controlled khat, as well as most of the G8 countries including Canada and the USA. In all these cases khat’s exportation, importation, supply and its possession or use has been banned. Failure to take decisive action and change the UK’s legislative position on khat would place the UK at a serious risk of becoming a single, regional hub for the illegal onward trafficking of khat to these countries. Seizures of khat transiting the UK en route to the Netherlands have already been increasing in size and frequency since the Dutch ban earlier this year. The ACMD report recognised the likelihood that some khat is being re-exported to countries where it is illegal. The ACMD could not determine the scale of this activity based on the available evidence and acknowledged that this concern forms part of Government consideration of the matter.

Khat continues to feature prominently amongst the health and social harms, such as low attainment and family breakdown, cited by affected communities and the police and local authorities working with them. The ACMD acknowledged that there was insufficient evidence to enable the ACMD to advise if khat use was a cause or a symptom of social harms. The Government is concerned that we risk underestimating the actual harms of khat in our communities owing to the limitations of the evidence base available to the ACMD. To ensure a proportionate and robust policing response, the Government will introduce an escalation framework for the possession of khat for personal use, similar to that in place for cannabis.

The Government will ban khat so that we can protect vulnerable members of our communities and send a clear message to our international partners and khat smugglers that the UK is serious about stopping the illegal trafficking of khat.
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We Can't Arrest Our Way Out of This Problem

We Can't Arrest Our Way Out of This Problem | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
How to Make Money Selling Drugs makes the argument that we should end the war on drugs. As a former cop, my reasons are simple: Drug prohibition is bad for public safety, and it's never going to work.
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More comon sense talk from those in the know business. 

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Drug War Blocking Potential Treatments for Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Journal Claims | TIME.com

Drug War Blocking Potential Treatments for Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Journal Claims | TIME.com | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
Potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and many other illnesses are being blocked by anti-drug laws, according to a new editorial review published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience.
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Why the war on drugs has been made redundant

Why the war on drugs has been made redundant | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
For every 'designer drug' the authorities ban, clandestine labs are churning out a new version. No wonder the law can't keep up, writes Vaughan Bell
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Liberal Party: We Need Cheaper, Better Legal Weed

Liberal Party: We Need Cheaper, Better Legal Weed | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
Legalizing marijuana in Canada would create thousands of jobs and become a significant new source of tax revenue, the Liberal Party says in a new draft policy paper — but only if the government can get weed prices down and quality up.
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Opening session and first day of the 23rd International Harm Reduction Conference | Harm Reduction International

Opening session and first day of the 23rd International Harm Reduction Conference | Harm Reduction International | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
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Richard Branson says decriminalising drugs would not lose votes

Richard Branson says decriminalising drugs would not lose votes | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
Virgin boss says MPs must be brave and not send addicts to jail
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each day another step closer to revoking the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 

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The economic case to legalize all drugs

The economic case to legalize all drugs | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
Two states in the US—Washington and Colorado—legalized recreational marijuana use this year. More than half of Americans now support legalizing marijuana, up 20 percentage points in the last decade.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, June 7, 2013 6:59 PM

...okay  on what level does prohibition make any sense?

Gart Valenc's comment, June 8, 2013 8:01 AM
I highly recommend Jeffry Miron's The Economics of Drug Legalisation, which is available in the «Videos» section in my website: www.stopthewarondrugs.org

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Twitter: @gartvalenc
Gart Valenc's comment, June 8, 2013 8:05 AM
The WarOnDrugs has dealt a double blow to producing & transit countries:

a) by criminalising the supply, the largest consumers in the world (US & Europe) have transferred to producing & transit countries the lion’s share of the costs associated to Prohibition & the WarOnDrugs policies, and

b) by deviating resources to fight the WarOnDrugs, producing & transit countries have ended up subsidising the largest consumers in the world (US & Europe).
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Human Rights Groups Push for an End to the War on Drugs | Open Society Foundations

Human Rights Groups Push for an End to the War on Drugs | Open Society Foundations | United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. | Scoop.it
Drug policy reform took center stage this week at a summit of the Americas with unprecedented support from human rights groups.
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with enough presure being applied through legal channals, petitions and depuations then the tide will turn and we will see an end to the warr on drugs within 10 years. 

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Breaking the Taboo - END THE WAR ON DRUGS #breaktaboo

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Member states of the EU can denounce the United Nations 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

 

Its up to the Judges of the international courts.  

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