Narrow cannabis result proves need for reform

Read the entire interview on RNZ “The country is split down the middle on a particular concept of legalisation. And I think there’s every ground now for the government to be looking very carefully at this, beginning to discuss with other parties, including obviously the Green Party, on where to go from here.

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A no vote won’t deliver a cannabis-free New Zealand

Read the entire article on NZ Herald .  The case for legalisation was evidence-based. It weighed up the harms caused by prohibition against the potential for harm from cannabis use. It took into account that cannabis has for decades been a very widely available recreational drug in New Zealand and

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New Zealand is the next country to fight the prohibition of cannabis, and high time too.

Read the entire article on The Independent. – This year, New Zealanders have the opportunity to turn their backs on the futile policy of trying to prohibit the use and supply of cannabis. For decades, these activities have been criminalised, blighting the future prospects of many and wasting public funding

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Ruth Dreifuss on China Global TV Network: “What is behind the global rise in opioid addiction?”

Watch interview on CGTN, The Agenda with Stephen Cole. The global opioid epidemic has been called the worst drugs crisis in history. CGTN Europe’s The Agenda program spoke to Ruth Dreifuss, a former president of Switzerland, and now chair of the Global Commission on Drugs Policy, who says the “overprescription of opioids

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Olusegun Obasanjo calls for the decriminalization of drug use and possession in the Ghanaian Times

Read original article in The Ghanaian Times Decriminalization of personal use is a responsible pathway to controlling drugs Similar to other countries in the region, Ghana is experiencing growing drug availability, trafficking and consumption. This phenomenon, more and more visible and problematic for a decade now, is related to the

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Commissioner George Shultz in the Financial Times: “We cannot win the war on drugs by obsessing over supply”

Read original article in the Financial Times The news that Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $572m by the state of Oklahoma over its contribution to the US opioid crisis is just the latest skirmish in a seemingly never-ending war on drugs. The drug war never ends because the

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Commissioner Branson: “Four drug policies proven to save lives”

Read original article in Virgin Earlier this month, I was saddened to see the Scottish Government’s latest statistics on drug-related deaths. The report stated there were 1,187 drug-related deaths last year. That’s a 27 per cent increase on the year before – the highest rate in the EU. Despite these

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Global Commissioner Sir Richard Branson in Diario de Noticias: “Portugal preserves the dignity of people who use drugs”

Read original article in Diario de Noticias   Richard Branson: “Portugal preserva a dignidade de quem consome drogas” A atual visão sobre como se lida com os consumidores de droga tem de ser alterada, defendem 26 altas individualidades, como o antigo Presidente da República Jorge Sampaio. Estados têm de intervir

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Michel Kazatchkine and Mary Chinery-Hesse in EUObserver: “A fundamental contradiction in EU drug policy”

Read original article in EUObserver By Michel Kazatchkine, former director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy; and Mary Chinery-Hesse, Chancellor of the university of Ghana and member of the West Africa Commission on Drugs. Over the past

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Ruth Dreifuss and Bill Richardson in The Daily Caller: “Abstinence from punishment, a path to address the opioid crisis”

By Bill Richardson, former Governor of New Mexico, and Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland and Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy* More than 70’000 people died from a drug overdose in 2017 in the United States, according to reports. This sets yet a new record, emphasizing the

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