Republican & Herald, 05 Mar 2014 - LONDON (AP) - The United Nations' drug watchdog agency said the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington poses a threat to the international fight against drug abuse. In a report published Tuesday, the International Narcotics Control Board said that it "deeply regrets" moves by those two states to lift restrictions on the sale and use of cannabis.
Chicago Sun-Times, 27 Feb 2014 - Cannabis use likely triggered fatal complications that led to the deaths of two men with underlying health conditions, according to scientists in Germany. The findings are noteworthy because cannabis isn't normally associated with acute physical problems, let alone death. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
The Herald, 23 Feb 2014 - CALLS have gone out for the legalisation of drugs and for testing stations to be set up in Scottish clubs. It follows the death of 17-year-old Regane MacColl in the Arches nightclub in Glasgow earlier this month.
The Observer, 16 Feb 2014 - I agree with your editorial ("Time for Britain and the rest of Europe to join the drugs debate", last week) that the call by Nick Clegg for the UK and the EU to engage in the debate about drug policy reform deserves strong cross-party support ("The lesson from Latin America: we need to rethink the drugs war"). This is the first time that a British minister in office has said what others have believed but waited until retirement to say. (Yes, I was one of the officials who also waited.) Nick Clegg has done so on returning from Colombia, and after conversations with President Juan Manuel Santos, who was the first president in office to call for debate on the UN drugs regime in an interview in the Observer in 2011.
Irish Independent, 13 Feb 2014 - THESE days it's increasingly popular for politicians to admit to smoking cannabis in their youth, so why are we still criminalising young people for the same behaviour? Last month, Barack Obama caused a stir when he said: "I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked ... I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol."
The Observer, 09 Feb 2014 - LIBERALS AND REPUBLICANS SIGNAL HUGE SHIFT IN CALLS FOR US DRUG LAW REFORM Never did I think I would find myself agreeing with Texas governor Rick Perry on drug policy. But when the darling of Tea Party Republicans argued in favour of reducing prison populations and against federal obstruction of Washington and Colorado's alternative marijuana policies, I found myself applauding the three-term governor.
The Observer, 09 Feb 2014 - 'If You Are Anti-Drugs, You Should Be Pro-Reform' Deputy PM's Anger at Tory Silence on Issue Nick Clegg today drags the case for reforming the drugs laws to the centre ground of British politics, saying that blanket prohibition has seen cocaine use triple in less than 20 years, a trend that has helped perpetuate conflict and violence in South America.
The Observer, 09 Feb 2014 - It was with great foresight that a Conservative backbench MP stood up during a parliamentary debate in the House of Commons in 2002 and pleaded with the then Labour government to rethink its commitment to the "war on drugs". "I ask the Labour government not to return to retribution and war on drugs. That has been tried and we all know that it does not work." Contributions like this have been all too rare from British politicians, particularly at a time when the debate about the merits of prohibition has changed so radically in recent years. That is most evident in the Americas, both North and South.
The Observer, 09 Feb 2014 - Last Week, Nick Clegg Was in Colombia, Where He Witnessed Dramatic Measures to Combat the Grip of Drug Lords. Meanwhile, in the US, a Dramatic Shift in Public Opinion From Left and Right Is Creating Alternatives to Prohibition
The Guardian, 07 Feb 2014 - The Great Actor Was an Addict. and Thanks to the Extremely Stupid Policy of Prohibition, His Death Was Inevitable Philip Seymour Hoffman's death was not on the bill. If it'd been the sacrifice of Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber, that we are invited to anticipate daily, we could delight in the Faustian justice of the righteous dispatch of a fast-living, sequin-spattered denizen of eMpTyV. We are tacitly instructed to await their demise with necrophilic sanctimony. When the end comes, they screech on Fox and TMZ, it will be deserved. The Mail provokes indignation, luridly baiting us with the sidebar that scrolls from the headline down to hell.
Independent, 03 Feb 2014 - Dutch laws governing marijuana use are so liberal that even the US pop star Miley Cyrus failed to spark too much controversy when she lit a joint on stage in Amsterdam last year. Now, 35 mayors are urging the government to take it a step further and let them grow cannabis too, as a global shift in favour of legalisation is leaving the once forward-thinking Netherlands lagging behind.
Burton Mail, 01 Feb 2014 - AS the dust settles on the conclusion of Burton's biggest ever operation to tackle drug dealing, police chiefs are now moving to recover UKP700,000 worth of assets gained through criminal pursuits. Chief inspector Steve Maskrey, East Staffordshire local policing team commander, spoke to the Mail after the final defendant, Mohammed Aziz, was sentenced to four years at Stafford Crown Court - meaning that a total of 41 criminals had been before judges and handed a total of 93 years and four months in jail for flooding the streets of the town with drugs.
Yorkshire Post, 31 Jan 2014 - Gangs from London are increasingly "spreading their wings" to seek markets for drugs in other parts of the country, a Metropolitan Police officer has warned. Officers believe as many as 54 of the capital's most dangerous gangs have "tentacles" in other towns and cities, operating in a similar way to business franchises.
Dorset Echo, 26 Jan 2014 - A RECOVERY day in Dorset aims to celebrate the recovery process and raise awareness. Dorset Recovery Day will take place on Saturday February 1 at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester from 10am to 4pm. Organisers of the day say the aim is to help make recovery from drug and alcohol issues in Dorset visible to those people using the service and those in the wider community, to show the strength of service users and the Dorset treatment system.
The Irish Times, 25 Jan 2014 - A man who has had both his eyes removed due to glaucoma has handed himself in to gardai with a quantity of herbal cannabis in a protest designed to challenge the law regarding the use of the drug for medicinal purposes. Mark Fitzsimons (30) has been completely blind for the past five years and believes that by being prosecuted for possession he may be able to avail of free legal aid in order to test legislation.
Independent, 14 Jan 2014 - Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has hinted at reforming Malta's drug laws in a recent speech. The logic behind making recreational drugs illegal can appear, at first glance, to be simple enough: Drugs are bad for one's health, and legal sanctions prevent people from harming themselves through their use.
The Copenhagen Post, 11 Jan 2014 - Government politician says the health risks of cannabis are too high, but gets her facts wrong on live TV There is mounting pressure on the government to follow in the footsteps of Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington to legalise the production, sale and consumption of cannabis.