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    Matt 1:45 pm on February 11, 2016 Permalink
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    Demand Action – Demand Drug Policy Reform 

    n April 2016, governments from around the world will convene in New York for the biggest global debate on drugs in nearly two decades – the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem.

    At the last UNGASS on drugs in 1998, global leaders pledged to secure a “drug-free world,” a goal that is not only unrealistic but has contributed to the needless criminalization of people who use drugs, soaring rates of drug-related deaths, HIV and hepatitis C epidemics, executions that violate international law and a restriction of access to essential pain relief medications.

    The global drug policy system is well and truly broken and the 2016 UNGASS presents a vital opportunity to shift the debate and begin to ground drug policy firmly in public health, human rights and compassion. The time for reform is now!

    http://www.talkingdrugs.org/demand-drug-policy-reform-ungass

     
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    Matt 1:38 pm on December 9, 2015 Permalink
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    We Are A Movement For Freedom 

    International Drug Policy Reform Conference 2015

     
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    Matt 11:16 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink  

    World drug problem violates human rights in five key areas, says UN official 

    The global drug problem violates human rights in five key areas – the right to health, the rights relating to criminal justice and discrimination, the rights of the child and the rights of indigenous peoples, a senior United Nations official said today.

    “It is clear that the world’s drug problem impacts the enjoyment of a wide range of human rights, often resulting in serious violations,” said Flavia Pansieri, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.

    “It is, nevertheless, a positive development that human rights are increasingly being taken into account in the preparations for the General Assembly’s Special Session on the world drug problem to be held in April 2016,” she said.

    Ms. Pansieri made the remarks during her presentation of the report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights during a panel discussion on issues related to human rights and drug policy taking place on the side lines of the 30th session of the Human Rights Council underway in Geneva, Switzerland.

    She said “the report addresses the impact of the world drug problem in five main areas: the right to health, rights relating to criminal justice, the prohibition of discrimination including, in particular against ethnic minorities and women, the rights of the child and the rights of indigenous peoples.”

    On the right to health, she said the report therefore encourages States to embrace harm reduction approaches when dealing with drug dependent persons.

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    Matt 11:02 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink
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    Kids Get It 

     
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    Matt 10:59 am on January 26, 2015 Permalink
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    Prof. David Nutt; Drugs: Time for a Neuroscience Enlightenment? 

     
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    Matt 3:54 pm on November 25, 2014 Permalink  

    With Appreciation 

    Twenty-five years. A quarter of a century. That’s the age of the oldest article in the archive of the Media Awareness Project. Dated January 1990, this initial clipping hailed from the San Francisco Chronicle and concerned the emerging AIDS epidemic.

    Twenty years. One fifth of a century. That is age of DrugSense, the 501(c)(3) non-profit that operates MAP.

    Over the last two decades, DrugSense/MAP volunteers have meticulously built the archive to a quarter of a million – yes, 250,000! – newspaper, magazine and web articles on all aspects of drug policy, both in the United States and worldwide. A strategic, timely and highly respected resource, the MAP archive charts the course of this evolving public policy and tells the story of medical cannabis, needle exchange, asset forfeiture and the other topics it covers through an easily accessible and fully searchable database.

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    Matt 3:51 pm on November 25, 2014 Permalink
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    Ethan Nadelmann: Why we need to end the War on Drugs 

     
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    Matt 3:19 pm on September 9, 2014 Permalink
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    Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work 

    On Tuesday, September 9th the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a new, groundbreaking report, Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work, at a press conference at MOMA in New York City.

    This report reflects a new evolution in the Commissioners’ thinking — and will break major new ground in the global discussion about ending drug prohibition.

    Moderator is Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post. Speakers included former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian President César Gaviria, former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss, Richard Branson, Louise Arbour and others

    http://www.gcdpsummary2014.com/

     
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    Matt 9:32 am on May 14, 2014 Permalink
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    The Expert Group on the Economics of Drug 

    This event presents the report of the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy, the most thorough independent economic analysis of the current international drug control strategy ever conducted.

    Panelists include:

    Mauricio Lopez Bonilla (@mlopezbonilla) is the minister of interior of Guatemala.

    Mark Kleiman (@MarkARKleiman) is a professor of public policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs.

    Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch (@OSFKasia) is director of the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program.

    Danny Quah (@DannyQuah) is Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He is also Professor of Economics and International Development and Kuwait Professor at LSE.

     
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    Matt 1:06 pm on April 7, 2014 Permalink
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    Drugs, Science And Society; Past, Present And Future 

    Narcotics have been used by humans since the time of the ancient Egyptians, and even today around 300 million people across the world take drugs each year. But what is a drug? And who is it that should decide what a drug is?

    With Sharon Ruston, Professor of Romanticism at Lancaster University and Professor David Nutt

    Questions and Answers

     
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