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1 Switzerland: Commission Makes Recommendations For Tackling OpioidMon, 02 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Switzerland Lines:110 Added:10/06/2017

The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of harm reduction services, the decriminalization and regulation of currently illicit drugs and an initiative to allow interested cities to de facto decriminalize as federal debates over drug policy continue.

The position paper, to be released on Monday, comes in advance of the final report of the White House opioid commission, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, due out in November.

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2 Denmark: Danish Commune Tears Down Drug Mart After ShootingsSat, 03 Sep 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Bilefsky, Dan Area:Denmark Lines:119 Added:09/03/2016

With its open-air marijuana stalls festooned in psychedelic colors and its freewheeling, self-governing structure, the Christiania neighborhood in Copenhagen has been for decades emblematic of Danish liberalism and tolerance.

On Friday morning, however, a symbol of hippie hedonism came crashing down - at least temporarily.

At about 9 a.m., hundreds of residents began dismantling the drug market on Pusher Street in the heart of the city, where men in masks usually peddle marijuana and hashish from stalls. Video footage showed residents hauling away plants and using saws, drills and bulldozers to demolish the stands. Signs saying "no photography allowed" were ripped down.

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3 Malta: Government Has Failed in Its Fight Against Drugs inWed, 20 Jul 2016
Source:Independent (Malta)          Area:Malta Lines:55 Added:07/20/2016

PN Deputy Leader Beppe Fenech Adami said that government's war on drugs in the Corradino Correctional Facility has failed.

He was speaking in Parliament, and reminded people of government's pledge to reform the prison, and end drug abuse there. In this, he said, government has failed. "In November 2013, government hired an ex-US soldier to bring discipline to the prison. Former Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia had said he was starting a war to end drugs in prison.

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4 Austria: Opium Production PlungesFri, 24 Jun 2016
Source:Herald, The (South Africa)          Area:Austria Lines:46 Added:06/24/2016

GLOBAL opium production plunged almost 40% last year but the world remains awash with heroin, the narcotic that still kills the most people worldwide, the United Nations said yesterday.

UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) head Yury Fedotov said: "Heroin continues to be the drug that kills the most people and this resurgence must be addressed urgently."

A UNODC report said production of opium, which is processed into heroin, had fallen to 4 770 tons last year, a 38% plunge from 2014.

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5 Germany: Germany Relaxes Dagga RulesThu, 05 May 2016
Source:Witness, The (South Africa)          Area:Germany Lines:35 Added:05/05/2016

BERLIN - The German government gave the go-ahead yesterday to relax rules on cannabis use by the seriously ill from early next year if they have no other treatment options.

Dried cannabis flowers and cannabis extracts will be available in pharmacies on prescription and the public health system will cover the cost, according to the draft bill that is expected to come into force next year.

Other countries that allow cannabis use for medical purposes include Italy and the Czech Republic. Some U.S. states have decriminalised cannabis completely. Portugal has decriminalised all drugs for personal use, but does not allow cannabis use for medical purposes.

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6 Italy: Prosecutor's Idea to Defeat Isis: Legalize PotSun, 24 Apr 2016
Source:Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA)          Area:Italy Lines:74 Added:04/24/2016

The Islamic State and its terrorist proxies would suffer if cannabis were decriminalized, Italy's top prosecutor argues.

In a recent interview, Franco Roberti also pointed out the links between the extremist group and organized crime in his country.

Roberti is Italy's anti-terrorism and anti-mafia chief, a joint portfolio that was created last year. He said decriminalizing marijuana - or even making it legal - would dent the illicit networks that profit from its sale and production.

The Islamic State, in particular, gleans money off smuggling routes from parts of Libya into Europe.

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7Austria: Canada Causes Stir At UN Drug ConferenceThu, 17 Mar 2016
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Blackwell, Tom Area:Austria Lines:Excerpt Added:03/18/2016

Progressive Plan Earns Eruption of Applause

The Liberal government used its first foray into the global anti-narcotics arena this week to signal a clear shift from the war on drugs philosophy, promising more safe-injection sites, promoting "harm reduction" and touting its plan to legalize marijuana.

The speech by Hilary Geller, an assistant deputy minister of health, caused a stir at the generally staid Commission on Narcotic Drugs conference in Vienna, observers said.

The audience of government and non-governmental organization officials from around the world "erupted in applause" midway through the address and gave a prolonged ovation at the end, said Jason Nickerson, an Ottawa-based researcher who is attending the meeting.

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