Proposed changes to Ecuador's penal code would decriminalise possession of drugs for personal use, including up to 10 grams of marijuana and hashish, four grams of opium, five grams of cocaine, and 100 milligrams of heroin.
The Greek government is in the process of reviewing its drug laws, which will notably include decriminalisation of drug use, depenalisation of supply, possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal use and the promotion of treatment for dependent users.
Drug users who possess a small amount of illegal drugs for their own use might no longer face jail time, once a draft amendment to the Criminal Code prepared by the Ministry of Justice in Slovakia was approved.
The Liberal Democrats have voted to establish a panel to consider decriminalising the use of all drugs in the UK. The panel would also consider a less radical alternative: that possession would remain illegal, but those caught would have to appear before a panel and made to undertake "appropriate…
MEXICO CITY - Former President Vicente Fox suggested Friday that Mexican authorities consider calling on drug cartels for a truce and offering them amnesty, speaking out a day after an apparent cartel attack on a casino killed 52 people.
An increasing number of policy makers worldwide are declaring that the existing approach to drug policies, which focuses on the use of law enforcement, has failed to prevent illicit drug use and supply.
The Count the Costs campaign calls upon world leaders and UN agencies to quantify the unintended negative consequences of the current approach to drugs, and assess the potential costs and benefits of alternative approaches to drug policy.
The 54th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) took place from 21st to 25th March 2011. A number of organisations that participated to the meeting share their impressions of the event in reports, blogs and videos.
Under the new law, public prosecutors will be able to refrain from prosecuting a person for the possession of psychoactive or psychotropic substances if the individual possesses only a small amount of an illegal drug for personal use and has been arrested for the first time.
The war on drugs creates massive costs, resulting from the enforcement-led approach that puts organised crime in control of the trade. It is time to count these costs and explore the alternatives, using the best evidence available, to deliver a safer, healthier and more just world.
This Series draws attention to the issues around the growing HIV epidemic in people who use drugs, including tackling the myths surrounding HIV and people who use drugs, and subjects as diverse as women and drugs to the effect of amphetamines, alcohol, and human rights on the epidemic.
Concerned by the proliferating number of human rights abuses that occur under the auspices of the war on drugs, the campaign draws attention to drug users, minorities, young people and other people caught in the cross fire. Each month, the page will highlight a different type of human rights…