Much to the dismay of the Bush Administration, The Canadian House of Commons recommended this week that Canada decriminalize the possession and cultivation of small amounts of cannabis, among other reform measures.
What could have been an extended wake for a drug reform movement badly chastened by the November 5 election results instead became an occasion for reinvigoration as activists gathered at Marijuna Policy Project's conference in Anaheim, CA.
In 'Addict in the Family: How to Cope With the Long Haul,' Australian physician and author Dr. Andrew Byrne speaks directly to the families and friends of heroin addicts, outlining an accessible approach to coping with addiction in the family.
Caught between a clamor for an end to cannabis prohibition and the grumblings of reactionaries on the other, David Blunkett is making a mess of what was supposed to be a straightforward move to decriminalize marijuana possession in Great Britain.
Britain's third political force, the Liberal Democrat Party, is moving to put its policy where its platform is with a plan which would effectively decriminalize hard drug possession in the London borough of Southwick.
The latest addition to the ever-growing debate over British drug policy came this week as the parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee studying current policy released its long-awaited report, "The Government's Drugs Policy: Is It Working?"
Raphael Perl, an international terrorism and narcotics specialist, recently spoke about the correlation between drug use, crime rates and decriminalization. His remarks indicate that serious drug analysts are beginning to understand the trade-off between prohibition and crime.
At its national convention in Seattle last weekend, the US branch of Amnesty International, the world's largest human rights organization, voted to have the organization investigate the links between US drug policy and human rights abuses at home and abroad.