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.
Officials at Colorado State University in Fort Collins announced recently that CSU has become the first college in the nation to operate a drug court for students accused of campus drug and alcohol violations.
The editor of DRCNet's Week Online interviews Sasha Abramsky, author of a new book on our prison system, focusing on the non-violent and petty criminals that fill America's prisons and the drug war connection.
American music listeners are familiar enough with the drug-laced lyrics and spaciness of stoner rock and the gritty drug war milieu of gangster rap, but most non-Spanish-speaking gringos remain totally oblivious to the narcocorrido, a musical genre drenched in the Mexico-US drug trade whose leading stars sell millions of albums on both sides of the border.
Deaths and other human rights abuses by Bolivian security
forces have mounted in recent weeks as they confront angry
coca-growing peasants determined to protect their crops and
their economic well-being.
A bill which would allow the D.C. Child and Family Services
Agency to test children at birth for signs of drug exposure
and take custody of those children is full of flaws and would
serve to target the poor, ignoring the underlying issues
The "D.A.R.E. Generation" works to change drug policies on campuses. The Students for Sensible Drug Policy met this month to talk about ways to bring drug policy awareness to campuses across the country
and, according to DRCNet, they are not alone in their effort.
Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri has moved
away from a logical drug policy, creating stricter laws and
mandatory-minimum sentencing and implementing the
death penalty for drug producers and dealers.
Even as Congress grows increasingly queasy about U.S. drug war investments in Central America -- slashing the Andean counter-drug budget by 22 percent last week -- Bush administration officials and congressional drug war diehards are turning up the "terrorist" rhetoric in an effort to strengthen their cause.