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Amanda Feilding and upcoming Beckley Foundation campaign featured in the Observer

November 27, 2012 Beckley in the Media

For the past 15 years, as part of the Beckley Foundation, which she set up in 1989, Feilding has hosted seminars, promoted research and lobbied the powerful in the name of legalisation. On 5 December, she will oversee the launch of a new global initiative to deal with what she tells the Observer is “the real danger to society” – a counterproductive war on drugs that allows a deadly criminal culture to thrive across the globe.

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Paths for Reform: Proposed Options for Alternative Drug Policies in Guatemala

November 12, 2012 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

Amanda Feilding, Director of the Beckley Foundation, presented the Beckley Foundation’s initial drug policy proposals to Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina and his key advisors in January 2013.

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The Beckley Foundation Policy Programme

October 31, 2012 Policy

Over the last 15 years, the Beckley Foundation has been at the forefront of initiating policy reform with the aim of minimising the harms caused both by drugs themselves and by the collateral damage caused by current prohibitionist drug-control policies, which put money and power in the hands of criminals.

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A Fresh Approach to Drugs – the UK Drug Policy Commission Report

October 15, 2012 Cannabis

The Beckley Foundation welcomes the report of the UK Drug Policy Commission published this week, a culmination of 6 years of in-depth analysis into all aspects of UK drug policy. The Commission, comprised of a distinguished multi-disciplinary panel of experts, has reached many of the same conclusions as those emerging from the work of the Beckley […]

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“A Legal Regulation Of Cannabis, A Solution To A Global Crisis”

August 22, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Original Version of the talk that Amanda gave in the ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH FESTIVAL SOCIAL FORUM in Benicassim, Spain, on 22 August 2012 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FULL TALK To leave the third largest industry in the world  worth about $350 billion per annum in the control of criminal cartels people with values opposite to those of […]

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Colombian prosecutor calls for drug legalisation referendum

August 21, 2012 Global Policy News

COLOMBIA’S CHIEF public prosecutor has called for a referendum on whether to legalise drug consumption, in response to plans to set up a network of public centres where users can consume illicit drugs under supervision. The so-called “controlled consumption centres” are part of a drive by Gustavo Petro, the mayor of the capital, Bogotá, to […]

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The Deceptive Gains of the War on Drugs

August 7, 2012 Global Policy News

August 6, 2012 Click here for original By Robert Valencia Recently, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske, shared what he considered great news: According to numbers from the White House, potential cocaine production in Colombia had dropped by 72 percent since 2001. This ranks the country third in production of […]

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‘Legal Highs’ and the Dangers of Bad Laws

August 7, 2012 Drug abuse

HUFFINGTON POST Click here for original article A recent UK Home Office report sounded the alarms about the identification of 17 previously ‘unknown’ drugs that had never before been seen in the UK –setting off a legislative rush to ban these so-called ‘legal highs’. The UK is far from alone. The European Monitoring Centre for […]

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Government opposes Copenhagen City Council on cannabis shops

August 6, 2012 Global Policy News

In Parliament majority in favour of decriminalization unlikely The pilot project to have state-run hash and marijuana dispensaries in Copenhagen received a setback after the Justice Ministry turned down the City Council’s request to experiment with regulating cannabis in the city. In a letter to the Council, the social-democrat Minister of Justice, Morten Bødskov, wrote that the […]

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The Genie Has Escaped the Drug Prohibition Bottle

July 31, 2012 Global Policy News

July 2012 Click here for original article This morning, the front page of the New York Times featured an article titled “South America Sees Drug Path to Legalization,” which discusses the growing debate on alternatives to the drug war. Throughout Latin America, both former and current heads of state are demanding that the full range of policy […]

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Drugs and Prisons in Uruguay: The Case of Alicia Castilla

July 30, 2012 Global Policy News

Click here for video  In Uruguay, the consumption of drugs, including marijuana, is not punishable with prison time. Even so, the cultivation of marijuana for personal consumption is a crime. When she was 66 years old, Alicia Castilla was put in jail for three months for cultivating marijuana as part of her research and for […]

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Advances in Uruguay’s proposed legalization of marijuana

July 26, 2012 Global Policy News

July 2012 Click here for original article in Spanish The bill to regulate the cannabis and cigarette’s market is divided into two articles and will be sent to Parliament shortly. This was reported by the deputy secretary Diego Canepa who said that no law will be repealed and that there is no chance that the […]

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L.A. City Council votes 14-0 to ban medical marijuana shops

July 25, 2012 Cannabis

In the latest attempt to regulate what many say is an out-of-control proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, the City Counted voted 14-0 Tuesday to ban pot shops. Under the ban, each of the 762 dispensaries that have registered with the city will be sent a letter ordering them to shut down immediately. […]

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AIDS doctors join international chorus targeting the ‘war on drugs’

July 23, 2012 Harm reduction

Click here for original Two prominent Canadian doctors have joined an international campaign calling on world leaders to stop the spread of AIDS by ending the so called war on drugs. Their advertising campaign is being launched today and is endorsed by supporters of the 2010 Vienna Declaration, which urges governments to write evidence-based drug […]

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Czech Republic Exemplifies Smart and Humane Drug Policy

July 19, 2012 Global Policy News

July 3, 2012   by Joanne Csete   Global Drug Policy Program There is nothing politically easier in most countries than scapegoating drugs and drug users as the source of all social problems. Politicians can expect a boost in their popularity when they support repressive measures against drugs and are dismissive of public services for […]

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The Tragedy of Failed Drug Policies in Brazil

July 19, 2012 Global Policy News

July 3, 2012   by Ricardo André Souza & Rodrigo Baptista Pacheco Click here for original article The current drug policy supported by the United Nations Organizations espouses that a world without drugs is possible. In pursuit of this goal, resources are spent on financing a blatantly warlike approach reflected in the term “war on […]

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Decriminalization of Drugs as HIV Prevention

July 19, 2012 Global Policy News

July 11, 2012   by Daniel Wolfe & Joanne Csete  What stops HIV? The answer—issued this week by a commission of leading experts assembled by the UN—is an end to the criminalizing of drug use, needles, and personal possession of drugs. Public health experts long ago realized that laws and policing were as important as […]

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Portugal Decriminalized All Drugs Eleven Years Ago And The Results Are Staggering

July 18, 2012 Global Policy News

Samuel Blackstone| Jul. 17, 2012 On July 1st, 2001, Portugal decriminalized every imaginable drug, from marijuana, to cocaine, to heroin. Some thought Lisbon would become a drug tourist haven, others predicted usage rates among youths to surge. Eleven years later, it turns out they were both wrong. Over a decade has passed since Portugal changed […]

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Cannabis regulation in Uruguay: “Someone has to be first …”

July 18, 2012 Global Policy News

A sophisticated debate on how to manage drug-related problems is underway in Latin America. Will the UN drug control system stay stuck in denial? John Walsh Martin Jelsma Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Uruguay may be poised to become the first country to opt for a state controlled and legally regulated cannabis market for medical as […]

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MORE PICTURES OF GUATEMALA LAUNCH

July 17, 2012 Global Policy News

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Viva Rio launches campaign to change Drug Law in Brazil

July 10, 2012 Global Policy News

July 2012 The Brazilian Commission on Drugs and Democracy (CBDD) and Viva Rio launch, on Monday (9), a national campaign to change the Law on Drugs in Brazil. The campaign “Drug Law: it’s time to change” will collect one million signatures to present Brazil’s National Congress with a bill calling for more equitable and effective drug […]

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Exclusive Video: President welcomes Beckley

July 10, 2012 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala and Amanda Feilding launch Beckley Foundation Guatemala

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Study: Dutch ‘weed pass’ ups street sales

July 10, 2012 Global Policy News

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, July 9 The introduction of a “weed pass” in three Dutch provinces has resulted in an increase in illegal street sales of marijuana, researchers said. The pass, introduced in May, is a mandatory membership card for people wishing to purchase marijuana in coffee shops in the Netherlands. It is meant to keep tourists […]

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Decriminalization of Drug Possession Doesn’t Increase Drug Use, New Report Finds

July 9, 2012 Global Policy News

Click here for original article in Huffington Post Drug “legalization” is no mystery. A new report shows that there are many alternatives to drug prohibition — and all of them improve things. Alcohol prohibition in the United States — in place from 1920 to 1933– was a national ban on the sale, manufacture and transportation […]

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Paul Armentano: Marijuana Should Be Legalized and Regulated

July 9, 2012 Cannabis

Paul Armentano is the deputy director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and he is the co-author of the book Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? It’s time for politicians to call for a truce in the so-called war on drugs. According to a 2010 […]

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Court closes loophole used by illegal drug makers

July 6, 2012 Global Policy News

July  2012 People who buy, transport, deliver or possess ephedrine compounds with the intention of processing them into narcotics will be convicted of illegal drug-making, China’s top judicial authorities said toward the end of June. Previously, it was hard for judges to deal with these cases because the Criminal Law did not specifically cover ephedrine […]

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Medical Marijuana Use Sprouting In Israel

July 5, 2012 Cannabis

July  2012 Israel has become a world leader in the use of medical marijuana. More than 10,000 patients have received government licenses to consume the drug to treat ailments such as cancer and chronic pain. But while the unorthodox treatment has gained acceptance in Israel, it still has its critics. Susan Malkah breathes in the […]

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Alternate crops replacing poppy

July 5, 2012 Global Policy News

Almost 200 Chinese companies have become involved in efforts to give farmers in the Golden Triangle alternatives to growing opium poppies, bringing profits to communities in Southeast Asia and China, a Yunnan commerce official said on Monday. Since 2005, the number of companies investing labor and techniques into alternative crops has risen from 42 to […]

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Our politicians need to frame a drugs policy that actually works

July 5, 2012 Global Policy News

By Colette Browne Wednesday, July 04, 2012 WHAT do David Cameron, Barack Obama and Leo Varadkar have in common? All three have admitted to smoking cannabis. The Transport Minister made his admission a number of years ago in one of those cringey Hot Press interviews so beloved of politicians desperate to get down with the […]

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Beckley Foundation Inagurated at Guatemalan Palace

July 5, 2012 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

President Otto Pérez Molina has launched our Latin American Chapter in Guatemala at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace, in the presence of senior members of the Government and Judiciary. The President also signed our Public Letter calling for an end to the War on Drugs (photo). He is the first incumbent Head of Government […]

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