Colombia

Fri
26
Jun

New UN Report Shows Marijuana Is Getting Stronger and Cocaine Is in a Bear Market

Coke is dying out, while weed is innovating

Thanks to innovation, illegal marijuana users are getting a stronger—and possibly more harmful—high today than they did 10 years ago.

The potency of cannabis, commonly measured by concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has steadily increased over the past decade in the U.S. and Europe, the two major marijuana markets, according to the annual World Drugs Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime.

Wed
24
Jun

How Cannabis Is Making a Comeback in Colombia

Back when Juan Pablo Guzman started his cannabis cultivation business nearly two decades ago, the Colombian says he had to get permission from the country’s FARC rebels, the military and the police to bring his crops down from a small, 2-hectare plot up in the subtropical forests in the department of Cauca. But Guzman doesn’t consider himself a drug trafficker. Over the past decade, the 48-year-old balding man, who’s full of charm and speaks with a springy cadence, has transitioned to making medicinal products out of marijuana to help people in pain. “This,” he says as he pulls out a vial and drips a black, viscous glob on his finger, “is my medicine.”

Thu
18
Jun

Being Moody: Growing pot next door to Congress

Washington (CNN) The latest Washington showdown isn't over budgets or confirmation hearings -- it's over pot.

Marijuana has been legal in the District of Columbia for nearly two months now, despite ongoing warnings from Congress that the city's voter-approved experiment violates federal law.

Voters in Washington overwhelmingly approved an initiative last November that allows adults to possess up to two ounces of marijuana. They can also cultivate up to six cannabis plants within their homes at one time. But Congress has direct oversight over the District's laws, so the controversial new law is facing heavy scrutiny from Capitol Hill.

Tue
16
Jun

Could Colombia Legalize Marijuana? Amid Drug War and Trafficking, Lawmakers to Debate Full Legalization

Lawmakers in Colombia, one of the world’s biggest drug producers and the backdrop of an often violent illegal drug trade, could debate legalizing marijuana this year, according to Colombia Reports. While legislators are already moving forward with considering legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, Sen. Roy Barreras from the southwestern city of Cali, once known as the most violent place in the country thanks to its warring drug gangs, hopes to get full marijuana legalization on the table.

Mon
15
Jun

Could Colombia Legalize Marijuana? Amid Drug War And Trafficking, Lawmakers To Debate Full ...

Lawmakers in Colombia, one of the world’s biggest drug producers and the backdrop of an often violent illegal drug trade, could debate legalizing marijuana this year, according to Colombia Reports. While legislators are already moving forward with considering legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, Sen. Roy Barreras from the southwestern city of Cali, once known as the most violent place in the country thanks to its warring drug gangs, hopes to get full marijuana legalization on the table.

Fri
12
Jun

Colombian Senator: Decriminalize Marijuana to Beat the Narcos

Español“I think we need to go ahead and get rid of this damn drug-trafficking business that has done so much damage already,” Colombian Senator Roy Barreras said on Wednesday, June 10.

The senator added that we he would soon propose an amendment to the current medical marijuana bill being debated in Congress to expand decriminalization to include recreational purposes.

Fri
12
Jun

Video: What happened when Portugal decriminalised drugs

For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kicks off our new “Global Compass” series, examining novel approaches to policy problems.
 

Sat
06
Jun

International Summit Highlights Contradictions in Drug Policy Debate

An international drug control summit in Colombia has again placed the contradictions in rapidly changing thinking on drug policy at center stage, as calls for drug users and producers not to be criminalized clashed with plans to increase efforts to tackle drug cultivation. 

Tue
02
Jun

Silk Road Reduced Violence in the Drug Trade, Study Argues

THE DARK WEB may have a silver lining, according to a pair of academics: A new class of geekier, less violent drug dealers.

A law professor and a professor of criminal science argue, in a paper released online, that by reducing physical contact between drug dealers—particularly between dealers and their suppliers—the Silk Road’s bustling Web-based narcotics trade may have prevented bloodshed that would have occurred in the street-level illegal drug market.

Sun
31
May

Decades of drug war have brought only crisis

The new visibility of police violence toward African-Americans in the United States has stoked public debate about policing: What about body cameras? Should we reform police training? Perhaps we should go slow on all that military gear?

I find it almost impossible to sit through any of this while the underlying issue goes unaddressed: It’s the drug economy, stupid.

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