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Systems overload

Details: Drug Laws and Prisons in Colombia. Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America. During the 20 th century, drug policies in Colombia were increasingly repressive, largely ineffective, and heavily influenced by the international legal framework that was put in place. In effect, in just a few years Colombia went from having a

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Systems overload

Details: The Mexico chapter of the research study Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America, analyzes the relationship between drug legislation and the prison situation in Mexico. The research shows that harsher penalties for drug related crime and the use of preventive detention in recent years are two key factors that have contributed

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Systems overload

Details: The administration of President Evo Morales has announced that it intends to repeal Law 1008 and replace it by two different laws, one on coca and the other on controlled substances. “The first is intended to highlight the importance for the Bolivian people of the coca leaf, and to define the limits for its cultivation and legal use.

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Drug Law Reform on the Map

Details: UK drug laws used as tool of systemic racism, says ex-No 10 adviser 29.09.2021; Drug decriminalization movement gaining momentum in Canada as overdose deaths surge 29.09.2021; Stand for craft: How Canada’s craft cannabis cultivators are pushing for tax reform 29.09.2021; Government allegedly backpedals on legalising cannabis 28.09.2021

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Systems overload

Details: The laws designed to prosecute drug crimes have failed to reduce the scale of trafficking and have resulted instead in the imprisonment of people in vulnerable situations. Download the chapter on Argentina (PDF) Argentina’s criminal laws in relation to these substances have been evolving since 1924, but since the 1970s their repressive

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Unscheduling the coca leaf

Details: Laws restricting the availability of cocaine saw a drop in consumption in most of the countries surveyed from the 1920s until the 1960s. Particularly worrying is the use of smokable cocaine base paste (PBC, paco, bazuco or crack in Latin America), as distinct from free-base and crack cocaine that is produced from cocaine in the United States

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Proportionality of sentences

Details: Those laws have fed the region’s prison crisis, creating humanitarian disasters (Brazil being just one example) affecting the most vulnerable sectors of society, even as drug trafficking-related crime, violence, and corruption have continued to expand. Yet recent domestic criminal justice reformssuggest that the United States is now changing

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Legislative Reform Series

Details: As was said in the first UN World Drug Report in 1997: “Laws – and even the international Conventions – are not written in stone; they can be changed when the democratic will of nations so wishes it.” What the world needs is a group of countries willing to declare that …

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Decriminalization

Details: The Czech drug related legislation is quite extensive and includes laws as well as various by-laws. The most important feature of the Czech legislative system is that criminal law does not consider drug use to be a criminal offence. The new Czech Criminal Code introduced a brand new sig­nificant fe

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Legislative Reform Series

Details: It can re-launch Harm Reduction as an approach and overarching concept in drug policies, going beyond the well-known set of public health measures to focus on reducing the harm caused by policies, and punitive laws in particular, so as to change the objectives and strategies of drug control.

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