The mass detention and forced treatment of people who use drugs in Afghanistan reminds us of the darkest periods of history.
The Needs of the Youth Are Ignored in Armenia – Interview with Ashot Gevorgyan
An organisation of progressive young people, The Dignity Movement, is fighting for a more inclusive and supportive drug policy in Armenia. We interviewed the president of the organisation, Ashot Gevorgyan.
Cannabis Reform in Malta
The Maltese government launched a public consultation on a White Paper, proposing the full decriminalisation of the possession of up to 7 grams of cannabis. In this episode of Drugreporter Café, we discuss the chances of cannabis reform with Cyrus Engerer, a Member of the European Parliament, a politican representing the Maltese Labour Party, and Andrew Bonello, the president of ReLeaf, a cannabis reform NGO from the island.
Drug Policy Reform in Iceland | Drugreporter Café | S01E8
What drugs people use in the remote island of Iceland? Is the Icelandic prevention model really a miracle? Why decision makers decided to introduce a drug consumption room and decriminalise drug use? Learn it from this episode of Drugreporter Café!
Will Colombia Restart Aerial Coca Spraying? | Drugreporter Café | S01E07
The Colombian government announced that it will restart is controversial aerial fumigation program to eradicate coca fields. But does it provide any alternative livelihood to coca farmers? Did it fulfil its promises to support poor rural communities? And what do we know about the risks of forced eradication on public health and the environment? Watch this next episode of Drugreporter Café learn the answers to these questions from our two guests, Isabel Pereira (Dejusticia) and Elizabeth Dickinson (International Crisis Group).
Unhappy Birthdays: Anniversaries of Drug Laws in Belgium and the UK | Drugreporter Café | S01E06
What can we learn from the failures of repressive drug laws? How can we convince the people that they are failed? What are the alternatives of punitive drug policies? A group of NGOs launched a campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of the Misuse of Drugs Act in the UK – and the 100th anniversary of the drug law in Belgium. We discuss lessons learnt with Ester Kincova from Transform and Stéphane Leclercq from Fedito Brussels.
Gateway Theory in Finland: From Cannabis Decriminalisation to Legalising all Drugs
A citizens’ initiative in Finland aiming to decriminalise cannabis gathered the required 50,000 signatures at the end of 2019. Read this article by a Finnish activist, Aleksi Hupli!
The Norwegian Government’s Proposal for Drug Policy Reform: Support, Don’t Punish
The Norwegian government presented its plan to decriminalise drug use last week – read this report from Arild Knutsen, a leading drug user activist.
Imprisonment for up to 15 years for using the word “drug” on the Internet
On February 10 the deputies of the Russian parliament adopted, in the third and final reading, a bill to increase the sentence for “inciting use of drugs” on the Internet to 15 years.
SanPa: Where did we leave off? Where are we now?
In Italy, the documentary film on the San Patrignano community has started a wide debate on drugs. Please read the passionate article of Susanna Ronconi (Forum Droghe) on the culture of silence and lies that contributed to the torture and abuse of people who use drugs!