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Schweiz. Cannabis regulieren statt verbieten, aber wie genau? Ein erstes Modell liegt vor

Der Groupement des Etudes d’Addiction (GREA) und die Interessengemeinschaft (IG) Hanf haben gemeinsam ein Modell zur Cannabisregulierung veröffentlicht. Das Modell zeigt, wie genau Cannabis verkauft, besteuert und rückverfolgt wird, um gleichzeitig gefährdete Gruppen zu schützen und mögliche Schäden des Konsums zu mindern. Der Fachverband Sucht begrüsst das Modell und die Eröffnung der Debatte um das «Wie» der Cannabisregulierung. Genauer hingeschaut werden sollte noch bei der Zusammenarbeit zwischen Spezialgeschäften und Sucht-Fachleuten. (Fachverband Sucht, Schweiz, 29.10.2018)


Health, Human Rights: Criminalising pain? Scheduling tramadol would hurt those most in need

This blog post is published ahead of the 41st World Health Organisation's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) meeting, which will critically review tramadol and issue a recommendation on its scheduling for the consideration of the 62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. IDPC has submitted contribution to the ECDD's meeting on the matter. IDPC is of the view that scheduling tramadol is presently unnecessary and would be counter-productive in its effects on public health. (idpc - International Drug Policy Consortium, 29.10.2018)


Kanada. Canada just legalized recreational pot. Here's what you need to know

(...) As marijuana enthusiasts continue celebrating this historic day for Canada, here's a quick primer to get you up to speed. (CNN, 17.10.2018)


USA. «Wir haben keine Opioid-Krise. Wir haben eine Krise der Ignoranz»

Nicht die Wissenschaft spielt bei der Drogenpolitik eine Rolle, sondern struktureller Rassismus und die finanziellen Interessen einer Abhängigkeitsindustrie aus Forschern, Medien und Polizei. Das sagt Carl Hart, weltweit führender Abhängigkeitsforscher. (Republik, Schweiz, 16.10.2018)


Canada's legalization of marijuana could hurt farmers in poorer countries 

For decades poor farmers in countries like Jamaica and Morocco have risked the wrath of governments and gangsters to grow cannabis as a cash crop. (CNN, Canada, 17.10.2018)


USA. What's included in the opioids bill signed by President Trump 

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed a landmark bill Wednesday intended to deal with the nation's opioid epidemic, a bipartisan breakthrough for a crisis claiming tens of thousands of U.S. lives every year. (USA Today, 24.10.2018)


USA. Reimagining Drug Policy Through Artistic Expression: Museums, Marches, and More (Audio, Video)

n advance of June 26, a worldwide day of solidarity with people affected by drug policies, a panel of activists and artists will discuss creative tools and techniques to push for reform of the current global drug control regime.

Among other creative advocacy efforts, panelists will highlight the Museum of Drug Policy, a pop-up arts and cultural hub featuring live programming and art from around the world illustrating how drug policies affect and shape our communities. The museum provides a powerful, emotional experience that exposes harms caused by current prohibitionist drug policies and advocates for new approaches rooted in dignity, health, and human rights.

Supported by the Open Society Foundations, the Museum of Drug Policy was first launched in New York in 2016 and has since traveled to Montreal, London, and Mexico City. Over 10,000 people across the world have experienced the museum in person and thousands more have experienced it through the museum’s social media presence. (Open Society Foundations, USA, 25.06.2018)


USA. Trump’s New Opioid Package Is Gift-Wrapped for Indivior—At What Cost?

On October 24, President Donald Trump signed a package of bills into law aimed at addressing the overdose crisis, dubbed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. But critics say it might as well be called the SUPPORT Indivior Act—a reference to the maker of Suboxone (active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone) and Sublocade, the recently approved injectable version of the drug, designed to last a month. (Indivior projects Sublocade’s annual sales will eventually reach $1 billion annually.) (Filter, USA, 29.10.2018)


USA. A brief history of American drug panics

A Florida man murdered his parents with an axe 85 years ago today. The newspapers claimed he was crazed on marijuana. (The Spectator, USA, 16.10.2018)


Uruguay. Cannabis in Uruguay "Das kann eine Erfolgsgeschichte werden"

Uruguay ist das erste Land der Welt, das Cannabis weitgehend legalisiert hat. Seit einem Jahr kann man die Droge in Apotheken kaufen. Ein Gespräch darüber, wie das das Land verändert hat. (sueddeutsche.de, 20.08.2018)


IDPC Special Alert: Taking stock: A decade of drug policy - A civil society shadow report

Today, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) and its 174-NGO membership have launched a shadow report to constructively contribute to high-level discussions on the next decade in drug policy. Taking stock: A decade of drug policyseeks to evaluate the impacts of drug policies implemented across the world over the past 10 years. The report concludes that the targets set in the soon-to-expire 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Actionhave not been achieved, and in many cases have resulted in counterproductive policies. Crucially, the report questions the pertinence of the so-called "drug-free targets", providing recommendations for alternative goals and metrics that better respond to the UN Charter commitments to health, human rights, development, peace and security. (IDPC - International Drug Policy Consortium, UK, 22.10.2018)


Driving While Stoned: Issues and Policy Options

Mark A.R. Kleiman / Tyler Jones / Celeste J. Miller / Ross Halperin

Journal of Drug Policy Analysis, Online erschienen: 24.10.2018, doi.org/10.1515/jdpa-2018-0004


Editorial: Watching Canada’s experiment with legal cannabis

Diane Kelsall

CMAJ October 15, 2018 190 (41) E1218; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.181287 

On Oct. 17, 2018, the government of Canada will launch a national, uncontrolled experiment in which the profits of cannabis producers and tax revenues are squarely pitched against the health of Canadians. When Bill C-45 comes into force in mid-October, access to recreational marijuana will be legal 1 making Canada one of a handful of countries to legalize recreational use of the drug. Given the known and unknown health hazards of cannabis,2,3 any increase in use of recreational cannabis after legalization, whether by adults or youth, should be viewed as a failure of this legislation. The government of Canada should commit to amending the act if cannabis use rises.


Russland. Russia views opium poppy cultivation as response to sanctions 

A special commission of the Russian government has approved a draft law on the procedure for growing “narcotic” plants in Russia, in particular, the allowed varieties of hypnotic poppy (Papaver somniferum L). (...)

The Russian government’s website stresses that the international market for pharmaceutical substances for the production of opium drugs is controlled by a group of 10 companies, nine of which are under the jurisdiction of the states that imposed sanctions against Russia. (Belsat TV, Weißrussland, 23.10.2018)


Mexiko. Mexico defense chief says legalizing opium 'way out' of violence

ACAPULCO, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico’s defense minister said on Friday legalizing opium for medicinal use could contain violence caused by drug gangs fighting over poppy fields and trafficking routes in the country’s southwest. (Reuters, 06.10.2018)


USA. President Trump Signs Opioid Package Today -- DPA Statement: Opioid Package Makes Important Progress on Overdose Crisis, But Essential Funding and Evidence-Based Solutions Still Missing

This afternoon, President Trump is expected to sign a massive opioid package and tout the bill as a major accomplishment toward curbing the overdose crisis. The package is the product of bipartisan efforts to pass opioid legislation in both the House and Senate in recent months.  (DPA – Drug  Policy Alliance, USA, 24.10.2018)


USA. Trump Administration Seeks Public Comments On Marijuana Reclassification

The federal government wants your input on whether marijuana should be reclassified under global drug treaties to which the U.S. is a party. (Forbes, USA, 10.10.2018)


USA. Signing Opioid Law, Trump Pledges To End 'Scourge' Of Drug Addiction

With the nation reeling from an epidemic of drug overdose deaths, President Trump signed legislation Wednesday that is aimed at helping people overcome addiction and preventing addictions before they start.

(...) The opioid legislation was a rarity for this Congress, getting overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers. (NPR – National Public Radio, USA, 24.10.2018)


WHO launches SAFER alcohol control initiative to prevent and reduce alcohol-related death and disability - WHO-led initiative and action package aim to support global target of reducing harmful use of alcohol by 10% by 2025

28 September 2018 | New York -The World Health Organization (WHO) today released SAFER, a new initiative and technical package outlining five high-impact strategies that can help governments reduce the harmful use of alcohol and related health, social and economic consequences. (WHO, Genf, 28.09.2018)


UNODC Opioid Strategy – Respond to the Opioid Crisis

The potentially deadly consequences of the non-medical use of opioids have been known since science discovered their huge medical potential. Over the past 150 years, humanity has experience several opioid crises but none as devastating as the present one affecting mainly North America with fentanyl and its analogues, and in parts of Africa and the Middle East with tramadol. Under the conditions of a globalized drug market, the risk that it may spread to many other regions has never been greater. The rapidly emerging crisis which has resulted in significant loss of lives calls for a coordinated, comprehensive and multidisciplinary response.

UNODC is the United Nations Secretariat entity responsible for supporting Member States in their efforts against drugs and crime. Together, ongoing programmes in the areas of synthetic drugs monitoring, early warning and trend analysis, national forensic and counternarcotic capacity building, law enforcement operational work, and prevention and treatment provide a unique platform for contributing to the reduction of the non-medical use of synthetic opioids. (UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2018)


USA. Juul boosts lobbying amid FDA scrutiny

E-cigarette maker Juul is ramping up its Washington lobbying operation as it tries to head off potential regulatory threats from the Trump administration and Congress. (The Hill, USA, 10.10.2018)


USA. American Medical Association: 10 Ways the New Opioids Bill Could Help Address the Epidemic

Congress has sent to the president’s desk a massive bipartisan bill that aims to take on the opioid epidemic that kills about 130 Americans daily, according to the latest provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The bill—the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act—was passed with sweeping majorities of 393–8 in the House and 98–1 in the Senate. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.

The legislation touches on almost every aspect of the epidemic. It includes numerous provisions, supported by the AMA, that will expand access to substance-use disorder (SUD) prevention and treatment programs. The AMA strongly urges removing all barriers to treatment for SUD.

Here are 10 ways the legislation can help address the opioid epidemic. (AMA - American Medical Association, 11.10.2018)


USA. The White House Confirms, Yup, It’s Been Running A Marijuana Committee

The admission comes after BuzzFeed News uncovered the committee’s existence and reported on its requests for negative information on marijuana. (buzzfeed, USA, 01.10.2018)


USA. As feds focused on detaining kids, border drug prosecutions plummeted 

WASHINGTON – Federal drug-trafficking prosecutions along the southwestern border plunged to their lowest level in nearly two decades this summer as the Trump administration launched a “zero tolerance” crackdown on illegal immigration that separated thousands of children from their parents. (USA Taday, 10.10.2018)


USA. Senate Clears Final Opioid Package for Trump's Signature

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to pass a wide-ranging opioid package, clearing the path for President Donald Trump to sign the measure into law. (Medscape, 03.10.2018)


Kanada. Cannabis in Kanada legalisiert

Montréal – In Kanada ist Cannabis seit heute vollständig legalisiert. Gefeiert wurde die Legalisierung vor allem an der Börse in Toronto. In den neuen Industriezweig wurden allein in den vergangenen Monaten mehrere Milliarden kanadische Dollar investiert. Marktführer Canopy Growth legte in nur einem Jahr um 448 Prozent an Wert zu und wurde gestern Abend mit 13,88 Milliarden Dollar bewertet. Andere große Produzenten sind Tilray, Aurora und Aphria. (aerzteblatt.de, 17.10.2018)


USA. Senate easily passes sweeping opioids legislation, sending to President Trump - The bill is a rare bipartisan achievement for Congress 

The Senate passed the final version of a sweeping opioids package Wednesday afternoon and will send it to the White House just in time for lawmakers to campaign on the issue before the November midterm elections.

The vote was 98 to 1, with only Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R) opposing it. (Washington Post, 03.10.2018)


Kanada. Kanada legalisiert Cannabis 

Als zweites Land weltweit hat Kanada den Konsum und die Herstellung von Marihuana erlaubt. Der US-Grenzschutz sendete sogleich eine Warnung an Cannabis-Touristen. (Spiegel online, 16.10.2018)