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Highs and lows of 2016

Interactive Map: International Drug Policy Developments of 2016

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Nice global perspective on developments. A lot is still going on.

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7 comments to Highs and lows of 2016

  • DdC

    Cannabis Decriminalization Movement Goes Global
    By Chris Roberts on December 30, 2016

    On every level, things are ripe for a change—and a World Health Organization committee is making the first moves towards changing cannabis’s status internationally.

    Medical Marijuana Reclassified Under International Law?
    The World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD), which has played in integral role throughout the years in how marijuana is revered in the eyes of the United Nations, has decided to give some consideration to whether “medical marijuana” should be downgraded from its current classification under the UN Single Convention.

    What the WHO doesn’t want you to know about cannabis
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/503

    HEALTH officials in Geneva have suppressed the publication of a politically sensitive analysis that confirms what ageing hippies have known for decades: cannabis is safer than alcohol or tobacco.

    It is understood that advisers from the US National Institute on Drug Abuse and the UN International Drug Control Programme warned the WHO that it would play into the hands of groups campaigning to legalise marijuana.
    ~ New Scientist. 21 February 1998
    vol 157 issue 2122, Page 4

    Why the Federal Government Will Not Reschedule Marijuana
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1795
    ~ Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs
    ~ Trillion spent is a Trillion earned.

  • Servetus

    California is lawyering up. It’s the latest strategy by the Golden State to confront Donald (we’re gonna build a wall) Trump in case he declares war on the environment, immigration, or marijuana legalization. The lawyer they hired is former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., a man who views the drug war as a type of illegitimate social control targeting minorities.

    From the New York Times: California Hires Eric Holder as Legal Bulwark Against Donald Trump

    • DdC

      Now my Daniel impression…

      That’s the same Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. who could have removed Cannabis as a controlled substance when he was AG? February 3, 2009 – April 27, 2015. Who had his Deputy James Michael Cole, December 29, 2010 to January 8, 2015. Publish the Memo on August 29, 2013.

      The Memo of basically re-prioritizing the same Nixon lie legislated 45 years ago and counting. The Cole Memo that has literally done nothing to assist the most civilized Ganja industry in modern or known history. Ganjapreneurs have proven it can be done in a safe, business like manner. Yet like children getting temporary privileges if we behave. Now are again back in foster care with bible thumping closet gay rednecks deciding on our behalf. Shows Mussolini wasn’t too far off.

      “Through clever and constant application of propaganda,
      people can be made to see paradise as hell,
      and also the other way around,
      to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”
      ~ Benito Mussolini,
      “London Sunday Express,” December 8, 1935

      Its getting to the point. Where nobody can stop it now. It’s getting to the point. Of no return. And all that I can do. Is stand and watch it now. Watch it burn, burn, burn. It’s getting to the point. Where reasons are forgotten. It’s getting to the point. Where no one knows. And all that I can do. Is say I’m sorry. But that’s the way it goes…

  • Servetus

    Retired Marine Colonel John Kelly will head the DHS under Trump. Kelly held Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey’s old job as the former head of the US Southern Command. He says the “flow of drugs and instability in Latin America pose[s] an ‘existential’ threat to the United States.”

    …there’s 40,000 Americans that die every year from the drugs that move up through my part of the world, and into Bill’s [Adm. William Gortney, who was then head of Northern Command], and into our homeland — 40,000 people a year.

    You know, since 9/11, there’s — half a million people have died from narco­terrorism, as we call it in — down where I live — narco­terrorism. Five hundred thousand Americans have died. Very few have died from, you know, traditional terrorism, if you will, since 9/11. It costs our country $200 billion a year to deal with the people that are into drugs but are not, you know, dying. So I see that as a huge, huge, huge threat.

    From the Intercept: Trump’s Homeland Security Pick Falsely Claimed “Narcoterrorism” has Killed 500,000 Americans

    Colonel Kelly’s estimate of half-a-million American deaths from narcoterrorism is incorrect. Post 9-11 terrorism deaths are less than 1000. According to the RAND Corporation, less than 100 people in total died due to terrorism in the U.S. between 9/11 and 2009.

    A believer in his own hype, as well as the drug war, theo-terrorist Colonel John Kelly will be in the perfect position to make his hype a reality.

    • DdC

      We picked his bones on this thread Seems like a Czarbarry clone. I’m thinking he will use drugs as an excuse to deport Mexicans. But has stated he’s not concerned about Ganja grown here. “When I talk drugs,” Kelly said, “I talk hard drugs. Whereas Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has profiteering to consider. Forfeitures, confiscations and maybe even reselling eradications to big pharma. More domestic perks it seems. Or Mr Exxon as SoS, butt buddies with Putin who is right of Anslinger concerning pot.

      Homeyland Insurance Co will have its hands full not busting too many so the corporate farms have to pay human wages. They need illegal immigrants where Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is fighting corporate competition with more incentive to actually do something. Maybe the people can speak out enough after 45 years of not getting involved. Maybe the WHO can demand Science control placement. Maybe the UN will give up its control buttons. Maybe I’ll go smoke a joint and only worry about Warriors with a GS in their title. Seen this before, been there done that. We need a new director for this movie, with a clear vision to stop cheaters from circumventing our Constitution.

  • Servetus

    No chance the DEA will give up their lucrative marijuana eradication programs in any legal state until pried from their dead, cold fingers. In 2016, DEA received $4,331,429 for eradication in California, $200,000 for Oregon, and $760,000 for Washington. A chart gives numbers for all other states, and the article illustrates the problem of getting people to wrap their heads around the concept of legality.

    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/marijuana/deas-marijuana-eradication-program-still-targets-washington/