U.S. States’ Pot Legalization Not In Line With International Law: U.N. Agency

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said on Wednesday, adding he would discuss the issue in Washington next week. Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted this month to allow the use of marijuana, boosting the Read the full article…

Legislators Ask Why Mexicans Should Die Over A Drug The U.S. Is Legalizing

MEXICO:  Two Mexican legislators say they’re sick of cramming their jails full of pot smokers. Few countries have suffered the consequences of the U.S.-led war on drugs more than Mexico. As the principal supplier of marijuana to the United States, as well as a major transit country for cocaine and other hard drugs, Mexico has Read the full article…

Filipino Lawmakers Endorse Medical Marijuana

PHILIPPINES:  The House minority bloc is pushing for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Minority leader Ronaldo Zamora said they would join minority colleague Rep. Rodolfo Albano III of Isabela in advocating and promoting medical marijuana. “We are in agreement that marijuana for medicinal, strictly medicinal, purposes should be examined and legitimized. For recreational Read the full article…

Davos: Kofi Annan Urges 'Rising Up' Against Drug Prohibition

SWITZERLAND:  A high-profile panel featuring Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, discussed drug decriminalization Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Annan and Santos, joined by Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch, condemned drug prohibition as unsuccessful and insisted on a new Read the full article…

Davos: Kofi Annan Urges 'Rising Up' Against Drug Prohibition

SWITZERLAND:  A high-profile panel featuring Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, discussed drug decriminalization Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Annan and Santos, joined by Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch, condemned drug prohibition as unsuccessful and insisted on a new Read the full article…

Leaked Paper Reveals UN Split Over War On Drugs

NEW YORK:  Major international divisions over the global “war on drugs” have been revealed in a leaked draft of a UN document setting out the organization’s long-term strategy for combating illicit narcotics. The draft, written in September and seen by the Observer, shows there are serious and entrenched divisions over the longstanding US-led policy promoting prohibition as Read the full article…