Drug policy on the move: 2013 in              progressKeeping you informed on the global trends and   major events in drug...
Uruguay to launch a broad debate    about its mj legalization projectWith opposition to MJ legalization still at around  6...
January 30: Colombia to debate     legalization of synthetic drugsColombias Justice Minister, Ruth Stella Correa,  has sai...
January 26-27: Drug policy reform    debated at 1st summit CELAC-EUThe Community of Latin American and  Caribbean States (...
Perez Molina reiterated his assessment of the  war on drugs and called for an urgent revision  of the 1961 convention on n...
January 23: Tikal Summit on drug  policy reform announced at DavosPresident Otto Pérez Molina and the Soros  foundation wi...
January 22: WA governor encouraged    by marijuana talk w/ AG HolderAfter meeting with Attorney General Eric holder,  WA g...
January 19: Guatemalan president asks  the West to end the War on DrugsIn a landmark interview to the UK-based Observer, O...
Otto Pérez Molina
January 18: Marijuana Legalization Bill        Introduced in HawaiiHouse Speaker Joseph Souki and majority leader Scott Sa...
The beginning of a nationwide trend?Marijuana legalization bills are expected to be introduced this year by lawmakers in M...
January 16: British Medical Association                 Report, The British Medical Association, a professional   associat...
January 14: UK all-parliamentary       Group For Drug Policy ReformIn the UK, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug  ...
January 11: UN victory on coca leaf for               BoliviaBolivian president Evo Morales set an important  internationa...
Marijuana moving to the mainstream             in the US?In the aftermath of the decisive victories for  marijuana legaliz...
The fight is just startingWhile there is a definitive change in public attitude, the fight is far from over. In many ways,...
Stay informedThe surest path to change starts with educating yourself  and people around you, dispelling the lies, the myt...
What you can doThe groundbreaking victories of 2012 didn’t fall  from the sky. They were the result of the hard  work and ...
2013: What to expectUruguay should finalize its controlled legalization of  Marijuana. Other countries may followThe numbe...
The Organization of American States is reviewing  the impact of current drug policy on the  region, with report expected i...
2012,a tipping point forglobal drug policy? A momentous year in review
Global trends at the end of 2012Harm reduction practices, such as needle exchange,  maintenance and substitution programs ...
December 14: Obama has "bigger fish              to fry"Under pressure to react, President Barack Obama declared that fede...
December 13: Senate Judiciaryhearing on MJ federal policy in 2013?Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the  Senate J...
December 6: Czech Parliament      Approves Medical MarijuanaThe Czech Republics lower house of Parliament  has approved le...
December 5: Breaking the tabooLaunch of “Breaking the Taboo”, a global grass-roots  campaign against the War on Drugs, by ...
Breaking the Taboo reached over 1,300,000 views and wasreleased in Spanish (narrated by Gael Garcia Bernal).The petition h...
November 27: UN to hold an     emergency drug policy summitThe UN General Assembly adopted a proposal to  hold an emergenc...
November 17: Ibero-American Summit     call for drug policy debateSpain, Portugal and the majority of Latin  American gove...
November 6: Marijuana legalization in    Colorado and WashingtonVoters in Washington and Colorado approved  marijuana lega...
October: Portugal debating legalization       of cannabis social clubsThe Portuguese parliamentary group Bloco de  Esquerd...
September 26: request for global drug      policy debate at the UN Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala request an  open global ...
August 12 –September 12:    Javier Sicilia & Caravan for peaceTo protest the violence ravaging his country and  alert publ...
June 19: Uruguay unveils plans tolegalize marijuana under state control
Proposal: marijuana to be legally available under    government control through a user registry  and subject to quality co...
April 14-15: Drug legalization debated    at the summit of the Americas                      At the request of Guatemala a...
February 11: Guatemala calls for a     tightly regulated marketplace• On February 11th, Guatemalan president Perez  Molina...
January 14th, 2012:               Otto Perez Molina4 days after taking office   on January 14th, 2012,    Guatemalan presi...
PreludeThree key events paved the way for the   momentous developments of 2012
December 6, 2011    “Tuxtla System for Dialogue”   First region-wide official expression of       discontent with the War ...
“What would be desirable, would be a    significant reduction in the demand for   illegal drugs. Nevertheless, if that is ...
June 2011:Global Commission on Drug Policy            Reporthttp://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/ "The global war on dru...
“End the criminalization, marginalization and   stigmatization of people who use drugs but  who do no harm to others. Chal...
Commissioners include:Aleksander Kwasniewski, Former President of Poland;  César Gaviria, Former President of Colombia; Er...
March 2009: Report of the LatinAmerican Commission on Drugs and           Democracy.   http://www.drogasedemocracia.org“Br...
“Prohibitionist policies based on the  eradication of production and on thedisruption of drug flows as well as on thecrimi...
Commissioners include:• César Gaviria Trujillo, president of Colombia  (1990-94) and secretary general of the  Organizatio...
Support our action for global drug            policy reformOrder "World War D – The Case against  prohibitionism, roadmap ...
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A brief presentation of the major trends and events in the Drug Policy Debate in 2013. Latin America is taking the lead with Colombia setting up an Advisory Commission on Drug Policy, Uruguay launching a national debate on marijuana legalization, and Guatemala taking the lead of the global drug policy debate.
Meanwhile, the US Federal Government seems to take an hands-off approach to marijuana legalization while more states are lining up to legalize medical or recreation use.

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  1. 1. Drug policy on the move: 2013 in progressKeeping you informed on the global trends and major events in drug policy reform in 2013 A review in reverse chronological order. More details on http://www.world-war-d.com/
  2. 2. Uruguay to launch a broad debate about its mj legalization projectWith opposition to MJ legalization still at around 64%, President Mujica decided to slow down the project last December.In order to achieve greater consensus, the secretary general of the National Drug Board, July Calzada, announced On January 28 the launch in February of a broad debate on the issue in coordination with lawmakers.
  3. 3. January 30: Colombia to debate legalization of synthetic drugsColombias Justice Minister, Ruth Stella Correa, has said a new drugs bill would legalise the personal use of synthetic drugs, such as ecstasy.The new drug bill is expected to be put forward to the Colombian Congress in the next few months.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin- america-21254907
  4. 4. January 26-27: Drug policy reform debated at 1st summit CELAC-EUThe Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) is essentially an OAS (Organization of the American States) minus the US and Canada, and with the prominent presence of Cuba. CELAC is a clear regional statement of independence from the Northerly Big Brother, and its close ally, little brother Canada as the region is experiencing unprecedented economic growth and starting to flex its political power.
  5. 5. Perez Molina reiterated his assessment of the war on drugs and called for an urgent revision of the 1961 convention on narcotic drugs.He received the explicit support of presidents Juan Manuel Santos (Colombia), Laura Chinchilla (Costa Rica), Enrique Peña Nieto (México) and Dilma Rousseff (Brasil).Also at the CELAC-EU meeting, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos ask for Europe support of drug policy debate
  6. 6. January 23: Tikal Summit on drug policy reform announced at DavosPresident Otto Pérez Molina and the Soros foundation will convene a summit in Tikal, Guatemala in the second semester of 2013 to analyze drug policy reform and legalization. The summit will be attended by political and business leaders as well as scientists and activists. Besides the Soros Fund Management, participants include the Carter Foundation and the Beckley Foundation
  7. 7. January 22: WA governor encouraged by marijuana talk w/ AG HolderAfter meeting with Attorney General Eric holder, WA governor Inslee felt encouraged to move forward implementing MJ legalization, and called the conversation “very satisfying” and a “confidence-builder.” “[We will] continue with rule-making and nothing I heard should dissuade us,” Inslee said.As pressure for global drug policy reform keeps building up, It seems quite likely that the US federal government will allow the Colorado and Washington experiments to move forward.
  8. 8. January 19: Guatemalan president asks the West to end the War on DrugsIn a landmark interview to the UK-based Observer, Otto Pérez Molina says regulated narcotics market must be introduced to forestall threat to democracy from drug cartels. Pérez Molina will bring up the issue at Davos forum in Switzerland. Guatemala and its neighbors Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua and even Costa Rica have been devastated, caught in the crossfire between the Mexican drug cartels.http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/19/war-on- drugs-has-failedhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/19/central- america-battle-drug-cartels
  9. 9. Otto Pérez Molina
  10. 10. January 18: Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced in HawaiiHouse Speaker Joseph Souki and majority leader Scott Saiki introduced House Bill 150, the Personal Use of Marijuana Act, that would allow adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and to cultivate a limited number of marijuana plants in a secure and locked location. It also would allow for licensed and regulated marijuana retail stores, as well as licensed facilities to cultivate, manufacture and test marijuana.
  11. 11. The beginning of a nationwide trend?Marijuana legalization bills are expected to be introduced this year by lawmakers in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. 2013 could end with marijuana legalized in up to 8 states.Medical marijuana bills have already been introduced in six states: Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New York, Kansas and Idaho. Another six states may follow: Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin.Medical marijuana states are poised to pass 20 later on this year and may reach the 25 count.
  12. 12. January 16: British Medical Association Report, The British Medical Association, a professional association and registered trade union for doctors, published a comprehensive report on drug policy in the UK making clear the role they feel medical practitioners should play, not only in improving care of problem drug users, but also in becoming involved in the political debate over drug policy.
  13. 13. January 14: UK all-parliamentary Group For Drug Policy ReformIn the UK, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform issued a report: recommends sweeping changes to current drug policies and decriminalization of all drugs with legalization of the least dangerous ones. The report was promptly rejected by Prime Minister David Cameron, claiming that the current approach to drugs in the UK is “the right one and is working”, making one wonder what he has been smoking lately. Meanwhile, his Deputy Prime Minister and partner in the ruling coalition, Nick Clegg, declared that the “drugs war is lost” and “current drugs policy have not been delivering for a while”.
  14. 14. January 11: UN victory on coca leaf for BoliviaBolivian president Evo Morales set an important international precedent when his country rejoined the United Nations’ 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs with reservations, as the U.N. recognized the traditional use of the coca leaf and Bolivians’ right to chew the coca leaf in their territory.
  15. 15. Marijuana moving to the mainstream in the US?In the aftermath of the decisive victories for marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington, recent polls conducted since then reveal a rapidly widening support for medical marijuana as well as full legalization, and this support is now reaching into the Southern states that have traditionally been strongly opposed even to medical marijuana.
  16. 16. The fight is just startingWhile there is a definitive change in public attitude, the fight is far from over. In many ways, it just started. The victories of 2012 will mobilize opposition to reform and while prohibitionism may just eventually crumble under the weight of its own contradictions, we need to ready ourselves for a long fight. After the heady victories of 2012, we must get ready to go down to the trenches.
  17. 17. Stay informedThe surest path to change starts with educating yourself and people around you, dispelling the lies, the myths and propaganda, getting a clear vision of the issues and the challenges."World War D – The Case against prohibitionism, roadmap to controlled re-legalization" is the most comprehensive book on the issue; the reference book on the War on Drugs and prohibitionism; a guide to psychoactive substances and substance abuse; a pragmatic blueprint for global drug policy reform and controlled legalization - http://www.world-war-d.com/
  18. 18. What you can doThe groundbreaking victories of 2012 didn’t fall from the sky. They were the result of the hard work and dedication of activists fighting in the trenches, working with legislators, educating the public, implementing harm reduction programs in the field. More than ever, they need your support. Underneath is a link to the major advocacy groups out there. http://www.world- war-d.com/legalization-activism/legalization- advocacy-groups/
  19. 19. 2013: What to expectUruguay should finalize its controlled legalization of Marijuana. Other countries may followThe number of medical marijuana states is likely to reach 20, with Illinois, New York and New Hampshire likely candidates.States such as Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, California, Oregon and Montana may try the state legislature route to marijuana legalization.
  20. 20. The Organization of American States is reviewing the impact of current drug policy on the region, with report expected in June. Will more Latin American countries break away from the War on Drugs orthodoxy?Already legal in Spain, cannabis social clubs are spreading all over Europe, a trend likely to accelerate in 2013. In France, between 150 to 200 cannabis social clubs plan on coming out of the closet next February.
  21. 21. 2012,a tipping point forglobal drug policy? A momentous year in review
  22. 22. Global trends at the end of 2012Harm reduction practices, such as needle exchange, maintenance and substitution programs are being implemented in a growing number of countries.Drug use is decriminalized across most of Latin AmericaMedical marijuana is legal in Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Finland, Italy, Spain, Israel and Portugal and soon Czech Republic.
  23. 23. December 14: Obama has "bigger fish to fry"Under pressure to react, President Barack Obama declared that federal law enforcement agencies have "bigger fish to fry" than prosecuting marijuana users in Colorado and Washington. “were going to need to have is a conversation about, How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that say that its legal?"
  24. 24. December 13: Senate Judiciaryhearing on MJ federal policy in 2013?Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is planning a hearing next year to discuss federal policy towards Colorado and Washington post-marijuana legalization. He offered a compromise solution to drug czar Gil Kerlikowske: “One option would be to amend the Federal Controlled Substances Act to allow possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, at least in jurisdictions where it is legal under state law.”
  25. 25. December 6: Czech Parliament Approves Medical MarijuanaThe Czech Republics lower house of Parliament has approved legislation to legalize cannabis for medical purposes. The bill still needs to be approved by the upper house to become law.Cannabis is already decriminalized and widely tolerated in the Czech Republic.
  26. 26. December 5: Breaking the tabooLaunch of “Breaking the Taboo”, a global grass-roots campaign against the War on Drugs, by the Beckley Foundation, The Global Commission on Drug Policy, Virgin Unite, Avaaz and Sundog Pictures. The Mission Statement of the campaign, the Beckley Foundation Public Letter, calls for a new approach to the War on Drugs. It is signed by nine ex-Presidents, twelve Nobel prize winners, and many other world figures.http://www.world-war- d.com/2012/12/14/breaking-the-taboo-2/
  27. 27. Breaking the Taboo reached over 1,300,000 views and wasreleased in Spanish (narrated by Gael Garcia Bernal).The petition has been signed by 670,000 people worldwide
  28. 28. November 27: UN to hold an emergency drug policy summitThe UN General Assembly adopted a proposal to hold an emergency drug policy summit, scheduled for early 2016 after an intensive preparatory process that will begin next year.• The proposal was introduced to the UN general Assembly by Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala on September 26 and backed by the majority of Latin American governments, as well as those of Spain and Portugal at the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz, on November 17.
  29. 29. November 17: Ibero-American Summit call for drug policy debateSpain, Portugal and the majority of Latin American governments call for drug policy reform at the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz, Spain.
  30. 30. November 6: Marijuana legalization in Colorado and WashingtonVoters in Washington and Colorado approved marijuana legalization initiatives by wide margins.Massachusetts became the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana in a landslide victory.The historic vote sent shockwaves throughout the world and provoked strong reaction in Latin America.
  31. 31. October: Portugal debating legalization of cannabis social clubsThe Portuguese parliamentary group Bloco de Esquerda (BE) is debating a project of law of regulation of marijuana along a Spanish-style cannabis club model. The project is still in its draft phase.
  32. 32. September 26: request for global drug policy debate at the UN Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala request an open global debate on drug policy reform at the UN General Assembly.
  33. 33. August 12 –September 12: Javier Sicilia & Caravan for peaceTo protest the violence ravaging his country and alert public opinion in the US, Mexican poet and activist Javier Sicilia led a month-long caravan for peace with justice and dignity throughout the US from San Diego to Washington DC.
  34. 34. June 19: Uruguay unveils plans tolegalize marijuana under state control
  35. 35. Proposal: marijuana to be legally available under government control through a user registry and subject to quality control and traceability.Objective: to combat insecurity and violence by separating the markets of mj and hard drugs The proposal was drafted by President José Mujica and his government and requires parliamentary debate before final approval. If adopted, Uruguay would become the first country in the world to establish a controlled marketplace for marijuana.
  36. 36. April 14-15: Drug legalization debated at the summit of the Americas At the request of Guatemala and with the support of Colombia, the 34 countries of the Organization of American States debated drug legalization at the Summit of the America in Cartagena, Colombia.For the first time ever, drug legalization is debated at a majorinternational summit, with 34 heads of states from the Americasand Caribbean, including USA, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil,Argentine, Chile
  37. 37. February 11: Guatemala calls for a tightly regulated marketplace• On February 11th, Guatemalan president Perez Molina announced that he will propose drug legalization and control in Central America at the next meeting of regional leaders, the Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana (SICA). Members: Belice, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua y Panamá
  38. 38. January 14th, 2012: Otto Perez Molina4 days after taking office on January 14th, 2012, Guatemalan president Perez Molina started Otto Perez Molina talking about drug policy reform.“I believe that drug legalization would have to be a strategy agreed by the whole region”
  39. 39. PreludeThree key events paved the way for the momentous developments of 2012
  40. 40. December 6, 2011 “Tuxtla System for Dialogue” First region-wide official expression of discontent with the War on Drugs Attended by the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama,Dominican Republic, and Chile, as well as FirstVice-President of Costa Rica, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize, Colombia, and El Salvador.
  41. 41. “What would be desirable, would be a significant reduction in the demand for illegal drugs. Nevertheless, if that is notpossible, as recent experience demonstrates, the authorities of the consuming countries ought then to explore the possible alternatives to eliminate the exorbitant profits of the criminals, including regulatory or market oriented options to this end. Thus, the transit of substances that continueprovoking high levels of crime and violence inLatin American and Caribbean nations will be avoided.”
  42. 42. June 2011:Global Commission on Drug Policy Reporthttp://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/ "The global war on drugs has failed, withdevastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world."
  43. 43. “End the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others. Challenge rather than reinforce common misconceptions about drug markets, drug use and drug dependence. Encourage experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs to undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens.”
  44. 44. Commissioners include:Aleksander Kwasniewski, Former President of Poland; César Gaviria, Former President of Colombia; Ernesto Zedillo, Former President of Mexico; Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President of Brazil; George Papandreou, Former Prime Minister of Greece; Jorge Sampaio, Former President of Portugal; Ricardo Lagos, Former president of Chile; Ruth Dreifuss, Former President of Switzerland; Paul Volcker, Former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, US; George Shultz, Former Secretary of State, US; Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, United Kingdom
  45. 45. March 2009: Report of the LatinAmerican Commission on Drugs and Democracy. http://www.drogasedemocracia.org“Breaking the taboo, acknowledging the failure of current policies and their consequences is the inescapable prerequisite for the discussion of a new paradigm leading to safer, more efficient and humane drug policies.”
  46. 46. “Prohibitionist policies based on the eradication of production and on thedisruption of drug flows as well as on thecriminalization of consumption have not yielded the expected results. We are farther than ever from the announced goal of eradicating drugs.”
  47. 47. Commissioners include:• César Gaviria Trujillo, president of Colombia (1990-94) and secretary general of the Organization of American States (1994-2004)• Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, president of Mexico (1994-2000)• Fernando Henrique Cardoso, president of Brazil (1995-2002)
  48. 48. Support our action for global drug policy reformOrder "World War D – The Case against prohibitionism, roadmap to controlled re- legalization" http://www.world-war-d.com/• The reference book on the War on Drugs and prohibitionism• A guide to psychoactive substances and substance abuse• A pragmatic blueprint for global drug policy reform and controlled legalizationOrder on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984690409/

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