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Cannabis Farms Spread to Suburbs (England)

Localização: 
United Kingdom
Publication/Source: 
The Guardian
URL: 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/drugs/Story/0,,1860305,00.html

Gilberto Gil is Still Making Beautiful Music -- This Time About Drug Legalization

Music lovers have long appreciated Brazilian composer and musician Gilberto Gil's enormous talent and his contributions to bossa nova, tropicalismo, and other uniquely Brazilian music forms. Of course, Gil was never just a musician; he and Caetano Veloso, another giant of Brazilian music, were imprisoned by the military dictatorship in 1969 for "anti-government activities," and the pair went to exile in London and the US after they were released. Gil continued both his musical and political careers in the intervening decades, winning elective office in his home town of Salvador in 1990. When Lula Da Silva and the Workers' Party won power in 2003, Da Silva appointed Gil minister of culture. Now, Gil is speaking out on drug policy, and not for the first time. Last year, he told the newspaper Folha do Sao Paulo that he had been smoking pot for the last 50 years. But in an interview on Sunday with the newspaper O Globo, Gil went further, calling for the legalization of drugs. According to O Globo, Gil wants drug use and the drug trade treated as a public health matter, not a criminal one. "We have to treat cocaine addicts like we treat alcoholics," he said. While he seeks to reduce drug consumption, Gil said there are better ways than prohibition. "The cigarette smoking habit en Brazil is systematically falling not because it has been prohibited, but because it is discouraged, associating the smoking habit with bad health," he said. Gil's remarks came just days after President da Silva signed a new Brazilian drug law that will reduce penalties for consumers, but stiffen them for drug sellers and traffickers. Look for a feature article on the new law on Friday. In the meantime, we can all enjoy Gilberto Gil's beautiful music.
Localização: 
Brazil

Hippie Town Under Pressure in Copenhagen

Localização: 
Copenhagen
Denmark
Publication/Source: 
Reuters
URL: 
http://go.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=1427072&section=news&src=rss/uk/worldNews

Police to Start Ecstasy Tests (For Drivers) (Australia)

Localização: 
VIC
Australia
Publication/Source: 
ABC News (Australia)
URL: 
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200608/s1726318.htm

Drug Arrests Up in Vancouver

Localização: 
Vancouver, BC
Canada
Publication/Source: 
Toronto Globe & Mail
URL: 
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20060828.BCPOLICE28/TPStory/National

Serbia in the Middle of Balkan Drug Route

Localização: 
Belgrade
Publication/Source: 
Radio B92
URL: 
http://www.b92.net/eng/news/comments.php?nav_id=36341

Kabul Conference Tackles Rising Opium Farming

Localização: 
Kabul
Afghanistan
Publication/Source: 
Radio Free Europe
URL: 
http://www.isn.ethz.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?ID=16560

Somalis Flog Woman for Selling Marijuana

Localização: 
Somalia
Publication/Source: 
Associated Press
URL: 
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/International/2006/08/25/1774826-sun.html

Advancing Harm Reduction: International Lessons for Local Practice

September 7, London, United Kingdom, "Advancing Harm Reduction: International Lessons for Local Practice -- Highlights from 17th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm in Vancouver, May 2006." Registration 47 pounds (including VAT) including refreshments and lunch, for further information contact Michelle Vatin at 0207 272 6902 or [email protected].
Data: 
Thu, 09/07/2006 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Localização: 
London
United Kingdom

Latin America: Brazilians Oppose Marijuana Legalization By Wide Margin, Poll Finds

A poll of Brazilian adults conducted by the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo found that a whopping 79% think marijuana smoking should remain a crime. Only 18% favored legalizing the use of marijuana.

Marijuana, known locally as "maconha," is grown in the Brazilian northeast, as well as being imported from Paraguayan pot plantations. The drug is widely consumed in Brazil, with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimating that roughly two million Brazilians smoked marijuana at least once in the last year.

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Psicotropicus banner promoting marijuana (maconha) legalization.
There have been calls for liberalization of the country's marijuana laws, not only in annual marijuana marches, but also from some of the country's leading politicians. Last year, Culture Minister (and musician extraordinaire) Gilberto Gil went public with his marijuana use, saying he had smoked it for years. "I believe that drugs should be treated like pharmaceuticals, legalized, although under the same regulations and monitoring as medicines," he said at the time.

But it appears Brazilians are in a conservative mood these days. The poll asked respondents to identify themselves politically and found 47% saying rightist, 23% saying centrist, and 30% saying leftist. The conservative trend was even stronger on criminal justice and moral issues, with 63% opposing abortion, 84% supporting lowering the age at which juveniles can be charged as adults, and 51% supporting the death penalty.

Brazilian observers blamed too much influence from the United States. Former national anti-drug secretary Walter Maierovitch told Folha the results show "a lack of generalized information" among the population. "Brazilians are ill-informed on these polemical matters and generally align themselves with positions that emanate from the United States, where these discussions are more profound and conservative," he told the Folha.

American political scientist David Fleischer, a professor at the University of Brasilia, agreed. "The television is the great source of information for Brazilians," he said. "Cultural imperialism and North American customs, which have become more conservative in the past 20 years, are very relevant."

(Brazilians who want to help change things should join Psicotropicus.)

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