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A form of cannabis is being legally bought, sold, and consumed in Switzerland

A form of cannabis is being legally bought, sold, and consumed in Switzerland (Source: Wikimedia/Wikimedia)

A legal form of cannabis, C-Pure, is being bought, sold, and consumed in Switzerland due to an inadvertent legislative loophole – throwing into question the wider...
Prayer and religious activity is a part of drug treatment in most Hong Kong centres

12 of the 15 NGOs running in-patient drug rehabilitation centres require religious activity as part of “treatment” (Source: Pixabay)

The dominance of Christian-based drug rehabilitation services in Hong Kong has created significant barriers for those seeking treatment. State-run in-patient drug...
Meth production and problematic use are rising in Iraq

Meth production and problematic use are rising in Iraq (Source: Wikimedia)

Problematic methamphetamine use and production are on the rise in Iraq, and regional instability is preventing the state from responding effectively. Unregulated meth...
Canada introduced many harm reduction strategies in the past year

Canada introduced many harm reduction strategies in the past year (Source: Wikimedia)

Authorities in the city of Ottawa plan to install machines that dispense equipment for safer drug use, as harm reduction strategies become growingly popular across...
Ther are 123 state-run mandatory "drug rehabilitation" centres in Vietnam

Ther are 123 state-run mandatory "drug rehabilitation" centres in Vietnam

Recent protests and violence at mandatory “drug rehabilitation” centres in Vietnam highlight the importance of the government’s decision to transform...
The court ruled that imprisoning someone for personal cannabis use is “strict and degrading punishment”.

The court ruled it "unconstitutional" to imprison someone for personal cannabis use.

A court in Georgia has ruled that people must not be imprisoned for possessing cannabis for personal use; however, it remains to be seen if this reform will have a...
Iran executed 10 people for drug offences in the first week of 2017

In the first week of 2017, Iran executed 16 people - 10 of whom were killed for drug offences (Source: Pixabay/Pixabay).

At least ten people were reportedly executed for drug offences in Iran last week, despite authorities having publicly questioned the rationale behind executing people...
Indonesia has executed 18 people for drug-related offences since President Joko Widodo entered office in 2014

Indonesia has executed 18 people for drug-related offences since President Joko Widodo entered office in 2014 (Source: Wikimedia).

Indonesian authorities are sending mixed messages on the death penalty. The country abstained on a UN resolution for its abolition, and the president hinted at ending it...
2016 has been a momentous year for international drug policy. Evidence-based health-focused drug policies have been implemented or approved in a range of countries;...

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