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 The hard way forward to another drug policy2 comments
picture14 May 2004 @ 15:35
The following is a summary of the experiences of a representative of the European NGO Council on Drug Policy while attending the conference called "The Way Forward", on a new European Union strategy on illicit drugs, which was held in the Hotel Conrad, Dublin, Ireland, on 10 and 11 May, 2004.

My presence at the Conference followed an invitation of the organisers (Irish government, current EU-presidency together with the Dutch government, the next EU -presidency) to inform about the position of European NGO's working on drugs issues. The result was that some governments re-acted on this presence as if I had come to open the box of Pandora…

The audience consisted of about 200 people: mostly civil servants from all the 25 EU Member States, some from candidate countries Rumania, Bulgaria and Turkey, some representatives of European Institutions (European Commission, Europol, European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction EMCDDA, Council of Europe), some observers from third governments (Norway, United States) and two NGO representatives (TNI and ENCOD).  More >

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picture31 Mar 2004 @ 14:16
March 24, 2004

Honolulu, Hawaii


A Complaint for injunctive relief was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii against U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, D.E.A. Administrator Karen Tandy, and local U.S. District Attorney Ed Kubo by religious and medicinal consumers of cannabis.

The suit seeks to enjoin the Federal government from arresting and prosecuting those residents of Hawaii whose religions and religious beliefs require the consumption of cannabis (the herb governments derogatorily label as “marijuana”).

The lawsuit also seeks protection from federal prosecution for those citizens of Hawaii who cultivate, consume and/or distribute cannabis legally pursuant to legislatively enacted Department of Public Safety Narcotics Enforcement Division guidelines and valid patient/caregiver registration certificates.

The suit was sparked by the recent arrest of a local Hilo THC Ministry Reverend, and the ensuing prosecution for cannabis cultivation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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