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Published on 7 October 2010  by encod

PUBLIC HEARING ON "DRUG REFORM AND REGULATION, A WAY OUT OF THE CRISIS?"

After the event you will be able to see a video registration here

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Background:

In March 2009, the European Commission has published the "Report on Global Illicit Drug Markets 1998 – 2007" (edited by Peter Reuter and Franz Trautmann). The conclusions of this report are that current prohibitionist policies are failing in their main objective, which is to reduce the demand and supply of illicit drugs, and that possibly they are a crucial factor in generating and increasing harm to individual drug consumers, their direct surroundings and society at large.

Current economic crisis has affected the drug problem through increased use by marginalised drug users as well as through an increased pressure on European governments to reduce public spending. According to the EMCDDA 2010 annual report Europe faces new challenges posed by changes in drug supply and use, and highlights the increased usage of cocaine, heroine and of a record number of new synthetic drugs across Europe.

Prohibitionist policies as such have failed to tackle the issue effectively and it is time to investigate at EU level, through a proper impact assessment, alternative approaches to tackle the issue of drug use and abuse. Therefore it is important that European authorities produce a thorough impact assessment on the costs of drug prohibition (current policy) and the economic benefits of drug decriminalisation and as a first start, the regulation of the cannabis market.

It has been calculated that cannabis regulation would save billions of Euros in expenses generated by the police and judicial sector, foster harm reduction, weaken the illegal cartels, and provide the opportunity to generate considerable income from taxes. The examples of California, Spain, The Netherlands and Portugal lead the way and will be presented as case studies.

Speakers:

Michail Tremopoulos, MEP, Greece

Richard Cowan, Norml, USA

MEP Rui Tavares, Portugal

Marc Josemans, National Platform of Coffeeshops, The Netherlands

Dennis de Jong, MEP, The Netherlands

Martin Barriuso, Federation of Cannabis Organizations, Spain

Dana Spinant, European Commission

Expected output: to formulate an official request to the European Commission to carry out, in the framework of the coming evaluation of the current EU Drug Strategy 2005 - 2012, an impact assessment,in order to calculate the costs of cannabis prohibition in terms of public expenditure and the benefits of legal regulation.




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The European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies, is a pan-European network of currently 140 NGO’s and individual experts involved in the drug issue on a daily base. We are the European section of an International Coalition, which consists of more than 200 NGOs from around the world that have adhered to a Manifesto for Just and Effective Drug Policies (established in 1998). Among our members are organisations of cannabis and other drug users, of health workers, researchers, grassroot activists as well as companies.


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