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Brazil: Import and Use of Marijuana-Based Medicine Products Authorized

(Mar. 28, 2016) On March 18, 2016, the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA) enacted Collegiate Board Resolution No. 66 (Resolução da Diretoria Colegiada – RDC No. 66 de 18 de Março, D.O.U. No. 54, de 21 de Março de 2016), which was published in the country’s Official Gazette (Diário Oficial […]

Laos: New National Plan on Narcotics Control

(Mar. 23, 2016) At its March 2016 monthly meeting, the Laos Cabinet made a decision to approve a national plan on narcotics control for the years 2016-2020. The plan covers several aspects of the issue, including: strengthening enforcement of the Law on Narcotics; enhancing the capacity of officials to handle narcotics cases; increasing support from […]

Canada: Update: Health Canada Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Cannabis

(July 13, 2015) On July 8, 2015, Health Canada, the country’s federal department in charge of public health, responded to the Supreme Court of Canada’s June 11, 2015, ruling on medical marijuana. (Statement on Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Smith [Statement], GOVERNMENT OF CANADA (July 8, 2015); Tariq Ahmad, Canada: Supreme Court […]

Canada: Supreme Court Rules That All Forms of Medical Marijuana Are Permissible

(June 19, 2015) On June 11, 2015, in the case of R. v. Smith (2015, SCC 34, JUDGMENTS OF THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA), the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a unanimous decision stating that all forms of medical marijuana are permissible for use. The Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, issued under the Controlled Drugs and […]

Indonesia: More Lenient Treatment for Drug Users

(Aug. 12, 2014) On August 16, 2014, a new ministerial regulation will come into force in Indonesia that is designed to promote rehabilitation rather than incarceration of drug users, in some cases permitting substitution of stays in rehabilitation centers for jail time. The regulation was issued jointly by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN); the National […]

Italy: Constitutional Decision Upholding Decriminalization of Soft Drugs

(June 9, 2014) On May 29, 2014, the Criminal Chamber of Italy’s Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione), upheld a Constitutional Court decision on the reduction of penalties for convictions for the sale of soft drugs. (Novità legislative: legge 28 aprile 2014, n. 67 contenente “Deleghe al Governo in materia di pene detentive non carcerarie […]

Italy: Legislation on Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Found Partially Unconstitutional

(Mar. 27, 2014) On February 12, 2014, the ConstitutionaI Court of the ItaIian RepubIic (Corte CostituzionaIe deIIa ReppubIica ItaIiana, UItimo Deposito deIIe Pronunce (Mar. 14, 2014), ConstitutionaI Court website), decided a question on the constitutionaI Iegitimacy of IegisIation on narcotics and psychotropic substances; the matter had been previousIy submitted to the ConstitutionaI Court by the […]

Netherlands: Draft Legislation on Higher Penalties for Violent Acts Committed Under the Influence

(Dec. 6, 2013) On November 13, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands sent draft legislation to the country’s parliament that would impose higher penalties on persons suspected of acts of violent crime, if evidence from an alcohol or drugs test indicated that the suspects acted while under the influence. (Bill to […]