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Brazil: Constitutional Amendment Approved

(June 9, 2014) On May 27, 2014, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a proposal for a constitutional amendment that was first put forward in 1999. The amendment modifies article 243 of the Constitution. (Proposta de Emenda Constitucional No. 57, de 1999 (June 18, 1999), Senado Federal website; Constituição Federal [C.F.] (1988), PLANALTO; Press Release, Ministra […]

Angola: Anti-Terrorism and Money Laundering Law

(Feb. 28, 2014) On February 10, 2014, Angola’s National Assembly (the parliament) enacted Law No. 3, which further criminalizes money laundering offenses related to the financing of terrorism (Lei No. 3/14, de 10 de Fevereiro, Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Angola website [choose Legislação Complementar Relevante in category dropdown box […]

New Zealand: Psychoactive Substances Bill Proposed

(Mar. 5, 2013) On February 26, 2013, the Psychoactive Substances Bill was introduced in the New Zealand Parliament. The bill aims to provide the government with greater ability to control what have commonly been called “legal highs,” such as synthetic cannabis-like products and party pills that may contain a range of substances. (Press Release, Hon. […]

Mexico; United States: Memorandum of Cooperation on Methamphetamine Production

(Sept. 6, 2012) On August 23, 2012, drug enforcement authorities from the <?United States and Mexico announced the signature of a memorandum of cooperation(MOC)between the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Mexican government to combat unlawful methamphetamine production. (Press Release, DEA, DEA and Mexico Announce Further Steps to Combat Meth Production (Aug. 23, […]

Netherlands: Ban of the Drug Khat Proposed

(Mar. 14, 2012) The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate use of the drug “does not cause major problems,” it may be problematic for about ten […]

Afghanistan; Iran; Pakistan: Agreement to Halt Drug Traffic

(Nov. 30, 2011) On November 28, 2011, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) praised the three-way pact on drug smuggling signed by officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran on November 27. The agreement is designed to increase information sharing in the fight against the drug trade. Ninety percent of the opium in […]

Switzerland: Decriminalization of Narcotics Consumption Proposed

(Oct. 20, 2010) On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betäbungsmittelgesetz, Oct. 3, 1951, Systematische Sammlung des Bundesrechts No. 812.121, The purpose of this proposed reform […]

England and Wales: Government to Introduce Legislation to Prevent “Legal Highs”

(Aug. 24, 2010) The British government announced on August 20, 2010, that it will introduce legislation to temporarily ban psychoactive substances that are currently legal, but used by people to become intoxicated. The temporary ban will mean that it will be unlawful to possess with intent to supply, supply, offer to supply, import, export, or […]

Mexico; United States: Agreement Results in Convictions

(July 29, 2010) Two Mexican nationals captured in Nogales, Arizona, were recently convicted of marijuana trafficking in Mexico pursuant to the Controlled Substances Program (CSP), an agreement between the United States and Mexico “to prosecute, under Mexican law, drug smuggling cases that originate at Nogales ports of entry.” (Press Release, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, […]

Russia: New Restrictions For Controlled Substances

(Jan. 27, 2010) On December 31, 2009, the Government of the Russian Federation issued two regulations which extend the list of narcotic and psychotropic substances and establish a new procedure for their storage and preservation. (Regulations of the Russian Federation Government No. Nos. 1148 & 1186 of Dec. 31, 2009, in force since Jan. 22, […]