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Inter se Modification of the UN Drug Control Conventions

An Exploration of its Applicability to Legitimise the Legal Regulation of Cannabis Markets

Neil Boister and Martin Jelsma

1 Introduction The drug policy landscape is in a process of profound change since more and more countries are moving towards a legal regulation of the cannabis market. This reality is increasing legal tensions within the international drug control regime, based on the 1961 Single Convention

Michael Platzer and Flavio Mirella

[First paragraph]We would like to reply to the article written by Axel Klein entitled, "Between the Death Penalty and Decriminalization: New Directions for Drug Control in the Commonwealth Caribbean" published in NWIG 75 (3&4) 2001. We have noted a number of factual inaccuracies as well as hostile comments which portray the United Nations International Drug Control Programme in a negative light. This reply is not intended to be a critique of the article, which we find unbalanced and polemical, but rather an alert to the tendentious statements about UNDCP, which we feel should be corrected.

Axel Klein

Traces the changes in public attitudes toward and political stances on drug control in the British Caribbean between 1980 and 2000. Author first discusses the origins of drug control, the role of US pressure, and the vulnerability of the Caribbean. He then looks at European involvement and the different plans and policies to control drugs in the region. Finally, he describes the consequences of these policy approaches on the justice system and legal reform, drug demand, and social structures in the region.

Bothe, Michael

Chapter sections 1. Introduction pp. 145-147 2. International Obligations Of States In The Field Of Drug Control pp. 147-149 3. International Institutions pp. 149-150 4. The Specific Procedure To Ensure The Performance Of Obligations Under The Drug Control Conventions pp. 150-155 5. Evaluation pp

Robin Geiß and Daniel Wisehart

The contribution analyses whether the un Drug Conventions still serve their original purpose, namely the furtherance of the health and welfare of mankind in the 21st century. To this end the contribution begins with an outline of how the un Drug Conventions aim to protect mankind’s health and welfare. On this basis it is inquired whether un Drug Conventions are somehow irreversibly imbued with a zero-tolerance approach that undermines the health and welfare of vulnerable groups on both ends of the supply chain respectively. Thus, with respect to the supply side the question is pursued whether the un Drug Conventions provisions on crop cultivation imperil the livelihoods of rural communities. With regard to the demand side it is examined whether the un Drug Conventions forestall the adoption of more liberal, i.e. non-punitive and health-oriented approaches towards illicit drug users. In a next step, the analysis turns to a long-standing and currently particularly prevalent criticism according to which the international drug control regime puts disproportionate pressure on so-called drug producing and drug transit States, while turning a blind eye on the so-called drug consuming States. In concluding, the contribution turns to the question how the international drug control system could be enhanced to better meet its proper goals of protecting mankind’s health and welfare.

Walker, William O., III

their analyses. He argues that the failure of drug control arises from the U.S. failure to understand other cultures, such as that of the Andean people.keywordsUnited States-Latin American relations; in...

M. Lee

381 M. Lee1 Across the Public-Private Divide? Private Policing, Grey Intelligence and Civil Actions in Local Drugs Control It is increasingly apparent that sections of the Conservative government have a vision of a mixed economy of criminal justice which necessitates the state absolving itself