GDPO Quarterly News: July 2018 – October 2018
While keeping busy with a range of ‘low noise’ impact related activities, the Quarter was relatively quiet in terms of public facing work. That said, September saw the results of a long-planned research expedition to India by Dave and TNI’s Tom Blickman come to fruition. There they liaised closely with GDPO Technical Advisor Romesh Bhattacharji on a range of activities relating to the cannabis policy reform project, and specifically ongoing work on the updated version of the 2014 TNI-GDPO publication, rise and decline of cannabis prohibition pdf. In addition to meetings and interviews with parliamentarians in New Delhi, fieldwork included a return trip to the Himachal Pradesh to examine changes within the cannabis market since a first visit in 2014 (See QN below) and an excursion into the largely unstudied cannabis producing regions of Uttarakhand. Relating some initial impressions from this fieldwork to broader policy discussions, Tom was interviewed by the Delhi Post which subsequently published a story titled Seek drug reform within international law.
(Cannabis in Uttarakhand)
The Quarter proved to be productive regarding GDPO and GDPO related publications. July saw the publication of a Situation Analysis by Jasmin Gamez (MA student at Central European University, 2017-18), Environmental Impacts of the Legalization of Cannabis in California. Another product of the Observatory’s collaboration with the School of Public Policy at CEU, in August GDPO published a timely Working Paper by Shaun Shelly and Simon Howell (University of Pretoria and Research Director, African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum respectively) titled South Africa’s National Drug Master Plan Influenced & Ignored The following month, after over a year’s research and drafting, we were pleased to publish a Working Paper by young scholar and former University of Bradford Rotary Peace Fellow, Kari Williams: Crime, Drugs, and Power in Honduras Also in September Khalid published an article in Les Echos.fr, ‘Vers une coalition mondiale de commerce du cannabis?’ while the GDPO’s submission on drug policy metrics to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights was reference its significant report countering the world drug problem with regard to human rights September also saw the release of the Spanish edition of the GDPO, TNI, WOLA joint publication on Inter Se treaty modification El equilibrio entre la estabilidad y el cambio La modificación inter se de los. Towards the end of the month, Axel’s co-edited collection, Collapse of the Collapse of the Global Order on Drugs: From UNGASS 2016 to Review 2019was published by Emerald while Christopher’s first monograph, based on his excellent PhD dissertation, White Drug Cultures and Regulation in London, 1916-1960 was published by Palgrave.