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Fighting For Drug Peace Across The Globe, Cannabis University 2018

An International debate about the future of cannabis.
With:
Jules Stobbs, Myrtle Clark (The Dagga Couple), Dana Larsen (Canadian activist, politician, writer) Ben Wise (Filmmaker), Ben Dronkers (founder Sensi Seeds), Kenzi Riboulet Zemouli (FAAAT)

Jules Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke
…better known as The Dagga Couple, have been fighting for the legalization of cannabis in South Africa since 2010. Through the courts they hope to enforce the lifting of the ban. In 2017 their long-awaited trial against the state, ‘The Trial of the Plant’, took place, with a leading role for the English professor David Nutt. With their organizations Fields of Green for All and Join the Queue, they stand up for compatriots who are being persecuted for cannabis.
Jules Stobbs en Myrtle Clarke, beter bekend als The Dagga Couple, strijden sinds 2010 voor legalisering van cannabis in Zuid Afrika. Via de rechter hopen ze opheffing van het verbod af te dwingen. In 2017 vond hun langverwachte proces tegen de staat, ‘The Trial of the Plant’, plaats, met een hoofdrol voor de Engelse professor David Nutt. Met hun organisaties Fields of Green for All en Join the Queue komen ze op voor landgenoten die wegens cannabis worden vervolgd.

Dana Larsen (Canada)
Dana is one of Canada’s best known cannabis activists, the country that legalizes recreational cannabis on a national level this summer. He wrote for years for Cannabis Culture, the magazine of Marc Emery, and was co-founder of the Marijuana Party of Canada, the BC Marijuana Party and the Vancouver Seed Bank. Larsen wrote several books about the plant, including ‘Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone’ and ‘The Pot Puzzle Fun Book’ and gave away millions of cannabis seeds for free. He founded the Vancouver Dispensary Society and leads Sensible BC, the largest Canadian grassroots organization for the legalization of cannabis.
Dana Larsen is een van de bekendste cannabis activisten van Canada, het land dat deze zomer recreatieve cannabis op landelijk niveau legaliseert. Hij schreef jarenlang voor Cannabis Culture, het tijdschrift van Marc Emery, en was medeoprichter van de Marijuana Party of Canada, de BC Marijuana Party en de Vancouver Seed Bank. Larsen schreef meerdere boeken over de plant, waaronder ‘Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone’ en ‘The Pot Puzzle Fun Book’ en gaf miljoenen cannabiszaden gratis weg. Hij richtte de Vancouver Dispensary Society op en leidt Sensible BC, de grootste Canadese grassroots organisatie voor legalisering van cannabis.
Ben Dronkers
Founder of Sensi Seeds, Hempflax, the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, Cannabis Culture Awards and sponsor of hundreds of demonstrations, events, action groups, campaigns and organizations in the field of cannabis. Ben Dronkers is a pioneer, a visionary and one successful entrepreneur. His contribution to the international cannabis culture cannot be overstated.
Oprichter van Sensi Seeds, Hempflax, het Hash Marihuana & Hennepmuseum, de Cannabis Culture Awards en sponsor van honderden demonstraties, evenementen, actiegroepen, campagnes en organisaties op het gebied van cannabis. Ben Dronkers is een pionier, een visionair en een succesvolle ondernemer. Zijn bijdrage aan de internationale cannabiscultuur is niet te overschatten.
Kenzi Riboulet Zemouli
Kenzi is a French drug policy reform advocate and researcher at FAAAT (Foundation for an Alternative Approach to Addiction and Substance Dependence) who lives in Barcelona, Spain. He is involved in local campaigns in the Occitania (southern France) and Catalonia (northeastern Spain) regions and is a regular at the CND meetings at the United Nations in Vienna and Geneva and the World Health Organization. He focuses primarily on harm reduction issues as they relate to cannabis and on the cannabis social club model as a health-based approach to cannabis policies.
Kenzi is een Franse activist voor hervorming van het drugsbeleid en onderzoeker bij FAAAT (Foundation for an Alternative Approach to Addiction and Substance Dependence). Hij woont in Barcelona en is betrokken bij campagnes in Occitanië (Zuid-Frankrijk) en Catalonië (Noordoost-Spanje). Kenzi is regelmatig op de CND-bijeenkomsten van de VN in Wenen en Genève en de Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie. Hij richt zich op harm reduction in relatie tot cannabis en op het Cannabis Social Club model als een op gezondheid gebaseerde benadering van cannabisbeleid.

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US Withdrawing from UN Human Rights Council

The Trump administration has announced Tuesday its departure from the United Nations’ main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution. (June 19)

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UN Special Envoy To Yemen To Broker A Ceasefire

United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths arrived in Sanaa on Saturday in an effort to broker a ceasefire as part of a peace plan to end the three-year Yemen conflict. (June 16)

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What the U.S.-North Korea Negotiations Might Look Like, Simulated (HBO)

The historic summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is over and one of the few substantive points to come out of their joint statement is for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a “high-level” North Korean official to lead, “follow-on negotiations.”

They’re supposed to occur at the “earliest possible date,” and drive toward a blandly-stated goal: “implement the outcomes” of the Singapore meeting.

What do these early rounds of diplomacy look like for negotiators on both sides? To figure this out, VICE News asked four experienced American diplomats to simulate a real negotiation.

“The North Koreans don’t negotiate the way we do,” explained Gov. Bill Richardson, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In our simulation, he’s representing North Korea. “They don’t believe in concessions or compromises.”

Joining Gov. Richardson to represent the North Korean side was Ambassador Joseph DeTrani — who, in real life, served as Special Envoy to North Korea for the six-party talks starting in 2003.

On the other side, Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, a former coordinator for threat reduction programs at the State Department, negotiated for the U.S. So did Ambassador Robert Gallucci, who was the chief negotiator with North Korea during the 1994 nuclear crisis.
They showed us that when it comes to denuclearizing a peninsula, every word matters.

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UN Secretary General arrives in Central Mali

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North Korea to join efforts for total nuclear weapons test ban

North Korea plans to join international efforts to implement a total ban on nuclear weapons tests, its ambassador told the United Nations disarmament body.

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Israel faces outcry after 60 killed on Gaza border

Israel comes under mounting international pressure amid calls for an independent probe after its forces killed 60 Palestinians in one day during protests along the Gaza border as the United States opened an embassy in Jerusalem. The United Nations has condemned the violence of Israeli security forces, South Africa has recalled its ambassador to Israel and anti-Israel protests have sprung up worldwide. Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has defended Israel’s “restraint” after no mention of the violence was made at the embassy’s opening ceremony.

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UN Chief: No Military Solution For Syria

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Saturday there was no military solution to the Syrian conflict, stressing that the crisis could only be solved politically. (April 21)

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