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58. I see the Parti Socialiste has called for regulated sales...
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Europe: Belgian Socialists Call for Regulated Marijuana Sales 2/16/06

In June 2003, Belgium effectively decriminalized marijuana possession. Under that policy, marijuana remains illegal, but possession of less than three grams is not considered as a prosecutable offense. Now, two-and-a-half years in, a junior partner in the Belgian governing coalition is calling for outright decriminalization of up to five grams, as well as a move toward regulated marijuana sales.

Parti Socialiste leader Elio di Rupo made the proposal to relax the marijuana laws in a Monday press conference announcing the party's comprehensive drug policy proposals, according to a report issued by the European Coalition for a Safe and Effective Drug Policy (ENCOD). The party called for improved drug treatment, better coordination among government agencies, and more coherent sentencing policy. While di Rupo called for intensifying the fight against the illicit drug trade, he also called for a year-long campaign to educate marijuana smokers about the health consequences of the herb to be followed by introduction of the regulated sales and decrim proposal.

Di Rupo urged the Belgian government to do serious research about how to implement a regulated sales regime. The neighboring Netherlands would be a good place to start, he suggested.

The Parti Socialiste, a French-speaking party, is the third largest party in the left-leaning government of Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt. The Parti Socialiste holds 25 House seats (out of 150) and six Senate seats (out of 40). The Flemish Liberals and Democrats Party holds 25 House seats and seven Senate seats, while the Flemish-speaking Socialist Party -- Different Spirit holds 23 House seats and seven Senate seats.

According to ENCOD's Joep Oomen, the other two coalition parties are unlikely to move on the issue, largely for fear that any move to soften the drug laws would throw votes to hard-line rightist Flemish parties. Both parties released statement in response to di Rupo's remarks saying they felt no need for further cannabis liberalization.

The Antwerp Users' Union, a group of cannabis consumers in the Belgian port city, has its own ideas. In a Saturday meeting, the group announced a plan to develop collective cannabis cultivation that is says would stay within the law and asked the political parties to keep its ideas in mind.

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  -Pot Should Be Legalized stepnw1f  Feb-19-06 11:43 AM   #0 
  - I agree. As a matter of fact.....  loveable liberal   Feb-19-06 11:46 AM   #1 
  - Excellent...  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 11:48 AM   #2 
  - Social policy and economics.  loveable liberal   Feb-19-06 11:57 AM   #7 
     - Absolutely!!!!! (nt)  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 12:55 PM   #25 
     - Hemp for Victory!  teknomanzer   Feb-19-06 01:48 PM   #56 
  - "a staggeringly positive effect on our communities."  Beam Me Up   Feb-19-06 02:35 PM   #75 
  - I agree it should be legalized  FtWayneBlue   Feb-19-06 11:48 AM   #3 
  - Sounds good! Join NORML  EstimatedProphet   Feb-19-06 11:48 AM   #4 
  - Trust me, If Eli-Lilly had discovered and patented pot we'd be paying  spanone   Feb-19-06 11:51 AM   #5 
  - Ha ha ha, the irony of it all! Pot was banned as a narcotic for the sole  greyhound1966   Feb-19-06 12:01 PM   #10 
  - Did Not Know That  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 12:56 PM   #27 
  - Sorry, I dug this up for a research paper in the dark days  greyhound1966   Feb-19-06 01:31 PM   #41 
  - Interesting stuff  EstimatedProphet   Feb-19-06 01:36 PM   #46 
  - Yup great documentary  iconoclastNYC   Feb-20-06 09:24 AM   #125 
  - Harry J. Anslinger, director FBI testifying 1937:  chelaque liberal   Feb-20-06 09:57 AM   #134 
     - Nice open-minded guy  EstimatedProphet   Feb-20-06 07:16 PM   #136 
  - Thank You! (nt)  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 05:31 PM   #90 
  - VERY interesting about the DuPont criminalization  wordpix   Feb-20-06 09:41 AM   #129 
  - Some links here  Angry Girl   Feb-19-06 02:22 PM   #71 
  - Damn... Thanks!  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 05:31 PM   #89 
  - Check this war 2  spanone   Feb-19-06 02:25 PM   #73 
  - I thought it was Hearst's newspapers that were behind banning hemp  EstimatedProphet   Feb-19-06 01:07 PM   #35 
  - Hearst directed his media companies to support the position for the same  greyhound1966   Feb-19-06 01:34 PM   #44 
  - The oil industry wanted it illegal, also  Joe Fields   Feb-19-06 01:59 PM   #64 
  - That Wasn't The Sole Reason  ProfessorGAC   Feb-20-06 07:21 PM   #139 
  - then we'd be seeing ads too  hfojvt   Feb-19-06 01:35 PM   #45 
  - I agree completely.  JNelson6563   Feb-19-06 11:54 AM   #6 
  - I agree, but it is illegal in most countries  jackpan1260   Feb-19-06 11:57 AM   #8 
  - Most counties that have outlawed it only did so because our government  greyhound1966   Feb-19-06 12:02 PM   #11 
  - But a lot of why it is illegal in other countries  EstimatedProphet   Feb-19-06 12:03 PM   #12 
  - You Can Blame the US  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 12:58 PM   #29 
  - The UN Single Convention on Narcotics (1961) requires that  High Plains   Feb-19-06 01:28 PM   #40 
  - I guess my position on the topic ...  NanceGreggs   Feb-19-06 11:59 AM   #9 
  - lol... I need Some Now  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 12:59 PM   #30 
  - Right there with ya  HeeBGBz   Feb-19-06 12:06 PM   #13 
  - thank you (nt)  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 12:59 PM   #31 
  - Kids should get to use it too!  FormerRushFan   Feb-19-06 12:07 PM   #14 
  - No no no  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 01:00 PM   #32 
     - Sorry for baiting, of course you don't believe in letting kids have it...  FormerRushFan   Feb-19-06 01:41 PM   #53 
        - Ahhh.... I Gotcha  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 04:22 PM   #81 
  - Pot is just like alcohol  SnoopDog   Feb-19-06 12:19 PM   #15 
  - not just like alcohol. alcohol kills. increases violence. and is PUSHED  nashville_brook   Feb-19-06 12:24 PM   #19 
  - Agreed... could you pass the chips....!  SnoopDog   Feb-19-06 12:32 PM   #22 
  - Pot is just like TV  cheezus   Feb-19-06 05:15 PM   #82 
  - maybe when they want to steal the money that they are  mopinko   Feb-19-06 12:20 PM   #16 
  - yup  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 01:01 PM   #33 
  - Big Tobacco is probably the biggest opponent  GuvWurld   Feb-19-06 12:22 PM   #17 
  - Or Big Pharma. They wouldnt be able to control the growing of pot.  maveric   Feb-19-06 12:32 PM   #21 
  - Big Pharma funds "anti-drug" groups like the Partership for a  High Plains   Feb-19-06 02:11 PM   #69 
  - actually, from what I understand, Big Tobacco, is all for legalization...  cdsilv   Feb-19-06 10:37 PM   #112 
  - I'm with you on this. Better than anything man has come up with  Faux pas   Feb-19-06 12:24 PM   #18 
  - I agree. However, the beer lobby would have something to say about that  mtnsnake   Feb-19-06 12:27 PM   #20 
  - no way  mopinko   Feb-19-06 01:51 PM   #59 
  - No. Technically it should be decriminalized. So should all drugs...  radwriter0555   Feb-19-06 12:36 PM   #23 
  - Should Be Regulated  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 12:54 PM   #24 
  - I can't see a need for any regulation. Humans are fully capable of  radwriter0555   Feb-19-06 05:30 PM   #88 
     - I Wouldn't Mind Age Limits  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 05:34 PM   #92 
        - That's what parents are for. Regulation allows people the opportunity for  radwriter0555   Feb-19-06 05:36 PM   #93 
           - Not Everyone Has Parents  stepnw1f   Feb-19-06 05:53 PM   #96 
  - Marihuana is a gateway drug  FatDave   Feb-19-06 12:55 PM   #26 
     - LOL! Good one.  greyhound1966   Feb-19-06 01:38 PM   #47 
  - Who would beat the kids to death if they did that?  Hubert Flottz   Feb-19-06 12:57 PM   #28 
  - Legalizing marijuana  DoYouEverWonder   Feb-19-06 01:19 PM   #36 
  - The Govt. would lose too much cash  Twist_U_Up   Feb-19-06 01:06 PM   #34 
  - They could earn a lot of cash, too.  mutley_r_us   Feb-19-06 01:24 PM   #38 
  - Cash they have to account for.  Twist_U_Up   Feb-19-06 01:48 PM   #57 
  - Taxing it would likely solve the deficit problem!!! n/t  MADem   Feb-19-06 01:45 PM   #55 
  - It'll never happen under the Repukes  Loge23   Feb-19-06 01:23 PM   #37 
  - The Democrats don't support it either, much to their shame. n/t  greyhound1966   Feb-19-06 01:39 PM   #49 
     - True  Loge23   Feb-19-06 02:10 PM   #68 
     - When Kerry was a prosecutor he didn't prosecute marijuana offenses  Hippo_Tron   Feb-19-06 09:18 PM   #105 
  - Not to mention the ridiculous amount of money spent chasing pot  Maraya1969   Feb-19-06 01:24 PM   #39 
  - Legalizing marijuana will be on the ballot in Nevada this year  High Plains   Feb-19-06 01:33 PM   #42 
  - I agree. End the Drug War.  Eric J in MN   Feb-19-06 01:33 PM   #43 
  - I agree - legalize Marijuana  Joey Liberal   Feb-19-06 01:38 PM   #48 
  - Come on over, dudes & dudettes :-)  BelgianMadCow   Feb-19-06 01:39 PM   #50 
  - I see the Parti Socialiste has called for regulated sales...  High Plains   Feb-19-06 01:50 PM   #58 
     - Well the PS has it right (and you do too about 3 grams, not 5)  BelgianMadCow   Feb-19-06 01:58 PM   #63 
        - Yeah, it's my job to write about drug policy.  High Plains   Feb-19-06 02:07 PM   #66 
  - Two Ideas to help the cause.  yellowdogmi   Feb-19-06 01:40 PM   #51 
  - We need all progressives to become passive non-fighters!  tomreedtoon   Feb-19-06 01:41 PM   #52 
  - yeah? and a lot of the angry ones are too  mitchtv   Feb-19-06 01:57 PM   #62 
  - So, should we decriminalize cocaine instead? -nt  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Feb-19-06 03:17 PM   #79 
  - Yes. Legalize it all. Regulate and control, don't try to prohibit.  High Plains   Feb-19-06 03:47 PM   #80 
  - Oh, bullshit. If you think stoners can't get anything done  impeachdubya   Feb-19-06 05:40 PM   #95 
  - I have a sixteen yr old son and a 13 yr old daughter  Ksec   Feb-19-06 01:45 PM   #54 
  - it can't get any easier.  mopinko   Feb-19-06 01:53 PM   #60 
  - In the days of my youth...  FatDave   Feb-19-06 02:21 PM   #70 
  - I'm a parent who hasn't done anything stronger than caffeine for years...  impeachdubya   Feb-19-06 05:36 PM   #94 
  - One of the biggest arguments AGAINST legalizing it has always  johnaries   Feb-19-06 01:57 PM   #61 
  - no "medicinal value" - ?what is the medicinal value of tobacco?  FLDem5   Feb-19-06 09:01 PM   #102 
  - I remember hearing in the 70's that the tobacco companies had copyrighted  greyhound1966   Feb-19-06 02:05 PM   #65 
  - I remember hearing that too.  FatDave   Feb-19-06 02:26 PM   #74 
     - I've found that the world didn't exist before the internet, it was all a  greyhound1966   Feb-19-06 02:56 PM   #77 
  - I've said this for years and I have never even TRIED it!  WakeMeUp   Feb-19-06 02:08 PM   #67 
  - Yep.  IMModerate   Feb-19-06 02:23 PM   #72 
  - FREEDOM should be legalized. We are not property of the state.  Skip Intro   Feb-19-06 02:51 PM   #76 
  - THANK YOU!  impeachdubya   Feb-19-06 05:20 PM   #85 
  - Well Said!  stepnw1f   Feb-20-06 07:19 PM   #138 
  - First things first, though. This will never happen until there is a regime  file83   Feb-19-06 03:14 PM   #78 
  - I agree with you  Gelliebeans   Feb-19-06 05:18 PM   #83 
  - I agree (nt)  bigwillq   Feb-19-06 05:18 PM   #84 
  - You'll get no argument from me.  impeachdubya   Feb-19-06 05:22 PM   #86 
  - I think I'll smoke me some right now.  tabasco   Feb-19-06 05:23 PM   #87 
  - Hear hear...  rodriguez94   Feb-19-06 08:16 PM   #101 
  - Indeed. It's quite beneficial.  Zhade   Feb-19-06 05:32 PM   #91 
  - It should be legalized just to keep dealers away from kids  IronLionZion   Feb-19-06 06:51 PM   #97 
  - Legalize. Now. n/t  SalmonChantedEvening   Feb-19-06 07:07 PM   #98 
  - I concur.  Balbus   Feb-19-06 07:12 PM   #99 
  - Yes. natural like arsenic.  usregimechange   Feb-19-06 07:18 PM   #100 
  - Yes but arsenic is toxic,  William Bloode   Feb-19-06 09:13 PM   #104 
  - And you know what that tells us, don't you?  impeachdubya   Feb-19-06 09:26 PM   #106 
  - alcohol is poison, pot isn't.  QuestionAll   Feb-19-06 10:36 PM   #111 
     - I agree with you. But in answer to your question, Both.  impeachdubya   Feb-20-06 12:13 AM   #114 
        - i agree, both should be legal-  QuestionAll   Feb-20-06 12:33 AM   #117 
           - You'll get absolutely no argument from me, there.  impeachdubya   Feb-20-06 12:43 AM   #118 
  - It ABSOLUTELY SHOULD be legal!  wildbilln864   Feb-19-06 09:11 PM   #103 
  - Hmmm... After I smoke my night cap bowl,  Ernesto   Feb-19-06 10:09 PM   #107 
  - Me too-Loser Pothead Corps member  EstimatedProphet   Feb-19-06 10:50 PM   #113 
     - LOL!  CabalPowered   Feb-20-06 09:44 AM   #131 
  - Have to agree  DVJNU   Feb-19-06 10:12 PM   #108 
  - The founder and President of Progressive Insurance is a regular user  progressoid   Feb-19-06 10:29 PM   #109 
  - Yes, yes, and yes!  ms liberty   Feb-19-06 10:31 PM   #110 
  - Yes, it should...  Yollam   Feb-20-06 12:15 AM   #115 
  - of course!  Blue_Tires   Feb-20-06 12:25 AM   #116 
  - will never happen, takes too much long-term vision and organization  truthpower   Feb-20-06 12:45 AM   #119 
  - Yes, but won't happen cause there's money to be mad & blackmail to be done  Vidar   Feb-20-06 01:21 AM   #120 
  - Indeed it should  BuffyTheFundieSlayer   Feb-20-06 03:07 AM   #121 
  - It helps people who are in pain and dying from terminal illnesses.  Swamp Rat   Feb-20-06 03:10 AM   #122 
  - If more people smoked pot, this would be a more peaceful planet. n/t  Seabiscuit   Feb-20-06 05:38 AM   #123 
  - Legalize it or not  YOY   Feb-20-06 08:16 AM   #124 
  - If pot was taxed like ETOH--and locals believed it would bring in $$-much  rodeodance   Feb-20-06 09:28 AM   #126 
  - the fed will fight this tooth and nail  winston61   Feb-20-06 09:37 AM   #127 
  - join MPP: Marijuana Policy Project to legalize medical mj  wordpix   Feb-20-06 09:40 AM   #128 
  - Monthly donor here! n/t  Pushed To The Left   Feb-20-06 07:33 PM   #141 
  - I firmly agree!!!  4_TN_TITANS   Feb-20-06 09:43 AM   #130 
  - The crux of the buiscuit  Kazak   Feb-20-06 09:49 AM   #132 
  - Nobody here disagrees with this...  benburch   Feb-20-06 09:50 AM   #133 
  - No Kidding....  stepnw1f   Feb-20-06 07:16 PM   #137 
  - No argument here  catmandu57   Feb-20-06 10:23 AM   #135 
  - The drug warriors show their true colors  Pushed To The Left   Feb-20-06 07:31 PM   #140 

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