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Caribbean Drugs : From Criminalization to Harm Reduction - Axel Klein

Caribbean Drugs

From Criminalization to Harm Reduction

By: Axel Klein (Editor), Marcus Day (Editor), Anthony Harriott (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9781842774984
Number Of Pages: 272

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'Policy makers in many parts of the world are interested in the role of Caribbean countries in the production and trans-shipment of illicit drugs. However, the self-interest of developed countries has not been matched by an analysis of drug use and problems in the Caribbean itself. This very welcome book provides a unique insight into smaller countries' attempts to shape their policy and response to drugs in the context of national, regional and international imperatives.' - Professor Gerry Stimson, Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour, Imperial College, London

'About a century ago a few colonial countries plus the USA designed a system of prohibiting drugs that now can be considered a major problem for human rights and state sovereignty. This book's useful analysis of the unintended consequences in the Caribbean transit zone of prohibition as drug 'control' may help bring about a much needed review of the system.' - Professor Peter Cohen, Centre for Drug Research, University of Amsterdam

'A refreshing look at how the criminalization of ganja has driven a wedge between society and the state in the Caribbean, and how the prosecution of possession fills up the gaols while the differential application of the law allows traffickers to go free. The book is realistic in acknowledging the irresistible pressure from North America and Europe to stop the trafficking through these countries but cogently makes the point that this should not drive domestic policy into more and more punitive responses.' - Cindy Fazey, Professor of International Relations, University of Liverpool

'This book fills a major gap, providing substance abuse researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and general readers on both sides of the Atlantic with a collection of interesting and provocative essays. I highly recommend it.' - James A. Inciardi, Director, Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies, University of Delaware

'Policy makers in many parts of the world are interested in the role of Caribbean countries in the production and trans-shipment of illicit drugs. However, the self-interest of developed countries has not been matched by an analysis of drug use and problems in the Caribbean itself. This very welcome book provides a unique insight into smaller countries' attempts to shape their policy and response to drugs in the context of national, regional and international imperatives.' - Professor Gerry Stimson, Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour, Imperial College, London 'About a century ago a few colonial countries plus the USA designed a system of prohibiting drugs that now can be considered a major problem for human rights and state sovereignty. This book's useful analysis of the unintended consequences in the Caribbean transit zone of prohibition as drug 'control' may help bring about a much needed review of the system.' - Professor Peter Cohen, Centre for Drug Research, University of Amsterdam 'A refreshing look at how the criminalization of ganja has driven a wedge between society and the state in the Caribbean, and how the prosecution of possession fills up the gaols while the differential application of the law allows traffickers to go free. The book is realistic in acknowledging the irresistible pressure from North America and Europe to stop the trafficking through these countries but cogently makes the point that this should not drive domestic policy into more and more punitive responses.' - Cindy Fazey, Professor of International Relations, University of Liverpool 'This book fills a major gap, providing substance abuse researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and general readers on both sides of the Atlantic with a collection of interesting and provocative essays. I highly recommend it.' - James A. Inciardi, Director, Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies, University of Delaware 'Only rarely do edited volumes, with multiple essays by scholars, exercise any influence on public policy. But if I had to bet on one book that might, it's this one' - Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Background and Context
Introduction
From the Barbados Plan of action to the Ganja Commission: the Search for a New Drug Policy Framework
Policy Responses: Adapting the Legal Framework to Meet the Needs of the Region
Criminalizing Cultural Practice: The Case of Ganja in Jamaica
Drugs Court in Jamaica: Means to an End or End in Itself?
Drugs and the Prison System: Impact of Legislative Changes on the Prison Crises in the Commonwealth Caribbean Region
Rethinking Privatisation: The State and Illegal Drugs in the Commonwealth Caribbean
Interventions on the Ground: Putting Demand Reduction into Practice
Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation in Jamaica and the Caribean
What's the Hook? Diary of a Drop-in Centre or Rehabilitation Before Abstinence
Cayman Islands Drug Council: Practising Harm Reduction in a Zero Tolerance Society
Ethical Dilemmas Surrounding Drug Research: The Pitfalls of Gathering Sensitive Information in the Caribbean Context
Responses to Opportunity: Economics of Drugs
Illicit Drug Markets in the Caribbean: Analysis of Information on Drug Flows Through the Region
The Ganja Industry and Alternative Development in St Vincent and the Grenadines
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ISBN: 9781842774984
ISBN-10: 1842774980
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1