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27 June 2019

Belarus drug legislation amendments 2019 explained

On 13 June 2019, the Belarusian House of Representatives passed amendments to the notorious Article 328 of the country's Criminal Code. In the new version of the legislation, the lower limit of punishment under the 2nd and 3rd parts of the article that account for drug distribution is reduced by 2 years.

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22 March 2019

Piotr Markielau on the War on Drugs in Authoritarianism

The argument that “society is not ready for a change” or any other populist statement in support of the war against drug users is in fact hiding interests of criminals and nomenklatura — the establishment.

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7 January 2019

Belarus MDMA Death Case Highlights Danger of Prohibition

A high-profile criminal trial, involving a group of young people and a young woman’s tragic death following MDMA use, has gripped Belarus.

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5 January 2019

How a small grass roots group is trying to legalize cannabis in Belarus

Fighting the fear of cannabis to end the savage drug war in Belarus. Legalize Belarus civic campaign activists presented Gods & Cannabis T-shirts collection.

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31 May 2018

Piotr Markiełaŭ spent 3 days arrested for a fake protest

On 17 May Legalize Belarus website legalize.by was blocked by decision of the Ministry of Information (MI) after they received a request from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).

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7 May 2018

Women’s Hunger Strike in Belarus Protests Harsh Anti-Marijuana Laws

More than a dozen Belarusian women have participated in a hunger strike for 10 days, hoping for the release of their sons, husbands, grandsons, and other relatives from imprisonment or drug-related charges.

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2 May 2018

Young People and Mothers Fight Together to End the War on Drugs

Brave young people had enough of harsh drug laws in Belarus and fight back. They found allies in the mothers of drug convicts, who went on hunger strike to demand an end to the war on their sons.

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29 March 2018

Thousands Languish in Prison for Cannabis Possession in Belarus

Belarus is an Eastern European country blessed with a rich cultural heritage and a scenic landscape, but its people are subject to some of the most repressive drug policies on the continent.

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14 March 2018

BelarusDigest: Cannabis Reform in Belarus?

On 17 February 2018, a group of young Belarusians holding a banner reading ‘Legalize Belarus’ gathered on Independence Avenue in the heart of Minsk. The group was campaigning for the legalisation of marijuana in Belarus, a proposition that, at least for now, seems unlikely to attract support from the public or government officials.

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2 February 2018

Let them pray for death. Belarusian war on drugs

How the war on drugs was declared in Belarus – and what came out of it. In Belarus, from three to four thousand people, mostly youth under 30, are sentenced for "illicit drug trafficking" yearly. Political Critique tried to find out whether the authoritarian government is effective in its crusade against prohibited substances.

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