Labour bashed over drug reform rejection

Left-wing parties in Parliament along with those in government were disappointed after the Labour Party rejected the government’s proposal to decriminalize use and possession of small amounts of narcotics. The rejection was met with both harsh criticism and vows to revive the effort. Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre led the opposition to drug law reform […]

Opposition rises to drug reforms

It didn’t take long for the government’s initially well-received proposal to decriminalize small portions of narcotics in Norway to run into trouble. Some groups want to go even farther, some parties in Parliament are firmly opposed while others are skeptical despite agreeing on a need for reform. The Conservatives-led government won kudos when it finally, […]

Liberals prevail in drug law reform

Education minister Guri Melby could grin from ear to ear as mostly positive reaction rolled in over the weekend to the government’s plan to decriminalize small amounts of drugs for personal use. Her small Liberal Party has been trying to reform Norway’s drug laws for more than 20 years, and is now set to finally […]

Northug admits to being an ‘idiot’

Norway’s former ski champion Petter Northug admitted on Friday to having  a “serious” problem with alcohol, narcotics and pills tied to “hard partying” since ending his skiing career two years ago. Northug repeatedly described his behaviour and lust for “intense experiences” as “idiotic” at a nationally televised press conference in Trondheim. Northug’s candid admission and […]

Northug wins the sympathy card

Norway’s “bad boy of skiing,” Petter Northug, has proven himself worthy of the title once again after being caught speeding last Thursday night and in possession of cocaine. On Monday a former politician and researcher who now specializes in public affairs noted how Northug seems to be playing the sympathy card, and winning. The 34-year-old […]

Norway raises own opioid alarm

Norwegian researchers are sounding alarms over a sharp rise in the use of the painkiller Oksykodon. It’s now eight times as high as it was just 15 years ago, with doctors apparently unaware of how addictive it can be. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports that the drug is the same as one tied to an epidemic […]

Former minister blasts IOC, WADA

Linda Helleland had her share of confrontations with top Norwegian sports bureaucrats when she was the government minister in charge of national funding for athletics. She went on to run for president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and now she’s so indignant over how powerful men in the sports world operate that she doesn’t […]

Cop charged with corruption back in court

An appeals court trial began again in Oslo on Wednesday for Eirik Jensen, the retired Oslo police officer who’s been charged and convicted by the Oslo County Court of contributing to the import of 13.9 tons of hash over a 10-year period from 2004. Jensen was also found guilty of corruption and was sentenced to […]

Supreme court rejected cop’s appeal

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has rejected an appeal from former Oslo Police inspector Eirik Jensen. That clears the way for a new trial back at the appeals court level, after appeals court judges had refused to accept a jury’s decision that acquitted Jensen of smuggling hash but convicted him of corruption. Jensen’s defense attorney had […]

Accused cop faces a brand new trial

A jury of 10 Norwegians found former Oslo police officer Eirik Jensen guilty of exaggerated corruption on Monday, but they acquitted him on charges of also actually being involved in smuggling drugs into Norway. Then it was up to a panel of professional judges to determine Jensen’s fate, and they tossed out his acquittal. The […]