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On Tuesday, September 9th the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a new, groundbreaking report, Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work, at a press conference at MOMA in New York City.
This report reflects a new evolution in the Commissioners’ thinking — and will break major new ground in the global discussion about ending drug prohibition.
Moderator is Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post. Speakers included former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian President César Gaviria, former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss, Richard Branson, Louise Arbour and others
This event presents the report of the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy, the most thorough independent economic analysis of the current international drug control strategy ever conducted.
Mauricio Lopez Bonilla (@mlopezbonilla) is the minister of interior of Guatemala.
Mark Kleiman (@MarkARKleiman) is a professor of public policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs.
Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch (@OSFKasia) is director of the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program.
Danny Quah (@DannyQuah) is Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He is also Professor of Economics and International Development and Kuwait Professor at LSE.
Narcotics have been used by humans since the time of the ancient Egyptians, and even today around 300 million people across the world take drugs each year. But what is a drug? And who is it that should decide what a drug is?
With Sharon Ruston, Professor of Romanticism at Lancaster University and Professor David Nutt
Questions and Answers
Drug Policy Alliance Top 10 Stories of 2013
December 16, 2013 – By Tony Newman
2013 will go down in history as the beginning of the end of our disastrous war on drugs. 58% of Americans nationally support marijuana legalization. World leaders like former UN head Kofi Annan are calling for an end to the drug war. US Attorney General Erik Holder is speaking out against racist mandatory minimum drug laws and mass incarceration. Celebrities like Will Smith, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Hudson joined 175 other celebrities saying No More Drug War in a letter to the President. Just last week, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize marijuana. Below are some of the top stories that made 2013 a watershed year in the fight to end America’s longest failed war.
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Top Ten Drug Policy Moments in 2013.
“One can clearly see the cracks appearing in the old international regime that has stifled the discussion of alternatives to the war on drugs for over 40 years. Now countries are beginning to look for approaches that are less punitive for people who use drugs and more targeted on the violent actors in our communities.”
By Philippe Lucas, CARBC
Cannabis is neither completely harmless, nor is it a cure-all, but with polls showing that Canadians overwhelmingly support cannabis policy reform, it’s fair to assume that most people no longer believe that legalization would lead to the end of the world. Yet, some who support reform nonetheless have concerns that adding yet another legal drug (alongside alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceuticals) for society to struggle with might result in an increase in use.
But what if the legalization of adult access to cannabis also resulted in a reduction in the use of alcohol and other drugs? What if rather than being a gateway drug, cannabis actually proved to be an exit drug from problematic substance use? A growing body of research on a theory called cannabis substitution effect suggests just that.
The HCLU has several videos from the 2013 international drug policy reform conference in Denver on their Youtube channel.
Recent elections in the states of Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana, catalyzing the national debate regarding drug policy and reform. Would it be easier on health and police departments now pulled between conflicting state and federal laws to just legalize marijuana? Underwritten by Booz Allen Hamilton
Featuring Ethan Nadelmann, Asa Hutchinson, and James Bennet
The report documents the failing role that current federal drug policies play in supporting safety and health and draws attention to the acute need for an improved system of supports for people who use drugs including harm reduction. The report’s authors found that Canada’s current federal government is openly hostile to evidence-based measures like harm reduction services and has clearly taken a punitive approach to addressing drug use problems.