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Brian Paddick & Molly Meacher

Tabloid papers are “main enemies” of drug policy reform

Tabloid papers are “main enemies” of drug policy reform

Tabloid newspapers have been described as “our main enemies” in the fight for drug policy reform in the United Kingdom, during a parliamentary meeting on narcotic legislation. Molly Meacher, a cross-bench life peer in the House of Lords, asserted that reform is being hindered by the vitriolic support for drug prohibition in the country’s most

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Coalition of UK police denounce War on Drugs

Today, February 29th – or ‘leap day’ – has marked the launch of LEAP UK: the British chapter of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. The organisation’s executive director, Jason Reed, marked the occasion by convening a lively discussion in the House of Commons with a host of law enforcement veterans, as well as policymakers and drug

A man is searched by police on the second night of carnival in Salvador, Brazil, in February 2012.
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How Brazil’s Drug War Became a Crusade Against People of Color

In Brazil’s old colonial capital of Salvador de Bahia, February means Carnaval, a six-day Dionysian celebration often called the biggest street party in the world. But behind the merriment hides a striking example of Brazil’s endemic structural racism. Though Salvador’s population is 80 percent black, the carnavaleros dancing down the cordoned-off avenues are mostly white,

The UNGASS 2016 will take place at the organisation's New York headquarters.

To Change Drug Policy, First Change the Way You Measure It

As we approach the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), the voices clamoring for drug policy reform are getting louder. But within the narrow parameters of the UN system, what does reform really mean? After all, when it comes to drug policy, one of the main tasks of the

Despite drug policy reforms, the U.S. continues to imprison almost half a million drug offenders each year

The 4 Best And Worst Countries For Drug Policy In 2015

2015 has been a turbulent year for the international War on Drugs, with some countries introducing smart and successful new policies, and others making some repressive and disastrous moves. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the best and worst drug policy decisions made this year:   BEST   Jamaica In April, a law that

Colombia begins dismantling the drug war with marijuana legislation

On Tuesday December 22nd, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a bill to legalise medical marijuana. The legislation allows the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medical purposes; members of the public may grow their own marijuana if they acquire a license from the National Narcotics Council. Marijuana can be effectively used to treat a

The US' drug prevention programme, D.A.R.E

“Scared Straight” Anti-Drug Programs Aren’t Scaring Kids at All

Political leaders love the idea of preventing drug use among young people by “scaring them straight,” a strategy on which millions of dollars are spent, especially in the United States. The problem is, generally speaking, these programs haven’t worked. A new report from the Open Society Foundations, Prevention of Drug Use and Problematic Use, details

Drug policy experts discuss upcoming UN session

The International Drug Policy Conference 2015 is underway in Washington DC, and several experts and scholars convened on Friday evening to discuss the United Nations’ General Assembly’s Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs – which will take place in 2016. The session will be a unique opportunity for the War on Drugs’ failure to be at

Flyer for Catharsis on the Mall

Drug war catharsis in the US capital

An interactive art installation, dedicated to the victims of the drug war, will be burned in Washington D.C. on Saturday. Prior to burning, the sculpture – Temple of Essence – will be placed on the National Mall, during a 48-hour vigil entitled Catharsis on the Mall: A Vigil for Healing the Drug War. Event organiser,

Indonesia Crocodile

Indonesia plans “special prison” with drug convicts guarded by crocodiles

Drug traffickers in Indonesia will be housed on an island prison surrounded by crocodiles, and then executed by the state, asserts Budi Waseso. Waseso, the head of Indonesia’s anti-drugs agency, justified his plans due to the corruption involved with the drug trade; unlike prison guards, the saltwater predators cannot be persuaded to show compassion, nor

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