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Michael Botticelli, the new US drugs czar

Will the United States Lead or Follow on International Drug Reform?

Will the United States Lead or Follow on International Drug Reform?

More than three years ago, the Global Commission on Drug Policy urged the world to recognize that the war on drugs has failed and to consider policies that would reduce violence, decrease mass incarceration, and promote health. Since then, sitting presidents and premiers, mainly from Latin America, have called for a review of the entire

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The UK’s War on Drugs is a Tool of State Oppression

Drug prohibition – the illegality of many psychoactive substances – is an accepted norm in the UK, although this hasn’t been the case for long. In 1971, Parliament passed the Misuse of Drugs Act; the first major national prohibition legislation, and the cornerstone of the British war on drugs. A few amendments have been added

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John Oliver Attacks the Role of the Drug War in the US Prison System

In the tradition of Jonathan Swift and Voltaire, the ever-brilliant comedian, John Oliver, satirised the War on Drugs and the prison industrial complex on the HBO show, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. While examining the fact that the United States has over two million people behind bars, Oliver uses wit and satire to unravel

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The Importance of the WHO’s Call for Drug Decriminalisation

Last week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) called for the decriminalisation of drug use. This is one of the most significant developments in drug policy reform, as the United Nations – the WHO’s parent organisation – was responsible for creating the international laws that form the basis of global drug prohibition. In 1961, the UN

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