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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

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

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,

Woman smoking marijuana (stock image)

Today’s BBC Article About Skunk is Objectively Terrible. Here’s Why.

“Good science should be about proving something beyond any reasonable doubt, not about drawing hasty conclusions because of a correlation.”   I was very disappointed to see that the BBC decided to run this story about the dangers of skunk today – not because it says something bad about marijuana, but because it’s actually based

Contrary to common belief, marijuana is not legal in the Netherlands, but decriminalised.

What is the difference between legalisation and decriminalisation?

In the debate over drug policy reform, we often hear the words ‘decriminalisation’ and ‘legalisation’ being used. Both are alternatives to prohibition, however they vary significantly. Below are some of the key differences. (Note: Specific legislation may vary by jurisdiction) [table id=2/]

Police exercise stop-and-search among London youths

UK Government Report Describes Futility of Drug Laws

The UK government has released a report illustrating the inability of punitive drugs laws to curb drug use. Additionally, a parliamentary debate – led by Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas – has taken place to consider the effectiveness of contemporary drug legislation and alternative approaches. The Home Office – the British governmental department responsible for

Michael Botticelli, the new US drugs czar

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

Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg

UK’s Liberal Democrats Pledge Drug Decriminalisation

The Liberal Democrats, the minority party in the UK’s coalition government, have announced a pledge to decriminalise the possession of all illegal drugs. Decriminalisation is inherently different from legalisation; the latter refers to the regulation of the product (such as with alcohol and tobacco), whereas the former retains the illegality of the substance’s production and

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