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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

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

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

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

Drug cartels, the product of prohibition, continue to threaten Latin American security

All Too Familiar with the War on Drugs, Latin America Offers Advice to Africa

A reverend from Kenya, a doctor from Senegal, a psychiatrist from Tanzania, and a pharmacist from Malawi sip a cup of coca tea and munch on coca leaf cookies. This was the scene at the recent South–South Drug Policy Exchange in Bogota, a gathering of African and Latin American officials and civil society representatives to

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The Simple Funding Fix That Could Dramatically Reduce Drug-Related Deaths

At this year’s UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the four men and two women who were executed in Indonesia by firing squad in January were a source of much discussion. The six victims were convicted of trafficking under Indonesia’s draconian drug laws, and the executions sparked international outcry. Yet these horrific events represent just one

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