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Global Drug Policy

It's Time to Abandon the War on Drugs for a Health-Focused Drug Policy

Jorge Sampaio | Posted 04.21.2017 | World
Jorge Sampaio

LISBON, Portugal -- This week's U.N. summit on the global drug problem is already a turning point in our collective journey toward improving global drug policy. Whatever the final formal conclusions, reforms are on and history is in the making.

Ahead Of A Key Meeting, Russia Is Driving Global Drug Policy Into The Ground

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics

As the first major global meeting on drug policy in two decades approaches, Russia is quietly emerging as a powerful force working to perpetuate the w...

Obama Has A Perfect Chance To Push Bold Reform Of Global Drug Policy

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics

Reform advocates have their fingers crossed that next month's special session of the United Nations General Assembly will kickstart a fundamental reth...

UN Responds To Reports That It Is Moving Toward Drug Decriminalization

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 10.19.2015 | World

The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime pushed back on Monday against reports that it is planning a historic move away from criminalizing drug us...

Matt Ferner

Rights Groups Say Iran Is Executing Nearly 2 People A Day For Drug Crimes | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.19.2015 | World

In the first five months of the year, Iranian authorities may have executed nearly 250 people for drug offenses, according to multiple human rights or...

Matt Ferner

Global Drug Survey Explores The Safest Ways To Get High -- Or Not | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

This year's Global Drug Survey asks why users quit, why they use a potent form of hash oil made with volatile butane and how they obtain substances th...

Here's Where To Buy The World's Cheapest Pot

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 10.02.2014 | Crime

It's no secret that drug costs vary from country to country, but the price differential can be amazing. For instance, the average price of a gram o...

Five Ways to End the Drug War; Start by Decriminalizing Drug Use

Fernando Henrique Cardoso | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Fernando Henrique Cardoso

The international drug control regime is broken. Past approaches premised on a punitive law enforcement paradigm have failed, emphatically so. They have resulted in more violence, larger prison populations, and the erosion of governance around the world. The health harms associated with drug use have gotten worse, not better. The Global Commission on Drug Policy instead advocates for an approach to drug policy that puts public health, community safety, human rights, and development at the center. I have listed the five pathways to ending the drug war recommended by the Global Commission on Drug Policy that I chair. (Other members of the commission, ranging from Kofi Annan to Paul Volcker to former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo are listed after the recommendations.)

Matt Ferner

World Leaders Condemn Failed Drug War, Call For Global Reform | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

A coalition of former international leaders gathered in New York City on Tuesday to discuss the release of their new report calling for a complete ove...

Matt Ferner

REPORT: World Leaders Call For Massive Shift In Global Drug Policy | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

In a report to be released Tuesday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a panel of prominent political figures and activists, will call upon governm...

Matt Ferner

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalizing Drug Use | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living

The World Health Organization came out publicly, if quietly, in support of the decriminalization of personal drug use in a report released last week. ...

UN Drug Policy in the Dark Ages

David Borden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Borden

A program which merely moves production and trafficking of drugs from place to place is not a program that actually helps people. UN drug policy needs to move out from the dark ages.

Real Change or Changing Rhetoric? Monitoring the Shift in US Drug Policy

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

Since President Obama's election, the Office of National Drug Control Policy has been making noises about a shift in approach and priorities towards addressing drugs and drug problems.