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Global Drug Policy

Matt Ferner

Global Drug Survey Explores The Safest Ways To Get High -- Or Not

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Experts Urge For Global Drug Policy Reform

AP | VERONIKA OLEKSYN | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

VIENNA — Policies that criminalize drug users fuel the spread of AIDS and should be reformed, experts preparing for an international conference ...

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.