EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (September, 2014)
THE ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ HAS FAILED
– NEW APPROACHES ARE EMERGING
KEY PATHWAYS TO DRUG POLICIES THAT WORK
2.1 Put people’s health and safety first
2.2 Ensure access to essential medicines and pain control
2.3 End the criminalization and incarceration of people who use drugs
2.4 Refocus enforcement responses to drug trafficking and organized crime
2.5 Regulate drug markets to put governments in control
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP FOR MORE EFFECTIVE AND HUMANE POLICIES
Summery of recommendations:
"Putting health and community safety first requires a fundamental reorientation of policy priorities and resources, from failed punitive enforcement to proven health and social interventions."
"Stop criminalizing people for drug use and possession – and stop imposing compulsory treatment on people whose only offense is drug use or possession. "
"Allow and encourage diverse experiments in legally regulating markets in currently illicit drugs, beginning with but not limited to cannabis, coca leaf and certain novel psychoactive substances."
"Rely on alternatives to incarceration for non-violent, low-level participants in illicit drug markets such as farmers, couriers and others involved in the production, transport and sale of illicit drugs."
"Take advantage of the opportunity presented by the upcoming UNGASS in 2016 to reform the global drug policy regime. "
"Focus on reducing the power of criminal organizations as well as the violence and insecurity that result from their competition with both one another and the state." Download full report at
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