A global network promoting objective and open debate on drug policy
On June 26th, groups of 100 or more campaign supporters will gather in key cities around the world for a coordinated 'day of action'. They will all be wearing Support. Don't Punish. t-shirts and Richard Nixon masks.
Despite increasing regional debate in Latin America on drug policy reforms, Brazil is at risk of sliding backwards and is poised to enact even harsher, rights-violating drug policies with the approval of new laws.
AIDS is perhaps the pre-eminent example of successful investment in health: as a result of investments in HIV, mortality from AIDS and the number of new infections have decreased worldwide by 25 per cent in just the past five years.
These scenarios are stories about what 'could' happen in the future in and around the hemispheric drug system, based on current trends, and including relevant political, economic, social, cultural and international dynamics.
This report contains recommendations for federal legislative reform related to civil rights, deficit reduction, law enforcement, foreign policy, sentencing, effective drug treatment, public health, and drug prevention education.
The review was mandated by Heads of State at 2012 Summit of the Americas. The new study should enrich the already-vibrant hemispheric debate over drug policy alternatives, including the option of legal, regulated markets for cannabis.
After analysing the regional debate and national-level reforms, this report concludes with policy recommendations that should be undertaken to maintain the momentum and advance drug policy reforms in the region.