Drug policies have traditionally sought to suppress supply and deter use through the application of punitive laws. Today, there is a growing recognition that these drug policies have not only failed to reach their objectives but have resulted in a great deal of collateral damage. Drug policy must be reformed to focus on health, human rights and development objectives, with the aim of making the market less harmful rather than necessarily reducing its size.
The proposed regulations aim to allow legal and quality-controlled products to be available by July 2018 and immediately begin to address the public health and safety risks posed by illegally-produced cannabis.
IDPC and WACD summarise and review existing drug legislation from the 15 ECOWAS member states, as well as Mauritania and Morocco, concluding on the need for reform to align domestic laws with regional and international commitments.