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.
Despite methamphetamine seizures quadrupling between 2008 and 2013, Asia’s harsh anti-drug policies are falling out of step with the rest of the world and are filling prisons with low-level offenders, driving corruption, and fueling black markets.
The USA National Academy of Science provides a comprehensive review of scientific evidence related to the health effects of cannabis and puts forward a research agenda that outlines gaps in current knowledge and opportunities for insight.