On October 17, in collaboration with the Washington Office on Latin America, Brookings hosted a forum to discuss the international repercussions of the United States’ changing approach towards marijuana.
Tennessee’s draconian law criminalizing pregnant drug users could help the country keep it’s notorious title as the world’s largest incarcerator of women, an infamy fuelled largely by the war on drugs.
The current trend is already going to a better allocation of repressive and sanitary approaches, aided by a judicial reform and budgetary recast for a rebalancing of powers and better support for drug users.
California legalised medical marijuana in 1996, and in this November, Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia will decide whether they should follow the drug policies in Washington State and Colorado - to legalise recreational marijuana.
The National Human Rights Commission plans to pursue a crimes against humanity case against ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra in connection with his government's war on drugs 11 years ago, in which more than 2,500 drug suspects were killed.