A consultative high-level meeting in Kazakhstan discussed improving access to services for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for people who inject drugs resulting in the adoption of a resolution.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new policy statement strongly supporting the decriminalization of cannabis and advocating for a reclassification of cannabis under federal law to facilitate more research on its medical benefits.
For the first time, the country's Rastafarian community, which uses the herb for religious purposes, could be able to smoke it legally. The bill also envisages a licensing authority for the cultivation, sale and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes.
The letter draws on the strong body of evidence which shows that the death penalty for drugs traffickers is not an effective response to the global drug problem, and is in violation of international human rights law.