The INCB’s intervention was an overwhelmingly positive one, promoting better access to controlled medicines, as well as an end to the application of the death penalty and extrajudicial killings in the name of drug control.
The INCB Watch is running a short series of posts to explore how the Board has changed – or remained the same – over the past decade or so. This post gives an overview of the areas we will analyse in the course of this project.
It remains to be seen how debates over cannabis develop and whether the meetings between the INCB and its civil society interlocutors grow into real processes of dialogue. But this is certainly a step in the right direction for the Board.
Adapting the UN drug control system to modern realities is long overdue, and if the Board wants to protect the useful elements of the current system, the only option is to facilitate change, through honest discussion and valid guidance.