US President Nixon launched the "war on drugs" in the 1970s. Today, incarceration, social marginalisation and drug-related deaths have led North America to rethink this strategy. However, although positive developments are happening locally in the fields of harm reduction, alternatives to incarceration, new drug law enforcement approaches and cannabis regulation, the US and Canadian federal governments remain resistant to drug policy reform.
The Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation established that much work remains to achieve a diverse, competitive and legal cannabis industry in Canada, in ordert to ensure that historically over criminalised racialized groups are not excluded.
The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime explores current debates on power, the use of force and inequality and concludes on the need to align responses to organised crime with a wider social justice agenda.