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 report found that states with punitive policies were associated with greater odds of neonatal abstinence syndrome immediately and in the longer term, but there was no association between neonatal abstinence syndrome and states with reporting policies.
What are the most recent trends regarding women’s incarceration in the Americas? Who are the women behind bars? Experts from the IACHR and from Brazil, Mexico, and the United States will investigate these questions and more in what promises to be an eye-opening conversation.
There is a unique opportunity, before the USA legalises medical cannabis at the federal level, to build a regulatory framework that prevents this market from being concentrated amongst large for-profit conglomerates.