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.
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.
INPUD supports HIV2020, a community-led event that aims to offer a safe alternative to the 23 International AIDS Conference, and criticises the IAS decision to hold its conference in the United States in a context of mounting attacks on social minorities.
Grass Is Greener is a new documentary that raises challenging questions about how the legacy of the war on drugs, mass incarceration, and racial injustice in the United States has influenced the country’s burgeoning legal cannabis industry.
Most states host some kind of syringe exchange program, but the laws providing legal protection tend to have loopholes. In Pennsylvania, someone with a syringe obtained from a program is safe in Philadelphia, a more liberal part of the state, but can be thrown into jail anywhere else.