African drug policies remain entrenched in a repressive, law enforcement-focused approach. Intensified drug trafficking in the region has raised concerns about the capacity of governments to tackle drug-related issues, as well as weak institutions, corruption and human rights violations. However, some movements for reform are now taking place in West Africa and several East African states.
A number of West African countries are considering, or are already in the process of, revisiting their drug laws. The purpose of this Model Drug Law is to respond to this need for reform, by providing legislative provisions and commentary based on international and regional commitments.
The authors argue that despite the growing salience of harm reduction in the new Master Plan, implementation is likely to be significantly hindered by the 'war on drugs' framework that structures the country's drug control responses.
The Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse is holding their 13th Biennial International Conference in Abuja, Nigeria from September 19th-21st and will be discussing a multitude of topics including alternative livelihoods and harm reduction.
Maria-Goretti stresses the need for unity within the civil society community in order to collaborate and provide support for drug users who need resources and policies that stress health and human rights.
Former Conservative Party leader William Hague suggests current Prime Minister Theresa May should legalise cannabis after admitting the war on drugs failed and the most recent issues surrounding the confiscation of Billy Caldwell's cannabis oil medication.