Drug users who possess a small amount of illegal drugs for their own use might no longer face jail time, once a draft amendment to the Criminal Code prepared by the Ministry of Justice in Slovakia was approved.
The Greek government is in the process of reviewing its drug laws, which will notably include decriminalisation of drug use, depenalisation of supply, possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal use and the promotion of treatment for dependent users.
An increasing number of policy makers worldwide are declaring that the existing approach to drug policies, which focuses on the use of law enforcement, has failed to prevent illicit drug use and supply.
Under the new law, public prosecutors will be able to refrain from prosecuting a person for the possession of psychoactive or psychotropic substances if the individual possesses only a small amount of an illegal drug for personal use and has been arrested for the first time.
The Transnational Institute (TNI) and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), two organizations with decades of experience on drug policy in the region, are launching a new website to provide up-to-date analysis of trends in drug policy reform and videos that show the human face of drug…
A reform effort supported by an NGO alliance have launched a campaign to discuss in the Parliament three bills to improve prison conditions, introduce the crime of torture into the penal code and to decriminalise drug use.
This briefing explains the background to the opening of the drug policy debate in Latin America, summarises the most relevant aspects of the ongoing drug law reforms in some countries, and makes a series of recommendations that could help to move the debate forward in a productive manner.
Introduced by four expert panelists from Afghanistan, Serbia, Uruguay and Mexico, the debate seeks to break the taboo and discuss whether the 'war on drugs' has been a successful approach to counter the global drug problem.