The use of punishments such as incarceration for those involved in the illicit drug trade has long been relied upon a deterrent. However, it has resulted in the imposition of disproportionate sentencing (including the use of the death penalty) and overcrowded prisons, with high risks to health, social cohesion and human rights. Some countries and jurisdictions are now moving towards decriminalisation, alternatives to prison and the regulation of some markets.
A "self-summoned" national conference on drug policy reform, led by civil society organisations, will take place in February 2020 to resist the harms of 30 years of prohibition and punitive drug policy in Italy.
Despite much speculation and conjecture over potential crossovers between terrorists and the drug trade in Europe, no study has examined the issue. This paper fills this gap by empirically examining such crossovers in the European Union between 2012 and 2017.
The new policy decriminalised drug use, but not possession. Since possession is almost always the main indicator that someone uses drugs, criminalising possession ends up criminalising all people who use drugs in Myanmar.
Reform attendees have the opportunity to spend three days interacting with people committed to finding alternatives to the war on drugs while participating in sessions given by leading experts from around the world.
In light of the upcoming election, Labour pledged to establish a royal commission to develop a public health approach to substance misuse, whilst the Conservative manifesto promises to tackle drug-related crime.
The UK House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee calls for an overhaul to the governmental response to drug-related challenges, including significant investment towards harm reduction and the decriminalisation of people who use drugs.