The objectives of development should be integrated into drug policies, particularly in developing countries. Crop eradication should not be carried out unless alternative livelihoods and the infrastructure on which they depend have been put in place first. In addition, the effectiveness of drug policies must be gauged against developmental and human security criteria.
Reprieve and LBHM outline how the lack of coherence between development planning and the government's punitive drug policy casts a shadow over the country's social, economic and environmental achievements.
IDPC and TNI argue that the WHO’s recommendations will be an opportunity for African States to further decolonise drug control and strengthen the legal basis for emerging medicinal cannabis programmes.