Drug policies have traditionally sought to suppress supply and deter use through the application of punitive laws. Today, there is a growing recognition that these drug policies have not only failed to reach their objectives but have resulted in a great deal of collateral damage. Drug policy must be reformed to focus on health, human rights and development objectives, with the aim of making the market less harmful rather than necessarily reducing its size.
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.
Governance Studies at Brookings and WOLA will host a public forum with two leading scholars and two key politicians to examine the legal and political choices in USA after Colorado and Washington marijuana regulation.