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.
Obama has the opportunity to harmonize the discourse with the programs implemented on the ground and to join the presidents of countries like Guatemala, Colombia, and Uruguay who are calling for drug reform.
This study ensued from clinical observations based on spontaneous accounts by crack abusers undergoing their first psychiatric assessment, where they reported using cannabis in an attempt to ease their own withdrawal symptoms.
During the Celac summit plenay session, the Heads of State reached a general conclusion on the need to establish agreements on unity and integration, combatting drug trafficking, reducing poverty, increasing equality and providing better education.