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.
In this report, the UK Drug Policy Commission identifies a fresh approach to drug policy, with both a recasting of how it structures its response to drug problems, and an analysis of the evidence for how policies and interventions could be improved.
Led by the national campaign “Drug Law: It’s Time to Change”, the draft bill aiming to decriminalize illicit drug possession and cultivation for personal use was presented last week in the online debate forum, E-Democracia. Since then, the bill has brought forth a wave of online followers.