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.
The HCLU attended CND 2013 annual meeting in Vienna and interviewed key professionals that talked about the new approach of New Zealand to new psychoactive drugs, the views of UNOCD to the legalization of marijuana in the US and the new marijuana regulation scheme of Uruguay.
Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has called for dramatic reform of the country’s justice system, if not properly implemented, these proposals could actually worsen the problem of pre-trial and of overcrowded prisons.
Drug users who possess a small amount of illegal drugs for their own use might no longer face jail time, once a draft amendment to the Criminal Code prepared by the Ministry of Justice in Slovakia was approved.