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 CSIDP Conference will bring together civil society organisations, national and European policy makers and other stakeholders to discuss for the very first time the importance of civil society involvement in drug policy.
A 2015 report compiled by the Oireachtas Justice Committee recommended that the possession of drugs for personal use be decriminalised, while almost 75% of the population agrees with the availability of cannabis for medicinal purposes.