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.
A conference on women and drug policy in Bulgaria concluded that drug policies must account for gender and how women specifically suffer differently surrounding the issues of drugs and the stigma they carry for women.
On June 25th, Open Society Foundations will be hosting an event to show support for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking through an artistic platform that illuminates the effects of drug policies on communities all across the world.
While marijuana is not yet legal in Michigan, local lawmaker Sheldon Neeley has proposed a bill that would allow those with misdemeanour marijuana crimes to have their records expunged if cannabis becomes legal.
Former Conservative Party leader William Hague suggests current Prime Minister Theresa May should legalise cannabis after admitting the war on drugs failed and the most recent issues surrounding the confiscation of Billy Caldwell's cannabis oil medication.
After the confiscation of Billy Caldwell's cannabis oil, Home Office minister Nick Hurd will create a panel to provide advice to government on cannabis related prescriptions which could serve as a pathway to medical legalisation.