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 European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction provides guidelines to generate a common understanding for the operation of the Early Warning System by detailing the rationale, steps, procedures, roles, and responsibilities.
ReLeaf publishes a proposal that aims at providing local authorities with a brief overview of a regulated cannabis market for adult use and highlights the importance to enact legislative changes based on human rights and harm reduction principles.