Law enforcement agencies have traditionally focused on the destruction of crops and production facilities, the interdiction of supply lines and the arrest and punishment of consumers. This approach has often exacerbated the worst aspects of the market (violence, ill health, social marginalisation of users, etc.). Some authorities have recently changed their approach, seeking to manage the market in a way that minimises its associated harms.
The High Point, North Carolina police department received the 2007 Innovations in American Government Award from the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. This prestigious award was given to High Point for their successful…
This article explores the empirical effects of U.S. drug policy on coca cultivation in the Central Andes. It assesses the impact of U.S. military assistance on the production of coca in the Central Andes, while controlling for other explanatory variables that influence coca cultivation.
These studies provided estimates which were the best available at the time, but they were conceived as a starting point for further developments and hence also identified a number of ways in which they needed to be improved.
This report reviews the global situation regarding Cannabis cultivation and use, with particular reference to recent debates around the variable THC content of Cannabis products, and the link between use of the drug and mental health problems such as schizophrenia and psychosis.
'State of Siege provides an overview of drug trafficking and drug-related violence and corruption in Mexico and argues that the United States must share responsibility with Mexico for addressing these problems for two reasons.