Drug Law Reform

  • Tackle Burma's Drugs Problem

    Policy priorities should focus on how best to manage and reduce the many health and social harms associated with the reality of a persistent and ever changing drugs market. 

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    Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America

    Study reveals alarming pattern in imprisonment for drug crimes in Latin America

  • A breakthrough in the making?

    There is an undeniable regional trend of moving away from the ‘war on drugs’ in Latin America. This briefing ex­plains the background, summa­rises the state of on­going drug law reforms, and makes recommendations to move the debate forward.

  • Czech Republic exemplifies smart and humane drug policy

    There is nothing politically easier in most countries than scapegoating drugs and drug users as the source of all social problems. Politicians can expect a boost in their popularity when they support repressive measures against drugs and are dismissive of public services for people who use illicit drugs.

  • Bolivia Withdraws from the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs

    The Bolivian government formally notified the UN Secretary General of its withdrawal from the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.


Fatal Attraction: Brownfield's Flexibility Doctrine and Global Drug Policy Reform

State-level cannabis reforms have exposed the inability of the United States to abide by the terms of the legal bedrock of the global drug control system. It is calls for a conversation the US federal government wishes to avoid. The result is a...

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International Impacts of the U.S. Trend toward Legal Marijuana

Martin Jelsma

American attitudes toward marijuana policy are shifting. Recent polls suggest that the majority of Americans think marijuana use should be legalized. How might a shift in American marijuana policies affect the prohibitionist drug treaty system?...

Legalizing cannabis poses grave danger - UN

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has called changes to cannabis laws in Uruguay and the US a ‘very grave danger to public health’, but campaigners for reform to drugs laws say the INCB’s comments are ‘shortsighted and narrow...

War of Words: The International Narcotics Control Board vs. A Changing World

The global drug prohibition bureaucracy's watchdog group, the International Drug Control Board (INCB) released its...

UN: cannabis law changes pose 'very grave danger to public health'

International Narcotics Control Board calls US and Uruguay moves on cannabis 'misguided initiatives'

VN-drugsrapport veroordeelt legalisering

Vandaag, dinsdag 4 maart, stelt het VN-drugsagentschap INCB – International Narcotics Control Board- zijn jaarlijks drugsrapport voor.  Het rapport focust op het globale economische en sociale kostenplaatje van drugsmisbruik en spoort de...

Weed all about it

“A CRITICAL turning point in the failed war against drugs,” is the verdict of Martin Jelsma of the Drugs and Democracy Programme at the Transnational Institute, an Amsterdam-based think-tank.

More U.N. States Quietly Say No to Drug War

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 7 2013 (IPS) - An internal United Nations draft document leaked last weekend has offered outsiders a rare look at longstanding disagreements between member states over the course of U.N. drug...

Majority of the Dutch favour cannabis legalisation

Tom Blickman

Restrictive government cannabis policies are defied by local initiatives and court rulings.

Uruguay steps forward with Marijuana legalisation vote

The vote by Uruguay’s House of Representatives to legalize and regulate the country’s marijuana market represents a major step forward for the landmark reform effort.


Prospects for Treaty Reform and UN System-Wide Coherence on Drug Policy

Martin Jelsma

Can UNGASS 2016 realistically initiate a process of modernizing the global drug control system and breathe oxygen into a system risking asphyxiation?

The Current State of Counternarcotics Policy and Drug Reform Debates in Myanmar

Tom Kramer

Are Myanmar's current drug policies effective? How do they impact important issues such as human rights, sustainable development, ethnic conflict, and the peace process?

Time for a Wake-up Call: An historical and ethnographic approach to the Regulation of Plant-based Stimulants

Pien Metaal

The chemically-based frame of reference adopted by the UN Single Convention is mistaken in the culturally loaded and falsely “scientific” manner in which it was applied to different plants.

Bouncing Back

TNI's indepth examination of the illegal drug market in the Golden Triangle, which has witnessed a doubling of opium production, growing prison populations and repression of small-scale farmers. This report details the failure of ASEAN's 'drug...

Working towards a legal coca market

Pien Metaal

Modern use of the coca leaf in Argentina provides a series of examples that could contribute to dispelling many of the myths that have polarized debate about the subject over the last few years.

De wankelende ‘Weense consensus’ over drugsbeleid

Martin Jelsma

Nederland is met zijn drugsbeleid in de achterhoede terecht gekomen. Zo zijn Uruguay en de Amerikaanse staten Washington en Colorado, met hun besluit de cannabismarkt van teelt tot gebruik te legaliseren, Nederland voorbijgestreefd.

Bogotá’s medical care centres for drug addicts

The opening in September 2012 of the first centre for drug addicts in Bogota is a welcome first step towards more humane and effective drug policies in Colombia’s capital city, but to be effective needs to be integrated into proper overall drugs...

A breakthrough in the making?

There is an undeniable regional trend of moving away from the ‘war on drugs’ in Latin America. This briefing ex­plains the background, summa­rises the state of on­going drug law reforms, and makes recommendations to move the debate...

'Legal highs'

To date, the approaches to regulation have varied between nations, both with respect to the nature and specificity of the measures taken and their intended outcome. Such diversity appropriately reflects the marked differences in the...

Conviction by Numbers

Threshold quantities (TQs) for drug law and policy are being experimented with across many jurisdictions.