• Drugs as war economy and the peace process

    Colombia's peace negotiations appear to have a rather simplistic view of drug production and trafficking that does not properly address the complex relationship between drugs and armed conflict.
  • Time for UN to open up dialogue on drug policy reform

    As the UN International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) launches its annual report on Tuesday, 4 March, amidst an unprecedented crisis in the international drug control regime, leading drug policy reform experts have called on the INCB and related UN institutions to urgently open up a constructive dialogue on international drug policy reform.
  • The Rise and Decline of Cannabis Prohibition

    Cannabis was condemned by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs as a psychoactive drug with “particularly dangerous properties” and hardly any therapeutic value. Ever since, an increasing number of countries have shown discomfort with the treaty regime’s strictures through soft defections, stretching its legal flexibility to sometimes questionable limits.
  • Human rights and drug policy

    An accessible but comprehensive primer on why TNI believes that human rights must be at the heart of any debate on drug control.
  • Colombian President Santos, OAS Chief Insulza to Presen...

    Washington, D.C.—This Friday, May 17, in Bogotá, Colombia, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General José Miguel Insulza will present Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos with the outcomes of the hemispheric drug policy review that was mandated by the heads of state at the 2012 Summit of the Americas in Cartagena.

TNI’s Drugs & Democracy programme has been analysing trends in the illegal drugs market and global drug policies. It has gained an international reputation as one of the leading drug policy research institutes and as a serious critical watchdog of UN drug control institutions. Read more about this project


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Monitoring and evaluation of the new regulatory law on cannabis in Uruguay

Martin Jelsma joined a side event of the 57th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. He tells how cannabis came to be included in the schedules of the CND. (2:45 into the video)

Current drug laws in Uruguay

Active legislation in Uruguay around drugs.

Trends in drug matters in Uruguay

What are the current trends in drug law reform in Urguay?


Cocaine: towards a self-regulation model

Grazia Zuffa
By taking cues from users’ self-regulation strategies, it is possible to design innovative operational models for drug services as well as drug policies, strengthening Harm Reduction as an alternative approach to the disease model.

Eyes Wide Shut: Corruption and Drug-Related Violence in Rosario

In Rosario, Argentina, the presence of criminal organisations involved in drug trafficking was a low priority for the government until New Year’s day 2012, when the killing of three innocent civilians by members of a gang sparked press attention.

First Southeast Asia Opium Farmers Forum Yangon 2013

In July the First Southeast Asia Opium Farmers Forum was held, bringing together some 30 representatives of local communities involved in opium cultivation and local community workers from the major opium growing regions in Southeast Asia.


May 2014

Mind Your Eye 2014

This year the Mind Your Eye conference will deal with the impact the drug problem has on businesses and on security, as well with alternatives to deal with the drug problem.
March 2014

New Winds in Latin American Drug Policies

Join us in Amsterdam for a seminar on the latest drug policy trends in Latin America.
March 2014

Monitoring and evaluating Uruguay’s new law regulating cannabis

This side event will be an opportunity for Uruguay’s National Drugs Board to present the country’s new legislation, and open constructive debates on the implications of such policy at the national and international level.


La ONU debate a partir de mañana política mundial sobre drogas

12 March 2014
La ONU debate a partir de mañana en Viena durante dos días el futuro rumbo de la política mundial en materia de drogas, para la que algunos países europeos y latinoamericanos solicitan un cambio de dirección.

ONU, hacia la despenalización de la droga

9 March 2014
Su Oficina contra la Droga y el Delito dice que esta iniciativa funcionará para descongestionar las cárceles.

Legalizing cannabis poses grave danger - UN

4 March 2014
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 minded.’