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    Fixing a broken system

    Despite efforts by governments in Latin America, illicit drugs continue to provide one of the largest incomes for criminal organizations, enabling them to penetrate and corrupt political and social institutions.
  • Cannabis policy reform in Europe

    While in the Americas cannabis policy reform is taking off, Europe seems to be lagging behind. At the level of national governments denial of the changing policy landscape and inertia to act upon calls for change reigns. At the local level, however, disenchantment with the current cannabis regime gives rise to new idea.
  • Towards a Healthier Legal Environment

    Since the current drug laws were enacted several important changes have taken place inside and outside of Myanmar. The decision of the Myanmar Government to review the law is not only timely but also offers a prospect to improve the drugs legislation and to ensure that the laws address drug-related problems in the country more effectively.
  • Scheduling in the international drug control system

    Scheduling is mostly priotised in it's repressive pole, though present debates are increasingly highlighting the need to modify the balance of the system in order to affirm the importance of the principle of health.
  • 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.

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

Articles

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

Damon Barrett
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 new official position on the UN drugs treaties that, despite its seductively progressive tone, serves only to sustain the status quo and may cause damage beyond drug policy.

Debat over of Amsterdamse drugsgebruikers medeverantwoordelijk zijn voor het bloedvergieten in Mexico.

Debat over of Amsterdamse drugsgebruikers medeverantwoordelijk zijn voor het bloedvergieten in Mexico. Presentator Nadia Moussaid besprak het met Wil Pansters - Hoogleraar Latijns Amerika, Pien Metaal - onderzoeker van TNI (Transnational Institute) gespecialiseerd in drugsbeleid in Latijns-Amerika en Pablo Gámez - journalist bij RNW (voormalige Wereldomroep) Latijns-Amerika.
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International Impacts of the U.S. Trend toward Legal Marijuana

Wells C. Bennett
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?
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Publications

Mexico: Challenging Drug Prohibition from Below

Sebastian Scholl
The horrific forced disappearance of 43 students in Iguala reveals how organised crime and corruption thrive in conditions of institutional or democratic weakness, shaped to a large extent by distinctive transnational relations (importantly, in this case, with the US). Fortunately groups like the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity are showing a burgeoning ‘social power‘ that has the potential to change politics and policy.
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The International Drug Control Regime and Access to Controlled Medicines

Christopher Hallam
In poor and developing nations pain remains largely uncontrolled. Africa is the least well served continent for access to analgesia.

Policy Responses to Changing Markets of New Psychoactive Substance and Mild Stimulants

How does national legislation in different EU member states compare and how effective is the adding of new psychoactive substances (NPS) to the existing schedules of drug laws versus legislative experimentation designing new schedules or applying controls under medicines or consumer protection regulations?
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Events

March 2015

The IISS Cartagena Dialogue: The Trans-Pacific Summit

The IISS Cartagena Dialogue will focus on the developing relations between the Latin American states of the ‘Pacific Alliance’ and key countries from the Asia-Pacific.
January 2015

Opportunities for Development-Oriented Drug Control in Myanmar

The workshop is jointly organized by the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control CCDAC and the Transnational Institute (TNI) and is funded through a GIZ grant.
November 2014

Has the US' War on Drugs Been Lost

With a greater number of casualties than the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns combined, and very meagre results, the US is starting to reconsider the "War on Drugs", waged since the '70s. The paradox of the "repressive-only" approach - the tougher the government acts, the more profitable the drug trade becomes - is being increasingly exposed by the media, opinion leaders, and politicians.
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News

Report illustrates dynamics of Colombia's domestic drug trade

25 February 2015
A recent analysis on the relationship between local drug markets and violence and crime in Colombia illustrates the dynamics driving the domestic drug trade, and provides recommendations for comprehensive government interventions designed to result in long-lasting security improvements.

Marijuana activists push legalization of medical cannabis in Costa Rica

25 February 2015
When you hear the phrase “cannabis advocate,” you might picture someone with wild hair and a Bob Marley T-shirt. But Gerald Murray is nothing like that. At a news conference on Tuesday morning, he was smartly groomed and wore a blazer.

Think tank welcomes Myanmar’s illegal drug law review

18 February 2015
The Washington DC-based [sic] Transnational Institute has welcomed the Myanmar government’s recent decision to review their largely outdated drugs and related laws, according to a press release announcing the publication of a new report on February 16.
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