• Drugs and violence in the Northern Triangle

    The upsurge in violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle is often named in one breath with the drugs market. While violence clearly thrives from an illegal trade met with exclusively repressive state responses, assumptions on cause and effect are frequently flawed or blurred.
  • June 26, International Day against Drug Abuse and Illic...

    June 26 is the United Nations' International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Activists across the world gather under the banner "Support, Don't Punish: Global Day of Action".
  • 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.
  • 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 free' strategy and the need for a new approach.
  • 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

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Making a Mountain out of a Molehill: Myths on Youth and Crime in Saint Lucia

Marcus Day
Caribbean states face challenges of youth involvement in crime, violence, gangs and other anti-social activities. It is not uncommonly heard the “drug problem” is to be blamed for this. This briefing wants to show this relation is far more complex and often misunderstood.

Coca leaf: Myths and Reality

Many myths surround coca. Every day press accounts around the world use the word coca in their headlines, when in fact they refer to cocaine. TNI's Drugs and Democracy Team exposes the myths and reality surrounding the coca leaf.          

Global Experiences with Harm Reduction for Stimulants and New Psychoactive Substances

The Expert Seminar on the Global Experiences with Harm Reduction for Stimulants and New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), an initiative of the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Forum Droghe, took place in Rome on May 20, 2014 at Università Pontificia Lateranense. A total of 23 people attended the meeting, representing research and academic institutions as well as non-governmental organizations working in the field.
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Events

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.
November 2014

Cannabis – wir sprechen darüber

Das Gesundheitsdezernat und das Drogenreferat der Stadt Frankfurt am Main veranstalten am 17. November 2014 die erste Frankfurter Fachtagung zu Cannabis.
October 2014

Exploring the Land-Drugs Nexus

This conference will explore the nexus between land and drugs.
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News

Opium Cultivation Stabilizes for First Time Since 2006

8 December 2014
Opium cultivation in Burma stabilized in 2014 and the area under poppy remained roughly the same as last year, marking the first time since 2006 that cultivation did not expand, a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Monday.

Prohibition is not working: the Case for sanity in the War on Drugs

30 October 2014
Over $100bn a year is spent worldwide fighting the war on drugs. For what end?

How marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington is making the world a better place

20 October 2014
It's time to explore a multilateral reworking of the drug control treaties to better reflect current realities.
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