Support. Don't Punish: Future of Drug Policing

26 June 2020

Support. Don't Punish. campaign is aiming to envision future drug policy scenarios, this time focusing on law enforcement. During this free webinar organised on the Global Day of Action, which is officially the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, we will collectively focus on the future of drug policing and imagine effective ways for drug policy reform.

26 June 2020
17:30 - 19:30

Register for the webinar here.


Confirmed speakers for the webinar include international experts:

  • Neil Woods, ex-undercover drug police operative and current chairman of LEAP UK (Law Enforcement Action Partnership)
  • Dr. Larissa J. Maier, post-doctoral fellow at the UCSF Department of Clinical Pharmacy (USA) and part of the Core Research Team of Global Drug Survey (GDS)
  • Prof. Adam Winstock, addiction psychiatrist and founder of Global Drug Survey
  • Clement Bofa-Oppong, member of the board of directors in Students for Sensible Drug Policy & National Students Coordinator for SSDP GHANA
  • Prof. Nick Crofts, director of the Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health (CLEPH)

Our original aim of the action was to support the growing global movement of releasing non-violent drug prisoners as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we will still revisit the 2014 Amsterdam Declaration on Police Partnerships for Harm Reduction, in light of the Black Lives Matter protests happening around the world against police brutality, especially in the USA, we decided to switch our focus.

Releasing current drug prisoners is not enough if law enforcement continues to use the "War on drugs" as a vehicle to justify racially motivated, and often lethal, use of force. During the webinar we will engage in a critical reflection regarding this also in the Dutch context.

This webinar is organised by Legalize Nederland and co--hosted by TNI Drugs and Democracy, Belangenvereniging MDHG and several other NGO´s working for drug policy reform.