The primary objective of this paper is to evaluate whether the drug conventions permit states to experiment with alternatives to the punitive prohibitionist policies that have typified the global approach to combating the negative effects of personal drug use. Because harm minimization encompasses most policies providing alternatives to punitive prohibition, the analysis that follows will focus on comparing the two strategies, in an effort to frame the current debate on drug policy.
Sergio Baierle will address the prospects of municipal
governance in Porto Alegre in the new political context and suggest
possible lessons for participatory urban planning and management in
other cities of the South.