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  1. The development of international drug control

    • Martin Jelsma
    15 February 2011
    Policy briefing

    The emergence of more pragmatic and less punitive approaches to the drugs issue may represent the beginning of change in the current global drug control regime.

  2. Fifty Years of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs: A Reinterpretation

    • David Bewley-Taylor, Martin Jelsma
    15 March 2011
    Report

    Fifty years after its entering into force, it is time for a critical reflection on the validity of the Single Convention today: a reinterpretation of its historical significance and an assessment of its aims, its strengths and its weaknesses.

  3. Beyond Punitive Prohibition

    • Melissa T. Aoyagi
    01 March 2006

    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.

     

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    Beyond Punitive Prohibition

    • Melissa T. Aoyagi
    01 March 2006

    publicationThe 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.

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  5. The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition

    • Jeffrey A. Miron, Katherine Waldock
    29 September 2010

    The CATO report estimates that legalizing drugs would save roughly $41.3 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. Of these savings, $25.7 billion would accrue to state and local governments, while $15.6 billion would accrue to the federal government. Approximately $8.7 billion of the savings would result from legalization of marijuana and $32.6 billion from legalization of other drugs.

     

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    The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition

    • Jeffrey A. Miron, Katherine Waldock
    29 September 2010

    BudgetaryImpactCoverThe CATO report estimates that legalizing drugs would save roughly $41.3 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. Of these savings, $25.7 billion would accrue to state and local governments, while $15.6 billion would accrue to the federal government. Approximately $8.7 billion of the savings would result from legalization of marijuana and $32.6 billion from legalization of other drugs.

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  7. Prohibition versus Legalization

    • Mark Thornton
    01 December 2007

    Economists have been among the leading critics of current drug policies, but this criticism does not mean they have reached a consensus about specific reforms. Although drug-policy researchers and economists in general seem opposed to prohibition, they are timid in their advocacy of decriminalization and even less supportive of legalization.

     

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    Prohibition versus Legalization

    • Mark Thornton
    01 December 2007

    publicationEconomists have been among the leading critics of current drug policies, but this criticism does not mean they have reached a consensus about specific reforms. Although drug-policy researchers and economists in general seem opposed to prohibition, they are timid in their advocacy of decriminalization and even less supportive of legalization.

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    El desarrollo de la fiscalización internacional de estupefacientes

    • Martin Jelsma
    01 February 2011

    dlr10La aparición de enfoques más pragmáticos y menos punitivos con respecto a la cuestión de las drogas podría representar el inicio de una etapa de cambios en el actual régimen mundial de fiscalización de estupefacientes. La propagación del VIH/SIDA entre los consumidores de drogas inyectadas, el hacinamiento en las prisiones, la renuencia del continente sudamericano a seguir siendo el escenario de operaciones militares antidrogas y la ineficacia de las medidas represivas de lucha contra los estupefacientes para reducir el mercado ilícito han contribuido a erosionar el apoyo global a la guerra contra las drogas inspirada por los Estados Unidos.

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    Cincuenta años de la Convención Única de 1961 sobre Estupefacientes: una relectura crítica

    • Martin Jelsma, David Bewley-Taylor
    21 March 2011

    dlr12Este año se cumple el quincuagésimo aniversario de la Convención Única de Estupefacientes de las Naciones Unidas, firmada el 30 de marzo de 1961. Fueron 73 los países representados en la conferencia que tuvo lugar en Nueva York entre el 24 de enero y el 25 de marzo de 1961, y que perseguía establecer unos cimientos sólidos para la fiscalización de los estupefacientes en la era de las Naciones Unidas de la posguerra.

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    Hay que reducir los daños, ya que no podemos reducir el consumo

    • Peter Reuter (RAND)
    01 September 2011

    nexos_septiembre2011Reducir el consumo o la prevalencia no es un buen objetivo de la política antidrogas. Lo que sabemos sobre los efectos reales de esta política obliga a poner como criterio principal la reducción de daños. Debemos concentrarnos sólo en reducir las consecuencias adversas del consumo de drogas, tanto en el aspecto internacional como en los ámbitos nacionales. No es una opción, es lo único que podemos hacer.

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  12. The consequences and costs of marijuana prohibition

    • Katherine Beckett, Steve Herbert
    01 March 2009

    This report draws on a wide range of data sources to assess the consequences and costs of enforcing criminal laws that prohibit the use of marijuana. Despite widespread and longstanding disagreement about the continuation of marijuana prohibition, the number and rate of marijuana arrests have increased significantly in the United States since the early 1990s. These arrests are not evenly distributed across the population, but are disproportionately imposed on African Americans. Our findings regarding the costs and consequences of marijuana prohibition, as well as state and local efforts to relax it, are summarized below.

     

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    The Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the United Nations International Drug Control Programme

    • Cindy S.J. Fazey
    01 April 2003

    publicationMeetings of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) are no forum for debate and change. The author, a former senior officer of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP), shows how CND meetings are manipulated in the interests of 17 developed countries that largely fund UNDCP – the CND’s ‘civil service’. However, these major donors are not united on policy or on how to apply the UN drug Conventions, so CND decisions reflect the lowest level of disagreement, with major splits on policy ignored.

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  14. How well do international drug conventions protect public health?

    • Robin Room, Peter Reuter (RAND)
    07 January 2012

    The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 1961 aimed to eliminate the illicit production and non-medical use of cannabis, cocaine, and opioids, an aim later extended to many pharmaceutical drugs. Over the past 50 years international drug treaties have neither prevented the globalisation of the illicit production and non-medical use of these drugs, nor, outside of developed countries, made these drugs adequately available for medical use.

  15. The Prohibition of Illicit Drugs is Killing and Criminalising our Children

    • Bob Douglas, David A. McDonald
    02 April 2012

    It is time to reopen the national debate about drug use, its regulation and control. In June 2011 a prestigious Global Commission stated that the 40-year “War on Drugs” has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. It urged all countries to look at the issue anew. In response to the Global Commission report, Australia21, in January 2012, convened a meeting of 24 former senior Australian politicians and experts on drug policy, to explore the principles and recommendations that were enunciated by the Global Commission.

     

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    Situaciones actuales y nuevas perspectivas en las políticas de drogas de América Latina. Los casos de Chile, Colombia y Uruguay

    • Ibán de Rementería
    21 August 2012

    RedChilenaReduccionDanos1En esta publicación, Ibán de Rementería, secretario ejecutivo de la Red Chilena de Reducción de Daños, se refiere a la crisis de la actual política de drogas en América Latina. También examina los casos de Uruguay, Colombia y Chile, haciendo entre estos dos últimos países un estudio comparado de sus respectivas propuestas de reforma a las leyes de drogas.

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    Una nueva política de drogas es posible

    • Julio Calzada
    31 August 2012

    fes-paper44La prohibición y la exclusividad del control penal y criminal del uso de ciertas drogas le están generando a Uruguay más problemas que las mismas drogas. Las políticas prohibicionistas han mostrado ser ineficaces para reducir los riesgos y daños individuales y sociales de consumir sustancias psicoactivas, y además han agravado los problemas sanitarios y sociales, generando negocios ilegales multimillonarios y niveles de violencia sistémica nunca antes vistos.

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    Drogas: distorsiones y realidades

    • Rosa Del Olmo
    30 June 1989

    publicationLa preocupación cada vez mayor por regular la producción, el tráfico y el consumo de una serie de sustancias alteradoras de la conciencia, más conocidas como drogas,ha variado a lo largo de los años, no tanto por la peligrosidad de estas sustancias, sino más bien por factores de tipo económico y político.

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  19. Ending the Drug Wars

    • John Collins (ed.)
    06 May 2014

    The Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy was convened to produce the most thorough independent economic analysis of the current international drug control strateg ever conducted. It aims to use this analysis to design a successor strategy to the failed global war on drugs. In so doing it will provide the academic underpinnings for a new international paradigm that promotes human security, public health and sustainable development.

  20. El antimodelo brasileño

    • Luciana Boiteux
    31 January 2015
    Paper

    Pese a que la denominada «guerra contra las drogas» ha dado escasos resultados y a menudo resulta contraproducente, Brasil sigue empeñado en esa vía.

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