Drug Policy Library

Effect of drug law enforcement on drug market violence: A systematic review

June 15, 2011 Drug Policy Library

Violence is amongst the primary concerns of communities around the world and research has demonstrated links between violence and the illicit drug trade, particularly in urban settings. Given the growing emphasis on evidence-based policy-making, and the ongoing severe drug market violence in Mexico and other settings, we conducted a systematic review to examine the impacts […]

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Innocent Bystanders: Developing Countries and the War on Drugs

February 16, 2011 Drug Policy Library

Drug use/abuse is one of the most difficult challenges facing the contemporary world. If it is true that there has always been consumption of different types of drugs in different societies—although not in all of them—it is no less true that it generally took place in restricted, socially regulated realms, especially in ritualistic ceremonies. This […]

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From the Mountaintops: What The World Can Learn from Drug Policy Change in Switzerland

February 11, 2011 Drug Policy Library

Switzerland, a country renowned for its solid conservatism, was shaken by seeing its cities become the point of convergence of thousands of drug users and counterculture activists, culminating in large open drug scenes in the late 1980s. The country was hit hard by HIV, which was strongly linked—both in the public mind and in reality—to […]

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Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids: A Review of the Recent Scientific Literature

January 14, 2011 Cannabis

  December 2010 – Source: NORML Despite the ongoing political debate regarding the legality of medicinal marijuana, clinical investigations of the therapeutic use of cannabinoids are now more prevalent than at any time in history. For example, in February 2010 investigators at the University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research publicly announced the findings […]

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Four Decades of Cannabis Criminals in Canada: 1970-2010

January 14, 2011 Drug Policy Library

December 2010 – Amsterdam Law Forum   Canada was one of the first nations to criminalise cannabis when it was added to the schedule of prohibited “narcotics” in the Opium and Narcotic Drug Law amendment of 1923. Since cannabis use was hardly known in Canada then, or for decades afterwards, social historians of this period […]

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DRUG STRATEGY 2010: Reducing Demand, Restricting Supply, Building Recovery : Supporting People to Live a Drug Free Life

January 10, 2011 Drug Policy Library

December 2010 – Source: HM Government Foreword from the Home Secretary: This strategy sets out the Government’s approach to tackling drugs and addressing alcohol dependence, both of which are key causes of societal harm, including crime, family breakdown and poverty. Together, they cause misery and pain to individuals, destroy families and undermine communities. Such suffering […]

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Prisons and drugs in Uruguay

December 17, 2010 Drug Policy Library

Much like other Southern Cone countries, Uruguay has historically served as a transit country for controlled substances on their way to Europe. An important change in the use of controlled substances, associated with their availability on the drug market, has taken place over the last fifteen years in southern Latin America, especially in Argentina, Chile, […]

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Legislation on drugs and the prison situation in Peru

December 17, 2010 Drug Policy Library

Peru is a major world producer of coca leaf and its derivatives. Since the year 2000, successive Peruvian administrations have followed a drug policy focused on supply reduction through interdiction and eradication strategies. This essay examines aspects related to drug offenses in Peru and their impacts on the prison system, as well as the conduct […]

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Drug legislation and prison situation in Mexico

December 17, 2010 Drug Policy Library

Mexico is currently undergoing one of the worst crises in its history in terms of violence and insecurity. This crisis is directly related to the strengthening of organized crime in Mexico associated with drug trafficking, the divisions within the leading drug trafficking cartels, and their diversification. All this has resulted in a bloody struggle to […]

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Drug laws and prison in Latin America: Executive Summary

December 17, 2010 Drug Policy Library

Depriving a person of his or her liberty is one of the most formidable powers of any state. The way in which states exercise this power, striking a balance between the duty to guarantee public safety and the obligation to respect fundamental human rights, is of the utmost importance. The operation of the justice system […]

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