Global: Leaders get smart on drug policy in Davos / Ilona Szabo de Carvalho Robert Muggah

A more nuanced conversation on drug policy is taking shape among world leaders — one that would have seemed heretical three years ago.

A young man smokes a marijuana joint in downtown Vancouver. One of the lessons of the drug discussion at Davos was that it’s wise to distinguish between marijuana and other drugs when designing policy.

Amidst the sounds of tinkling wine glasses and furtive conversation at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, something remarkable happened. In a packed convention hall, four international leaders gathered on stage to discuss the future of drug policy. They debated the pros and cons of decriminalization and regulation, bringing a politically toxic issue into the veritable heart of the economic establishment. The mood was relaxed, but the commentary was razor sharp. At least five take-away messages are worth singling out. SEE  MORE…

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