Latin America: It´s high time to rethink how we measure global drug policy / Robert Muggah and Ilona Szabo de Carvalho

What are urgently needed are new goals, targets and indicators for real reductions in supply and demand, instead of investing in military hardware, police equipment and intelligence support.

The war on drugs has come under unprecedented criticism over the past few years. For the first time since the inception of the drug regime in the 1960s, world leaders are calling for the regulation of all drugs, and not just marijuana. Politicians, businessmen and activists from across North, Central and South America are leading the charge.

Several Latin American presidents are at the forefront of this drug policy revolution, insisting on the legalization of cannabis, opium poppies and coca. And western European leaders are also demanding that punitive drug laws be replaced with new approaches emphasizing public health, human rights and safety. MORE…

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