Thursday, October 17, 2013
There is a growing international consensus that the war on drugs has failed. Problems created by drug trafficking have been exacerbated increasingly by the negative side effects of prohibitionist policies. Over the last two years therefore, the Cooperation Program on Regional Security in Latin America and the Caribbean of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) has conducted debates about and developed proposals for alternative public policies and a different international drug regime. These debates resulted in the book “From Repression to Regulation: Proposals for Drug Policy Reform” and a condensed publication with policy recommendations. The authors propose to differentiate the regulation of the whole value chain (production, trade, and consumption), according to drug type and informed by scientific evidence. Two of the authors were present during this launch of the publications at the UN and discussed their proposals.