Israel led the world in cannabis research—but what could it learn from others about decriminalization?

Opinion piece by Chair Dreifuss and Commissioner Stoltenberg, published in Ha’aretz on Sunday 5 March 2017. Link to article in Hebrew. English version below. Israel led the world in cannabis research—but what could it learn from others about decriminalization? Israel is widely recognized as a global hub for medical cannabis

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Open Letter to President Obama

[Published in The Huffington Post, 9 January 2017] Mr. President, We wish to thank you for the great commitment you have shown to revisit the punitive approach to drug policy, particularly with regards to the pardon of low-level drug offenders. These individuals have committed no violent act, yet they have

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Commissioners Cattaui, Dreifuss and Grover in Bangkok Post: “Punitive measures do not create a drug-free society”

[Read original article in the Bangkok Post, 14 December 2016.] Achieving a society without drugs has been the objective of many countries around the world for many decades, including Asean with its declaration in 1998 for a drug-free region by 2015. Yet drug use prevalence has, at best, remained stable over

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Interview with Ruth Dreifuss on Al Jazeera

Ruth Dreifuss, Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, answers questions on Al Jazeera regarding the decriminalization of drug consumption and possession for personal use, in the context of a change in drug policy in Thailand towards a less repressive regime. Click here to view interview.

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Interview with Chair Dreifuss: “How U.S. Drug Policy Looks to the Rest of the World – And how it might change under Donald Trump”

By Francie Diep Activists and family members of loved ones who died in the opioid epidemic take part in a rally on September 18th, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Sometimes, to understand something, you have to take an outsider’s point of view. That’s why, to get perspective

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Regional drugs response reflects global policies

Co-signed by Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland and Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, and Senator Mark Golding, former Minister of Justice of Jamaica The Caribbean has been a major cocaine trafficking route for the last 50

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Descriminalización de drogas

COLABORADOR INVITADO / Olusegun Obasanjo y Ricardo Lagos y Ruth Dreifuss 07 Sep. 2016 El 2016 ha sido un año fundamental para la política de drogas a nivel global. La evaluación de más de cincuenta años de un régimen prohibicionista ha resultado en reformas en países tan diversos como Jamaica,

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La répression de la consommation de drogues renforce les organisations criminelles

Tant qu’existera un marché noir, tant que les consommateurs et les petits acteurs non violents du marché seront criminalisés, la répression continuera de faire des ravages, estiment Ruth Dreifuss, Ricardo Lagos et Olusegun Obasanjo, respectivement anciens présidents de la Confédération suisse, du Chili et du Nigéria. 2016 est, au niveau mondial,

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Después de la UNGASS 2016: el fin de la criminalización de las drogas es el único camino

Mientras siga existiendo un mercado negro billionario; mientras los usuarios y los actores a menor escala en el mercado sean criminalizados y encarcelados; y mientras que el crimen organizado tenga acceso a este atractivo flujo de ingresos, el control de la droga continuará causando estragos en nuestras sociedades. por Presidentes

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Decriminalizing of drugs, the only pathway by Presidents Obasanjo, Lagos and Dreifuss

 Drug trafficking and the black market are, to a large extent, a direct consequence of the international drug control system and the national laws that are derived therefrom. 2016 has been a pivotal year for drug policy on a global level. THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2016. BRENNAN LINSLEY/AP/SIPA The review of

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