Drug Policy Reform

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Drug Policy Reform

Drug Policy Reform

Prohibition-based policies have led to a rise in drug-related violence, prison overcrowding, and an increase in HIV epidemics. The Open Society Foundations support organizations that put forward alternatives.

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Recent Work

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Envisioning a New Approach to a Sacred Mexican Plant  

A video series explores the complicated story behind Salvia divinorum—one of the most revered, and widely misunderstood, psychotropic plants.

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What’s Life Like for Women Who Use Drugs in Indonesia? It’s Time We Asked Them

Police violence, social stigma, and poor access to health care are a daily—and poorly understood—reality for many women who use drugs. A new report is finally letting them tell their story.

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A Flourishing in the Deserts of Afghanistan. But for How Long?  

A photo exhibition looks at the human stories driving a tenuous environmental revolution in Afghanistan.

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Q&A: Lawyers on the Margins Find Creative Ways to Help Their Clients—and Each Other

Given worrying recent trends, the need for specialized legal assistance to vulnerable groups continues to grow. But this collaborative network of peers is rising to the challenge.

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As U.S. States Decriminalize Marijuana, Mexico’s Drug War Rages On

Decriminalization has brought an array of benefits to the United States, but not always to Mexico.

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Solutions Summit

The Open Society Institute–Baltimore will host a summit designed to create a community-driven blueprint for the new mayor and city council to address some of Baltimore’s most intractable issues.