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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

Event
Reimagining Drug Policy Through Artistic Expression: Museums, Marches, and More

A panel of activists and artists will discuss creative ways to push for reform through immersive events and imaginative experiences.

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The Future of Coca Industrialization in Colombia: A Pathway to Development and Peace  

A new report looks at the coca leaf as a legal agricultural product and presents challenges, opportunities, and parameters for a legal system to expand coca industrialization.

Report
Coca Industrialization: A Path to Innovation, Development, and Peace in Colombia

This report explores coca’s diverse potential in applications as varied as nutrition, natural medicine, personal care, and agro-industry—as well as coca’s historical cultural uses.

Voices
How a New Approach to Coca Will Strengthen Colombia’s Democracy

A new report shows how, after decades of needless destruction, a grassroots movement in Colombia is breaking from the failed “war on drugs” and devising new strategies for increasing prosperity and strengthening peace.

Voices
Mexico’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing. It’s Time for a New Vision of Reform

Human rights advocates, as well as a diverse collection of artists and policymakers, are calling on the government to seek international support in order to reinvigorate a discredited justice system.

Report
Corruption that Kills: Why Mexico Needs an International Mechanism to Combat Impunity

This report argues Mexico needs an international response to investigate and prosecute atrocity crimes.

Upcoming Events

Jun
25

A panel of activists and artists will discuss creative ways to push for reform through immersive events and imaginative experiences.