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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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Drug Law Reform Comes to Mexico

Thanks to some crucial recent rulings from the Mexico Supreme Court, as well as the hard work of reformers and civil society groups throughout the country, Mexico is finally rethinking how it regulates cannabis.

Expecting Better: Improving Health and Rights for Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs

This publication serves as a guide for those wishing to implement gender-responsive approaches and policies tailored for pregnant women who use drugs.

Sri Lanka Should Think Twice Before Copying Duterte’s Vicious Drug War

While the world moves on, Sri Lanka continues to drift toward the brutal and criminal “war on drugs” policies championed by the Philippines’ strongman. These heinous policies must be abandoned—before it’s too late.

Police & Harm Reduction

This report showcases alternatives to common punitive policing models and presents recommendations on how to incorporate harm reduction approaches that aim to increase public safety, public health, and public confidence.

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.

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.