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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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Event
Inside Cracolândia: Promoting Health and Human Rights in Brazil’s “Cracklands”

Those working inside Brazil’s so-called urban “cracklands” will take part in a discussion on drugs, health, human rights, and policy reform.

Voices
Separating Fact from Fiction in the Cannabis Debate

With the rapid movement on cannabis regulation happening around the world, it’s more important than ever that the public gets the hard facts.

Voices
Portraits from Prison Tell Stories of Women in the Drug War

In Latin America, the most perverse consequences of the drug war are borne by women.

Voices
The Power of a Second Chance

Those convicted of low-level, nonviolent offenses are not the only people who deserve a shot at redemption.

Voices
Bolivia’s Smarter Approach to Controlling Coca Production

By shifting from forced eradication to community-based enforcement, Bolivia is regulating the production of coca leaves while respecting farmers’ rights.

Report
Habeas Coca: Bolivia’s Community Coca Control

This report explains how Bolivia's community coca control system works and shows its effectiveness in decreasing violence, increasing citizen engagement, limiting corruption, and reducing coca cultivation.

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Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations–New York

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Those working inside Brazil’s so-called urban “cracklands” will take part in a discussion on drugs, health, human rights, and policy reform.