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Drug Policy Reform in the United States

Drug Policy Reform in the United States

The Open Society Foundations support drug policy reform efforts in the United States that address the health, safety, and social harms associated with drug use and drug markets, while reducing the high levels of incarceration, racial injustice, and violation of individual rights associated with current drug policy.

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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.

An Innovative Drug Policy That Works

A program that sends people convicted of low-level drug and sex work crimes to community-based services instead of jail is off to a good start in Seattle.

Protecting Women and Families from the War on Drugs: UN Sessions

This panel will present research demonstrating how the drug war particularly harms women, and will explore leveraging upcoming UN convenings to better promote and protect the human rights of women and families.

Drugs Courts: A Fresh Approach or a Continuation of the Old Paradigm?  

Drug courts, presented as an alternative to incarceration, are themselves controversial and problematic. Do these mandatory, court-supervised drug treatment programs hold up to scrutiny?

Count the Costs of the “War on Drugs”  

Representatives from a coalition of rights-based organizations discuss their call for a new approach to United Nations drug policy.

Shifting Strategies on Drug Policy: A Comparative Approach

After decades of orthodoxy and stringent enforcement of drug policies, the global counternarcotics regime is increasingly challenged.