Issues & Policies

Decriminalizing Trafficking?

Trafficking-affected countries could go as far as to implement a decriminalization regime. As with the decriminalization of consumption, a different legal framework would be required to replace incarceration with gradated sanctions that would increase in severity with the frequency of...

/ January 3, 2017

Clinton and Bush – Staying Tough on Drugs (1993-2009)

President Bill Clinton’s administration continued with the drug war approach, increasing the annual budget to $17 billion by 1999. Although the House of Representatives passed the Drug Dealer Liability Act in 1999 and the Protecting Our Children from Drugs Act...

/ January 2, 2017

Crop Eradication

Crop eradication has been the primary strategy of the U.S. and governments of producer countries of marijuana, coca and opium poppies to reduce the production of illegal drugs at their source. The U.S. began using crop eradication in the early...

/ January 2, 2017

Prevention

Prevention continues to provide hope for most when thinking of ways to reduce drug use and abuse in society. Unfortunately, as an inexpensive and accessible policy tool, prevention alone seems to have yielded modest outcomes. While educational programs like DARE,...

/ January 2, 2017

Let History Be Our Guide

Otto Perez Molina, the very same President who took to the world stage at the outset of his administration in 2012 by proposing little thought out policies for the legalization and decriminalization of drugs was forced to resign in September...

/ January 2, 2017

Violence & Corruption

Some of the greatest confusion created by the drug problem surrounds the extent to which drug use, trafficking and production contribute to crime, violence and corruption. While marijuana users rarely commit crimes, users of cocaine, and especially crystal meth and...

/ January 2, 2017