Day: January 27, 2021

Decriminalizing Drugs the Portuguese Way

As drug decriminalization spreads around the world, many policy makers are looking for inspiration to Portugal. In the past two decades the European nation has set the global benchmark for evidence-based drug reform. When Driving Change asked why, João Castel-Branco Goulão, Director-General of Portugal’s national drug coordination office and one of the architects of its …

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From Warfare to Healthcare? Drugs Policy in the Americas

The ‘drug war’ was born in the Americas. From the Nixon era onwards, the US government viewed drugs as a problem for the military abroad and the criminal justice system at home. Narcotics have been a central thread in some of the country’s darkest moments in modern times, from the CIA’s backing of Nicaraguan rebels …

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