Just as globalization has changed the way the world does business, it's also changed the way the world manufactures, transports, and obtains illegal drugs. As a result, more people are getting high today than ever before.
Roughly 5.5 billion people — three quarters of the world's population — have insufficient or no access to morphine, codeine, and other controlled substances used for pain relief.
Jamaica called for the UN to review the status of cannabis, questioning why the drug is still legally considered as dangerous as heroin under international law.
Mexico's politicians are making nosies about legalizing medical marijuana in the future, but some Mexicans are not prepared to wait, and are learning how to cook up their own treatments in clandestine courses.
By Justin Ling
Jane Philpott is in New York for the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs. There, is she still wants to legalize marijuana at home, she has to convince the rest of the world that pot isn't so bad.
The pot supplied by the US government to medical researchers is far less potent than what most Americans can buy from their local dealer or dispensary.
The international treaties that keep weed outlawed won't change after the UN’s drug summit, but the US, Uruguay, and others will still be able to legalize.
As world leaders meet to consider the future of global drug policy at UNGASS, the UN's special session on drugs, they will look to Portugal as an example of what decriminalization can accomplish.
Few countries have as clear an incentive as Mexico to seek alternatives to the hardline drug policies that have brought so much bloodshed, but there are also few signs that the government is interested in trying anything very different.
By Thijs Roes
The Dutch approach to drugs has shown great promise for harm reduction, but it has also shielded problems with drug crime from public view — until now.
Diplomats from around the world are gathering in New York for UNGASS, a special session of the UN General Assembly that will shape the future of global drug policy.
The French Federation for the Study of Addiction has unveiled recommendations to help reduce risks associated with regular substance use, including allowing more people to administer the anti-opioid drug naloxone.
The Kremlin's new role as the most vocal proponent of the drug war has created a domestic HIV crisis, led to allegations of corruption, and slowed the pace of reform worldwide.
By VICE News
After much criticism for his decision not to attend the United Nations special session on global drug policy next week, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has reversed course.
By Troy Farah
Hawaii's legislature is considering a proposal to look at Portugal's drug laws as a solution to the state's problems with meth and prison overcrowding.
Mexico was one of three nations that asked the UN to call a special session to discuss drug policy at a time when many believe criminalization is fueling the country's brutal drug wars.
The remarks come just a week before the UN General Assembly is due to hold a special session on global drug policy, where international leaders are expected to discuss decriminalization.
Health experts from around the world authored a report on the excesses of the drug war that they hope will encourage officials to undo some of this damage at the coming UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs.
The countries with the world's deadliest drug laws have been on full display — literally — this week during the UN's annual narcotics meeting.