Fact Sheets

In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana for personal use. This document is a summary of the key provisions of the law.

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La guerra contra las drogas se ha convertido en una guerra contra las comunidades migrantes. Alimenta la discriminación racial, la militarización de la frontera, la violencia contra los migrantes, la...

In 2012, Colorado and Washington State became the first two jurisdictions to legally regulate marijuana, followed by Uruguay becoming the first country to do so in 2013. This table provides a comparison of the main...

En noviembre de 2012, los votantes de Colorado y Washington dieron un paso histórico: de rechazar la política fracasada de la prohibición de marihuana al decidir la reglamentación legal de...

La despenalización de la posesión de la marihuana es el primer paso necesario hacia las reformas más integrales del régimen de la prohibición de drogas. Sin embargo, la...

Los arrestos por marihuana son el motor que impulsa la guerra contra las drogas en EE.UU. En 2012 sumaron 749,825 arrestos por marihuana en EE.UU. – casi la mitad de todos los arrestos por drogas. Estos...

There is an extensive body of literature documenting the stigma associated with alcohol and other drug problems. No physical or psychiatric condition is more associated with social disapproval and discrimination than...

Many U.S. cities are taking steps to reduce the role of criminalization in their local drug policies. Seattle, Washington has been at the forefront of this effort, pioneering a novel pre-booking diversion program for...

After first attempting to prohibit various synthetic drugs, New Zealand realized that simply banning these substances was unrealistic and ineffective.  In July 2013, the country’s Parliament enacted an...

A series of synthetic products have emerged that simulate the effects of prohibited drugs like marijuana, ecstasy (MDMA), opioids, cocaine and methamphetamine. Often called “legal highs” or “...

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