Drug Policy News & Analysis

The UN Analyzes the Human Rights Impact of Drug Policies Ahead of Global Summit

Analysis & Commentary
The involvement of the UN Human Rights Council in the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) in 2016 is a major achievement.

Can Glyphosate Cause Cancer? A Nail in the Coffin of Coca Fumigation

Herbicide Used in Controversial Aerial Spraying Program Likely Causes Cancer
Analysis & Commentary
New findings linking glyphosate and cancer have serious implications for aerial spraying of coca crops in Colombia.

4 Ways to Promote Development and Reduce the Cultivation of Prohibited Plants

WOLA, colleagues present on alternative development at the UN
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's Coletta Youngers joined civil society colleagues at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna to present alternatives to failed drug policies.

Can Washington Still Dictate Drug Policy in the Americas?

Analysis & Commentary
In an article for NACLA, WOLA's Coletta Youngers and Adam Schaffer analyze how while the drug war has continued in Latin America, the momentum in favor of reform is building in unexpected places.

Latin America Drug Policy Dialogue 2014: Santa Marta

Analysis & Commentary
At the 11th Informal Drug Policy Dialogue, civil society experts and government officials came together to discuss preparations for the UNGASS in 2016.

The United States Rethinks its Draconian Drug Sentencing Policies

After decades of long punishments for non-violent crimes, change is on the horizon
Analysis & Commentary
In this WOLA analysis, we look at recent changes in sentencing policies for drug-related crimes, and what it means for proportional punishment in the United States.

Advocating for Drug Policy Reform at the United Nations

UNGASS in 2016 will offer the highest-level debate on drug policy in recent history
Analysis & Commentary
In April 2016, the United Nations will convene a General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) specifically related to drugs. Click here to learn more about what WOLA is hoping the historic event will achieve, and what we're doing to make our goals a reality.

Advocating for Drug Policy Reform at the United Nations

Analysis & Commentary
Learn more about what kind of drug policy reform WOLA is advocating for at the UNGASS in 2016

International Impacts of the U.S. Trend towards Legal Marijuana

Video
In this taped event, leading drug policy reform advocates, experts, and former officials share their analyses of the current trend toward legal, regulated marijuana markets and the tensions these initiatives have with existing international legal commitments.

Marijuana Legalization is an Opportunity to Modernize International Drug Treaties

Publication
In a this report published jointly by WOLA and the Brookings Institution, John Walsh and Wells Bennett analyze the new legal, regulated marijuana markets in the context of existing international drug treaties.

WOLA's Walsh Presents at the OAS on the Issue of Drugs in the Americas

Video
In this taped event, WOLA Senior Associate John Walsh joins drug policy reform advocates and practitioners in a discussion at the OAS on drug policy in the hemisphere. Walsh acknowledges that there exists a growing realization among both officials and reform advocates that current policies have not been effective.

Report: Washington's Marijuana Legalization Grows Knowledge, Not Just Pot

New WOLA/Brookings report analyzes legal marijuana program in Washington state
Analysis & Commentary
In this analysis of the legal and regulated marijuana program in Washington state, Philip Wallach finds that the state's most bold innovation is not the sale of marijuana, but rather its meticulous study of the historic experiment.

Reforms and Contradictions in Ecuador’s Drug Policy

Analysis & Commentary
On August 11, 2014 a sweeping new penal code went into effect in Ecuador, which includes significant revisions to the country’s previous drug law. What do the changes mean, and how did they come about?

Colorado's Rollout of Legal Marijuana Is Succeeding

New report from WOLA and the Brookings Institution analyzes the implementation of marijuana regulation in Colorado
Publication
The report finds that the state of Colorado has largely succeeded in rolling out a legal marijuana system, and its early implementation efforts have been impressive. This report details what has been successful, how Colorado has achieved an effective rollout, and what challenges remain.

Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas

WOLA Experts Contribute to NACLA Summer 2014 Issue
Analysis & Commentary
In this summer issue of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), WOLA experts John Walsh and Coletta Youngers offer analysis on cannabis regulation and the turning point in the reform debate.

Latin America Drug Policy Dialogue 2014 Quito

Analysis & Commentary
In this WOLA-TNI informal drug policy dialogue, civil society and government representatives discussed reform efforts throughout the region.

Peru Sends Mixed Signals on Drug Policy

Analysis & Commentary
What does the firing of Peru's top drug official mean for the Andean country's future policies? WOLA's Coletta Youngers explains in an article in the World Politics Review

Will the U.S. let Colombia End Its Civil War?

After half a century, Colombia may put an end to its conflict—if the U.S. will allow it.
Analysis & Commentary
With a new agreement on drug policy, Colombian government and FARC negotiators appear closer than ever to a peace accord. But will the U.S. allow it?

Mexico at Peace

An Incomplete Approach
Analysis & Commentary
In this report, researchers analyze the efficacy of Mexico's new program to address violence.

New Study Evaluates State Responses to Drug Consumption in the Americas

News
A new study by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD) finds that drug users continue to be dealt with in the criminal justice system.