This afternoon, Thursday, October 15th, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere will mark-up a bill that would create an independent "Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission" to recommend how to improve U.S. domestic and international drug control policies.
The mark-up will be followed by a Subcommittee hearing on "Assessing U.S. Drug Policy in the Americas," at which WOLA Senior Associate John Walsh will testify.
WOLA encourages reporters to cover today's mark-up and hearing, which could represent a significant step toward a serious – and overdue – reconsideration of U.S. drug control policy.
The aggressive enforcement-led attack on drug supply that has been the central theme of U.S. drug policy for three decades, at home and abroad, has failed to deliver the hoped-for results, and has generated enormous collateral damage. Civil society and governments across Latin America are contemplating their own drug policy reforms, and the direction of the U.S. debate will be important for the entire hemisphere.
For more information contact:
Kristel Mucino, WOLA, Communications Coordinator
617-584-1713, [email protected]
DATE and TIME: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 2 pm
LOCATION: Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building
SUBJECT: Assessing U.S. Drug Policy in the America
The Honorable Mary Bono Mack
United States House of Representatives
The Honorable Mark Schneider
Senior Vice President
Special Adviser on Latin America
International Crisis Group
(Former Director of the Peace Corps)
Senior Associate, Andes and Drug Policy
Washington Office on Latin America
Ray Walser, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Analyst for Latin America
Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies
The Heritage Foundation