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Why worldwide drug policy progress is driven from the ground up

A number of individual nations are moving faster than the United Nations; and in turn, many regional and local jurisdictions are outpacing nations. People on the ground—grassroots activists and civil society—are providing the real leadership … “Civil society is more present, more powerful, and more well -funded than in decades past,” she said. “It has become a powerful actor in international drug policy debates.”

The Chief Executive Board’s [of the United Nations, representing 31 United Nation agencies, including the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)—the lead UN agency on drug policy overdue embrace of decriminalization – and the Commission on Narcotic Drug’s continued obstinance—reveal a United Nations that lags behind many individual countries throughout the world that have implemented various forms of decriminalization policies. This is the case even though the current UN secretary-general, António Guterres, previously served as the Portuguese prime minister when his nation removed criminal penalties for personal possession of all drugs almost 20 years ago.

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Why Worldwide Drug Policy Progress is Driven from the Ground Up
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