The UN's Commission on Narcotic Drugs held the Fourth Intersessional Meeting of its 62nd Session on June 24, 2019, in Vienna, Austria. Delegates spent most of their time discussing a report from the World Health Organization's 41st Expert Committee on Drug Dependence that recommends major changes in the international scheduling of cannabis and cannabinoids.
Common Sense for Drug Policy's blog
New research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on April 16, 2019, shows what drug policy reform advocates have said for years: drug interdiction strategies are self-defeating failures. The authors write:
Philadelphia, Seattle, and several other cities and counties around the US are considering the establishment of supervised consumption sites. Supervised consumption sites, also known as overdose prevention sites, are harm reduction interventions that save lives, improve public health, and enhance public safety.
by Doug McVay
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, in 2017 there were an estimated 10,554,985 arrests by law enforcement nationwide for all criminal offenses, of which 518,617 were for violent offenses and 1,249,757 arrests were for property offenses. Also that year, there were 1,632,921 arrests for drug law violations.