World leaders To Make Bold, New Recommendations for Major Paradigm Shift in Global Drug Policy on the Road to UN Special Session on Drugs in 2016. Consortium to be formed between many countries including, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland.
Taking Control makes seven major recommendations, which can be summarized as follows:
*Put health and community safety first through a fundamental reorientation of policy priorities and resources, from failed punitive enforcement to proven health and social interventions.
*Ensure equitable access to essential medicines, in particular opiate-based medications for pain.
*Stop criminalizing people for drug use and possession – and stop imposing “compulsory treatment” on people whose only offense is drug use or possession.
*Rely on alternatives to incarceration for non-violent, low-level participants in illicit drug markets such as farmers, couriers and others involved in the production, transport and sale of illicit drugs.
*Focus on reducing the power of criminal organizations as well as the violence and insecurity that result from their competition with both one another and the state.
*Allow and encourage diverse experiments in legally regulating markets in currently illicit drugs, beginning with but not limited to cannabis, coca leaf and certain novel psychoactive substances.
*Take advantage of the opportunity presented by the upcoming UNGASS in 2016 to reform the global drug policy regime.