January 17, 2013
Plotting a Better
SFU and CDPC working to create new
drug policy in Canada
Submitted by Douglas Haddow, CDPC/website
the April 2012 Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, the Heads of
Government of the Member States of the Organization of American States
commissioned the OAS to analyze the Hemisphere's drug policies and to
present and explore alternatives to address the issue of illegal drugs
and drug use.
On Saturday, January 20th, the OAS will formally commence this process
in Panama City, Panama.
The CDPC and Simon Fraser University are proud to announce that CDPC
Executive Director and SFU Adjunct Professor, Donald MacPherson, will be
in attendance as part of the OAS's scenario-building team and
representative of Canada.
"There is a real shift taking place in the global drug policy regime and
the OAS review process is a good indicator of this. Governments from
across the hemisphere are beginning to look for smarter alternatives to
the war on drugs that are more effective at addressing both public
health harms and public safety issues at the same time," said MacPherson.
"Who knows what will happen when we start imagining different futures in
the area of drug policy. The important thing is to get people talking
about alternatives - alternatives that have a hope of achieving success.
The OAS process will begin to do that - it will bring people with
diverse views together to look forward and see what kind of drug
policies make more sense than prohibition. And in the end we all have
the same end goal - improved public health and safety when it comes to
drugs and drug use."
The group will meet twice over the next two months and work together for
four days each time. The meetings are being facilitated by Reos Partners
and the Centro de Liderazgo y Gestion and will result in a two-part
report that will be used to inform the OAS's position on drug policy.
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