Guardian editorial "Drugs: let's welcome this new starting point for legalisation" – As countries across the world relax their drug laws, it is wrong to ignore a growing trend
The Drug Situation in Vancouver - report by the Urban Health Research Initiative of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
The Pivot Legal Society analyses the (Vancouver) Missing Women's Commission's Report
Blog by Gillian Maxwell on meeting with the Mexican Movement for Peace, Justice and Dignity in the United States 2012
Stephen Lewis calls for an end to the medieval treatment of people who use drugs
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition’s “Innovative Solutions” – Drug Policy is AIDS Policy
The Health Officers Council of BC: Public Health Perspectives for Regulating Psychoactive Substances - What We Can Do About Alcohol Tobacco, and Other Drugs
Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.
In 2012 The Vienna Declaration invited scientists, health practitioners and the public to endorse a statement calling for the incorporation of scientific evidence into illicit drug policies.
The Stop the Violence campaign’s report Breaking the Silence: Cannabis prohibition, Organised Crime and Gang Violence in BC
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Annual Report – Building a Movement
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Report – Getting to Tomorrow
A letter sent by the Health Officers Council of BC to Leaders, Federal Political Parties, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations, Premiers, Provinces and Territories, urging them to reform drug policy and move to a public health approach to drug use.
At once a beautifully poetic memoir and an exploration of the various ways we live in the world, A Language Older Than Words explains violence as a pathology that touches every aspect of our lives and indeed affects all aspects of life on Earth. This chronicle of a young man's drive to transcend domestic abuse offers a challenging look at our worldwide sense of community and how we can make things better.
Report on the reforming drug policy in Portugal. “Drug De-Criminalisation in Portugal – Lessons for creating fair and successful drug policies.”
The epidemiology of mass incarceration in America, by Ernest Drucker
Carl Hart argues persuasively that problematic drug use is a symptom of a sick society rather than the cause.


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