HPA, March 2019. Health Poverty Action just launched a film (directed by Andrew Davies) with testimony from Brazil exploring why we need legal regulation of the drugs trade:

“Why I want to legally regulate drugs”

“From restricting access to medicines to destroying the livelihoods of poor farmers, the so-called ‘war on drugs’ is harming people across the world  – including inflicting violence and racism on marginalised communities.

Legally regulating drugs means making them safer, controlling who has access to them and where they can be sold. It will reduce violence and corruption by replacing the illicit drugs market with one that safeguards livelihoods and communities. It will mean that the money spent on upholding prohibition can be directed to health and social services.

Just as governments and policymakers have created poverty and powerlessness through prohibition, they can implement new drug policies that create a healthier and more equal world.” (Health Poverty Action)