The Beckley Foundation’s Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform brings together countries interested in reform, countries that have successfully implemented alternative drug policies, and the Global Commission on Drug Policy.
After the launch of the Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate in 2010 (co-published by the Beckley Foundation and Oxford University press) Amanda and the 2 leading authors Profs Robin Room and Peter Reuter were invited to meetings in Capitol Hill, in Mexico city and with President Cadorso in Rio de Janeiro in conferences and meetings to discuss the findings of the book. During these trips Amanda decided that the next Beckley Foundation initiative should be Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform. For this initiative she planned that Beckley should bring together countries… and further to commission 2 important reports: one on how to re-word the UN conventions of DATES in order to permit countries the freedom to create policies best suited for their special needs, namely to fully decriminalise drug use and to permit legally regulated market where appropriate. A second report was to attempt to give cost-benefit analysis of the regulated cannabis market in the UK.
While the Beckley Foundation was preparing this initiative, prof Richard Laird asked Amanda if she and the Beckley Foundation would consider involving his wife, baroness Meacher, as she was interested in learning about drug policy. Amanda agreed and invited baroness Meacher to join her in the Global Initiative. In the following period they worked together to set up the All-Party Parliamentary Group to support the Global Initiative, which was subsequently launched at the House of Lords. At the seminar there were high-level representatives from 14 countries…
The Global Initiative is based on: 1) the awareness that the War on Drugs has failed, and 2) the scientific evidence that now shows health-oriented drug policies to be more cost-effective, humane, and harm-reducing than criminalisation. It was launched in November 2011 at the House of Lords in London, at a meeting hosted by the Beckley Foundation together with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform.
Its specific objectives are:
Achievements from the Global Initiative:
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