At this week’s three-day special session to address global drug policy, nations’ widely varying approach to drug policy is striking, the Associated Press reports. It is the first special session to address the topic in almost 20 years.
Jamaica has decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, while Cuba opposes legalizing drugs or declaring them harmless. Iran seized 620 tons of drugs last year and said it is helping protect the world from “the evils of addiction.”
Canada’s Health Minister, Jane Philpott, announced her government’s plans to introduce a measure next spring to legalize marijuana. Indonesia’s Ambassador, Rachmat Budiman, called for a “zero-tolerance approach” to suppress and eliminate illegal drugs. Indonesia and Iran impose the death penalty on drug traffickers.