Why the OAS Report on Alternatives to Drug Prohibition is Such A Big Deal

The Organization of American States (OAS) released an unprecedented report last Friday that presents the most high-level discussion of alternatives to drug prohibition in history.

This report is a big deal. It’s the first time that any multilateral institution anywhere in the world has critically analyzed the war on drugs and considered new approaches for the future – giving equal weight to options like decriminalization and legalization in the process.

The OAS report doesn’t make concrete recommendations. Rather, the second part of the report lays out different scenarios for what alternative drug policies might actually look like – scenarios which break sharply from the U.S.-led drug war, and which include various forms of decriminalization and regulation.

In describing these scenarios, the OAS is saying we need to put all options on the table to improve public safety and health in the hemisphere – and that means considering the legal regulation of marijuana and other drugs.

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.