The Beckley Foundation’s Global Cannabis Commission new Book ‘Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate’


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The Beckley Foundation’s Global Cannabis Commission is now published as a book in association with Oxford University Press entitled: ‘Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate’

Cannabis, marijuana, pot, ganja – it goes by many names – is by far the most widely used illegal substance, and accounts for more arrests than any other drug. Politicians the world over have tied themselves in knots trying to decide how to deal with it.

Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate is unique in providing the materials needed for deciding on policy about cannabis, and will be of interest to a wide range of readers interested in drugs and drug policy. It reviews the state of knowledge on the health and psychological effects of cannabis, and its dangerousness relative to other drugs, legal and illegal. It considers patterns of use, the size of illicit markets and the effects of attempts to enforce a global prohibition. It examines countries that have tried reforming their regimes and softening prohibition and evaluates the effects of such changes on cannabis usage, drug markets, and in mitigating the adverse consequences of prohibition. For policy-makers willing to look outside the box of the global prohibition regime, the book examines the options and possibilities for a country or group of countries to bring about change in, or opt out of, the global control system.

The book “is based on solid research and it is argued in an imaginative yet realistic fashion…. We need to change our way of thinking and acting on this matter. New policies must be based on empirical data, not on ideological assumptions and dogmas.”
Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brazil.

“Now it is time for change…. The outstanding scientists who composed this report point the way ahead.” Jan Wiarda, former chairman, European Police Chiefs.

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