Vogue: Why 2020 Is a Banner Year for Drug Decriminalization—And What It Means for Public Health

Summary: With the passing of drug-related measures throughout the U.S during the 2020 election, from the decriminalization of all drugs and legal access for psilocybin-assisted therapy in Oregon to the multiple states passing cannabis reform policies, Americans are signaling a change from the failing war on drugs to a more health-focused approach to drug policy. “The public-health-based approach of decriminalization centers human dignity and connection,” says Natalie Lyla Ginsberg, M.S.W., of MAPS. “In contrast, decades of a global war on drugs built on a punishment-based paradigm of criminal justice have led to sharp rises in drug-related deaths, problematic substance use, drug contamination and adulteration, and the strength of drug cartels,” explains Ginsberg.

Originally appearing here.