By Ian Dunt for This should be a big moment for the UN. It should be the point where it becomes a major player in a drug debate which is currently taking place without it.

For decades, the UN has acted as the enforcement mechanism for the war on drugs, and with considerable success. That’s success in enforcing a one-size-fits-all drug policy, not on actually reducing the damage of drugs themselves. On that basis, it has been an unmitigated disaster, but there’s no reason to go into that here.

The extent of the disaster meant countries started experimenting with alternatives. The UN became increasingly irrelevant. But next month it’ll hold a summit on drug policy in New York.

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