Portraits made from crystal meth and other exhibitions threw into sharp relief the true cost of an unjust system.
Just as globalization has changed the way the world does business, it's also changed the way the world manufactures, transports, and obtains illegal drugs. As a result, more people are getting high today than ever before.
Roughly 5.5 billion people — three quarters of the world's population — have insufficient or no access to morphine, codeine, and other controlled substances used for pain relief.
What could have been a chance for the world to take a progressive approach to drugs ended up as a huge waste of time.
Jamaica called for the UN to review the status of cannabis, questioning why the drug is still legally considered as dangerous as heroin under international law.
Mexico's politicians are making nosies about legalizing medical marijuana in the future, but some Mexicans are not prepared to wait, and are learning how to cook up their own treatments in clandestine courses.
Jane Philpott is in New York for the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs. There, is she still wants to legalize marijuana at home, she has to convince the rest of the world that pot isn't so bad.
The pot supplied by the US government to medical researchers is far less potent than what most Americans can buy from their local dealer or dispensary.
The international treaties that keep weed outlawed won't change after the UN’s drug summit, but the US, Uruguay, and others will still be able to legalize.
As world leaders meet to consider the future of global drug policy at UNGASS, the UN's special session on drugs, they will look to Portugal as an example of what decriminalization can accomplish.
Few countries have as clear an incentive as Mexico to seek alternatives to the hardline drug policies that have brought so much bloodshed, but there are also few signs that the government is interested in trying anything very different.