We call on you to end the war on drugs and the prohibition regime, and move towards a system based on decriminalisation, regulation, public health and education. This 50 year old policy has failed, fuels violent organised crime, devastates lives and is costing billions. It is time for a humane and effective approach.
AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) is a Dutch, non-governmental, public health organisation working in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) to reduce the impact of HIV among vulnerable populations.
Founded in the Netherlands and launched on 1 December 2001, AFEW is considered an international authority in the field of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for people living with HIV (PLHIV) in EECA, a part of the world that is still largely ignored by major international aid organisations. AFEW is the only non-governmental organisation operating in EECA that was specifically created to address HIV in the region and advocates to make the epidemic a priority in the social and political discourse and to stimulate prompt and appropriate action. Visit Website →
Espolea is a youth-led organisation founded in 2006 in Mexico City that works with other young people defending human rights, gender equality, promoting drug policy reform, harm reduction and a sensitive response to HIV/ AIDS, stigma and discrimination. It does all of these through conferences, workshops, training and campaigns that allow other young people access to youth-friendly information for debating and proposing changes in local, national and international policy. Visit Website →
Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. MAPS furthers its mission by (1) Developing psychedelics and marijuana into prescription medicines; (2) Training therapists and working to establish a network of treatment centers; (3) Supporting scientific research into spirituality, creativity, and neuroscience; and (4) Educating the public honestly about the risks and benefits of psychedelics and marijuana. Visit Website →
Health Poverty Action
Health Poverty Action works to strengthen poor and marginalised people in their struggle for health. We currently work in 13 countries across Africa, Asia and South America as well as campaigning for change at the international level. We support local communities in addressing the full range of issues that affect health, from access to decent health services, to wider factors like clean water and better nutrition, through to challenging global policies and practices that create and sustain poverty. The War on Drugs is having a detrimental impact on the health and wellbeing of poor people around the world, so we support a debate on alternatives. Visit Website →
Harm Reduction Coalition
Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. Our efforts advance harm reduction policies, practices and programs that address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration. Recognizing that social inequality and injustice magnify drug-related harm and limit the voice of our most vulnerable communities, we work to uphold every individual’s right to health and well-being and their competence to participate in the public policy dialogue. Visit Website →
The Beckley Foundation is a charitable trust that promotes the scientific investigation of consciousness and its modulation from a multidisciplinary perspective. We also seek to change global drugs policy to reflect a more rational, evidence-based approach, shifting the emphasis from criminalisation to health. Visit Website →
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Since 2002, speakers for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition have led the public debate on drug policy. As current and former criminal justice professionals LEAP speakers bring an unassailable credibility to the conversation. LEAP believes existing drug policies have failed to address the problems of crime, drug abuse, addiction and the flow of illegal drugs. This group of international law enforcement professionals and concerned citizens agree that by fighting a war on drugs, governments have increased the societal problems associated with drug abuse. LEAP believes a system of regulation is less harmful, more ethical and a more effective policy than prohibition.Visit Website →
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition is an independent civil society network of organizations and individuals working to improve Canada’s drug policies. Our work is grounded in our vision of a healthy and just Canada.CDPC is planning a program of public dialogue and action over the coming months to engage Canadians and build a coalition to support innovative and effective responses to drug related problems.Visit Website →
StoptheDrugWar.org works for an end to drug prohibition worldwide and an end to the “drug war” in its current form. We believe that much of the harm commonly attributed to "drugs" is really the result of placing drugs in a criminal environment. We believe the global drug war has fueled violence, civil instability, and public health crises; and that the currently prevalent arrest- and punishment-based policies toward drugs are unjust.Visit Website →
Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform
Parents, siblings and friends, unanimously recognising that prohibition was more the problem than the solution, came together in 1995 to form a not for profit organisation, Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform (FFDLR). FFDLR recognises the failure of present prohibition policies because they do not prevent the use of illegal drugs; do not protect our young people, their families or their friends from related tragedy; and put the control of illegal drugs outside the law.
To this end Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform has developed a Global Declaration on drug policy by Families and Family Organisations for parents, family members, family organisations and friends to sign to show that they are bearing the brunt of bad policies and that they demand change.
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance) is an innovative global partnership of 39 nationally-based, independent civil society organisations (linking organisations), seven Regional Technical Support Hubs and an international secretariat, working to support community action on AIDS.Visit Website →
Youth RISE is an international youth led network promoting evidence based drug policies and harm reduction strategies with the involvement of young people who use drugs and are affected by drug policies.Visit Website →
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society. SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive Drug War policies, particularly those that directly harm students and youth.Visit Website →
International Drug Policy Consortium
We are a global network of NGOs and professional networks that come together to promote objective and open debate on drug policy issues at the national and international level. We support evidence-based policies that are effective in reducing drug-related harm.Visit Website →
Release is the national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law – providing free and confidential specialist advice to the public and professionals. Release also campaigns for changes to UK drug policy to bring about a fairer and more compassionate legal framework to manage drug use in our society.Visit Website →
Drug Policy Alliance
The Drug Policy Alliance envisions a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes committed against others, and in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.
Our mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.Visit Website →
Intercambios, civil association for the study and assistance of drug related problems, is a non-governmental organization created in Buenos Aires in 1995. The mission of the association is contribute to the construction and application of knowledge to drug related problems, within a human rights approach. We define drug related problems to the different issues associated with the demand and the supply of drugs, with the social and criminal control policies and their repercussion in social, cultural and personal life. In this sense, Intercambios also deals with HIV/AIDS associated with drug use. Intercambios believes that stigmatization and discrimination against drug users and drug use often leads to violations of human rights. We therefore work within the ethics of human rights, social engagement, and scientific rigor.Visit Website →
Transform's vision is an end to the war on drugs, and the establishment of effective and humane systems of drug regulation.Visit Website →
Colectivo por una Política Integral Hacia las Drogas
CUPIHD is a Mexican civil society organisation dedicated to education, investigation, dissemination and action in order to transform the drug policy in Mexico to one with a harm reduction and human rights perspective and an integral, scientific and multidisciplinary focus. Its principles are ‘Information, Responsibility, Freedom’ and its objectives include the provision of comprehensible, honest and scientific information on drugs, the promotion of a ‘culture of responsibility’ towards drug use, and building strategic alliances with national and international partners in the field.Visit Website →
National Organisation for Reforming Marijuana Laws
NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.
Legalise Cannabis International is a campaigning umbrella group that exists for the enabling of US State, national and worldwide cannabis campaign groups to be able to share their initiatives, rallies, news and updates via the platform of the LCI group on FaceBook and thus outward into the mainstream of society. In this way, global campaign groups are further enabled by their affiliation with LCI to extend their reach and thus their support base by informing a worldwide audience who may be otherwise unaware of their campaign work and the extensiveness of the global campaign for cannabis law reform.Visit Website →
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy
The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP) is an international network of scientists, academics, and health practitioners committed to improving the health and safety of communities and individuals affected by illicit drugs. The network includes leading experts from around the world who have come together in an effort to inform illicit drug policies with the best available scientific evidence.
ICSDP aims to be a primary source for rigorous scientific evidence on illicit drug policy in order to benefit policymakers, law enforcement, and affected communities. To this end, the ICSDP conducts original scientific research in the form of systematic reviews, evidence-based drug policy guidelines, and research collaborations with leading scientists and institutions across diverse continents and disciplines. Visit Website →
Harm Reduction International
Our vision is a world in which individuals and communities benefit from drug laws, policies and practices that promote health, dignity and human rights.
We work to reduce drug related harms by promoting evidence based public health policy and practices and human rights based approaches to drug policy through an integrated programme of research, analysis, advocacy and civil society strengthening. Visit Website →
European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies
The European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies (ENCOD) brings together European citizens who believe that drug prohibition is an immoral and insane* policy. We call for legal regulation as the only sensible and effective way to diminish drug-related problems, reduce organised crime and free up tax money for health, education and social programmes. Visit Website →
Association Français de Reduction des Risques
AFR is a non-profit national umbrella organisation gathering individuals and NGOs working in the harm reduction field to promote public health and human rights oriented drug policies.Visit Website →
Illicit Drug Market Institute
IDM is an Italian organisation aiming to create an economic analysis of the possibility to regulate the illegal drug industry and carrying on a program of studies involving new tools to provide information regarding: prevention; information; rehabilitation and reintegration of the drug addicts.
Visit www.idminstitute.org or www.illicitdrugmarket.net to find out more.
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network promotes the human rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, advocacy and litigation, public education and community mobilization. The Legal Network is Canada's leading advocacy organization working on the legal and human rights issues raised by HIV/AIDS.Visit Website →
Caribbean Harm Reduction Coalition
The Caribbean Harm Reduction Coalition (CHRC) is committed to assisting individuals and communities by initiating and promoting education, interventions, and community organizing programmes that focus on reducing drug related harm.Visit Website →
Caribbean Vulnerable Communities
CVC seeks to develop a cohesive and coordinated strategy to support work in the Caribbean with and on behalf of populations vulnerable to HIV and the stigma and discrimination associated with it.Visit Website →
Uganda Harm Reduction Network
UHRN is a human rights non-profit making organization, registered as community based organization Operating at regional. It was established in 2011 by Persons affected with drug use who have faced harassment, insults, stigma, discrimination and arrest without trial by misinformed societies in Uganda. Visit Website →
Caribbean Drug Abuse Research Insitute
The Caribbean Drug Abuse Research Institute (CDARI) was formed in 2003 by a group of researchers in response to a need to create an Institution that will support research into the public health risks of hidden populations that more traditional and conservative institutions might shy away from.Visit Website →
Agência Piaget Para O Desenvolvimento
APDES – The Piaget Agency for Development is a Portuguese non-profit association, founded in 2004 in order to promote sustainable development. It works with vulnerable communities and populations, with the objective of improving access to health, employment and education, enabling populations and strengthening social cohesion.Visit Website →
International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policies
Healthy drug policies can promote health in people who use drugs. In many countries there is a gap between evidence-based clinical practice and drug policy. IDHDP aims to provide the voice of doctors to advocate for changes in harmful drug policies and to promote harm reduction and policies based on health, science, human rights and compassion.Visit Website →
Gadejuristen/The Street Lawyers
The Street Lawyers provide free legal aid services, as part of an integrated low-threshold outreach harm reduction initiative, to people who use drugs, homeless people and street-based sex workers in Denmark.Visit Website →
Gadejuristen/The Street Lawyers
The Street Lawyers provide free legal aid services, as part of an integrated low-threshold outreach harm reduction initiative, to people who use drugs, homeless people and street-based sex workers in Denmark.Visit Website →
Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice
Russian 'zero tolerance' on drug policy is well known around the world. We are the only one non-governmental organisation that tries to make a change.
We fight for introducing harm reduction programs: opioid substitution treatment of drug dependence, needle and syringe exchange. These programs are banned by federal government in Russia.
All our projects are community driven and led by inspiring activists and people deeply committed to decrease suffering and improve the quality of life of people affected by drug policies and HIV epidemics in Russia.
Alternative Georgia’s main activities are drug dependence research; harm reduction advocacy; development and support for pragmatic and humane drug and HIV legislation; and the protection of the rights of marginalised groups in Georgia. Alternative Georgia is one of the founders of the Georgian Harm Reduction Network (GHRN).Visit Website →
Groupement Romand D‘Etudes des Addictions
GREA is a Swiss network which promotes its vision and effective action to deal with addiction problem and drugs. Visit Website →
Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group
TTAG was founded in 2002 by Paisan Suwannawong, former founding chairman of the Thai Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (TNP+). HIV-positive for 15 years, Paisan is also a former injecting drug user and one of the founders of the Thai Drug Users’ Network (TDN). TTAG is one of Thailand’s only PLWHA-run advocacy organizations, working at the grassroots and policy levels to promote the rights and voices of people living with HIV/AIDS. Visit Website →
New South Wales Users and AIDS Association
The NSW Users & AIDS Association’s (NUAA) is a not-for-profit NSW-based organisation advocating for people who use drugs, particularly those who inject drugs. The peak drug user organisation in NSW, NUAA was formed in 1989 in the face of a growing HIV epidemic. A group of drug users, their friends, families and supporters established NUAA as an independent, user-driven community-based organisation. Funded primarily by the NSW Health Department, NUAA provides education, practical support, information and advocacy to users of illicit drugs, their friends, and allies Visit Website →
Forum Droghe is an association both of individuals and various organizations involved in the reform of drug policies, harm reduction in particular. Forum Droghe also promotes research about the evaluation of the impact of drug legislation on the prison and justice systems.Visit Website →
Collectif Urgence Toxida
CUT is a non-Governmental Organisation working in the field of Harm Reduction in the Republic of Mauritius, mainly through Harm Reduction projects implementation and through advocacyVisit Website →
NGO 4 Life
NGO 4 Life is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation aiming to improve the healthcare system, human rights protection and humanitarian work in Montenegro.Visit Website →
Cannabis Sans Frontières
This french speaking network was established in May 2009, during the European parliament election in France. One ballot vote, in Paris / Ile-de-France area reached 4015 voters, with less than 4000 euros campaign expenses, and within 4 weeks of official campaign. Since then, we regularly organise local meetings, initiatives and demonstrations in France. Most of our publications (leaflets, lobby letters, press released, goodies) are available in our website Visit Website →
Centro de Investigación Drogas y Derechos Humanos
The “Drug Law Reform in South America” Project, based in Peru, is focused on the functioning of the State penal system in South American countries where controlled substances are produced, transformed, transported and consumed. In its first stage, the project centers on the law-designing process at the Congress and the functioning of the penitentiary system. In the second stage, it is centered on the Police, the Public Ministry and the functioning of the Judiciary. Visit Website →
Indonesian Harm Reduction Network (Jangkar)
Jangkar is a nationwide network of organisations and individuals working on HIV/AIDS prevention among people who use drugs.Visit Website →
Eurasian Harm Reduction Network
The Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) is a regional network with a mission to promote humane, evidence-based harm reduction approaches to drug use, with the aim of improving health and protecting human rights at the individual, community, and societal level.Visit Website →
Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR, formerly the Legalise Cannabis Alliance) is a United Kingdom political party which campaigns against cannabis prohibition.Visit Website →
American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest organisation devoted to advocating individual rights, by litigating, legislating, and educating the public on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom in America.Visit Website →
Asian Harm Reduction Network
The Asian Harm Reduction Network (AHRN) is a regional network of harm reduction platforms focused on information exchange, advocacy, and networking.Visit Website →
The Association DIOGENIS is a non-profit organisation whose main objective is to promote drug policy dialogue in Southeast Europe. Visit Website →
Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Visit Website →
Harm Reduction Victoria
HRVic is a statewide membership based organisation of drug users. Our membership is made up of current users, ex users and people whose aim is to increase information and education about illicit drug use so that people who take drugs do so with minimum harm to themselves. Visit Website →
Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs
The Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs is the leading independent scientific body on the harms and benefits of both legal and controlled drugs in the UK. Our eminent drug scientists work together to ensure that the public can access clear, evidence based information on drugs without interference from political or commercial interest. It will address issues surrounding drug harms and benefits; regulation and education; prevention, treatment and recovery. Visit Website →
Irish Needle Exchange Forum
The INEF exists to actively develop, support, and sustain a network of high quality, comprehensive needle exchange and other harm reduction services across Ireland.Visit Website →
Marijuana Policy Project
MPP and MPP Foundation envision a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, marijuana education is honest and realistic, and treatment for problem marijuana users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm.Visit Website →
RiverStyx Foundation attempts to lessen human suffering caused by fear and misguided social policy while advocating for greater compassion, healing, and transformation in such areas as criminal justice and end-of-life care.Visit Website →
Erowid is a member-supported organization providing access to reliable, non-judgmental information about psychoactive plants, chemicals, and related issues. We work with academic, medical, and experiential experts to develop and publish new resources, as well as to improve and increase access to already existing resources. We also strive to ensure that these resources are maintained and preserved as a historical record for the future.Visit Website →
Washington Office on Latin America promotes human rights, democracy, and social justice by working with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to shape policies in the United States and abroad.Visit Website →
NORML Women's Alliance The NORML Women's Alliance is a multi-purpose, strategically
coordinated coalition that provides a platform to engage mothers and
other mainstream women who both privately and publicly support
marijuana law reform. We believe that legalizing marijuana will
protect our children, keep our communities safe and put people back to
work. We are working to recruit, educate and organize women around
the world through various projects and campaigns. Our work has been
featured both nationally and internationally through various print and
online media outlets including: The London Times, The Associated
Press, Salon, BBC, NBC and more.
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Established in 2003 the Planetary Movement is on a mission to inform governments, media and the public about crucial issues related to the expansion and healthy growth of democracy and freedom.
Planetary works globally. We incorporate the work of existing social and political institutions and integrate our strategies within the growing network of private citizens committed to public action to achieve progress.
We build upon the work of leading social scientists and politicians, in the belief that social scientists are challenged when confronted with realpolitik and politicians need the direction of the leading intellectual
Today, there is a rising tide of concern for the state of democracy. Many citizens feel alienated and disenfranchised, while many more feel let down by their political leadership and the media elites who serve them. Planetary™ opens a crucial channel for dialogue between the people of the world and its governments.
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México Unido contra la Delincuencia
México Unido contra la Delincuencia (MUCD) is a Mexican NGO that is engaged in several programs designed to help reduce crime and violence and its overall impact in society. Founded in 1997, the organization first focused in providing legal assistance and support for crime victims and their families (mainly in kidnapping cases). Not much later, and as the organization became more involved in the complex domestic scenario, two other programs were formally created and promoted: (a) Demands and Links with Government Authorities and (b) Culture of Lawfulness. More recently, as of February 2012, MUCD became fully involved in drug policy issues as a result of recognizing that all efforts to reduce violent crime were condemned to fail if our governments were to keep fighting the “War on drugs”. In September 2012, MUCD established a strategic alliance with Transform Drug Policy Foundation from which the Latin American Program for Drug Policy Reform saw the light. Visit Website →
Narconon Nigeria is a non-profit drug education centre that aims to eradicate the problems of drug and alcohol abuse in Nigeria through effective drug education and drug prevention services. It is one of the Narconon Centres in the globe with the same vision of ensuring a drug free society. Visit Website →