What Does Drug Policy Reform Mean?
Drug Policy Reform is any action undertaken by a government as a result of mandates, referendums, petitions or popular consensus of constituents. These actions alter existing laws, statutes, codes, ordinances or precedents to generally reduce the severity of sentences, level of prosecution or amount of enforcement as it relates to (usually) possession, especially of minimal amounts of illegal substances.
Much of drug policy reform, and success in the 21st century has focused around the decriminalization or legalization of cannabis for medicinal, industrial and recreational purposes. Proponents of drug policy reform often take the position that the “war on drugs” that has been waged in the western world for so long, has not been successful and it is time to adopt a new approach.