How can research help inform better drug policies? The Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Program has sought to answer this question since its inception. Based on a firm belief that the development of alternatives to present-day drug policies should be deeply rooted in evidence, the DSD Program has so far supported around eighty research projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Helping produce the research, however, is just one piece of the puzzle. In order to shape policy discussions, research findings must reach the right audiences. To that end, the research papers presented here, selected and recommended by experts in the field, offer important analytical and evidence-based perspectives on topics of particular relevance for current drug policy discussions in Latin America and the Caribbean. The initial focus of this project is medical cannabis.

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