Caribbean drug commissioners to address micro-trafficking

Drugs and MoneyWASHINGTON D.C., United States, Tuesday April 29, 2014, CMC – The Organization of American States (OAS) says drug commissioners of the Americas, including the Caribbean, will meet in Washington this week to discuss issues related to micro-trafficking and other emerging themes.

The OAS said the discussions will be held from Monday through Thursday during the 55th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).

Among the main topics to be discussed are the trafficking of drugs in small quantities and national responses to drug markets; alternatives to incarceration for drug dependent offenders and others in conflict with the law for issues related to drugs; and the challenges and impact of the regulation of cannabis.

The OAS said delegations from member-states will discuss cooperation between Europe and the Americas on drug related issues; analysis and responses to synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances; dealing with the drug problem from a public health approach; and other current issues facings the commissions of the countries in the region.

The meeting will include the participation of other organizations and partners, such as the Pan American Health Organization, the European Commission, representatives of civil society and OAS Permanent Observer countries.

For the second consecutive year, the CICAD meeting will be preceded by the Meeting of Civil Society, which will analyse trafficking in small quantities and local responses to drug markets, the OAS said.

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