(ed: of course the big drug stories here in nz are the glimmerings of the end of prohibition..and this is a very good thing..)
This is a year that just about everybody is eager to see come to an end but when it comes to drug policy 2018 hasn’t been half-bad.
We’ve seen marijuana legalization spread further – we’re on the verge of seeing Congress pass major sentencing reform legislation and the ban on domestic hemp cultivation is coming to an end – among other things.
But overdose death numbers remain unacceptably high and an obstinate Trump administration is working to block a key harm reduction intervention that could help lower those numbers.
A lot went on in drug policy in 2018.
Here are eight stories that helped define the year: