The risk of punishment for the production, sale or consumption of a banned or heavily restricted substance entails additional costs for anyone who still chooses to trade illegally on a black market. Anyone who manufactures or trades in a prohibited substance runs the same risk of being caught, regardless of the strength (potency) of the substance. Therefore, dealers and producers will always prefer to transport and trade as strong drugs as possible. It is more profitable with the same risk. On May 31, 2022, the Canadian federal government approved British Columbia`s proposal to decriminalize all “hard” drugs such as heroin and fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine. Starting at 1. Starting in January 2023, Colombians 18 years of age and older will be able to transport up to 2.5 grams of these illicit substances without risk of arrest or criminal charges. The police are not allowed to confiscate drugs and there is no need for medical treatment for those in possession. However, the production, trafficking and export of these drugs will remain illegal. The National Assembly on Friday submitted its amendments to the Department of Health that would place marijuana and plant kratom in the category that allows their authorized possession and distribution under regulated conditions. The ministry reviewed the changes before forwarding them to cabinet, which sent them back to the National Assembly for a final vote. This process was completed on December 25, 2018.  Thailand was the first Asian country to legalize medical cannabis.  It should be noted that the proposed amendments will not permit the recreational use of drugs. These measures were taken due to the growing interest in the use of marijuana and its components to treat certain diseases. In October 2018, a petition with email calls to the President of Ukraine calling for the legalization of marijuana appeared on the website.  Drug Free Australia cited the Netherlands as an example of drug policy failure because of its soft approach. The legalization of drugs requires a return to the parameters of the Food and Pure Drugs Act before 1906, when almost all drugs were legal.
This would require ending the government-imposed ban on the distribution or sale and personal use of some (or all) of the currently banned drugs. Proposed ideas range from full legalization, which would completely eliminate all forms of state control, to various forms of regulated legalization, where drugs would be legally available but under a state control system, which could mean, for example: Former ONDCP directors John P. The Commission noted that “all available evidence shows that the war on drugs does not restrict use or supply” and that “decriminalisation would improve the lives of drug users without increasing the rate of drug use”, with the Commission ultimately recommending that the Queensland Government legalise cannabis.  The QPC stated that the system also fueled an illicit market, particularly for methamphetamine.