RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A presidential Decree, published in the July 22nd edition of the Federal Gazette, excludes positions reserved for experts and representatives of civil society, such as doctors, psychologists, and lawyers, from the National Council on Drug Policy (CONAD). One of the council's roles is to approve the national drug policy plan.

Since its inception in 2006, CONAD comprised 31 representatives, 17 of whom held positions as ministers or were appointed by federal ministries . . .

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