While the United States struggles with the widespread legalization of simple marijuana, other countries are stepping much further by actually opening and regulating drug consumption rooms.
To this point, the majority of these spots have been located a in a few European countries; with Germany being one of the most significant.
But now, the trend seems to be spreading nearer to the U.S. as our closest world ally might be considering adding such facilities on United Kingdom soil.
The Brighton & Hove Council of East Sussux, has become the first in the United Kingdom to officially consider opening a drug consumption room.
A 12-month review of the area's drug problem suggests the facility could help reduce deaths and encourage addicts away from shooting up in public places.
A handful of European cities have drug consumption rooms including Germany.
"We're not the most popular neighbour," admits Andreas Geremia, who runs a drug consumption room in Frankfurt, Germany's red light district, near the cities main train station.
When the centre opens in the morning, a group of people are usually already waiting outside. Some of them stagger and Andreas explains: "Many people are shocked at how normal our clients look."
Geremia believes Brighton and the UK should welcome the idea of drug consumption rooms as they helped Frankfurt bring the problem of public drug use under control.
The centre also offers help accessing doctors, rehab and help with social services and parole officers.
Despite managing to get the problem off the streets, Andreas admits: " In Germany drug use is falling but in Frankfurt it has increased."
The Brighton & Hove Council say they have changed their approach to dealing with the drug problem in their area. They say they used to have the highest level of drug related deaths in the UK - now they are eighth.
Manchester is now number one according to St George's University of London. The city council there say they are watching with interest any attempt to introduce drug consumption rooms in the UK.