just legalize it already
International Global leaders announce
“Global war on drugs a failure.”
by Al Jazeera:
A high-level international commission has declared the global “war on drugs” to be a failure, and has urged countries to consider legalising certain drugs, including cannabis, in a bid to undermine organised crime.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, in its report released on Thursday, called for a new approach to the current strategy of reducing drug abuse by strictly criminalising drugs and incarcerating users.
It said the new approach should focus on battling the criminal cartels that control the drug trade, rather than targeting drug users.
The study urged “experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs”, adding: “This recommendation applies especially to cannabis, but we also encourage other experiments in decriminalisation and legal regulation.”
The study also stated that decriminalisation initiatives have not been accompanied by a significant spike in drug use, citing the implementation of such policies in Australia, Portugal and the Netherlands.
“Arresting and incarcerating tens of millions of these people in recent decades has filled prisons and destroyed lives and families without reducing the availability of illicit drugs or the power of criminal organisations,” the report said.
It said that drug users who need health and treatment services should be offered them. “Let’s start by treating drug addiction as a health issue, reducing drug demand through proven educational initiatives and legally regulating rather than criminalizing cannabis,” Fernando Cardoso, the former Brazilian president, said.
The changed approach would focus law enforcement resources more against violent organised crime and drug traffickers, while providing alternative sentences for small-scale or first-time drug dealers.
The report said “vast expenditure” had been spent on criminalisation and repressive measures. The 19-member panel includes current Greek prime minister George Papandreou, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, British businessman Richard Branson and former US secretary of state George Shultz.
Other members include former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo, former Swiss president Ruth Dreifuss, former EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and former US Federal Reserve chief Paul Volcker.
The Obama administration and the current Mexican administration have already issued a statement dismissing the report stating the war on drugs has decreased drug use however the United States has the highest population of prisoners in the world and Mexico has the highest drug related death rate in the world.
Now that former and current world leaders have come out to denounce the war on drugs suggested decriminalization and legalization as more effective ways to battle addiction.