Thursday, June 2, 2011

Finding: War On Drugs is a Failure

Courtesy Global Commission on Drug Policy

The Global Commission on Drug Policy, which is a panel of 19 members including former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, businessman Richard Branson, and former US Secretary General George Schultz, released a statement yesterday claiming the world's "War On Drugs" has been a failure.  Citing the practice of criminalizing drugs and incarcerating the users had "devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world." 

An example of what to do, the commission says to replace the incarceration of non-violent drug users with health treatment services, and urged governments to consider legalizing marijuana and other illicit drugs, which would undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the security of citizens. 

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