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June 1, 2011

Big international report calling global drug war a failure

A helpful reader altered me to this notable website reporting on the forcoming work of this Global Commission on Drug Policy, which claims to be dedicated to bringing "to the international level an informed, science-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to people and societies."  Here is what this group's latest press release previews:

The Global Commission on Drug Policy will host a live press conference and teleconference on Thursday, June 2 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City to launch a new report that describes the drug war as a failure and calls for a paradigm shift in global drug policy.

The Commission is the most distinguished group of high-level leaders who have ever called for such far-reaching changes in the way society deals with illicit drugs -- such as decriminalization and urging countries to experiment with legal regulation.  The Executive Director of the global advocacy organization AVAAZ, with its nine million members worldwide, will present a public petition in support of the Global Commission’s recommendations that will be given to the United Nations Secretary General.

UPDATEThis report is now available at this link, and here is the start of the report's executive summary:

The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and 40 years after President Nixon launched the US government’s war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed.

Vast expenditures on criminalization and repressive measures directed at producers, traffickers and consumers of illegal drugs have clearly failed to effectively curtail supply or consumption. Apparent victories in eliminating one source or trafficking organization are negated almost instantly by the emergence of other sources and traffickers. Repressive efforts directed at consumers impede public health measures to reduce HIV/AIDS, overdose fatalities and other harmful consequences of drug use. Government expenditures on futile supply reduction strategies and incarceration displace more cost-effective and evidence-based investments in demand and harm reduction.

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Imagine that.

Posted by: John Neff | Jun 2, 2011 6:12:00 PM

This is where the "stimulus money went". Sure produced a lot of employment.

Posted by: albeed | Jun 2, 2011 11:37:07 PM

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