The “so-called” war on drugs has failed and decriminalizing marijuana may help curb drug-related violence and heal broken social stigmata. At least, that’s what the consensus of several heralded former world leaders was on Wednesday.
“The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world,” members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy recorded in a report which is scheduled to be officially presented to Ban Ki Moon in New York today; the 19-member commission includes former Brazilian president Fernando Cardoso, former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria, Mexico’s former president Ernesto Zedillo and the ex-UN chief Kofi Annan.
“Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and 40 years after President (Richard) Nixon launched the US government’s war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed.”
The report acknowledges that “the global scale of illegal drug markets — largely controlled by organized crime — has grown dramatically” and urges those in authority toward swift, proactive measures that are proven to reduce crime and improve health “encourage experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs (especially cannabis) to undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens” and in turn, promote social and economical development.
You can download a copy of the Global Commission on Drug Policy Report from their website, it’s available in both English and Spanish.