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World Leaders Call For Ending Criminalization of Drug Users and Responsible Legal Regulation of Drugs

Legalization Posted Sep 10 2014

World Leaders Call For Ending Criminalization of Drug Users and Responsible Legal Regulation of Drugs

Switzerland Join With Kofi Annan, Richard Branson, George Shultz, Paul Volcker And Others To Make Bold, New Recommendations for Major Paradigm Shift in Global Drug Policy on the Road to UN Special Session on Drugs in 2016

The Global Commission on Drug Policy is releasing Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work, a new, groundbreaking report at a press conference in New York City. The event will be live-streamed and speakers include former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian President César Gaviria, former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss, Richard Branson and others.The Commissioners will then meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson in the afternoon following the press conference.

“Ultimately the most effective way to reduce the extensive harms of the global drug prohibition regime and advance the goals of public health and safety is to get drugs under control through responsible legal regulation.”
 
The Commission’s significance lies in both the prominence of its members and the boldness of their recommendations.  The Commissioners pull no punches in insisting that national and global drug control policymakers reject prohibition in favor of new policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.
 
When the Commission released its initial report just three years ago, it broke new ground in both advancing and globalizing the debate over drug prohibition and its alternatives. Yet few expected its recommendations to be embraced anytime soon by current presidents.

 

Original article: http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/world-leaders-call-ending-criminalization-drug-users-and-responsible-legal-regulation-drugs?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Global%20commision%20on%20drug%20policy&utm_campaign=DD%209.9.14

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