END OF DRUG WAR? World Leaders Call For Legalization Of All Drugs

Image via Reuters/Romeo Ranoco

Image via Reuters/Romeo Ranoco

In a step to end the “War of Drugs,” several world leaders have called for the legalization of all drugs.

“Citing failed drug policy, the Global Commission on Drug Policy’s annual report advocates the removal of both civil and criminal penalties for drug use and possession,” the report stated.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy panel includes former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, British businessman Richard Branson and the former presidents of Switzerland, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil.

The Committee also denounced the “barbaric actions” of Philippino President Rodrigo Duterte, who has previously called on the public to execute people involved in the drug trade. More than 3,600 people were killed during Duterte’s first 100 days in office.

“After years of denouncing the dramatic effects of prohibition and the criminalization of people that do no harm but use drugs on the society as a whole, it is time to highlight the benefits of well-designed and well-implemented people centered drug polices,” Former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss said.

Dreifuss, who is also the Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, added, “These innovative policies cannot exist as long as we do not discuss, honestly, the major policy error made in the past, which is the criminalization of personal consumption or possession of illicit psychoactive substances in national laws.”

Portugal replaced criminal sanctions for drug use with civil penalties and health interventions 15 years ago.

The British Medical Journal has also called for the legalization of illicit drugs for the first time:

“Health should be at the center of this debate, and so, therefore, should healthcare professionals. Change is coming, and doctors should use their authority to lead calls for pragmatic reform informed by science and ethics.”

They argued that some countries have already done away with criminal penalties for personal drug possession, while still punishing drug traffickers/dealers.

As previously reported, researchers have found in a clinical trial that psychedelic drugs could be used io treat depression and addiction.

The study found more positive then negative results in the study’s 20 participants.  The study, headed by Professor David Nutt and Amanda Feilding of the Beckley Foundation, found that LSD and the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” called psilocybin could help depression, alcoholics and possibly even drug addicts in a way traditional methods of therapy cannot.

In the United States, marijuana for medicinal purposes is legal in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Washington, D.C.

Other States have legalized medical marijuana for limited use including – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

 

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VIDEO: More Arrested For THIS Than For All Violent Crimes Combined

It has been 45 years since Richard Nixon declared the “War on Drugs” in 1971. Yet on any given day in 2016, at least 137,000 people sit behind bars on drug-possession charges. It is an issue that neither one of the top two presidential candidates are asked about, and that’s because they likely won’t do anything different than what Obama has already done

In fact, in the time you have spent watching this video, at least one person has been arrested in the U.S. for drug possession. According to a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch, 1.25 million people are arrested each year on drug possession charges.

Two-thirds of those people are currently in local jails, and the majority of them sit in cells for anywhere from weeks to months to years, awaiting their day in court, because they can’t afford to post bail. The majority of those people will end up pleading guilty and taking plea deals offered by prosecutors because they are threatened with exaggerated prison sentences, and because their debt is piling up at home.

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Did you know that in the United States, police arrest more people for possession of marijuana than they do for all violent crimes…combined?

Chelsea Clinton recently made headlines for saying that marijuana can kill you, and while her claims have been mocked and ridiculed, she wasn’t completely wrong. Under the current law in the U.S. marijuana is classified of the list of the most deadly drugs. Can it kill you? No.. BUT it can be deadly in the sense that getting caught by police could change life as you know it.

So, what if you’ve never done drugs in your life, you’re not a minority, and you don’t live in a low income neighborhood where you could get arrested by mistake. Why should you care?

Well, in order to make a drug-related arrest, we have to have police officers to conduct a search and seizure. Then once the suspects are arrested, we have to have somewhere for them to go, and someone to maintain the jails and prisons. Essentially, someone has to pay for all of it. 

We live in a country where over 1 million are arrested on drug possession charges each year, and yet, in an election year, our top two presidential candidates typically aren’t asked about how they would deal with this massive problem. It all comes together to serve as a reminder that just as with the “War on Terror,” the “War on Drugs,” has been an absolutely failure.

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