Spirituality

Global commission on drugs calls for worldwide drug decriminalization

“Only then,” the report says, “can the societal destruction caused by drug prohibition be properly mitigated.”

The report, Advancing Drug Policy Reform: A New Approach to Drug Decriminalization, is a product of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a high-level commission that includes former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan; former presidents of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Switzerland; and British philanthropist Richard Branson, among others. Since its inception in 2011, the Commission has consistently called for drug decriminalization, but this year’s report goes a step further. Unlike existing decriminalization policies around the world, where drug users still face fines or administrative penalties, the report argues that no penalties at all should attach to simple drug possession… “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,” said former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss, Chair of the Commission. “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.” …”At the global, regional or local levels, drug policies are evolving,” added César Gaviria, former president of Columbia and Global Commission member. “However, in order to build solid and effective policies to mitigate the harms of the last 60 years of wrong policies, and to prepare for a better future where drugs are controlled more effectively, we need to implement the full and non-discretionary decriminalization of personal use and possession of drugs.”

Original Article (Alternet):
Global commission on drugs calls for worldwide drug decriminalization
Artwork Fair Use: Bia Labate

Leave a Reply