UNGASS 2016 came and went but prohibition seemed forever
*from ECfES April 2016 Newsletter
“Fighting drugs without legalizing them is like fighting tooth decay without removing the cavity. UN drug prohibition and criminalization, indelibly written into the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, is the cavity. Drill it clean during the March 2018 CND Session.”
Europe, Asia, Indonesia, Africa, Australia, and North, South and Central America, everywhere in the world, an assortment of drug-prohibition problems screamed for relief at the door of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, from April 19-21, 2016, at its special session regarding drug policy. Though billed as a special session regarding “the world drug problem,” in reality, the session concerned the world drug POLICY problem, because the same United Nations drug treaties that devastated Mexico, Central and South America also struck hard at the basic health, safety and welfare of mankind in the United States and around the world. The oldest and most pernicious of UN drug conventions is the 1961 Single Commission on Narcotic Drugs. This treaty proclaims that the only legal use of roughly 119 mind-altering substances scheduled therein is for medical and scientific purpose, and mandates national legislative and administrative action to criminalize any deviation therefrom. The drugs listed in the onerous Schedule 1 are said to have no medicinal value and a high potential for abuse. The Schedule 1 list includes both heroin and cannabis, patently, a senseless, uninformed and arbitrary classification, having no medicinal credibility and a high potential for mischief and law-enforcement abuse. World leaders assembled at  UNGASS should have called for an end to drug prohibition and an to the World War on Drugs. They should have called for the amendment, or complete repeal, of UN drug conventions. They should have discarded their intolerant and myopic view of the proper purpose of drug use and accepted the reality that people of the world predominantly use drugs for rest, relaxation and recreation (RRR) … Next stop #UNGASS2019. Let us, now, all bow our heads in hope and prayer that 2019 will be as unlike 2016 as night and day, as war and peace, as intolerance and tolerance, as evil and good.