Video: World Leaders Now Calling for Global Drug Legalization

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Well, this is certainly a different change in tone…

The Global Commission on Drug Policy has just released its annual report which advocates for complete decriminalization of all drugs worldwide.

The Independent reports:

Prohibition of drugs has had “little or no impact” on the rate of drug use, the report says, with the number of drug users increasing by almost 20 per cent between 2006 and 2013 to 246 million people…

The report warns prohibition of drugs fuels mass incarceration and executions in contravention of international law and drives human rights abuses by those who supply drugs.

It cites examples of successful decriminalisation policies, offering Portugal as the best example, which replaced criminal sanctions for drug use with civil penalties and health interventions 15 years ago.

The panel includes former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, British businessman Richard Branson and the former presidents of Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, and Switzerland among others.

While this is certainly a welcome reversal, one has to wonder what the real motivations are after decades of hardcore prohibition and support for the complete failure that is the war on drugs.

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