Sunday, June 05, 2011

International Commission Recommends Legalizing Drugs

Last week, the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a report recommending international legalization of cannabis, marijuana and other drugs.

The report concludes that the punitive law enforcement model of the global "wars on drugs" has been a failure. Rather, it recommends expanding the availability of treatments available to drug users, as well as making them more available.

Members of the Commission include Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Colombian president César Gaviria, former US Secretary of State George Shultz, former UN Secterary General Kofi Annan, and Louise Arbour, former Supreme Court of Canada justice, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and currently president of the International Crisis Group.

On Library Boy, I have written in the past about the British website openDemocracy whose Drug Policy Forum takes a critical reformist look at stories about the "war on drugs" and criminal justice issues.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 4:06 pm


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