Sir Richard Branson: “Time to end the pain and suffering”

by Global Commissioner, Sir Richard Branson, from Virgin blog. As a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, I’ve long advocated for fundamental reform to end the failed global war on drugs, a monstrosity of ill intentions, poor judgement and bad policy that has cost hundreds of thousands of

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The War on Drugs is a War on People – It’s Time to Change That

For many years, I’ve been talking about the need to reform global drug laws and to put people’s safety, health and wellbeing at the centre of drug policy. There has been remarkable progress as some governments have moved towards cannabis regulation while others made harm reduction the primary goal of

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Commissioner Branson: “US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinds state-level legal cannabis guidance”

Read original article on Virgin website. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he will rescind the so-called ‘Cole Memo’, guidance issued in 2013 by deputy Attorney General James Cole under the Obama administration, promising limited federal interference in US states where voters have approved the legalisation and regulated sale of

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Commissioner Branson: Drug Reform in Norway

By Commissioner Richard Branson. Original article at Virgin website blog. Last week, Norway became the first Scandinavian country to decriminalise drug possession and use. The historic vote in parliament, supported by a broad alliance of political parties, puts harm reduction and public health at the centre of Norway’s drug policy, allowing

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Time for pragmatism in tackling North America’s Opioid Crisis

Read article on Sir Richard Branson’s blog. Not too long ago, I wrote about the devastating opioid crisis that is holding much of North America in its grip. The numbers are staggering. In 2016, about 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States. In the hardest hit county,

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Two steps forward, one step back on drug policy

Richard Branson: Ending The War on Drugs Read original post on Virgin website You’d think that after nearly five decades of failed policies, trillions wasted and thousands killed, the so-called War on Drugs (first declared by US President Nixon in the early 1970s) would give way to more sensible approaches

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Commissioner Sir Richard Branson to receive Peace Summit Award

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, this week receives the Peace Summit Award at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates for his work in global peace building. Sir Richard Branson has been a member of the Global

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To the President of the Philippines

The Global Commission on Drug Policy was born from the recognition that the prohibitionist and repressive “war on drugs,” which has persisted for the past 50 years, has failed. Drugs have always existed and have existed everywhere, and it is illusory to believe that their use can be eradicated completely,

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Duterte’s war on drugs is not the answer by Richard Branson

It’s not easy to suppress frustration and anger reading news from the Philippines these days. When President Rodrigo Duterte took office on June 30th, he vowed to double down on the country’s war on drugs – and double down he did.Duterte openly called on police and others to kill anyone

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We Must End the War on Drugs by Richard Branson

Published in Der Zeit on July 6, 2016 Sir Richard Branson, the entrepreneur and advocate for social causes, is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The panel wants to bring about informed, science-based discussions about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to

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