Commissioner Branson in The Australian: “Casualties pile up in ‘war on drugs'”

Opinion piece in The Australian by Sir Richard Branson, member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, on how Australia can reduce drug dependency and save lives by decriminalizing psychoactive substances. Read article.

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Commissioner Branson: “Can drug policy reform come to the UK too?”

Read original article on Virgin.com Heartened to see UK political leaders from across the political spectrum come to admit that the war on drugs has been “comprehensively lost”, an epic failure that has cost tens of thousands of lives the world over and billions in taxpayer funds. Image from Virgin.com

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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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