ABC News Australia: “Drug decriminalisation a ‘blindingly obvious’ solution for Australia”

Read original article in ABC News Australia.   Medical, legal and religious groups have joined forces to call for drugs to be decriminalised in Australia, arguing addiction should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one. The Fair Treatment campaign is being led by the Uniting Church with

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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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Globe and Mail: “Commission calls for ‘responsible control’ of illicit drugs through legalization, regulation”

Read original article on Globe and Mail. ANDREA WOO PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 24, 2018UPDATED SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 A commission comprising of former heads of state and international experts is calling for the “responsible control” of currently illicit drugs through legalization and regulation. But Canada is just weeks away from cannabis legalization and

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Commissioner Obasanjo in Project Syndicate: “West Africa’s Failed War on Drugs”

Read original article in Project Syndicate. The region’s drug laws are in desperate need of reform. To reduce the harm caused by the illegal drug trade while maintaining access to essential medicines and services, governments must stop punishing addicts. LAGOS – No matter where you look in West Africa, drug laws

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Ruth Dreifuss et Pedro Pires dans Jeune Afrique: “Il faut innover en matière de lutte anti-drogue”

“Les lois actuelles sur les drogues en Afrique de l’Ouest sont loin de produire les résultats escomptés : les trafiquants se servent des côtes et du Sahara pour le transit de la cocaïne acheminée vers l’Europe et la consommation locale ne cesse d’augmenter. Les réponses publiques basées sur la prohibition sont

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Reuters: Former Nigerian Leader Obasanjo Urges West African Governments to Decriminalize Drugs

Read original article on Reuters BY AARON ROSS DAKAR (Reuters) – West African governments should overhaul their drug laws to decriminalize personal use and prioritize treatment as a response to rising substance abuse in the region, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo said on Tuesday. In an interview before he was due

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Khalid Tinasti on CNN Money Switzerland: “Failing drug policies require new approach”

Executive Secretary Khalid Tinasti presents the views and positions of the Global Commission on Drug Policy in an interview with CNN Money Switzerland.

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Anand Grover in Jakarta Post: “Development cannot be sustainable without drug policy reform”

Read original article in Jakarta Post By Anand Grover, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health and Senior Advocate, member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy Indonesia boasts one of the most vibrant emerging economies in the world. As such, the country is at the forefront of contemporary

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Chair Dreifuss in Globe and Mail: “Ottawa should decriminalize all drugs – it’s effective policy”

by Ruth Dreifuss, Chair of the Global Commissioner and former President of Switzerland, and Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Read original article in Globe and Mail. Last month, Canada secured the adoption of the first-ever resolution on addressing stigma against people who use drugs at the

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LUSA/DN: “Relatório defende mudança de percepções para facilitar reformas sobre drogas”

Perceções erradas sobre o consumo de drogas alimentam políticas de proibição e repressão que continuam sem resolver o problema, alerta um relatório internacional publicado hoje em Londres, em que Portugal é considerado um exemplo positivo. O relatório “The World Drug Perception Problem” [O Problema Global da Perceção das Drogas], produzido

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