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

Continue reading

Chair Dreifuss in The Hill: “Drugs should not be in the hands of organized crime”

Read original article in The Hill Drug overdoses are now one of the leading causes of death in the United States and are contributing to decline in life expectancy. The opioid epidemic has cost an estimated $1 trillion since 2001. And yet, to date, there has been no comprehensive response to

Continue reading

Cannabis : importer le modèle californien dans nos quartiers

Si l’Etat décidait de légaliser la vente de cannabis, une régulation à la californienne pourrait servir de modèle pour les quartiers sensibles. par Khalid Tinasti, Secrétaire exécutif de la Commission. Lire l’article original dans Les Echos. La légalisation du cannabis en Californie  a bénéficié d’une large couverture médiatique, s’intéressant aux revenus fiscaux qui pourraient

Continue reading

Commissioners Dreifuss and Grover: ” A template to fight addiction”

Read original article in DNA India. After years of denial and hesitation, Punjab has at last taken the first step towards addressing the opioid crisis currently confronting the state. The decision taken last month by the Government of Punjab to open “Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment” (OOAT) centres constitutes an evidence-based, compassionate

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

Sir Nick Clegg in Daily Mirror: “Why attitudes to drug use must change”

The Member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy urges Governments and opinion leaders to treat drugs seriously and provide the public with reliable information.  I have a radical notion for you. What would you say if I told you that using drugs or other techniques to alter consciousness is

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

George Shultz in NYT: “The Failed War on Drugs”

By GEORGE P. SHULTZ and PEDRO ASPE The war on drugs in the United States has been a failure that has ruined lives, filled prisons and cost a fortune. It started during the Nixon administration with the idea that, because drugs are bad for people, they should be difficult to obtain. As a

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

Commissioner Grover: “Removing the drug-use stigma”

Read original article in Myanmar Times   People who use drugs or possess small quantities for personal use engage in a non-violent act that potentially harms only them. Yet out of fear and a limited understanding of the complex nature of drug use and dependence, Myanmar has for many years taken a

Continue reading