Open Letter to President Obama

[Published in The Huffington Post, 9 January 2017] Mr. President, We wish to thank you for the great commitment you have shown to revisit the punitive approach to drug policy, particularly with regards to the pardon of low-level drug offenders. These individuals have committed no violent act, yet they have

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Commissioners Cattaui, Dreifuss and Grover in Bangkok Post: “Punitive measures do not create a drug-free society”

[Read original article in the Bangkok Post, 14 December 2016.] Achieving a society without drugs has been the objective of many countries around the world for many decades, including Asean with its declaration in 1998 for a drug-free region by 2015. Yet drug use prevalence has, at best, remained stable over

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Progress on the war on drugs

While Election Day in the US has left many of the causes we hold dearly at risk, there was a bright spark in efforts to end the failed war on drugs. California, Massachusetts and Nevada all legalised marijuana, while Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota all approved medical marijuana. As the

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Regional drugs response reflects global policies

Co-signed by Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland and Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, and Senator Mark Golding, former Minister of Justice of Jamaica The Caribbean has been a major cocaine trafficking route for the last 50

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Commissioner Cardoso in Globe and Mail on “Colombia’s long, difficult path to peace”

Fernando Henrique Cardoso was president of Brazil from 1995 to 2003. He is also a founding member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. For the first time in more than half a century, a child was born in a peaceful Colombia. She was delivered on Sept. 27, minutes after

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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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