Richard Branson on Meet the Press: Time to End ‘Failed’ War on Drugs

Philanthropist and business mogul Sir Richard Branson joins the global fight to end the war on drugs, saying that it has “created untold misery.” Watch the video below to learn more about the need to rethink drug policy on a local, national and international level.   http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/video/branson-time-to-end-failed-war-on-drugs-664581187694

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Illicit Drugs Are Not the Only Problem — It’s Outdated Drug Policy That Needs Fixing by Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Huffington Post Fernando Henrique Cardoso Former President of Brazil April 11, 2016 São Paulo, Brazil — Next week the United Nations is convening the largest gathering on drug policy that the world has seen in two decades. It was the brainchild of three Latin American presidents — from Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico —

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Activists refute Chinese, Russian claims of drug abuse reduction

Activists refute Chinese, Russian claims of drug abuse reduction Stated success of strict prohibition policies undermined by increased demand for rehab services and rising disease rates By Luke Vargas – April 5, 2016 A female opium addict hides her face at the Mazar-i-Sharif detox centre in Afghanistan. January 18, 2011. Flickr photo:

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The UN’s war on drugs is a failure. Is it time for a different approach?

The UN’s war on drugs is a failure. Is it time for a different approach? A policy of prohibition has put the drugs trade in the hands of criminals and led to suffering for millions. Now there are hopes a special United Nations session will see reform  Wilson Pineda, a

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Interview with President Zedillo on PBS

PBS TV: Open Mind Former Mexico President Ernesto Zedillo talks about rewriting drug policy in the following interview.  http://www.thirteen.org/openmind/foreign-affairs/el-presidente/5385/

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Ending the war on drugs by Richard Branson

By Richard Branson As a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, I have long argued that we need a different approach to drug policy, one that prioritises health over punishment, one that looks at the available evidence and draws the right conclusions. My fellow Commissioners, many of them former

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A Global Cold War on Drugs by Alexander Kwasniewski

A Global Cold War on Drugs The global drug regime must evolve its approach to the war on drugs or risk the same fate as communism, collapsing from inertia. Turn rhetoric into action. By Svatopluk Nemecek and Alexander Kwasniewski March 22, 2016, at 7:00 a.m.  From April 19–21, global leaders will meet for the

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Time for the United Nations to get serious about global drug policy

by Richard Branson The wind of change is in the air. Next month, the United Nations is convening a major summit to discuss the future of global drug policy. The stated goal of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session, or UNGASS, is to review the world’s drug control regime.

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Commission wants UN to adopt alternative drug policies

By DAVE BRYAN Mar. 11, 2016 11:11 AM EST UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has a golden opportunity to promote alternate approaches to global drug policy next month when it meets in New York for a special session, but a high-profile commission said Friday that the work leading up

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Op-Ed Three leaders from Latin America call for decriminalizing drug use

by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Cesar Gaviria and Ernesto Zedillo Outdated drug policies around the world have resulted in soaring drug-related violence, overstretched criminal justice systems, runaway corruption and mangled democratic institutions. After reviewing the evidence, consulting drug policy experts and examining our own failures on this front while in office, we

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