Former World Leaders Call For Decriminalization Of Drugs, Drug Use

News outlets report on recommendations from the Global Commission on Drug Policy to decriminalize drugs and drug use.

New York Times: Coalition Urges Nations to Decriminalize Drugs and Drug Use
“A coalition of political figures from around the world, including Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general, and several former European and Latin American presidents, is urging governments to decriminalize a variety of illegal drugs and set up regulated drug markets within their own countries…” (Sengupta, 9/8).

Washington Post: Former world leaders call for nations to decriminalize drug use and experiment with legalization
“…The recommendations from the Global Commission on Drug Policy reflect the views of the former leaders of some of the countries hardest hit by the illegal drug trade. In the report, they strongly argue that a costly global war on drugs has not only failed but threatens public health, fosters discrimination, and fuels the very crime and violence it seeks to prevent…” (Chokshi/Ingraham, 9/8).

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