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    Matt 12:44 pm on March 1, 2016 Permalink
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    Why The War on Drugs Is a Huge Failure 

    The war against drugs has been a terrible disaster for everybody involved. Why? And can we do something differently?

    Check out the Stop The Harm campaign: https://stoptheharm.org/

     
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    Matt 1:45 pm on February 11, 2016 Permalink
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    Demand Action – Demand Drug Policy Reform 

    n April 2016, governments from around the world will convene in New York for the biggest global debate on drugs in nearly two decades – the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem.

    At the last UNGASS on drugs in 1998, global leaders pledged to secure a “drug-free world,” a goal that is not only unrealistic but has contributed to the needless criminalization of people who use drugs, soaring rates of drug-related deaths, HIV and hepatitis C epidemics, executions that violate international law and a restriction of access to essential pain relief medications.

    The global drug policy system is well and truly broken and the 2016 UNGASS presents a vital opportunity to shift the debate and begin to ground drug policy firmly in public health, human rights and compassion. The time for reform is now!

    http://www.talkingdrugs.org/demand-drug-policy-reform-ungass

     
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    Matt 11:16 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink  

    World drug problem violates human rights in five key areas, says UN official 

    The global drug problem violates human rights in five key areas – the right to health, the rights relating to criminal justice and discrimination, the rights of the child and the rights of indigenous peoples, a senior United Nations official said today.

    “It is clear that the world’s drug problem impacts the enjoyment of a wide range of human rights, often resulting in serious violations,” said Flavia Pansieri, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.

    “It is, nevertheless, a positive development that human rights are increasingly being taken into account in the preparations for the General Assembly’s Special Session on the world drug problem to be held in April 2016,” she said.

    Ms. Pansieri made the remarks during her presentation of the report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights during a panel discussion on issues related to human rights and drug policy taking place on the side lines of the 30th session of the Human Rights Council underway in Geneva, Switzerland.

    She said “the report addresses the impact of the world drug problem in five main areas: the right to health, rights relating to criminal justice, the prohibition of discrimination including, in particular against ethnic minorities and women, the rights of the child and the rights of indigenous peoples.”

    On the right to health, she said the report therefore encourages States to embrace harm reduction approaches when dealing with drug dependent persons.

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    Matt 3:51 pm on November 25, 2014 Permalink
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    Ethan Nadelmann: Why we need to end the War on Drugs 

     
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    Matt 3:19 pm on September 9, 2014 Permalink
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    Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work 

    On Tuesday, September 9th the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a new, groundbreaking report, Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work, at a press conference at MOMA in New York City.

    This report reflects a new evolution in the Commissioners’ thinking — and will break major new ground in the global discussion about ending drug prohibition.

    Moderator is Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post. Speakers included former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian President César Gaviria, former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss, Richard Branson, Louise Arbour and others

    http://www.gcdpsummary2014.com/

     
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    Matt 6:50 pm on December 18, 2013 Permalink  

    The Beginning of the End of the Drug War: Top 10 Stories of 2013 

    Drug Policy Alliance Top 10 Stories of 2013

    December 16, 2013 – By Tony Newman

    2013 will go down in history as the beginning of the end of our disastrous war on drugs. 58% of Americans nationally support marijuana legalization. World leaders like former UN head Kofi Annan are calling for an end to the drug war. US Attorney General Erik Holder is speaking out against racist mandatory minimum drug laws and mass incarceration. Celebrities like Will Smith, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Hudson joined 175 other celebrities saying No More Drug War in a letter to the President. Just last week, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize marijuana. Below are some of the top stories that made 2013 a watershed year in the fight to end America’s longest failed war.

    http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/beginning-end-drug-war-top-10-stories-2013

     
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    Matt 6:32 pm on December 18, 2013 Permalink  

    CDPC 2013 Top Ten Drug Policy Moments 

    Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Top Ten Drug Policy Moments in 2013.

    “One can clearly see the cracks appearing in the old international regime that has stifled the discussion of alternatives to the war on drugs for over 40 years. Now countries are beginning to look for approaches that are less punitive for people who use drugs and more targeted on the violent actors in our communities.”

    2013 Top Ten Drug Policy Moments

     
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    Matt 3:18 pm on May 24, 2013 Permalink  

    Getting To Tomorrow: A Report on Canadian Drug Policy 

    The report documents the failing role that current federal drug policies play in supporting safety and health and draws attention to the acute need for an improved system of supports for people who use drugs including harm reduction. The report’s authors found that Canada’s current federal government is openly hostile to evidence-based measures like harm reduction services and has clearly taken a punitive approach to addressing drug use problems.