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Global Commission on Drug Policy

Time to Abolish Drug-Related Death Penalty

Ruth Dreifuss | Posted 10.13.2016 | World
Ruth Dreifuss

The death penalty is an unusually cruel and inhumane form of punishment. It also demonstrably fails to deter crime, drug-related or otherwise. Countries carrying out executions for drug offenses simply do not register significant shifts in either supply or demand.

How Kofi Annan, Richard Branson and 7 Former Presidents Changed the Worldwide Debate on Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

I have been blown away to see how a committed group of leaders can have a global impact when it comes to the world's longest war: the war on drugs.

Five Ways to End the Drug War; Start by Decriminalizing Drug Use

Fernando Henrique Cardoso | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Fernando Henrique Cardoso

The international drug control regime is broken. Past approaches premised on a punitive law enforcement paradigm have failed, emphatically so. They have resulted in more violence, larger prison populations, and the erosion of governance around the world. The health harms associated with drug use have gotten worse, not better. The Global Commission on Drug Policy instead advocates for an approach to drug policy that puts public health, community safety, human rights, and development at the center. I have listed the five pathways to ending the drug war recommended by the Global Commission on Drug Policy that I chair. (Other members of the commission, ranging from Kofi Annan to Paul Volcker to former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo are listed after the recommendations.)

Postcard From New York: Taking Control of Drug Policy

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

We who work in the field have known and railed against this unfair scenario for many years but what is different now are the incremental changes we are seeing in government attitudes that I believe are partly being driven by a growing change in attitude in the general community.

The War on Drugs Has Failed, So Let's Shut it Down

Richard Branson | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Richard Branson

If I started a business and it was clearly failing, I would shut it down. The war on drugs has failed -- why isn't it being shut down?

Uruguay On Verge of Becoming First Country in World to Legalize Marijuana

Hannah Hetzer | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Hannah Hetzer

Next Tuesday, the Uruguayan Senate will vote on a bill that would make their country the first in the world to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adults.

Time to Break the Taboo on the World's Longest Running War

Sam Branson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Sam Branson

One war the world overlooks that is still happening today is the so-called "War on Drugs," which was famously declared by former President Richard Nixon more than 40 years ago. It's a war -- like many -- that doesn't need to be happening, and it's a war, like many, that is costing way too much money and too many innocent lives along the way.

Drug Policy Descends on Geneva

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Michel D. Kazatchkine

Clearly, one should not underestimate how far we have come these past few years on the international drug debate.

Time to Explore How to Regulate Drugs

Fernando Henrique Cardoso | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
Fernando Henrique Cardoso

After more than four decades of a failed war on drugs, calls for a change in strategy are growing louder by the day. In Latin America, the debate is positively deafening.

The Beginning of the End of the Drug War: Top Stories of 2012

Tony Newman | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Tony Newman

Voters in Colorado and Washington made worldwide news by legalizing marijuana, Presidents around Latin America spoke out passionately against the drug war, and award-winning movies gave voice to those seeking change.

The Tide Is Turning

Amanda Feilding | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Amanda Feilding

A drug policy based on health, harm reduction, cost effectiveness and human rights is no longer an impossible dream; it is something that is almost within our reach.

Pense Livre: A New Drug Policy Initiative to be Launched in Brazil

Anthony Papa | Posted 11.17.2012 | Media
Anthony Papa

On September 18 in Sao Paulo Brazil a new network called "Pense Livre" (Think Free) is being launched. Pense Livre will assemble more than 60 Brazilian leaders to discuss the best practices to reduce damage and violence associated with drug policy.

The Good News and the Bad in Drug Policy Reform

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Democratic administrations are the worst drug policy reformers. That is, except for Republican adminstrations.

The Genie Has Escaped the Drug Prohibition Bottle

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 09.29.2012 | World
Ethan Nadelmann

The long term alternative to the failed global drug prohibition regime ultimately lies in embracing three specific policy options: legal regulation of cannabis; full decriminalization of possession of small amounts of drugs; and legal access to pharmaceutical versions of other illicit drugs for addicts.

Drug War Fuels Spread Of HIV: Report

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 06.29.2012 | Crime

The War on Drugs is helping to exacerbate the spread of HIV, according to a new report. An increase in HIV infections in Eastern European, Central ...

Sir Richard Branson Asks for a Joint at the White House

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics
Anthony Papa

Sir Richard Branson went to the White House this week to attend a state dinner. When he got a chance to speak to President Obama, he asked if he could have a spliff. He was only joking but it was a gentle way of reminding Obama that the issue of marijuana is an important one.

Marijuana Legalization Debate Arrives: From Latin American Presidents to Costco Magazine!

Tony Newman | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

The U.S. has been shoving our failed drug policy down the throats of countries around the world and at home for decades. All of those in favor of a serious and honest debate say "Aye"!

Top 10 Marijuana Highlights From 2011

Rob Kampia | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Rob Kampia

The following list comprises the 10 most significant, positive developments relating to marijuana policy reform in the U.S. in 2011.

Ending the Drug War: Top Stories of 2011

Tony Newman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

2011 has been a watershed year for the movement working to end our county's disastrous war on drugs.

Has the Movement Opposing America's Drug War Broken Through to the Mainstream?

Jesse Levine | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Jesse Levine

The 40th anniversary of the war on drugs became an opportunity for leaders from diverse backgrounds to emerge with the unified message that the drug war failed.

Elected Officials, VIPs and Grassroots Slam Drug War on 40th Anniversary

Tony Newman | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

June 17 will mark forty years since President Richard Nixon officially declared a "war on drugs." A trillion dollars and millions of ruined lives later, the war on drugs has proven to be a catastrophic failure.

Why Barack Obama Loves the War on Drugs

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Do you remember the scene when Barack Obama opened the government to suggestions from the audience (the American public) in the first ever Internet To...