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Global War on Drugs

Matt Ferner

Nations Devastated By Ebola Were Already Under Siege In The Global Drug War | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

West Africa’s public infrastructure is now collapsing under the burden of the Ebola outbreak. But the health and political systems in that region we...

Matt Sledge

State Department Official Calls For 'Flexibility' On Drug Control Treaties | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics

A high-ranking State Department official called for "flexible" interpretations of international drug control treaties at the United Nations in New Yor...

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.)

Nobel Prize-Winning Economists Call For The End Of The Drug War

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

The decades-long global war on drugs has failed and it's time to shift the focus from mass incarceration to public health and human rights, according ...

Richard Branson: Yes, I Would Invest in Pot Industry

Blaise Zerega | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Blaise Zerega

Sir Richard Branson has never been afraid to tackle big, thorny business problems or large, complex social issues. One of his latest challenges: Ending the war on drugs, combines both of them.

Matt Sledge

The U.S. Is Still Losing The Global War On Drugs | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.24.2014 | World

NEW YORK -- Inside the United States, a long and largely ineffective campaign to eradicate drugs is gradually evolving into acceptance of one key subs...

To Win the Drug War: Follow the States

Richard Branson | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Richard Branson

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe war on drugs has had a devastating impact in the U.S. Yet, as Republicans and Democrats gather at their national conventions, neither party has taken a strong stand on the critical need to support drug policy reform. And that's surprising. Drug reform is not a partisan issue. For Republicans, reform efforts both ensure and secure states' rights and at the same time minimize waste of limited federal dollars. For Democrats, minorities who make up a large portion of their constituency disproportionately bear the greatest burden of current drug policies. And a Gallup Poll this past year found that fully 50 percent of Americans now support legalizing marijuana.

Portugal: When Heroin Was King

Danna Harman | Posted 09.18.2011 | World
Danna Harman

It often seems the Portuguese experiment is something of a Rorschach test -- in the dark blobs on the page, people can see whatever they want to see.

Jimmy Carter: Call Off The Global War On Drugs

New York Times | Jimmy Carter | Posted 08.18.2011 | Politics

IN an extraordinary new initiative announced earlier this month, the Global Commission on Drug Policy has made some courageous and profoundly importan...

Report: Drug War Has Failed, Governments Should Explore Legalizing Marijuana

AP | By JONATHAN M. KATZ | Posted 08.01.2011 | World

NEW YORK -- The global war on drugs has failed and governments should explore legalizing marijuana and other controlled substances, according to a com...