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Global drug policy group recommends end to 'war on drugs'

A panel of high-profile experts has put together a report with recommendations for governments around the world on how to rethink current drug policies and how to shape new policies. The panel overall asserted that the current "war on drugs" is not helping reduce the numbers of people using drugs around the world, but is supporting the drug trafficking and distribution trade.

The panel was made up of former presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, as well as former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The panel said that the global approach to dealing with drugs, outlined 50 years ago at the U.N. in the "Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs," has failed to reduce drug use rates across the world and has led to the growth of violent drug cartels. The war on drugs in Mexico was stepped up in 2006 by President Felipe Calderon; in the years since, 38,000 people have been killed in that country.

The panel recommended legalizing some drugs or at least decriminalizing some drugs. They said that jailing people who are using drugs but not hurting other people is an ineffective way to deal with drug use or trafficking and does nothing to help an addiction problem if a person has one.

Mexico did not agree with the recommendations of the panel. Calderon said that legalization of a drug like marijuana would undermine what they have been trying to do. The Obama Administration also did not agree that the war on drugs should end. The Obama Administration has, however, been encouraging of the creation of drug courts, where people arrested for drug possession who are suffering from an addiction can get a chance to get treatment.


High-profile panel urges non-criminal approach to world drug policy (Los Angeles Times)

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