The UN Officially Supports Legalization
UN Backs Drug Decriminalization In World Drug Report
In its annual report on the state of global drug policy, the United Nations praised decriminalization, probably for the first time ever. In the past, they were a little skeptical when Portugal decriminalized it in 2001. They thought that they were legalizing it to drive traffic to their country through tourism. Not a bad idea, works for Amsterdam. The UN completely flipped the script after looking closer at some of the effects decriminalization has had on society.
But in its 2009 World Drug Report, the UN had little but kind words for Portugal’s radical (by U.S. standards) approach. “These conditions keep drugs out of the hands of those who would avoid them under a system of full prohibition, while encouraging treatment, rather than incarceration, for users. Among those who would not welcome a summons from a police officer are tourists, and, as a result, Portugal’s policy has reportedly not led to an increase in drug tourism,” reads the report. “It also appears that a number of drug-related problems have decreased.”
I am glad that the world is finally taking this issue serious. What we want is not unreasonable. In fact, it makes way more sense….
Jack Cole, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and a retired undercover narcotics detective, objected to the report’s classification of current policy as “control.”
“The world’s ‘drug czar,’ Antonio Maria Costa, would have you believe that the legalization movement is calling for the abolition of drug control,” he said. “Quite the contrary, we are demanding that governments replace the failed policy of prohibition with a system that actually regulates and controls drugs, including their purity and prices, as well as who produces them and who they can be sold to. You can’t have effective control under prohibition, as we should have learned from our failed experiment with alcohol in the U.S. between 1920 and 1933.”
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