many are looking towards Tuesday's UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs as an opportunity to bring about change.
Originally scheduled for 2019, the conference has been brought forward due to an urgent call by the presidents of Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico
former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan sees this meeting as a "chance to change course " and is calling for an evidence-based approach to drugs, leading to a legal regulated market.
An open letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon last week was signed by more than 1,000 people, including Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, financier Warren Buffett, several U.S. senators and artists including rock star Sting. It said the war on drugs has failed and calls for a shift in global drug policy from emphasizing criminalization to health and human rights.
So years later, billions wasted, lives ruined, and hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths and imprisonment, it's good to see common sense begin to prevail.
The reason for this is one by one countries are ignoring the UN policy and decriminalizing. The UN is afraid of losing 'relevance' and is being forced to step up to the plate.
At the very least I do believe we'll see recommendations for marijuana to decriminalized as scientific evidence indicates it's far less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.
Perhaps... just maybe... the what about the babies, the what about Jesus, the we need to study it more, the morality pundits and the cannabis gateway drug mythology tards are about to get a good dose of STFU and grow up.
Meanwhile, that funky smell right now is big oil, big pharma the timber industry et al. shitting themselves.
We all know, it won't happen overnight, but all drugs are social and health issues, not criminal matters, and when countries like China and Iran execute people over non violent offenses, it looks as if the UN is supporting State sponsored terrorism, which is exactly what criminalizing things that are out of your control is.
My only question is how in the hell was this charade allowed to go on for all these years?
It was, of course, a rhetorical question because we all know a few at the top made serious money from keeping drugs criminalized.