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UN Meets Today on Failed Drug War and Push for Legal Regulated Market
04-19-2016, 11:50 AM #1
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Fifty years on, the war on drugs has seen little benefit other than an increased availability of narcotics worldwide at more affordable prices . The illegality of these substances has created a huge black market that benefits heavy criminals at the top, and incarcerates countless citizens at the bottom.
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many are looking towards Tuesday's UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs as an opportunity to bring about change.
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Originally scheduled for 2019, the conference has been brought forward due to an urgent call by the presidents of Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico
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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. clap.gif
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.

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04-19-2016, 11:55 AM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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We'll see what comes out of this. I doubt it can get much worse than what the current policy dictates 13.gif
04-19-2016, 12:11 PM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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The fact that the UN actually realizes they have become irrelevant by their own outdated bull shït policies is a step in the right direction.
Drugs are far less of a problem than the policy in dealing with it.

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04-19-2016, 03:32 PM #4
Kreeper Griobhtha
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I read an article about this yesterday. The problem is that the UN didn't act until money bags US forced it and they will not act again until money bags US allows it.

In related news, this is a switch.

The latest idea for defeating the Islamic State: Legalize pot

Quote:The Islamic State and its terrorist proxies would suffer if cannabis were decriminalized, argues Italy's top prosecutor, who, in an interview with Reuters, also pointed out the links between the extremist group and organized crime in his country.

Quote:He said Italy's mafia makes an estimated $36 billion annually from the illegal drug trade; narcotics accounts for almost 10 percent of the Islamic State's funding, according to a report cited by Reuters.

Quote:In the face of this complicated and shadowy threat, a wider war on drugs seems counterproductive.

A wider war on drugs has been the modus operandi of the USGov for decades. This was especially true during the Bush era. Remember them saying that the Taliban and Al Qaeda were getting their money from people in the US buying pot?

We could be on the cusp of a change in drug policy. All these things could possibly work together to end the failed wod.

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
04-19-2016, 04:07 PM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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(04-19-2016, 03:32 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  Remember them saying that the Taliban and Al Qaeda were getting their money from people in the US buying pot?

rofl.gif Propaganda comedy gold.

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04-19-2016, 05:26 PM #6
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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After reading Resolution 57/5, it looks like more of the same (from 1961) and nowhere did I see evidence-based anything. This document puts forth their preparatory process.

http://www.unodc.org/documents/ungass201...s_57_5.pdf

There may be hope within this process, because it advocates for open-minded statements. We will see if they can keep an open mind and accept reality.

http://www.unodc.org/documents/ungass201...70_181.pdf
04-19-2016, 05:40 PM #7
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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The more they push stupid, and out of touch, the less influence they will have. Win win either way.

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04-22-2016, 11:55 PM #8
Kreeper Griobhtha
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I ğkking knew it.

Nothing will change until Uncle $am says it's ok.

If the war on drugs is failing, U.N. Assembly doesn't see it

Same old shït, different ƒükking day.

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Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
04-23-2016, 12:15 AM #9
Ninelives Singing In The Rain
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Just gives us or me more room, to grow the best damn dope in the world, got my favorite speckled seeds stashed. Do you ?

If you have a favorite strain ? mine is AK 47 & White Widow...

Afghani & Skunk # 1 to breed.

Nuff Said !

Look Up
04-23-2016, 12:18 AM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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Ahem

We don't do anything illegal. Don't overgrow the government or engage in any illegal planting operations whatsover

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04-23-2016, 01:46 AM #11
Kreeper Griobhtha
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(04-23-2016, 12:18 AM)Octo Wrote:  Ahem

We don't do anything illegal. Don't overgrow the government or engage in any illegal planting operations whatsover

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Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
04-23-2016, 01:50 AM #12
Ninelives Singing In The Rain
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(04-23-2016, 12:18 AM)Octo Wrote:  Ahem

We don't do anything illegal. Don't overgrow the government or engage in any illegal planting operations whatsover

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Me nether, I am a good boy.

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Look Up
04-24-2016, 07:19 AM #13
Screaming Yellow Zonkers Member
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Tell them to tell Obama to actually take all the troops out of Afghanistan, instead of making them stay to guard all the poppy fields there, for his big pharm buddies, and there would be no issue with this, at all. Go figure.

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04-24-2016, 10:20 AM #14
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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For sure. It's causing all kinds of real problems.

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