courtesy NORML News, http://www.norml.org
Vienna, Austria: Representatives
from the Network of European Foundations (NEF) Comite de Sages and The
Senlis Council criticized UN-sponsored drug prohibition policies at a symposium
last week coinciding with the United Nations 47th Session of the Commission
on Narcotic Drugs.
Speakers criticized criminal
drug prohibition and enforcement policies as fueling drug-related crime,
endangering international security, and sponsoring terrorism.
"The system [of criminal
drug prohibition] is not working but [this] is not being debated at the
UN; it is a taboo," said NEF member Sir Keith Morris, a former British
ambassador to Colombia.
Former Interpol Secretary
General Raymond Kendall said that the UN must "change its approach from
repressive law enforcement" to one of harm reduction. "The United
Nations in 1998 set itself the aim of a drug free world by 2008," he said.
"We are halfway down the road to 2008 and there are more drugs than ever.
So much for the idea we have made progress."
Canadian Senator Pierre Claude
Nolin, who chaired a 2002 Senate committee that recommended regulating
cannabis to those age 16 and older, said: "A drug free society has never
existed in human history and will not exist in the near future... Sooner
or later, governments around the world will have to, in the names of transparency
and honesty, acknowledge this massive failure."
Other speakers at the conference
included Eugene Oscapella of the Canadian Foundation on Drug Policy, Portuguese
MP Vitalino Canas, and General Paulo Roberto Yog de Miranda Uch a, national
anti-drug secretary for Brazil.
-- END --
Issue #330, 3/26/04
Canada Plans To Offer Medical Marijuana in BC Pharmacies, But Move Won't Heal Government Pot Program's Woes, Activists Say |
Peruvian Coca Growers Threaten National Strike as Deadline Looms |
Arkansas Medical Marijuana Initiative Moving After Okay Given on Ballot Wording |
Western Australia Marijuana Moves: Possession Now a Ticketable Offense, Hemp Bill Passes |
BUSTED Screening Events Scheduled! |
DRCNet StoptheDrugWar.org Merchandise Special Extended |
Newsbrief: Polls Show Close Race in Nevada |
Newsbrief: Justice Kennedy Denounces Harsh Sentencing -- Again |
Newsbrief: Bulgarian Reformers Report Tough New Law Approved |
Newsbrief: "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery Jailed in Saskatoon on Trafficking Charge |
Newsbrief: Bush Wants More US Troops, Civilian Contractors in Colombia |
Newsbrief: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Dead in Oklahoma |
EU Think Tank Slams Global Drug Fight |
This Week in History |
Job Opportunity: Justice Policy Institute Hiring Media Director |
The Reformer's Calendar
Mail this article to a friend
Send us feedback on this article
This issue -- main page
This issue -- single-file printer version
Drug War Chronicle -- main page
PERMISSION to reprint or
redistribute any or all of the contents of Drug War Chronicle (formerly The Week Online with DRCNet is hereby
granted. We ask that any use of these materials include proper credit and,
where appropriate, a link to one or more of our web sites. If your
publication customarily pays for publication, DRCNet requests checks
payable to the organization. If your publication does not pay for
materials, you are free to use the materials gratis. In all cases, we
request notification for our records, including physical copies where
material has appeared in print. Contact: StoptheDrugWar.org: the Drug Reform Coordination Network,
P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 293-8340 (voice), (202)
293-8344 (fax), e-mail [email protected]. Thank
Articles of a purely
educational nature in Drug War Chronicle appear courtesy of the DRCNet
Foundation, unless otherwise noted.