World Leaders Say End the Drug War

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Not all of them just yet, but it's a start:

On Thursday the former presidents of several countries, former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, former U.S. secretary of state George Shultz, former U.S. Fed chairman Paul Volcker and other luminaries will release a report calling the global "war on drugs" a failure and encouraging nations to pursue legalizing and regulating drugs as a way to put a stop the violence inherent in the illegal drug market. (LEAP)

If you haven't yet, you still have a short time to sign this massive petition in support of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which is doing an excellent job creating international pressure for drug policy reform. Tomorrow's events will hopefully bury the notion that there remains any international consensus for continuing the War on Drugs.

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Do numbers matter?

Don't get me wrong, I wholeheartedly support AVAAZ and The Vienna Declaration campaigns, I even have links to both of them in my blog. I keep wondering, though, why is it that not many people seem to be paying attention to what we, the no-to-prohibition-sayers, are saying.


According to their own website, Avaaz has over 9 million members worldwide, a staggering number by any standards. So far, the number of petitioners amounts to less than 5% of its membership. I would have thought that with that enormous base, the number of petitioners should be in the millions by now. What's going on?

On a similar note, after months and months of campaigning, The Vienna Declaration shows a very low number of signatories: "over 20,000 endorsements". Uhm, puzzling!

By the way, what do they mean by over 20,000? Is it 20,001 or 200,000 or a number approaching infinite? :)


Gart Valenc

I think the majority of

I think the majority of people are just not interested in what is going on in the world and probably don't believe that their one voice will matter.  Just look at what people post on facebook or on twitter...mindless stuff about hollywood/famous people or "what type of fruit are you?" polls...people seem to be out of touch with reality.

Who New

    I don't see or hear anything about them except here for the last couple of weeks and finally on Face Book

But the word is moving , and we have to make sure it keeps moving . End the cruelest War of our generation

Now !!!

You mean the Cruelest War of

You mean the Cruelest War of several Generations....(since 1937)


its over 580'000 now.

It has to do with peoples insecurity with this matter. After being told so many years in a specific way about, it' s hard to trust new ways?

War is Over (IF YOU WANT IT)


The War on Drugs failed Billions of dollars ago!  This money could have been used for outreach programs to clean up the bad end of drug abuse by providing free HIV testing, free rehab, and clean needles.  Harmless drugs like marijuana could be legalized to help boost our damaged economy.  Cannabis can provide hemp for countless natural recourses and the tax revenue from sales alone would pull every state in our country out of the red!  Vote Teapot, PASS IT, and legalize it.  Voice you opinion with the movement and download my FREE poster at

i love how it is always

i love how it is always FORMER leaders gawking about this. God forbid anyone currently in power grow a pair...

There is one guy

The current prime minister of Greece, George Papandreou. Hopefully his congress is like minded and we might see Greece becoming the next good example on drug policy?

A 2010 annual report to UN supported major treaty changes

Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
2010 Annual Report to the United Nations General Assembly (A/65/255, click E for English language PDF)

This report strongly criticized many specific aspects of the "war on drugs"  approach and concluded with a call for consideration of replacing UN Single Convention and the related international "drug" treaties with suggestion of a UN tobacco treaty as possible model for new international regulatory framework.


This report has gotten little news media coverage that I am aware of. I urge people to read it, publicize it and make reference to specific issues and the report as a whole whenever appropriate.

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