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American Media Silent After UN Just Called for Decriminalizing Drug Use Worldwide

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One year after ignorantly doubling down on the drug war, the UN is now calling to end prohibition. The drug war is crumbling.

July 4, 2017 By Justin Gardner

A little-noticed public statement issued by the United Nations last week contains a dramatic shift in thinking on the issue of “illicit” substance use. After recommitting to the failed idea of prohibition just last year, the UN is now calling for the worldwide decriminalization of drug use and possession.

The statement, put out by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the U.S. is in the midst of another political debate over health care, calls for “ending discrimination in health care settings.” The WHO calls on states to end discrimination against “marginalized and stigmatized populations” in a variety of ways, and includes a blunt and rather shocking statement on the drug war.

We, the signatory United Nations entities, call upon all stakeholders to join us in committing to taking targeted, coordinated, time-bound, multisectoral actions in the following areas. Supporting States to put in place guarantees against discrimination in law, policies, and regulations by… Reviewing and repealing punitive laws that have been proven to have negative health outcomes and that counter established public health evidence. These include laws that criminalize or otherwise prohibit…drug use or possession of drugs for personal use.

This is an admission that the problem of drug abuse is a public health issue, not a criminal justice issue. Locking people in cages for the victimless behavior of ingesting substances arbitrarily deemed illegal by the State does nothing to reduce drug use or supply, as evidenced by the utter failure of the War on Drugs.

Prohibition has also denied people the miraculous healing powers of cannabis. For decades medical research of cannabis was stifled by a drug war borne of racism and political suppression. But research has increased exponentially in recent years as governments around the world take steps to decriminalize this medicinal plant, notably among states in the U.S.

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With this awakening has come amazing stories of healing through cannabis, such as stopping seizures in children with debilitating epilepsy, treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans where all other treatments have failed, and healing a host of other illnesses without the dangerous side-effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

In terms of health care, prohibition is truly discriminatory, and the drug war only degrades public health. Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001, and it has been a resounding success. Drug usage rates, addiction rates, overdose deaths and sexually transmitted diseases have all declined.

The WHO statement is also notable because it contradicts the UN’s reaffirmed support of prohibition during their 2016 “special session on drugs.” The special session was the first to be held in almost two decades, and many were expecting a softened approach from the failed war on drugs.

Despite the pleas of countries like Mexico—suffering from horrendous black market drug violence—to “move beyond prohibition,” a prohibition framework remained in place. In the UN’s 1998 ‘special session on drugs’ the world body agreed to work toward a “drug free world” by 1998. The sheer lunacy of this position is blatantly obvious now more than ever. Despite decades of prohibition and trillions of dollars spent, drugs remain easily accessible.

The WHO statement comes at a time when the U.S. drug war is in a pivotal moment. More and more U.S. states are decriminalizing cannabis at both the medicinal and recreational level, putting themselves at odds with the ongoing federal prohibition of cannabis as a Schedule 1 narcotic. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a well-known rabid prohibitionist, is taking steps to ramp up the drug war, calling for increased police measures and prison sentences—even though this approach is proven as a failure.

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There is little hope that Sessions and other drug warriors around the world—such as Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte who is now having his police forces murder drug users on the spot (with the explicit blessing of Trump)—will pay any attention to the WHO call for decriminalization.

Nevertheless, the WHO statement is an encouraging sign that the tide has turned against prohibition. As the drug war is dismantled piece by piece—in Portugal, U.S. states, Mexico (which recently legalized medical cannabis) and Canada (soon to legalize recreational cannabis)—the wisdom of ending prohibition will become ever more obvious.



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    • Anonymous

      “Nevertheless, the WHO statement is an encouraging sign that the tide has turned against prohibition.”

      Yes, that should encourage, even warm the cockles of everybody’s hearts. Indeed, “high time” meth, crack and heroin were available at medical junkie clinics, and that possession of 5 grams of each be allowed for recreational use, just not within 100 yards of elementary schools. (The 10 or 12 year old gang bangers should remain on their own, or under the discipline of the global cabal of Satanic pedophiles.)

      That’s what I like about the UN, always there to advocate for things morally upright and sensible. Surely, everybody can see that free and easy hard drugs would serve to diminish usage, especially the meth, crack and herion addicts, probably to the man or ho would say, “What was I thinking, when it was illegal?”

      Brilliant. Just brilliant! Truly BIN worthy. Hey! Include some relaxation on growing your own poppies?

      Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers [pharmakos], and idolaters, and all liars [BIN], shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    • Dave 1963

      If there is a war on drugs, then people in prison for drugs are prisoners of war, right? That means the state and federal government are in violation of Article 3 of the Geneva Accords, right?

      Tobbacco kills 200,000 Americans a year. Alcohol kills 88,000. Prescription drugs 35,000. All illegal drugs combined 15,000, Except for Pot which kills ZERO. So obviously Jeff Sessions thinks we should focus on POT!

      This is a fascist country, corporations don’t want you growing your own anxiety medicine. So they alter reality to a point where a plant is a drug, and your Stockholm Syndrome self agrees!

    • Boo

      It’s true, people who want to commit slow suicide should not be criminalized for it. But handing it to a minor should. With lack of self responsibility come’s responsibility nevertheless. So don’t run machinery, try to do heart surgery, or make a decision or implement a policy that concern’s other’s safety or stability while your high.

      Please make sure you have banked the necessary funds to pay for all your overdose’s and long term care from the side effects or not in the case it’s your funeral. Also, make sure you take a survival course for that naked and afraid moment you will inevitably arrive at, wandering the streets with no roof over your head or food source.

      You have free will, try not to beat yourself into a coffin with it or someone else trying to feed it’s addiction. That would be a crime.

    • Ideas Time

      Jeff S needs to get with the program. They just do not want to end the cia profits.

    • Grimes

      Thank you for posting his story. The police MUST release these people from their prison camps. They are doing horrible things to them. Trafficking those with no family or visitors

      Prison Industry Complex Shutdown

    • truck driver

      More people will wreak their cars, tow truck drivers will make more money, hospitals will have more patients, pharmaciudical companies will make more money from people messed up on drugs

    • Anonymous

      The only reason it is considered wrong is because a bunch of men got together and chose to make it wrong. I do not base what is right or wrong on what the law says , just like abortion , is it ok cause the law says it is, no it is wrong cause it is murder. What about Canada legalizing having sex with their pets , is that now ok , no its still wrong . We should decide for ourselves what is right or wrong . Drugs are not wrong in Gods eyes cause He said its not what goes in a man that defiles him but what comes out. He also said not to judge a man by what he eats or drinks . The reason we even think those substances are wrong is cause they told us they were. Notice how drugs are ok to use as long as the government says it is , so if they give it to us by the way of doctors/drug dealers t th hen thats fine but dont go taking care of yourself cause that is wrong , well I will live by what I believe to be morally right .

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