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Global war on drugs 'a failure'

Thursday, Jun 02, 2011 - 01:32

June 2 - (GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING) An international commission, including former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, urges legalizing marijuana and says criminalizing drugs and jailing users has not worked. Sunita Rappai reports

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A suspected drugs smuggler lies dead after a gun battle with police on the streets of Mexico. Just one of the hundreds of casualties around the world in daily battles involving the drug trade. But now a high level international commission, including former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, is declaring the global war on drugs a failure. They're urging countries to take a different approach - including legalising marijuana and possibly other drugs to undercut the drugs trade. They say that criminalising drugs has failed to cut either supply or demand. Governments have undertaken different strategies to curb the drug trade - from destroying poppy fields in Afghanistan to chasing drugs smugglers here in Gibraltar. But the commission says that offering health services to drug users would be more effective - and a better use of money - than punishing them. Other members of the panel include former Mexican president, Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria and British businessman, Sir Richard Branson. Sunita Rappai, Reuters

Global war on drugs 'a failure'

Thursday, Jun 02, 2011 - 01:32

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