One step at a time
June 1, 2011 5:06 PM Subscribe
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The Global Commission on Drug Policy
is the latest group to advocate an end to the drug war - but also an unusually high-profile one, including
former Presidents of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Switzerland, Prime Minister of Greece, Kofi Annan, Richard Branson, George Shultz and Paul Volcker. Tomorrow, June 2, sees the launch of their report, which advocates treating recreational drug use (and abuse) as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice one.
The report will be presented to current UN secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Friday, as will a global petition
which has attracted over half a million signatures in just a few days.
This may accelerate the gradual shift away from the penal model within the US. A US district judge recently set aside
sentencing guidelines for ecstasy as flawed, opting to use the much lower sentencing standard applied to cocaine. Meantime, the Department of Justice today unveiled a proposal
to retroactively and automatically apply reduced sentencing levels for crack cocaine to existing convictions.