Where are the incumbents?
It’s incredible to me how many former officials support ending the Drug War. Why, it’s almost as if holding elected office made you… biased or something:
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, which includes several former heads of state and UN officials, has released a report calling the global war on drugs a failure.
“The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world,” the report reads. “Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and 40 years after President Nixon launched the US government’s war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed.”
Among the members of the commission are former presidents of Columbia, Mexico and Brazil, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former Fed Chair Paul Volcker, among others.
Here’s the full report. Few politicians want to admit that they are presiding over a giant mistake. It’s just not in the character of politicians to do it. But until they do, the mistake will continue — locking people up, ruining lives, killing, devastating entire cities and countries.