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Global leaders call for end to war on drugs

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 06 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3525
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The global war on drugs has “failed, with devastating consequences for individual and society around the world,” says a report from an unprecedented group of world leaders.

It calls for major reforms, including the legalisation and regulation of marijuana and better, evidence-based medical help for addicts.

The report was written by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, whose 19 members include former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, past presidents of Brazil, Columbia, and Mexico, former US state department and treasury secretary George P Schultz, former US federal reserve chairman Paul Volker, and entrepreneur Richard Branson.

It was released at a 2 June news conference in New York.

It cites a UN report that estimates …

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