News circulated Monday morning that the United Nations had officially called for the decriminalization of all drugs in a brief, two-page report. Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin, hinted on Sunday that the announcement would be made, but by Monday morning, the U.N. announced it had no such intention and that the document merely reflected the author’s opinion. Even so, the BBC and Branson himself suggest the document was withdrawn following resistance from at least one country.
As Richard Branson wrote in a blog post before the official release of the report:
“In an as-yet unreleased statement circulated to the BBC, myself and others, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which has shaped much of global drug policy for decades, call on governments around the world to decriminalise drug use and possession for personal consumption for all drugs.”
The report was to be released at an international harm reduction conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Branson continued:
“It’s exciting that the UNODC has now unequivocally stated that criminalisation is harmful, unnecessary and disproportionate, echoing concerns about the immense human and economic costs of current drug policies voiced earlier by UNAIDS, the World Health Organisation, UNDP, The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Women, Kofi Annan and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.”
However, Branson, a long-time opponent of the Drug War, wrote that as he drafted his blog post, the briefing had already drawn harsh opposition. “But as I’m writing this,” he said, “I am hearing that at least one government is putting an inordinate amount of pressure on the UNODC.”
“Let us hope the UNODC, a global organisation that is part of the UN and supposed to do what is right for the people of the world, does not do a remarkable volte-face at the last possible moment and bow to pressure by not going ahead with this important move.”
By Monday, the U.N. had disputed Branson’s announcement of the document. “The briefing paper on decriminalisation mentioned in many of today’s media reports, and intended for dissemination and discussion at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, is neither a final nor formal document … and cannot be read as a statement of UNODC policy,” a spokesperson announced.
I would not be surprised. And look how many will walk away from prisons.
Just as George Soros and his progressive pawns (i.e. Democrats) have been wanting. Time to kick the UN back to the third-world sheethole it represents.
ANYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY EVER TAKE AN OATH TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE UNITED NATIONS?
none of them did. Their oath was to defend America. Maybe they forgot.
I am not permitted to just blast the information because the technology I am now using while classified as FDA Class 1, the Class 2 designation is in process and a lot of on line exposure could affect that. When I learned of this I could see prescription medication would no longer be needed as they are today. I can share information with those who request it and I am happy to do so.
OK, let's administer a large dose of 100% pure heroin to every junkie. It will cut down the junkies; they'll all be dead. with needles in their arms.. Next the meth heads. Throw a free meth party in a padded room, and every one is issued knives. there's a pile of meth on a table, but wants it all?
The lessons learned from prohibition are clear. Drugs currently classified as illegal should be legal and regulated. While we are at it legalize and regulate prostitution. Both drugs and prostitution would be safer We would have revenue contributing businesses that are safer and eliminate most of the cost of enforcement which has never been shown to work - ever.
Don't you folks get it, the legalizing of pot in those few states are just test beds for national legalizing of all illegal and regulated drugs. They have tried everything else to either make a butt load of tax money and allowing people to legally sell this crap. I may be wrong but in the next 10-15 years illegal drugs will be sold just like alcohol.