Three leaders from Latin America call for decriminalizing drug use

Diplomats attending the UN special session on drugs next month must confront the obvious failure of most existing drug laws
Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Cesar Gaviria and Ernesto Zedillo
Los Angeles Times (US)
Friday, March 11, 2016

drug-war-ciudad-juarezOutdated drug policies around the world have resulted in soaring drug-related violence, overstretched criminal justice systems, runaway corruption and mangled democratic institutions. After reviewing the evidence, consulting drug policy experts and examining our own failures on this front while in office, we came to an unavoidable conclusion: The “war on drugs” is an unmitigated disaster. (See also: Public Statement on the UNGASS 2016 process and draft outcome document, by Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP)