UN set to call for drug legalization, end to ‘war on drugs’ – Sir Richard Branson

The United Nations is on the verge of calling for governments around the world to end the “war on drugs” by decriminalizing the use and possession of illicit narcotics, according to businessman Sir Richard Branson.

In a surprise post on the website of his company, Virgin, the entrepreneur and drugs campaigner said the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is about to announce a “refreshing shift” in direction.

Branson claims he broke a global media embargo to make the announcement, as the news was due to have been launched at a conference on Sunday. The Virgin chief said he feared the UN would bow to political pressure and withdraw the statement at the last minute.

In an as-yet unreleased statement circulated to the BBC, myself and others, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, which has shaped much of global drug policy for decades, calls on governments around the world to decriminalize drug use and possession for personal consumption for all drugs,” Branson wrote.

This is a refreshing shift that could go a long way to finally end the needless criminalization of millions of drug users around the world. The UNODC document was due to be launched at the International Harm reduction conference in Malaysia yesterday.

Branson went on to say that at least one government was already putting an “inordinate amount of pressure” on the UNODC over the announcement.

Let us hope the UNODC, a global organization 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,” he said.

The war on drugs has done too much damage to too many people already.”

10 thoughts on “UN set to call for drug legalization, end to ‘war on drugs’ – Sir Richard Branson

  1. Under the law in 48 states, here’s what can happen when an adult is thought to possess “marijuana”: Men with guns can go to his home, kick down his door, force him to lay face down on the floor, restrain him with handcuffs, drive him to a police station, and lock him in a cage. If he is then convicted of possessing “marijuana”, a judge can order that he be locked in a different cage, perhaps for years.
    There are times when locking human beings in cages is morally defensible. If, for example, a person commits murder, rape, or assault, transgressing against the rights of others, then forcibly removing him from society is the most just course of action. In contrast, it is immoral to lock people in cages for possessing or ingesting a medicinal plant that is smoked by millions every year with no significant harm done, especially when the vast
    majority of any harm actually done is borne by the smoker.

    Finally, let’s become realistic about it, therefore an excerpt from an official report:

    pg.11 #2.
    Currently, to use the term “drug” to describe cannabis is not simply untruthful, but worse, it is the premeditated adoption of an unconscionable Prohibitionist tactic of semantic abuse. This devious ploy deliberately associates mild, benign cannabis with potentially dangerous, addictive substances, drugs – of which alcohol is one such – to make cannabis appear to be something harmful, which the official empirical researches confirm is not.

    Denial of cannabis by Prohibition ‘law’ premeditatedly inflicts suffering, blindness, and, in many instances, death. Those who maintain any use of life-saving cannabis to be “illegal” should be regarded and treated as perpetrators of the gravest of crimes, and deemed unfit to hold any public office in a democratic society.

    The Report collates Empirical Evidence and the Findings of Fact of official clinical studies which exonerate cannabis and vindicate all cultivation, trade, possession and use. The Report establishes massive ulterior money-motive and prejury behind prohibition; and indicts government.

    The Report presents irrefutable Legal Grounds for Restoration: Relegalisation, Amnesty & Restitution.

    THE REPORT. CANNABIS: THE FACTS, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE LAW ISBN 9781902848204.

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  2. The UN is always talking about human rights violations but they don’t have the guts to speak out against this? They should be calling for war crime tribunals. There is more than enough evidence to convict law makers and law enforcers who have supported and imposed violence against human beings over an herb.

    How many people have been put in cages, harmed or murdered in the name of the ‘war on drugs’ which is really a war on people?

    Harry Anslinger was the father of the DEA. He told Congress it should be illegal because of its effects on the degenerate races. He said it makes darkies think they are as good as white men. It started as a war against dark-skinned people. Now it is a war against all people and all creation.

    Nixon asked Governor Shaffer to form a commission to study Cannabis. The Shaffer Commission concluded that it had benefits, was harmless and should not be criminalized. Nixon ignored the findings of his own commission and increased the war efforts.

    SWAT was originally for hostage rescue situations. Now they kick in doors at 3:00 AM looking for an herb.

    John Rockefeller wanted to push patented man-made pharmaceuticals so he could get richer. He didn’t anyone to be able to grow their own medicine for free.

    This is a war against people and against liberty, self-governance, self-determination and self-ownership.

    How can any of these self-righteous parasites continue to support and justify a war that started with such evil intentions?

    Do you believe they have the right to rule over you and feed off your labor?

    Their violence should never be rewarded by ever allowing them to tax and control. Instead, they should be made to apologize to their victims and pay restitution.

    Here is the face of the drug war. It is a war on people. Woe to those who shed innocent blood. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.

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  3. This really resonated with me: “If they’re not afraid to offer pharmaceuticals to these children, then they should never be afraid to offer medical cannabis…” – Mother of an epilepsy patient who has experienced positive results from using medical cannabis.

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