The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued its much-awaited report on drug policies around the world. The conclusion of the report: "The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world."
This is a must read for all. The conclusions of this panel, made up of distinguished persons from around the world and across the ideological spectrum (Carlos Fuentes, Ernest Zedillo, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, George P. Shultz, Javier Solana, Kofi Annan, Mario Vargas Llosa, Paul Volcker, Richard Branson, Ruth Dreifuss, etc.) are impossible to ignore. This should be a wake-up call to the world.
Now, one key question remains: Given the failed policies of the "war on drugs," are the vested interests that are part of that "war" (police, the criminal-justice bureaucracy, criminal organizations, the prison industry, etc.) now so powerful, their interests so entrenched and resistance so strong that the adoption of sane policies will be impossible?