Pols, Celebs Push For Further Drug Reform

Even as high officials within the Obama administration reportedly weigh action against two states which legalized use of marijuana, a number of other politicians and celebrities — including a former president — are pushing for wider international reform of drug laws.

Former president Jimmy Carter signed onto a declaration to “Governments and Parliaments” to begin re-examining the existing stringent criminalization of drug use worldwide. Carter was joined as a signatory by a number of current and former global presidents, including those from Mexico, Columbia, Guatemala, Poland and elsewhere. George Schultz, a secretary of state for President Ronald Reagan, also lent his support, as did Hollywood stars such as musicians Sting and Yoko Ono and director Bernardo Bertolucci — as well as many others.

“Fifty years after the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was launched, the global war on drugs has failed, and has had many unintended and devastating consequences worldwide,” the declaration begins. “Use of the major controlled drugs has risen, and supply
is cheaper, purer and more available than ever before. The UN conservatively estimates that there are now 250 million drug users worldwide.”

The declaration is titled “THE GLOBAL WAR ON DRUGS HAS FAILED IT IS TIME FOR A NEW APPROACH.”

The effort is led by the Beckley Foundation, a U.K.-based think tank on drug policy, which also on Friday is releasing a documentary via YouTube, to generate public support. The film is narrated by actor Morgan Freeman.

THE DOCUMENTARY CAN BE VIEWED HERE:

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