We all know that drug laws, both domestic and international, don’t necessarily have to do with what’s safest for the people. Oftentimes, vested political interests have gotten confused with policies that are truly based on harm reduction.
Like American law, which classifies cannabis as a Schedule I narcotic, international drug policy is still quite convoluted… not to mention, a little out of date.
That’s why advocates from more than 100 different organizations reached out to the United Nations in a letter published on StopTheDrugWar.org. And it’s not hard to let this material persuade you.
The letter appeals to common sense, pointing out that current policy is actually in violation of human rights, explaining how prohibition infringes on our privacies and “enhance[s] the profitability” of criminal enterprises. It’s of serious concern, the undersigned write, that drug laws seem to be incompatible with principles of public health.
In the six-page letter, NGOs from both the US and abroad emphasize the need for harm-reduction policies over punitory rules that don’t seem to be helping anyone. Among notable contributors to this document are the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
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