UN backs prohibitionist drug policies despite call for more ‘humane solution’

The Guardian 20 April 2016
Family First Comment: Good result!
“Plan adopted at special session focuses on reform and cooperation between nations but maintains policies that criminalise non-medical or scientific drug use.”
The conference was called by countries struggling with drugs – Mexico, Guatemala and Columbia – That says it all! Perhaps fix the corruptness at their governmental level first!!

The first United Nations general assembly special session on drugs in almost two decades has approved an agreement that leaves in place the prohibitionist policies banning narcotics use, despite growing international discontent with the “war on drugs” – and the concerns of the nations that called the meeting.

The 2016 general assembly special session – known as UNgass – was scheduled after lobbying by Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia, countries which have suffered disproportionate violence from narco-trafficking. Leaders of the three countries have called for a more “humane solution” to the drugs problem that goes beyond a focus on enforcement and criminalisation.

“So far, the solutions [to control drugs and crime] implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient,” Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto told the general assembly on Tuesday.

Mexico has been so hard-hit by narco-trafficking related murders that between 2010 and 2016, life expectancy fell by more than half a year for men in the country.

“We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention,” said Peña Nieto, indicating his administration would in the near future consider decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana and the legalization of medical marijuana.
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