Three leaders from Latin America call for decriminalizing drug use

3/11/2016 Los Angeles Times 

Op-Ed by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Cesar Gaviria and Ernesto Zedillo

773px-Mexican_army_soldierOutdated drug policies around the world have resulted in soaring drug-related violence, overstretched criminal justice systems, runaway corruption and mangled democratic institutions. After reviewing the evidence, consulting drug policy experts and examining our own failures on this front while in office, we came to an unavoidable conclusion: The “war on drugs” is an unmitigated disaster.

For nearly a decade, we have urged governments and international bodies to promote a more humane, informed and effective approach to dealing with “illegal” drugs. We saw a major breakthrough a few years ago, when the United Nations agreed to convene a special session of the General Assembly to review global drug policy. It is scheduled to begin April 19.

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