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Ruth Dreifuss Former President of Switzerland

Drugs can be sexy when they are underground ... If you medicalize, it’s no longer sexy. [Users] know now that they are ill persons and not rebels in society. It’s no longer sexy and it’s no longer attractive for future rebels.
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Russell Brand British comedian, actor, and author

Nobody at all is helped by drugs being made illegal, unless of course there is a conspiracy to marginalise, condemn and persecute disenfranchised members of our global community. I'd hate to think that was the situation - that certain countries didn't matter, that certain classes didn't matter, that certain races didn't matter. So unless that's the situation, there's literally no reason to p... See More
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Richard Branson Founder of Virgin (400 companies)

Yet, in their zeal for chasing the illusion of a drug-free world, governments have poured billions into tough law enforcement that did nothing to reduce drug supply or demand, or take control from the criminal organisations in charge of the global drug trade.
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Amanda Feilding Drug policy reformer and researcher

Many of the health risks associated with drug use result from the fact that drug production and drug use is unregulated and controlled by black market forces. People take too much, don’t get help quickly enough, take adulterated substances, and are poorly educated on the substances they are taking.
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Jello Biafra American singer

For every prohibition you create you also create an underground.
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Rhys Ifans Welsh actor

You look at any culture and prohibition has invariably been unmitigated failure. It is just idiotic to criminalise any substance, I think. It needs to be controlled, managed. If you legalise something then you use the taxation from the sale of that drug top help people who become addicted to those substances. It is not going to go away. The way on drugs is being lost on a daily basis.
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Fernando Henrique Cardoso Former President of Brazil

After decades of overflights, interdictions, spraying and raids on jungle drug factories, Latin America remains the world's largest exporter of cocaine and marijuana. It is producing more and more opium and heroin. It is developing the capacity to mass produce synthetic drugs. Continuing the drugs war with more of the same is ludicrous.
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William F. Buckley Jr. American conservative commentator

The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense - the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy.
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Elliott Abrams American lawyer, diplomat

The war on drugs is not being won, and it continues to threaten stability and democracy not only in the Andes but throughout the Caribbean as well, where tiny police and military forces are outclassed by the sophisticated equipment in the hands of traffickers passing through the region on the way to their market in this country.
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Victor Mitchell American businessman

The war on drugs has made government more powerful, citizens less free, and hasn’t helped users or addicts.
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Juan Manuel Santos Presidente de Colombia

The business of illicit drugs is behind violence, corruption and crime in almost the entire planet, and we have to recognize that the so-called War on Drugs - which has been going on for half a century - has not been won or won.
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David Cameron Former UK Prime Minister

I ask the Labour government not to return to retribution and war on drugs. That has been tried and we all know that it does not work.
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Jerome Adams U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams. (Note: Tweets prior to 9/12/17 were from previous S

45 yrs ago we began war on drugs that became war on people who use drugs. It stigmatized/penalized; didn't address root problem.
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Owen Jones Columnist for the Guardian and the New Statesmen

Yes, politicians who abandon the failed mantra of the drug war risk the incandescent rage of the Daily Mail. But how many lives have to be lost – or simply ruined – before reality and common sense finally prevail? Rather than expanding the efforts of a disastrous policy, the old failed approach must finally be abandoned.
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Larry Elder Sage from South Central; Larry Elder Show; Salem/CRN; (KRLA L.A. 6-9p PT); 6-9p ET; (888) 971-

The war against drugs is wrong both tactically and morally. It assumes people are too stupid, too reckless, and too irresponsible to decide whether and under what conditions to consume drugs. The war on drugs is morally bankrupt.
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António Guterres Official Twitter account of Secretary-General of the @UN António Guterres.

I know from personal experience how an approach based on prevention and treatment can yield positive results. As Prime Minister of Portugal, I used the flexibility afforded by the three international drug-control conventions to introduce non-criminal responses to the possession of drugs for personal use. Greater resources were allocated to prevention, treatment and social reintegration programme... See More
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Nick Clegg Leader @LibDems from 2007 to 2015 and MP.

I believe we owe it to both our young people at home and countries abroad – like Colombia – who have been blighted by this unwinnable war, to look at different approaches that could cut the levels of violence, addiction and criminal profit. That is why I have long believed that if you are anti-drugs, you should be pro-reform. We should be led by the evidence of what works, not guesswork.
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The BMJ Weekly peer-reviewed medical journal

But the effectiveness of prohibition laws, colloquially known as the “war on drugs,” must be judged on outcomes. And too often the war on drugs plays out as a war on the millions of people who use drugs, and disproportionately on people who are poor or from ethnic minorities and on women. Prohibition and stigma encourage less safe drug consumption and push people away from health services. Shar... See More
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Caroline Lucas MP for Brighton Pavilion; Co-leader of the Green Party with @jon_bartley; Mum

The war on drugs has been an abject failure, and the continued criminalisation of cannabis users is deeply counterproductive.
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Vince Cable MP for Twickenham. Leader of Liberal Democrats.

I’m very anti-drugs. I’m very puritanical about it. But the simple truth is that by turning over the marijuana trade to the underworld, it’s creating opportunities for them and it’s making things worse.
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Graham Hancock Author of 'The Sign and the Seal', 'Fingerprints of the Gods','Supernatural' and 'Entangled'.

Indeed, it is well known, and not disputed, that the very societies that attempt most vigorously to suppress various drugs, and in which users are subject to the most stringent penalties, have seen a vast and continuous increase in the per capita consumption of these drugs. This is tacitly admitted by the vast armed bureaucracies set up to persecute drug users in our societies, which every year de... See More
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Johann Hari Author of 2 New York Times best-selling books. Latest: 'LOST CONNECTIONS: Uncovering The Real

It is true that Britain does not round up drug users and put them on chain gangs and force them to go out and dig graves, as they do in the prison I went to in Arizona. But we do imprison many people for drug offences – and, even more importantly, our drug trade is 100 per cent in the hands of criminals. They are fighting over it the whole time. How many of the stabbings we read of in the paper... See More
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John Hickenlooper American politician

Let's face it, the War on Drugs was a disaster. It may be well intentioned ... but it sent millions of kids to prison, gave them felonies often times when they had no violent crimes ... I was against this, but I can see why so many people supported it.
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Paul Flynn MP for Newport West for 30 years re-elected in 2017. Author of HOW TO BE AN MP

The UK’s 45 years of harsh prohibition has multiplied use and harm.
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Peter Lilley British politician

Currently cannabis can only be obtained from illegal gangs who also push hard drugs. So we are driving soft drug users into the arms of hard drugs pushers.


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Theresa May Prime minister of the United Kingdom

When I was Home Secretary, work was undertaken by the Home Office on the experience in a number of countries and the different ways they approached the issue of drugs, but I am afraid that I ​have a different opinion from my hon. Friend on drugs, as would those dealing with people affected by drugs. I think of my constituent Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, who set up DrugFAM after the suicide of her so... See More
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Home Office The Home Office is the lead UK government department for immigration and passports, drugs poli

The legalisation of cannabis would send the wrong message to the vast majority of people who do not take drugs, especially young and vulnerable people, with the potential grave risk of increased misuse of drugs. It would not eliminate the crime committed by the illicit trade, nor would it address the harms associated with drug dependence and the misery this can cause to families and society.
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Rodrigo Duterte President of the Philippines

Hitler massacred three million Jews… there’s three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them.
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Jeff Sessions United states senator from Alabama

It is false that marijuana use doesn’t lead people to more drug use. It is already causing a disturbance in the states that have made it legal.
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Peter Hitchens Author, journalist

What I'm in favour of is the clear, consistent enforcement of a 43-year-old law, which has fallen into disuse because politicians, judges and police officers have decided they prefer not to enforce it. I do not imagine my preferred policy would end or solve the problem. I do, however, believe that it would greatly reduce it. If people insist on breaking known and enforced laws, they must, fo... See More
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