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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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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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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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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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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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Jello Biafra American singer

For every prohibition you create you also create an underground.
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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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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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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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