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On Air 1100GMT: Is the war on drugs over?

Nuala McGovern Nuala McGovern | 09:15 UK time, Thursday, 2 June 2011

war on drugs

This topic was discussed on World Have Your Say on 2 June, 2011. Listen to the programme.

I'm flicking through the War on Drugs report that has just been released. The first giveaway to what the panel is about to announce is that they have scratched out the word 'War'. You can see the whole 'On Drugs' report, for yourself here.

So what does the report say? It says the war has "failed" and calls for the legalisation of some drugs and an end to the criminalisation of drug users. Pretty strong stuff, if you'll excuse the pun. The Global Commission on Drug Policy is a panel of heavy-hitters on the world stage, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, former leaders of Brazil and Colombia and Mario Vargas Llosa to name just a few. Here's the full list.

The White House rejected the findings, saying the report was misguided. But what about you? What do you think of their result and recommendations. Break the drug taboo, treat drug addicts like patients, not criminals? And what about experimenting with legalisation?

Looking forward to hearing from you.


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