Davos: Kofi Annan Urges 'Rising Up' Against Drug Prohibition

I believe that drugs have destroyed many people, but wrong governmental policies have destroyed many more," Annan said.

SWITZERLAND:  A high-profile panel featuring Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, discussed drug decriminalization Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Annan and Santos, joined by Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch, condemned drug prohibition as unsuccessful and insisted on a new approach.

“I believe that drugs have destroyed many people, but wrong governmental policies have destroyed many more,” Annan said. “When we realized [alcohol] prohibition wasn’t working we had the courage to change it.”

A major aspect of Annan’s condemnation of drug laws is their impact on young people given jail sentences and criminal records.

Marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state are “only a step,” Annan said, expressing hope such measures will be passed in “enough countries and enough momentum is created to break the back to this.”

 

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