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

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.” [Read more…]

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

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.” [Read more…]