«Krigen mot narkotika kan ikke vinnes, men en kan redusere bruken ved å avkriminalisere narkotika. I tillegg styrke hjelpeapparatet. Det mener en internasjonal høynivågruppe der Thorvald Stoltenberg har vært medlem.
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«The Commission’s recommendations are summarized in the Executive Summary below this release. They include:
● End the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others.
● Encourage experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs (especially cannabis) to undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens.
● Ensure that a variety of treatment modalities are available – including not just methadone and buprenorphine treatment but also the heroin-assisted treatment programs that have proven successful in many European countries and Canada.
● Apply human rights and harm reduction principles and policies both to people who use drugs as well as those involved in the lower ends of illegal drug markets such as farmers, couriers and petty sellers.
“Overwhelming evidence from Europe, Canada and Australia now demonstrates the human and social benefits both of treating drug addiction as a health rather than criminal justice problem and of reducing reliance on prohibitionist policies,” said former Swiss president Ruth Dreifuss. “These policies need to be adopted worldwide, with requisite changes to the international drug control conventions.”
“We can no longer ignore the extent to which drug-related violence, crime and corruption in Latin America are the results of failed drug war policies,” said former Colombian president César Gaviria. “Now is the time to break the taboo on discussion of all drug policy options, including alternatives to drug prohibition.”
«The war on drugs has failed to cut drug usage, but has filled our jails, cost millions in tax payer dollars, fuelled organized crime and caused thousands of deaths. We need a new approach, one that takes the power out of the hands of organized crime and treats people with addiction problems like patients, not criminals,” said Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and cofounder of The Elders, United Kingdom. “The good news is new approaches focused on regulation and decriminalization have worked. We need our leaders, including business people, looking at alternative, fact based approaches. We need more humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs. The one thing we cannot afford to do is to go on pretending the “war on drugs” is working.»
Dette er noe jeg har sagt i flere år; med alle de politiressursene som bruker på ‘kampen mot narkotika’, alle livene som går tapt i ‘krigen’, og alle skattepengene som går tapt ved å tvinge narkotia over på svartemarkedet, mener jeg ikke at det er vært å holde det fullstendig ulovlig, og unødvendig å kriminalisere alle som bruker narkotika.
Kardemommeloven beskriver min holdning perfekt:
«Man skal ikke plage andre, man skal være grei og snill, og for øvrig kan man gjøre hva man vil.»
TV-programmet «Penn & Teller: Bullshit’, som jeg er en fan av, har en flott episode om ‘war on drugs’, som jeg anbefaler alle å se:
«...The issue here is moral and ethical, the issue is freedom. If you live in a free country, you have the right to put anything you wan’t into your own body. Anything else, is Bullshit!…»