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America's disastrous "War on Drugs," which it skillfully exports to its global partners, gets an international opportunity for real reform at a special session of the United Nations this week for the first time in eighteen years.
LISBON, Portugal -- This week's U.N. summit on the global drug problem is already a turning point in our collective journey toward improving global drug policy. Whatever the final formal conclusions, reforms are on and history is in the making.
There is a great deal of Sturm and Drang afflicting the leading lights of the drug policy reform community at the moment.
Over 1,000 politicians, rock stars, activists and artists are calling for more humane global drug laws.
Reformers are urging him to step up at next month's UN special session.
Have you ever wondered why ending the War on Drugs isn't as simple as passing a few laws in Congress? Well, it has to do with some pretty bad pieces of international law that tie the hands of national governments to policies that even they know kind of stink.
We finally have a president who gets it. A president who actually visited a prison -- the first ever. But President Obama cannot stop there. Indeed, the president must address the biggest engine in our insatiable drive to punish via mass incarceration. He must address the War on Drugs.
Violence will continue to plague Mexico and Central America until the United States and is neighbors abandon the discredited drug war strategy that was started by Richard Nixon 45 years ago -- and that continues to drive international policy today.
The death penalty is an unusually cruel and inhumane form of punishment. It also demonstrably fails to deter crime, drug-related or otherwise. Countries carrying out executions for drug offenses simply do not register significant shifts in either supply or demand.