Breaking the taboo: Massive global campaign for drug policy reform

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The Beckley Foundation is getting ready to launch a global campaign for drug policy reform in conjunction with AVAAZ, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, and a broad alliance of reform activists organizations from all over the world (http://www.breakingthetaboo.info/). The campaign will be launched together with the release of a major documentary “Breaking the Taboo”.  They intend to collect millions of signatures. Be part of it!

Breaking the Taboo supporters includes Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, ex -US presidents Clinton and Carter, ex Mexican presidents Ernesto Zedillo and Vicente Fox, and former heads of states from Latin America and Europe.

Jeffrey Dhywood
Investigative writer,
Author of “World War D – The Case against prohibitionism, roadmap to controlled re-legalization”

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Author: Jeffrey Dhywood

Jeffrey Dhywood is a European-born investigative writer, lecturer and public speaker, drug policy analyst, author of "World War D – The Case against prohibitionism, roadmap to controlled re-legalization" http://www.world-war-d.com/. Jeffrey Dhywood holds a degree in Mathematical logics (Model Theory). He lived 20 years in the US and is currently living in Latin America. He is also very familiar with Asia, which gives him a good grasp of the global dimension of the War on Drugs, and its global failure. His academic background and his direct experience allows him to bring common sense and sanity to an issue often mired in confusion, misconceptions and preconceptions.

7 thoughts on “Breaking the taboo: Massive global campaign for drug policy reform”

  1. Eventually, we will all look back on this drug war like we now look back at that other drug war on alcohol called prohibition. When it comes to that other addictive and destructive drug, alcohol, we now realize that the problems caused by making it illegal far outweigh the problems associated solely with its use. Indeed, there are few problems associated with alcohol’s use. It is the misuse of alcohol, or more specifically, the misuse of alcohol coupled with a risk of harm to others, that now stands as the lone major problem with alcohol. Many people peacefully and responsibly use alcohol with no risk of harm to others. There are no alcohol cartels, no violence associated with the manufacture, transportation or sale of alcohol, and nobody goes to prison for its mere possession. Society was much improved when the war on alcohol was ended. The war on drugs will also end. Politicians who show real leadership by supporting its end now will benefit. This is all good. However, until we realize that the best reason to end the drug war is because competent adults are entitled to be in charge of their own bodies and lives, we will never truly achieve a free society.

  2. Marijuana is pretty obvious for legalisation – “the least harmfull drug in the world” with so many benefits.

    The opiate drugs are a bit more complicated – highly addictive and terrible withdrawals but also the BEST and in relation to the good it does it is actually fairly harmless compared to other painkiller drugs [marijuana aside]. The United Nations report says there is a “huge unmet need for opiate drugs for cancer patients worldwide” {80% of all legal opiates go to North America and the UK}.

    Opiates are both prescribed, but also “controlled by doctors” – and there is the rub – by being the prescriber for legal opiates, the medical industry is just restricting them., even in North America.

    Most Doctors WANT to prescribe more opiate painkillers for their patients, but the Medical Colleges are demanding doctors cut back on prescribing opiates – almost certainly at the request of the Pharmaceutical industry, so they can sell more of their more profitable drugs. Even the patients who have been prescribed opiate drugs for 20 years – like me – are being cut back – instead of increases to match “tolerance” [as it has been done for 100 years until now] .

    20 years of opiate prescription and I show no signs of it, no problems. Not even Tylenol is that safe.

    Opiates are “plant based” – at least the natural ones are and they work best – we saw what happened with Oxycontin – and it is a SYNTHETIC opiate [and more profitable for the Pharmaceutical industry]. The world could produce 1000 times more natural opiate drugs than they are at present, and for pennies per dose… and a lot of people who need them would be getting them.

    This restricting of opiate drugs amounts to nothing short of CRUELTY. How long are we going to let this crap go on???

  3. It isn’t just about legalizing weed for recreational use, It’s also imperative that we end the failing/fake war on drugs and reforming our drug laws. Why do you think addiction is such an epidemic? Because it’s a cash cow and has been made into a billion dollar industry by our government. That’s one reason. It’s obscene we have people incarcerated for self medicating because they are in pain and need help. Addiction is a symptom, and those people are not criminals. Open your eyes America!

  4. It’s time the Governments of the world legalize marijuana saving the tax payers millions and boosting the economy with this organic plant. This plant has over 5,000 uses that could make us all wealthy and puts a lot of activity into our economic recovery. The world could have a surplus of finances with this crop.

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