Global Commission on Drug Policy calls for end to Drug War and urges legalization

As detailed in this AP report:

The Global Commission on Drug Policy said traditional measures in the “war on drugs” such as eradicating acres of illicit crops, seizing large quantities of illegal drugs, and arresting and jailing violators of drug laws prove that the Drug War is a failure and can never succeed. The Commission  urges legalization.

It was established in 2010 for the stated purpose of promoting “science-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to people and societies.”

The commission’s 45-page report pointed to ever rising drug production and use, citing the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime’s own estimates that the number of users rose from 203 million in 2008 to 243 million in 2012.

The commission includes former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan; the former presidents of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland; British tycoon Richard Branson and former U.S. Federal Reserve chief Paul Volcker.