Cardoso, Gaviria, Zedillo Urge Obama to Decriminalize Marijuana

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By Joshua Goodman
Feb. 11 (Bloomberg)

Former presidents of Brazil, Mexico and Colombia said the U.S.-led war on drugs has failed and urged President Barack Obama to consider new policies, including decriminalizing marijuana, and to treat drug use as a public health problem.

The recommendations by former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, along with Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico and Cesar Gaviria of Colombia, were made in a report today by the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy.

Among the group’s proposals ahead of a special United Nations ministerial meeting in Vienna to evaluate global drug policy is a call to decriminalize the possession of cannabis for personal use.

“We need to break the taboo that’s blocking an honest debate,” Cardoso said at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro to present the report. “Numerous scientific studies show that the damage caused by marijuana is similar to that of alcohol or tobacco.”


via Latin America.

h/t: ICH

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4 thoughts on “Cardoso, Gaviria, Zedillo Urge Obama to Decriminalize Marijuana

  1. The crime is that people[adults] can not self-determine, people must be dependant. Fear is the best control factor. This country was built on hemp production til hemp[marijuana] was made Illegal by the Federal Reserve[DEA] police.
    The economy was not controlled by Dollars, but was free trade, which was not completley and totally taxed. With the hemp farmers[family] destroyed, the economy became dependant on Hourly wage manufaturing employees, where the taxes were collected before the wage was paid.
    Now manufacturing has been out-source to third world counties, were labor costs are lower. The food is free-traded across the borders, so now food farmer’s[family] are again being attacked by cheap imported foods[Inspected?].
    It is time for the people to demand that the land be used for production of a profitable crop, instead of being developed into commercial properties like Malls, and parking lots
    2/3’s of our economy is based on consumption[credit], and 1/3 on production[earnings].
    When you consume more than you need someone else must go without{haiti, somolia, darfur ect.??}
    The only thriving industry in America[besides banking which is usury] is Illegal, whats the matter with this picture?
    U ? Authority.

  2. Most all the drug related violence in Mexico is done with guns smuggled into Mexico from the US! Where is the war on arms smuggling?

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