On Friday, December 12th, I was pleased to discuss the future of drug policy, globally and in Canada, with Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and a Commissioner with the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Our public conversation was moderated by the CBC’s Anna Maria Tremonti. You can watch the video below , and please share it widely.
This event made one thing abundantly clear: after so many lives lost to violence, overdose and HIV, the incarceration and abuse of millions of people for non-violent drug offences, and trillions of dollars wasted, it’s time to kick this « drug war » habit. At the Legal Network, we’ve known this for a long time, but the world is finally waking up to the abysmal failure of the so-called « war on drugs » and on people who use them – and the urgent need for progressive drug policy.
In 2016, the UN General Assembly will hold its much-anticipated Special Session on Drugs, and we will be there, pressing for a new global approach to drugs. With your help, we can continue to collaborate with likeminded organizations and individuals from around the world in our quest to replace the failed war on drugs with rights-based public health responses.
Here at home, we will continue to highlight the ways in which current Canadian drug policy is undermining public health, violating human rights and wasting public money that could instead be spent on harm reduction services and on evidence-based programs to prevent and treat drug dependence. If you haven’t already, read our brief to find out more about many of the issues at the heart of this debate.
The time for smart drug policy is now. The world can’t wait.
And remember: this year, as we head into the holidays, every donation we receive between now and December 31st will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. We hope that you will participate by making a gift today, or by becoming a monthly donor and joining our Defenders Circle.
As always, thank you for your support. Help us to help human rights thrive.
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network