International Summit Highlights Contradictions in Drug Policy Debate

An international drug control summit in Colombia has again placed the contradictions in rapidly changing thinking on drug policy at center stage, as calls for drug users and producers not to be criminalized clashed with plans to increase efforts to tackle drug cultivation. 

The XXXII International Conference on Drug Control in Cartagena, Colombia began with a strong denouncement of the failings of current drug policies by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. In his speech, Santos said the objective of a drug-free world is not realistic, and called for “a new approach” to confront drug trafficking. He said this must result from a “rigorous discussion based on evidence and not biases,” and should be independent of “ideological and political aspirations.”

Santos added farmers and drug addicts should not be treated the same as drug traffickers and organized crime, and questioned how he could imprison someone for growing marijuana when...

Rate this article: 

This marijuana news is brought to you by 420 Intel. For the latest breaking cannabis industry news, subscribe to the 420 Intel newsletter. If you'd like to promote your product or service in this area after every article, contact us.


URL: 
http://www.insightcrime.com/news-briefs/international-drug-summit-highlights-contradictions-in-drug-policy-debate