10 December 2012

Richard Branson on the “War on Drugs”

According to Richard Branson,

The War on Drugs has failed. After 50 years of prohibition, illicit drugs are now the third most valuable industry in the world after food and oil, all in the control of criminals. Drugs are cheaper and more available than ever before. Millions of people are in prison for drugs offences. Corruption and violence, especially in producer and transit countries, endangers democracy. Tens of thousands of people die each year in drug wars.

Improving our drug policies is one of the key policy challenges of our time. The time for action is now.

Branson has just released a video on the history of the so-called “War on Drugs” to back up his point. Watch it on YouTube here.

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