By David Borden
The first stage of our campaign to reform global drug policy has come to successful fruition. Last week, media outlets including WashingtonPost.com, The Hill, Huffington Post Politics and others covered the release of our statement, which was endorsed by more than 100 organizations including major ones, and more coverage this week is likely. Visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/un to learn more.
Will help you us today with a donation to support this work? We need contributions from our readers to let us continue to get more groups onto the statement, to continue to promote the ideas that the statement lays out to media, and to take our message to Congress, the White House and the UN.
As a supporter of drug policy reform, I want you to know that it is crucial this work continue uninterrupted. As I noted in our newsletter, Jamaica's Minister of Justice, Mark Golding, made an historic speech at the UN last week in which he called for the UN to begin the process of revising the three UN drug treaties, by appointing a "Committee of Experts" to study how to do it. You can read Golding's speech online here. Revision of the treaties is needed to fully legitimize legalization of marijuana or other drugs in international law. Our statement calls for treaty reform, but also defends moves toward legalization now on the basis of human rights. This is the first time that any government has publicly called for revising the treaties.
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Thank you for being a part of drug policy reform and for your support of our work. With your help we will succeed -- time, and the truth, are on our side!