The United Nations may be on the brink of calling on the governments of all countries to end the war on drugs and effectively decriminalize the possession and use of all illegal drugs.
In a surprise post on his Virgin company website, Sir Richard Branson stated he had been shown a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that dramatically changed the organization’s views on drug control.
Branson elaborated, the “as-yet unreleased statement” has been sent to many media outlets under embargo, but Branson went public with the news early due to the fear the UN will “bow to the pressure by not going ahead with this important move.”
“As I’m writing this I am hearing that at least one government is putting an inordinate amount of pressure on the UNODC,” he said.
“Let us hope the UNODC, a global organisation that is part of the UN and supposed to do what is right for the people of the world, does not do a remarkable volte-face at the last possible moment and bow to pressure by not going ahead with this important move. The war on drugs has done too much damage to too many people already.”
Branson has long been a proponent for the reform of drugs laws across the world, with this bold he moves he cements himself as a true ambassador for the war on drugs.