UN To Call On Governments Around The World To Decriminalize All Drugs, Says Richard Branson

Written by on October 20, 2015 in Government, Policies with 20 Comments
Branson's intervention appears to be designed to prevent the UN from changing its mind AFP

Branson’s intervention appears to be designed to prevent the UN from changing its mind AFP

By Adam WithnallIndependent.co.uk

The UN may be about to call on the governments of all countries to end the “war on drugs” and decriminalise the use and possession of all illegal substances.

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In an extraordinary post on his Virgin website, Richard Branson said he had been showed a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which dramatically changed the organisation’s stance on drug control.

He said the “as-yet unreleased statement” had been sent to some of the world’s media under embargo – but that he has gone public with it early for fear the UN will “bow to pressure by not going ahead with this important move”.

The UN was preparing to declare “unequivocally that criminalisation is harmful unnecessary and disproportionate”, Branson wrote. A document changing the UN stance on drug control was supposed to be released at a conference in Malaysia on Sunday, he said, but that has now been delayed.

“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.”

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  1. 901568883256235@facebook.com' Joe Homsey says:

    The UN is run by a bunch of idiots. Stupid, stupid, stupid!!!

  2. 10207320279942162@facebook.com' Andre Freire Da Silva says:

    i will smoke it anyway!

  3. 10154273999387589@facebook.com' Sue Glessing McDiarmid says:

    wouldn’t that be amazing; the prisons would empty without all those people who shouldn’t be there in the first place.

  4. 10153238997670669@facebook.com' Vicki Reierson says:

    Finally someone makes sense

  5. 865255813582089@facebook.com' Dinah Briggs says:


  6. 1532647437026439@facebook.com' Tom Ormsby says:

    Gosh what would the courts do? What about all those attorneys. The prisons could be converted into something useful. My goodness.

  7. 1205293096151328@facebook.com' Ananda Shanti Das says:

    Income of Illegal drug trade are usually used by Governments for their black budget top secret projects. let that sink in! especially what it means when the UN starts an initiative to stop that. What must be going on behind the scenes?

  8. 10101416018849281@facebook.com' Eric Van Den Berg says:

    if its from Branson or the UN beware whether its a good idea or not!

  9. 10153227155823583@facebook.com' Jose Eduardo Del Bosque says:

    Guns market is gonna run out of buissnes.

  10. 677161089082794@facebook.com' Dlav Gaucher says:

    FINALLY !!! COMMON SENSE !! it a healing plant..WAKE up

  11. 1501017143552052@facebook.com' Vanessa Novak says:

    I agree!
    People are gonna do it legal or not!

  12. 1689170994638356@facebook.com' Dan Tanna says:

    Hell yeah. When is the tweaker convention coming to town?

  13. 199474453716818@facebook.com' Illorin Marilyne says:


  14. 1478302859140410@facebook.com' Edward Willis says:

    Fuck the UN do they think they run the world and dictate to countries how things should be I don’t think so.

  15. 10154277694043709@facebook.com' Winston Walker says:

    won’t happen in the US. too much money in Private prisons and police budgets.

  16. 175644212776673@facebook.com' Joseph Wilkinson says:

    This would cool down the Mexican cartels mouie quick senjour.

  17. 10204935033350983@facebook.com' Billy Taylor says:


  18. 1189696974381056@facebook.com' Destiny Queen says:

    I personally think that he has a motive for doing this and that probably isn’t good.

  19. 727881357343269@facebook.com' Christopher Nasamu says:

    Yes and it will end the trade and harm it is causing to people.

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