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Poll: Do you support the 'war on drugs'?

A group of 1,000 politicians, celebrities and campaigners are calling for a shift in drug policy.

Venezuelan army helicopters fly over the Sierra de Perija national park, west of Caracas where poppy and marijuana plants are often discovered (2005).
Venezuelan army helicopters fly over the Sierra de Perija national park, west of Caracas where poppy and marijuana plants are often discovered (2005).
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A GROUP OF more than 1,000 campaigners, celebrities, law enforcement figures and politicians – including the likes of billionaire Warren Buffet and US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders – have called for a shift in global drug policy from emphasising criminalisation and punishment to health and human rights.

Their open letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the war on drugs has failed. It comes ahead of a United Nations special session on the subject in the coming week.

In Ireland, the Oireachtas Justice Committee last year strongly recommended that the possession of a small amount of illegal drugs be decriminalised – following months of research and public submissions.

This evening we’re asking: Do we need to shift global policy away from the ‘war on drugs’?


Poll Results:

Yes. (7402)
No. (4146)
I'm not sure. (983)
No interest/no opinion. (274)




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