The UN just called for an end to recreational drug prohibition for the first time

The UN had until now maintained a criminal approach to drug policy

The UN and World Health Organisation have called for an end to drug prohibition and discrimination against users.

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The organisations used a recent statement to urge stakeholders to “review and repeal punitive laws that have been proven to have negative health outcomes” including laws that prohibit “drug use or possession of drugs for personal use”.

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This is a first for the UN, which has so far maintained a criminal approach to drug policy, according to UK’s The Independent.

At the end of last month, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported that around a quarter of a billion people use drugs every year, as part of its annual World Drug Report.

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