The United Nations Department on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released a briefing paper entitled "Decriminalisation of Drug Use and Possession for Personal Consumption," that would recommend countries decriminalize the use and possession of all drugs and treat them as issues of health, rather than crime.
The paper, authored by Dr. Monica Beg, head of UNODC's HIV/AIDS office, was due to the public on Sunday, October 18 and was distributed to many media moguls around the world, including Richard Branson, before that date. Sunday came and went and the paper did not make it to the indended conference in Kuala Lumpur because "at least one government" was pressuring the UN to keep it from happening. It is suspected, by members of UNODC that it was the United States.
Branson thought that bureaucracy may stop or slow the process, so he published the document anyway.
The main tenant of the document is that "decriminalising drug use and possession for personal consumption is consistent with international drug control conventions and may be required to meet obligations under international human rights law."
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