The President used his platform at the World Economic Forum to announce the proposals for drug policy reform presented to him by Beckley Foundation director Amanda Feilding last week – including drug regulation and the creation of a legal poppy crop. He also announced the plans we have been working on together to hold a drug policy summit later this year.
Damon Barrett, Director of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, has written an article severely criticising the UK over its objection to Bolivias re-accession with reservations to the 1961 UN single convention on Narcotic Drugs.
Fidel Cano Correa, editor of the Colombian daily ‘el Espectador’, mentioned the Beckley Foundation as one organisation pushing for global change in an Observer piece this weekend, and criticises David Cameron for neglecting the international consequences of domestic drug policy in the UK.
Federal prosecutors in the US last week decided to settle with a $1.9 billion fine for HSBC. The bank thereby avoids criminal prosecution for its brazen violation of banking laws, despite admitting to laundering millions of dollars for cartels in Colombia and Mexico.
A new documentary about the failed war on drugs and its devastating effects worldwide was released today. The film is available to watch online, for free, until 7 January. Featuring interviews with several current and former Presidents and other policy and criminology officials, including Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the film offers a candid assessment of current policies and possible alternatives.
Last night saw the launch of the new campaign, Breaking the Taboo, that the Beckley Foundation is supporting alongside Virgin Unite, Sundog Pictures and Avaaz.org. The launch event included a screening of Sundog Pictures film “Breaking the Taboo” followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, between Beckley Foundation’s Amanda Feilding, Virgin boss Richard Branson, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Tom Lloyd and Danny Kushlick (all signatories of the Public Letter).