An unprecedented and sure-to-be controversial report issued on Thursday claims the global war on drugs has failed, and nations should consider legalizing illicit drugs.
The bombshell report comes from the Global Commission on Drug Policy, whose members include such notables as former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former Secretary of State George Schultz, and several former and current heads of state among its 19 members.
The 24-page paper said the "global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world," according to a report from CBS News.
It goes on:
Political leaders and public figures should have the courage to articulate publicly what many of them acknowledge privately: that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that repressive strategies will not solve the drug problem, and that the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won.
The report proposes that countries legalize drugs, including programs that would offer health services and treatment for drug users, and coming up with legal methods to end the black market for drugs.
Don't expect this to happen anytime soon in the United States.
"Drug addiction is a disease that can be successfully prevented and treated. Making drugs more available -- as this report suggests -- will make it harder to keep our communities healthy and safe," Office of National Drug Control Policy spokesman Rafael Lemaitre said.
The spokesman went on to say that drug use in the U.S. has dropped substantially over the past 30 years since the war on drugs began.