UN to call on governments around the world to decriminalise all drugs, says Richard Branson

October 19, 2015 Adam Withall Branson’s intervention appears to be designed to prevent the UN from changing its mind AFP The UN may be about to call on the governments of all countries to end the “war on drugs” and decriminilise the use and possession of all illegal substances. In an extraordinary post on his Virgin website, Richard Branson said he had been showed a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which dramatically changed the organisation’s stance on drug control. He said the “as-yet unreleased statement” had been sent to some of the world’s media under embargo, but the businessman has gone public with it early for fear the UN will “bow to pressure by not going ahead with this important move”. The UN was preparing to declare “unequivocally that criminalisation is harmful unnecessary and disproportionate”, Branson wrote. A document changing the UN stance on drug control … Continue reading