End the War on Drugs! - Avaaz Petition
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End the War on Drugs! - Avaaz Petition

    1. Ani L. Schwartz
    2. Petition by

      Ani L. Schwartz

      Arroyo Seco, NM


To Ban Ki-moon and all Heads of State:

    We call on you to end the war on drugs and the prohibition regime, and move towards a system based on decriminalisation, regulation, public health and education. This 50 year old policy has failed, fuels violent organised crime, devastates lives and is costing billions. It is time for a humane and effective approach. 


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Reports that show the war on drugs has failed:

Reports that show alternative approaches of decriminalisation and regulation are working:

General report on drug law reform in practice:

The Global Comission on Drug Policy that will call on the UN to end the war on drugs

Drug War by the Numbers

Final Report of the Latin American Comission on Drugs and Democracy


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Recent signatures


    1. Victory Against the War on Drugs!

      Ani L. Schwartz
      Petition organiser

      The war on drugs has cost billions in tax money, funneled trillions of dollars into organized crime, cost countless lives, and achieved zero results.

      Yet, for decades, any debate around ending the war on drugs has been quashed. In official circles, it's "taboo" to talk the about regulation or decriminalisation -- some even lose their jobs for doing so.

      Then a group of former presidents formed The Global Commission on Drugs to boldly speak out for reform. They faced one problem -- politicians claimed they couldn't act because there was no public support for change! So Avaaz joined the fight.

      We launched the campaign, and in one week, our community proved the politicians wrong, with over 600,000 Avaazers calling for an end to the war on drugs. The ex-presidents and billionaire Richard Branson called a press conference, presented their expert report proposing reform, received the Avaaz petition -- and the response was incredible! Over 2000 media articles were written (AP, IPS, The Guardian), virtually all of them positive!! The taboo was broken...

      In a strategy meeting that afternoon, the ex-presidents repeatedly looked to our community to help take the campaign forward, stressing that only grass roots pressure can create the political will for action.

      The next day, the Global Commission and Avaaz met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In 30 minutes of discussion, the Avaaz petition was presented and repeatedly cited as evidence of public demand for an end to the war. Ban took an important step and decided to create a task force to look at new solutions to the problem of drugs! A real and desperately needed debate has finally begun ...

      A Huge Thanks to Everyone

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Ani L. Schwartz
      Petition organiser

      05/24/11 ✩✩✩✩✩ Join the international pressure on the US Govt. ♥<i>I love Avaaz</i>♥


    Reasons for signing

    • Joe LaGuidice WHITEHALL, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      The "war on drugs" inspired by former President Richard Nixion's beliefe that young people did not want to fight or die in a foreign war was because they smoked Marijuana was misguided at best. Enought insanity. And the all to often touted claim that Marijuana is a 'gateway drug'. Is a insane as claiming all that do herion drank water at some time. Ergo water is a 'gateway' drug as well.

    • Dallas Stovall NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      In 1977 marijuana was decriminalized in New York. From 1977 until 1996 there were around 48,000 marijuana related arrests in NY. Almost 20 years and 48,000 arrests. In 2010 alone, there were over 52,000 marijuana related arrests. This is broken and as a tax paying American citizen who's family helped found this country I DEMAND that things change for the better! Now as of last month it is now illegal to smoke in parks, pedestrian plazas, beaches, boardwalks...etc. How is this constitutional? My only option now, if I feel like smoking a cigarette (out of a pack that costs 13$, which is way too high!!!) is to stand in or near the road. My rights have been stripped away. This is no country to bring a kid into, and unless some major CHANGES happen here I will not be a citizen here too much longer!

    • Kyle Hackmeister WILLIAMSPORT, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Weatherford International employee

      • almost 3 years ago

      Congress should honor their oath of office and stop violating the Constitution. End the war on drugs and bring home the DEA agents and other drug warriors from around the world.

      Yes, ending this war will disrupt a lot of businesses that profit from it, but that is no reason to perpetuate it.

    • Activist Cat KEY WEST, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      To understand the medicinal use of cannabis, the endoc-cannabinoid system, and to hear what the top doctors and researchers say review the articles and videos at



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