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Richard Branson And Ethan Nadelmann To Speak In Washington DC About Ending The Failed War On Drugs


Richard Branson Ethan NadelmannVirgin Founder Sir Richard Branson and DPA Executive Director Ethan Nadelmann to Speak in Washington D.C. About Ending the Failed War on Drugs

To Be Discussed: Legalization Debate in Latin America, Portugal’s Decriminalization Experience, Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiatives in CO and WA, and the State of National Drug Policy Reform Efforts

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson will join Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director Ethan Nadelmann to speak about the need for greater momentum and political debate to end the failed drug war this Thursday, March 15, at a forum organized by The Atlantic (600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 8th Floor) from 9:15 to 10:30am. Steve Clemons, Editor at Large of The Atlantic, will host the session and interview Branson and Nadelmann before opening to questions from the audience and media.

In the past year, Branson has stepped out as a prominent supporter of drug policy reform. His involvement with the Global Commission on Drug Policy electrified the international media and brought a new level of attention to the growing movement to end the 40-year-old war on drugs. The Global Commission is comprised of Branson, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, the former heads of state of Brazil, Colombia, Greece, Mexico and Switzerland, and several other distinguished world leaders.

Thursday’s event comes at an especially timely moment, as the current presidents of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Colombia are now calling for a serious dialogue about decriminalization, legalization and alternatives to the U.S.-backed war on drugs. When Vice President Biden visited the region last week, he made clear that the Obama administration firmly opposes legalization — but also acknowledged, as President Obama had in early 2011, that the topic was a legitimate subject for discussion. Nadelmann recently returned from the region, where he met with business and governmental leaders at the highest levels.

The event also comes on the heels of the launch of the new Google+ debate program — the first such event was called “It’s time to end the war on drugs” and was viewed by millions of people on Tuesday. The event featured a statement by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil and chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, and a panel featuring Richard Branson, Russell Brand, Elliot Spitzer, Julian Assange, and several other eyebrow-raising participants. More at www.intelligencesquared.com/events/versus-drugs.

Last week evangelical leader Pat Robertson also made news when he reiterated his support for legalizing marijuana and publicly endorsed Washington and Colorado’s ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana. Nadelmann and the Drug Policy Alliance are also deeply involved in a broad variety of efforts to legally regulate marijuana, including the ballot initiatives in Washington and Colorado.


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  1. It can not possibly be said any clearer than in the following four, simple words.

    Words which no police or politician can ever find a way to string together…while on the job.

    Google “Overgrow The World” or “Law Enforcement Against Prohibition” for more information, and most importantly, teach what you learn to others.  It’s all about EDUCATION, people!  Facts are readily available, but first, people need to understand that they’ve been lied to for decades, and then given a few key facts (such as US Patent #6630507 for cannabinoid MEDICINAL use as antioxidants and neuroprotectants–which the US government illegally granted itself, in spite of their continued FRAUD that cannabis has no “accepted medical use”…) to get them started on the path.

    People who learn the truth can not “unlearn” it, and they tend to continue to seek out additional informationonce they become aware that it exists to be found…

  2. Overgrow The World is the effort to help educate the masses to the benefits of the REPEAL of cannabis/hemp prohibition, to the point that we finally reach that “critical mass” of informed citizens around the planet to finally put an end to this sorry chapter in human history.

    The message of safe, natural, non-toxic, non-GMO foods, medicines, fuels, textiles and more is all just a part of Overgrow The World, and as OTW’s founder, I’m proud to see people like Sir Richard and Mr Nadelman standing up for what they know is right.

    Hopefully, they will also take the time to help people to understand that the only workable, long-term solution to prohibition is it’s full REPEAL, and not “decriminalization” or “legalization” or “re-legalization” ot “tax and regulate” or “regulate like [insert oppressively overtaxed item here]”, as all of those options maintain the original, fraudulent statutes on the books for easy re-adoption at some later time, when a government agency or it’s corporate controllers decide it’s time to pillage the populace’s pockets yet again.

    Remember:  There is no need for “cannabis-specific taxes” of any form…the saving of an estimated 2 BILLION dollars annually in Canada and well over 25 BILLION  annually in the US alone should be justification enough to simply stop doing the absolutely wrong thing, despite all of the scientific and medical evidence against prohibition.

    It’s time to stop arresting, prosecuting and imprisoning non-violent “plant growers” and “plant possessors” when we all know that it does absolutely nothing of benefit to them, or to society as a whole.

    It’s time to Overgrow The World!

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