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Major International Leaders Plead for the US and the World to Get Smart and Stop the War on Drugs

The Commission on Drug Policy urged a shift from incarceration to consideration of a full range of alternatives, from decriminalization to legalization and regulation.

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Gaviria, like several members of the commission, made the US present in his arguments for the need to end the war on drugs.

"The only approach to this problem of narcotrafficking is not prohibitionism ... there are a lot of things to do that can be more effective and at least less harmful for societies than what we have now," Gaviria said, but added, "We are trying to promote debate; we don't pretend we are going to change the world."

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