**PRESS RELEASE** - "Legalise and Regulate Drugs" says New Report by Global Leaders





24 September 2018

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Legalise and Regulate Drugs

says New Report by Global Leaders


The Global Commission on Drug Policy today releases its new report, ‘Regulation: The Responsible Control of Drugs’ in Mexico City. The Global Commission comprises nine former presidents, three former prime ministers, and other global leaders. This is also the last piece of work by the recently deceased Kofi Annan.


This report details how governments can take control of illegal drug markets through responsible regulation to severely weaken criminal organisations that profit from illegal drugs, and promote global health, security and development.

This new report provides a practical roadmap that:

  • tackles the real world challenge of moving from illegal to legally regulated drug markets

  • addresses the organisational capacity of state institutions to regulate drug markets

  • offers ways to deal with the resilience of organized crime

  • highlights challenges facing impoverished populations that are the “working class” of illegal drug markets

  • calls for reform of the prohibition-based international drug control system - a major barrier to taking an effective and holistic approach to drug supply and use

Today also saw Lord Charlie Falconer, Criminal Justice Minister and Lord Chancellor under Tony Blair, call for illegal drugs to legalised and regulated.

Steve Rolles, Transform’s senior policy analyst, who acted as technical coordinator for the new report, and is in Mexico for the launch said: "This is a group of world leaders from all compass points around the globe applying their wisdom and experience to describe in detail how to legalise and regulate drugs. Because having governments not gangsters in control of drug markets is the only way to end the catastrophic global drug war, and to protect us all.

This is in complete contrast to the backward looking drug war rhetoric that Donald Trump is using today at the UN in New York - bullying members states into backing yet more drug  war failure. Unlike Trump, the Commission is fully engaged with the reality that 250 million people use drugs worldwide, and it has put itself firmly on the right side of history."


When: 24 September 2018,
Press conference: 9h30 -10h15 (UTC 14h30-15h15)
Public presentation: 10h30 – 12h (UTC 15h30-17h)

When: Palacio de la Escuela de Medicina
República de Venezuela 33

Centro Històrico, Centro

06010 Hervidero y Plancha, Mexico City

Who: Ruth Dreifuss, Former President of Switzerland and Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy

Ernesto Zedillo, Former President of Mexico

César Gaviria, Former President of Colombia

Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria

Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Nick Clegg, Former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Michel Kazatchkine,Former Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, France

Anand Grover, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, India

Maria Cattaui, Former Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce, Switzerland

Pavel Bém, Former Mayor of Prague, Czech Republic

The report will be available from www.globalcommissionondrugs.org from Monday 24 September 2018, 16:00 GMT. For an embargoed copy, or to interview Commissioners contact:


Eric Grant,  GCDP Communications Officer, +41 79 124 1523 eric.grant@globalcommissionondrugs.org


To book an interview with Transform, please contact:

Martin Powell martin@tdpf.org.uk (+44) 0787 5679301



  1. The Global Commission on Drug Policy was created in 2011 to advance and globalise the debate over drug prohibition and its alternatives. UK Commissioners include Nick Clegg and Sir Richard Branson. See here for a full list of Commissioners


  1. Transform Drug Policy Foundation is a UK based think tank and charity advocating for the legal regulation of drugs www.tdpf.org.uk


  1. Lord Falconer wrote: “I am sorry for supporting the war on drugs. I realise now it has been a tragic disaster that has inflicted harm on the poorest parts of Britain and abject misery on people in the most desperate corners of the planet.

But it is now time to acknowledge our collective failure, accept the evidence and start examining alternatives – ones that include the legalising and regulating of drug supply.”