EPN is in the midst of a state visit to Great Britain. He has visited the queen and I think is staying in Buckingham Palace.
And right in the midst of his visit, Nick Cleg, the Deputy Prime Minister of the UK and Richard Branson, the owner of Virgin Airlines had an interview published in The Guardian urging the UK to begin decriminalizing drugs. Like many others, they say the "war on drugs" has failed.They pointed out that "The Home Office's own research, commissioned by Liberal Democrats in government. . . found there is no apparent correlation between the 'toughness' of a country's approach and the prevalence of adult drug use." [Branson is a member of the global commission on drugs policy.]
In the article by Clegg and Branson, they continue, "Yet the criminal market continues to grow, driving unimaginable levels of profit for organized crime....,"
Clegg and Branson continue, "As Mexico's president, Enrque Peña Nieto, visits the UK, we should remember the estimated 100,000 people killed in Mexico alone since 2006."
There is much meat in the article and praise for Portugal's apparently successful approach as well as the position of the President of Colombia.