Their report argues that anti-drug policy has failed by fuelling organised crime, costing taxpayers millions of dollars and causing thousands of deaths.So a group of people - from Kofi Annan, to Paul Volcker, Javier Solana, Richard Branson, and 15 others - go out of their way to speak out against this positively harmful, brutal, intrusive, puritanical "war on drugs", which criminalizes innocents, overcrowds American jails, wastes tens of billions, and fosters organized crime in countries south of the US, and achieves nothing.
Instead of punishing users who the report says "do no harm to others," the commission argues that governments should end criminalisation of drug use, experiment with legal models that would undermine organised crime syndicates and offer health and treatment services for drug-users.
How does the White House react?
It dismisses the report as "misguided".
What's misguided here are politicians who worry about appearing soft on drugs rather than solving the problem.